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Neighborhoods: Montclair

I'll be doing a series of posts that will look more closely at the neighborhoods of these walkable suburbs. Every neighborhood has something  unique to offer. Montclair's Neighborhoods:

  • Upper Montclair Village: Visitors to Montclair can explore what the township has to offer by driving down Valley Road, one of Montclair's main streets, anchored by Montclair State University on the north end. A few blocks south of the University is the business center of Upper Montclair, a charming Tudor-style cluster of shops, restaurants and a movie theater, that fan out from the corner of Valley Road and Bellevue Avenue, and includes lovely Anderson Park just across from the Upper Montclair train station.
  • PaNaMa: The combination of Patton, Nassau, and Macopin Streets, the northernmost part of Montclair between Valley and Park. This lovely residential area of bungalows and smaller Colonials, many with Toney's Brook running through their backyards, has a real sense of community. Bradford School is just around the corner on Mt. Hebron Rd.
  • Yantacaw: East of Valley, past Grove and north of Bellevue is Yantacaw Park, on a former golf course characterized by rolling hills, winding roads, and large lots of mostly rambling mid-century ranches and large split-levels. Yantacaw includes Windermere Road, Yantacaw Brook Road, Club Road, Heller Drive, Woodmont Road, and Capron Lane.  Northeast School, the international magnet is in the neighborhod
  • Tuers Park: A smaller neighborhood tucked in between the Yantacaw neighborhood and Alexander Avenue. Smaller split-levels of the 1950s and '60s sit next to Colonials of the 1940s. Streets include Stonehenge Road, Squire Hill Road, Lane Court, and Tuers Place.
  • Fairway: South of the Yantacaw neighborhood, mainly large Tudors of the 1920s and '30s on smaller lots. The Fairway section includes The Fairway, Greenview Way, Bellegrove Drive, and Glenside Terrace.
  • Watchung Plaza: From there continue south on Valley Road to Watchung Avenue. Turn left on Watchung Avenue (or arrive by train at Watchung Station) to enjoy the centrally located Watchung Plaza, with its boutiques, independent bookstore, cafés and signature gazebo and historic flagpole.  Streets in this neighborhood include Fairfield, Waterbury, Beverley and Gordonhurst among many others.  Watchung School, the science and technology magnet lies between North Fullerton and Essex, just south of the plaza.
  • Erwin Park: A secluded neighborhood near Edgemont Park with easy access to Watchung Plaza.  Streets include Holland, Erwin Park, Brunswick, Wendover and others.
  • Marlboro Park: An historic district of Montclair which includes Christopher Court (a development of new homes built on the site of old Marlboro Inn), Fairfield Street, Waterbury Road, The north ends of Montclair Avenue and Christopher Street, Watchung Avenue between N. Fullerton and Grove Streets. Edgemont Park: Streets near this historic memorial park are loved for being centrally located and a stone's throw from Edgemont Montessori School, Watchung Plaza shopping, train and bus stops.  These include Berkeley, Edgemont and Parkway.
  • Frog Hollow: Heading south on Valley Road, pass Edgemont Park's pond and stop in at Frog Hollow's stores and eateries, anchored by historic Tierney's Tavern. Turn right on Van Vleck Street and enter the Van Vleck House and Gardens, which are especially fragrant in the spring when the wisteria are in bloom.
  • Walnut-Grove District: Continue down Valley, when The Montclair Times office is your right, turn left onto Walnut Street and discover the Walnut-Grove District, where you can pick up great bread and pastries, have a drink at Egan's, eat at one of the area's terrific restaurants, or listen to jazz at Trumpet's. If you're traveling by train, the Walnut St. Station is right there. In the winter, you can even catch a youth hockey game at nearby Clary Anderson Arena.
  • Montclair Town Center: Return to Valley Road, turn left and proceed south; you will reach Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Town Center. Up the avenue to the west, take in an art exhibition at the renowned Montclair Art Museum. Down Bloomfield Avenue, to the east, explore the Historic District: many retailers, the multi-screen cinema, and one of the largest collections of restaurants in northern New Jersey.
  • The Estate Section: South of Bloomfield Avenue lies a neighborhood of mansions and stately historic homes, many on lots larger than an acre.  Prominent streets include South Mountain Avenue, Llewellyn Road, Stonebridge Road and Clinton Avenue. NJ Transit operates a shuttle from the Estate Section to the Bay Street train station.
  • South End Village: Last, but certainly not least, go east on Bloomfield Avenue and turn right at Elm Street. Follow Elm as it turns into Orange Road to reach the South End shopping area shops and services, just a few blocks from beautiful Nishuane Park to the west and the recently renovated Canterbury Park to the east. Nishuane School, the gifted and talented magnet resides on Cedar Street in this neighborhood.

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