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Glen Ridge, in Essex County, NJ is a quaint residential community known for its Victorian-era gaslights—667 of them along Glen Ridge’s tree-lined streets. Approximately 7,000 people live in the 1.5 square-mile community, which is bounded by Bloomfield, Montclair, Orange, and East Orange.
During Colonial times, Glen Ridge was a section of Bloomfield “on the hill” composed mostly of farms and woodlands, with an industrial area along the Toney’s brook in the Glen. Throughout the 1800s, three water-powered mills produced lumber, calico, pasteboard boxes and brass fittings, and a copper mine and sandstone quarry were nearby.
With the arrival of railroad lines, Glen Ridge began to transform into a suburban residential community with stately homes. In 1895, residents decided to secede from Bloomfield and Glen Ridge was incorporated as a borough.
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Glen Ridge is an upscale community, with housing prices ranging from around $400,000 to well over $1 million. Median household incomes are over $162,000 and the median age of residents is about 40 years old.
The center of Glen Ridge offers neighborhood stores, service providers, and restaurants, banks and a post office. The town is minutes away from downtown Montclair’s shopping and dining and a short drive to major shopping malls. In spite of the town’s tiny size, it has the classic Glen Ridge Country Club, complete with a golf course.
Glen Ridge has three elementary schools (two for students in pre-K through 2nd grade, one for grades 3-6) and Glen Ridge High School (grades 7-12).
Glen Ridge is one of the country’s first communities to use a professional town planner, resulting in becoming one of the first in New Jersey to adopt a building code, establish a building department with building inspector, and enact a zoning ordinance.
Older sections of the borough maintain the elements of the late Victorian and Edwardian townscape design and home architecture reflects the major styles of the mid-19th century and later. Its architectural legacy offers Victorian homes, Italianate “villas,” Queen Anne cottages, and plenty of bracketed eaves, mansard rooves, stucco and stone. Notable among the architects who designed Glen Ridge residences are Frank Lloyd Wright, Stanford White and John Russell Pope. A Historic Preservation Commission maintains architectural integrity in town.