Welcome to Warren, NJ
Each year, Warren Township often tops many “Best Places to Live in New Jersey” lists from various publications. In 2009, CNNMoney.com even ranked it as the sixth-best place to live in the entire country, thanks to the great schools, proximity to New York City, and beautiful open spaces. So, what are some other reasons why people are moving to Warren?
The strong economy is one. No matter the numbers in the rest of the country, home values are usually on the rise, and the employment rate is low. Companies like Chubb Corporation hold corporate offices here. In 2013, in an interview with New Jersey Monthly, the township’s mayor admitted that the town does not often borrow money or go into debt, because residents are always willing to step up and volunteer as needed.
Which leads to another reason why people love Warren: the sense of community. With over 15,000 residents, the township often feels like a small town rather than a popular New York City suburb. The volunteer fire department and rescue squad excels in keeping residents safe, and there is always a fun-filled event, such as the fishing derby or annual Easter egg hunt, taking place that allows you to get involved and get to know your fellow Warren residents.
Warren sits on nearly 20 square miles of land, some of which remains rural and undeveloped. Commercial areas are limited to only a few streets. You will find a few working farms and open green spaces scattered throughout the scenic township that sits among the Watchung Mountains. Even so, Interstate 78 runs through Warren, and it is just over 30 miles from New York City and just over 20 miles from Newark, making it a popular commuter destination.
The first European settlers came to the area now known as Warren in the 1720s. They were mostly farmers, but they built a small community over the next century, and in 1806, the township incorporated. It was named for American Revolution hero General Joseph Warren who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. By the early 1900s, some of New York City’s wealthier residents began seeking homes in the country that were still close enough to the city to conduct business. Warren fit the description and began to grow, but despite continued growth, many residents feel as if it maintains its historic farming community charm.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Warren
Most of Warren Township is residential, but it does have some commercial areas that are popular with residents. There is a Kings supermarket in town with several smaller shops and restaurants surrounding it along Mount Bethel Road. You can also shop for landscaping materials, fresh produce, and organic and homemade goods at the Bardy Farms market and garden center.
Parks and Playgrounds in Warren
Three popular parks are located in Warren. The small Elm Avenue Park is a great neighborhood destination, and it features separate play areas for children under and over 5 years old. Greenwood Meadows Park features softball fields, tennis courts, a disc golf course, and a gazeebo. At Warrenbrook Park, which is operated by Somerset County, you will find an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, cross-country skiing, and a senior center that offers programs like bingo, yoga, holiday parties, theater, and arts and crafts throughout the week. Other recreational areas include a Pop Warner Football complex and a municipal complex which features multi-use fields, picnic areas, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground.
Real Estate Information
The average home price in the affluent community is around $790,000. You will find many sprawling million-dollar estates with amazing features and amenities, ranging from state-of-the-art kitchens to beautifully-landscaped swimming pools. Both established neighborhoods built throughout the 20th century and new construction make up the residential areas in Warren. Most homes sit on at least 1 acre of land.
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