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Madison is continually ranked amongst the best places to live in New Jersey. This characterful and welcoming town, established in the early 19th century, covers an area of 4.3 square miles and has a population of around 17,500. It sits some 27 miles west of New York. It’s nicknamed ‘The Rose City’ after it became recognized internationally for the roses that were cultivated here at the turn of the 20th century.

Its charm today comes from its variety of characterful and historic downtown buildings, which create an idyllic, timeless ambience. The centrally located freestanding clock is a famous local landmark.

This is not to say Madison is lacking in modern amenities. It has a wide range of shops, restaurants, a weekly farmers’ market, parks, sports and leisure facilities. Those looking for a cultural fix in Madison can take in drama at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey or visit the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. The town’s compactness means that all of its amenities are within walking distance for most residents.

The town has five public schools, including the highly rated Madison High School. It is also home to the private Drew University, which is located in a delightful wooded 186-acre campus.

Madison prides itself on the diverseness of its population and its international flavor. Around 6% of residents are Hispanic and 4% Asian. Residents rate the great community feel to the town. As a further bonus, the crime rate is relatively low and house values are rising.

The latest median list price of homes in Madison is around $960K, up nearly 33% over the last year. The trend towards remote working is causing buyers to move from crowded urban areas to attractive and accessible locations such Madison and this is reflected in the rise in prices.

Central Manhattan can be reached by car in around 40 minutes and by train from Madison’s New Jersey Transit station in just over an hour. Visit also the other neighborhoods here.

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