Westfield, New Jersey is a classic town for modern families. Noted for its beautiful downtown area, excellent school system, and convenient commute to New York City, it offers the attractions of suburban living within close proximity to New York City. This central Union County town offers many characteristics typically associated with urban living — a bustling downtown, a vibrant cultural scene and good transportation options — along with many benefits of suburban living, like attractive homes, well-regarded schools and a sense of community.
Settled by immigrants from Europe in 1720, Westfield was once a popular trail for the Lenni-Lenape Indians whose heritage remains in the names of many existing streets and parks and residential areas such as Mindowaskin Park, Tamaques Park, Lenape Park, and the Indian Forest residential section.Originally known as the West Fields of Elizabethtown, the community gradually took its own identity and finally, in 1903 was incorporated as the Town of Westfield. It is a developed community of 6.29 miles with 211 acres devoted to parks.
Westfield has been able to sustain the residential tradition begun in the late 19th century, with several areas officially designates as historic.
Today Westfield is a town in Union County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the town population was 30,316. The population increased by 672 (+2.3%) from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census. The town has an active Historical Society, which owns and operated two historic sites in Westfield – The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center and the Miller-Cory House Museum, both located on Mountain Avenue Westfield is proud of its history and the historic sites.
This 6.7-square-mile town of around 30,300 is divided by train tracks, with historical and classic homes on both the North and South side of Westfield. Houses range from small Cape Cods and ranches to grand estates on expansive, tree-lined properties. Renovations and additions are common in the house-proud town. The Victorian and Colonial-style homes that reflect the town’s rich historical character and complement the broad, tree-lined streets of the community.
Proximity to NYC
A large segment of its residents commute daily to business in New York and Newark. Convenient train and bus service combined with easy access to the metropolitan highway network provides commuters with fast and efficient transportation.
Westfield boasts an Great American Main Street award-winning walkable downtown with unique shops, boutiques, and upscale and casual eating establishments. Downtown Westfield is a vibrant shopping and dining destination
The town has a community theater, a movie house, an orchestra, and many other musical and arts events, like a summer jazz series where live bands play in five downtown locations on Tuesday nights. There are nine parks in town as well as the Westfield Memorial Pool, where many residents spend summer.