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About Essex Fells

Formerly part of the Township of Caldwell, the Borough of Essex Fells is almost entirely residential and is a beautiful hamlet nestled between Verona, Roseland, West Orange and The Caldwell’s. It was called Essex Fells both for the county in which it was planned and because a man named John Fell was one of its founders. The word fell also suggested a rolling hilly area which suits the borough perfectly. With its graceful winding streets, local skating pond and thousands of tall trees, it has a Norman Rockwell sensibility. And, with its many large historic homes on lots several acres in size, it is also among the wealthiest residential communities in the United States. In 2008, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked it the 10th best place to live in the state.

What’s in Essex Fells

As the smallest community in Essex County, Essex Fells Borough has fewer than 800 homes, over 2,000 residents and covers a 1.5 square mile radius. Its residents are very active in supporting the community. It has a volunteer Fire department, the Essex Fells Garden Club, The Dogwood Festival, and foundations to support the education, police and recreation departments.

Parks and Recreation

Along Essex Fell’s Caldwell border is Grover Cleveland Park, a heavily wooded 42 acre park with open space for recreational activities. Trotter Tract is the largest park in the area (106 acres), with three soccer fields, a lacrosse field and basketball court. Skating pond is charming and very popular. Some of the New Jersey Devils have been known to skate here in their off time. On the northeastern border of Essex Fells, behind the grammar school, is a natural habitat called The Glen. And The Essex Fells Country Club is a private and prestigious club with a golf course, tennis courts, pool, and beautiful clubhouse.

Commuting from Essex Fells

Many residents of Essex Fells commute to Manhattan. Some take the bus to New York Port Authority via Route 280 or Route 3, while others drive a short distance out Rte 280 to Harrison where they park and ride the train to New York’s Penn Station.

Essex Fells Schools

The Essex Fells School District is very highly ranked and well supported. The elementary school serves kindergarten through sixth grade and has a smaller student/teacher ratio than surrounding communities. As students reach middle and high school, they become part of the West Essex Regional School District, attending West Essex Junior High School and West Essex High School.

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