Berkeley Heights is a township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. Originally incorporated as New Providence Township in Essex County, the township became part of Union County in 1857 and the name was changed to Berkeley Heights in 1951.
The town residents pride themselves in Berkeley Heights as the place to raise their families, the town offers plenty of green space, good schools and a strong sense of community. Residents enjoy spacious parks and outstanding recreational programs for all ages. There are many municipal parks, 3 swimming pools and the Watchung Reservation is in the township. The highly ranked Berkeley Heights School System consists of 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school, Governor Livingston High, which has been ranked as one of the top schools in the nation by Newsweek Magazine.
A big draw is the area’s excellent location, with easy access to major metropolitan centers by all modes of transportation. Berkeley Heights it's 30 miles from Manhattan, NJ Transit provides both train and bus service to Berkeley Heights residents and Interstate Route 78 runs through the southern part of town. The train station is in the center of town, where one also finds small local stores and great dining establishments.
Real Estate in Berkeley Heights is also diverse, Home styles in Berkeley Heights range from condominium complexes to upscale luxury homes. The town’s Cinnamon Ridge section has a selection of newer brick Colonials. Other parts of town offer ranches, split levels, expanded Capes, vintage homes, and older Colonials set along tree-lined streets. A particular section of Berkeley Heights is "Free Acres", an incorporated community in Berkeley Heights and Watchung, where residents own their houses, but don't own the land their houses sit on, they lease it. It was settled in 1910 and it consists of 75 acres. Residents pay taxes, use the public school system and participate in township organizations, but the enclave owns and operates its own water system, maintains their own roads, there are no lights or lamp posts in the streets to preserve the rural and rustic ambiance.
New Jersey Monthly Magazine ranked Berkeley Heights as the 7th best place to live in New Jersey in 2011 and in 2013 CNN's Money Magazine named Berkeley Heights the 6th Best Place to live in America.