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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
33 Lincoln Street
This four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath features a wraparound porch and a large backyard.
Agent: Kathy Kulik, Rhodes, Van Note & Co.
New Yorkers have long fled the city for Montclair. But nearby, waiting in the wings, sits Glen Ridge, with its stellar schools—small enough so kids don’t fall through the cracks and easy to get into—that would make an Upper West Sider who’s angling for a G&T spot weep: The high school, which last year had a graduating senior class of just 137, was ranked third best by Inside Jersey in highly competitive Essex County, better than Montclair’s. There’s no official downtown, so it’s likely suburb-flockers have overlooked Glen Ridge, the way Park Slope hopefuls used to skip Prospect Heights just across Flatbush Avenue. “Glen Ridge is easy to miss because it’s so small,” says Prachi Parmar, a pharmacist who moved here in 2012. But its small size makes it welcoming, too. “During the holidays, we get together with our neighbors, and it feels like one big extended family.” Yet all the Anthropologies, Whole Foods, and Williams-Sonomas you need are a five-minute drive away in Montclair. Among Glen Ridge’s other features: maple-tree-lined street after street, lit by the town’s 600-plus trademark vintage gas lamps; and the biggest collection of pre–World War II houses in the entire state.