With its origin as a large commuter town, Millburn-Short Hills boasts easy access to the city while retaining its “suburban” charm. From the early days when the area provided rail transportation for summer residents retreating from the heat of the city, the joint neighborhoods of Millburn and Short Hills have served as a beautiful respite from the faster pace of city living.
Early architecture incorporated Gothic Revival, Italianate and other Romantic Revival styles. By the 1890s, with an onslaught of wealthy New Yorkers, elegant Queen Anne Victorian mansions were built on estates that were once working farms. At the turn of the century, noted architects began designing Arts and Craft style homes, and by the ’20s and ’30s, European-inspired Tudors were being developed. Approximately 50 of these early homes are historically registered landmarks.
As the town continued steady growth, Colonial and Dutch Colonial reproductions were added, and newer styles joined the residential landscape in the postwar boom. More contemporary homes were constructed in the last several decades.
With winding streets and lush landscaping, each neighborhood throughout Millburn and Short Hills has its own appeal. The Wyoming and South Mountain sections of Millburn are steeped in the town’s history, and they offer friendly, welcoming neighborhoods within walking distance to downtown. Each of the older Short Hills neighborhoods have a distinctive charm that reflects its origin, while the newer neighborhoods and homes display a more modern character.
Depending upon individual lifestyles, residents may choose from single-family homes, garden apartments, townhomes and small-scale apartment complexes.