Known as the Rose City for its history as a hub of the United States’ rose growing industry, Madison is a 4.2-square mile borough in Morris County, where 16,000 people reside. Its name also commemorates former president and founding father James Madison.
As a residential area, Madison offers a variety of real estate options, ranging from starter homes located downtown to the luxury homes found in the Hill section of town. Madison also boasts of the Bottle Hill Historic District, which showcases classic American architecture dating back to the 1730s.
Community life here is often regarded as friendly and accessible due to the diversity of its residents, as well as its proximity to a number of local colleges and universities.
On the former Geraldine R. Dodge estate, the planned office development Giralda Farms is set to occupy 175 acres. The borough is also home to the corporate headquarters of at least two Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies, along with the office of one global conglomerate.
The Madison Public School district serves students from K to 12. It includes three elementary schools, one middle school, and a high school. During the 2011-12 school year, the district recorded an impressive 13.21:1 student-teacher ratio.
Madison Borough is also known as a college town, being bordered by the campuses of Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and The College of St. Elizabeth.
Points of interest
- Bottle Hill Day
Celebrated in Downtown Madison, Bottle Hill Day is the borough’s biggest public event. The annual street fair draws audiences by the thousands with live music on multiple stages, food, games and amusement, sales from local craftspeople and community groups, and fireworks displays.
- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
This theatre is located on the Drew University campus and is regarded as one of the best Shakespearean theater companies in the US. It has staged productions and educational programs for more than 50 years.
- Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
The museum houses artifacts that have geographic significance in Madison and New Jersey. Items on display include buckets, powder horns, hayforks, and other equipment used by local craftspeople before 1860.
Madison NJ Homes for Sale
As a residential area, Madison offers a variety of real estate options, ranging from starter homes to majestic luxury homes. Its vibrant neighborhoods provide an overview of the wide range of homes found in the borough:
- Downtown Madison features a concentration of condominiums and garden apartments.
- Orchard, southwest of Downtown, is a tight-knit community of long-tenured residents whose single-family homes have been renovated to accommodate the arrival of new generations.
- The Hill, south of Downtown, is an affluent neighborhood showcasing the most luxurious residences in the Madison.
- The North Street area is known for large lot areas perfect for multi- and single-family homes.
- Fairwoods, west of Downtown, is Madison’s first planned community. It features Arts and Crafts-style bungalows dating to the early 1900s.
Madison’s older neighborhoods boast a diverse mix of vintage homes, covering everything from pre-Revolution dwellings, to mansions that rose during the Gilded Age, to early 1900s bungalows, to modern neo-Colonial homes. One of Madison’s featured areas is the Bottle Hill Historic District, which showcases classic American architecture dating back to the 1730s.
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