The Caldwells

The term "The Caldwells" is often used to refer to the area that is part of a group of three Essex County municipalities, West Caldwell, North Caldwell and Caldwell, located about 16 miles west of Manhattan. While each community has its own independent government, the term is often used as a short-cut to refer to the area. What all towns have in common though, is a range of housing types and prices, large lots that are often wooded and many beautiful country type roads that connect the towns. While you're less than an hour from New York City, it's easy to forget that larger towns are so nearby. 

Caldwell

Caldwell, the smallest of the towns measures one square mile. The area is primarily residential and the residents do their shopping in nearby communities. The housing stock is similar to W. Caldwell as well as the varied lot sizes. Caldwell and West Caldwell share a great deal of services, including the Recreation Department and the school system. The Board of Recreation Commissioners of the Boroughs of Caldwell and West Caldwell was established in 1947.

The Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School system serves students from Caldwell and West Caldwell and are scattered among the two towns. Four K-5 elementary schools, all named for American Presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Wilson — Grover Cleveland Middle School, for grades 6-8 and James Caldwell High School, for grades 9-12. The Essex County Vocational Technical School offers magnet school and vocational programs to students from Caldwell and all of Essex County. Private schools in Caldwell include Trinity Academy for kindergarten through eighth grade and Mount Saint Dominic Academy for grades 9-12, which operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The area is home to Caldwell College and the West Essex Campus of Essex County College, located nearby in West Caldwell.

New Jersey Transit offers bus service to and from Caldwell on the 29 and 71 routes as well as the 33 DeCamp Bus.

 

West Caldwell

If you want a little more elbow room, move to West Caldwell. There you will find a variety of housing styles including colonials, ranches, split levels and capes. Many of the lots are larger than some of the surrounding towns in Essex County. 

West Caldwell is much larger at 5 square miles than Caldwell and shares a great deal of services with it, including the Recreation Department and the school system. The Board of Recreation Commissioners of the Boroughs of Caldwell and West Caldwell was established in 1947.

The Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School system serves students from Caldwell and West Caldwell and are scattered among the two towns. Four K-5 elementary schools, all named for American Presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Wilson — Grover Cleveland Middle School, for grades 6-8 and James Caldwell High School, for grades 9-12. The Essex County Vocational Technical School offers magnet school and vocational programs to students from Caldwell and all of Essex County. Private schools in Caldwell include Trinity Academy for kindergarten through eighth grade and Mount Saint Dominic Academy for grades 9-12, which operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. West Caldwell has a lively town center that runs along Bloomfield Avenue. There you can find a number of very good restaurants as well as boutique shops, hardware stores, grocery stores, a movie theater that plays first run movies; and many other locally owned businesses. 

Additionally, West Caldwell contains a number of smaller parks and land preserves, such as Memorial Park and Francisco Park. Hatfield Swamp, located in the western section of the town, is a protected preservation that usually very little building is allowed to be done on. The town has two public town pools, Cedar Street Pool and Westville Pool. West Caldwell is served by the #33 on the DeCamp Bus and the 71 and 29 on NJ Transit Bus. West Caldwell was frequently used as a setting in the HBO seriesThe Sopranos.

 

North Caldwell

North Caldwell is primarily a residential community which has no traffic lights and few sidewalks, and it's larger through streets -- Mountain Avenue, West Green Brook Road and Central Avenue, have only two lanes and few street lights. It has consistently been ranked as one of the wealthiest towns in the state as well as in the entire country. With its beautiful wooded lots and lovely homes it's a very desirable place to live. Most of the housing stock is newer, having been built after the 50's and there are many ranches, bi-levels and split level homes as well as a number of newer colonials. It's one of the few places in Essex County where you will find more newer than older homes. While driving on the winding scenic roads, it's a perfect place to sightsee as many of the homes have spectacular landscaping.

North Caldwell doesn't have much in the way of a town center or an industrial tax base. Most residents shop in nearby West Caldwell, Fairfield or Verona.

The largest recreational complex is the 28-acre site surrounding the municipal building off Gould Avenue. It includes six lighted tennis courts, three baseball diamonds, a nature path and the municipal pool. Annual family memberships to the pool cost $325. The largest private recreational property is the 95-acre Green Brook Country Club off West Green Brook Road.

The North Caldwell Public Schools serve students in Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade. Schools in the district are Grandview School for grades PreK-3 and Gould School for grades 4-6. North Caldwell is home to the West Essex Regional School District, which also serves public school students from Fairfield, Essex Fells and Roseland in Grades 7-12. Schools in the district are West Essex Regional Middle School and West Essex High School. North Caldwell is very close to the Lincoln Park NJ Transit station as well as the stations in Wayne and Montclair.

 

 

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