Scotch Plains Real Estate
Scotch Plains made it on Business Week’s magazine list of best affordable suburbs in the United States in 2009. The article cited the area’s golf clubs, antique shops and historic town center as notable amenities, while an average commute of less than 30 minutes was also an important aspect of their findings.
There are social and recreational events for all age groups in Scotch Plains. Youth sports are plentiful, including local baseball and soccer associations. Clubs and volunteer groups include the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood, Scotch Plains Fanwood Newcomers’ Club, Scotch Plains Junior Woman’s Club, Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO and Scotch Plains Rotary Club.
The Scotch Plains Library at 1927 Bartle Avenue sponsors book clubs, storytelling for children, career workshops, teen events and author visits.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District oversees the public schools in Scotch Plains. There are five elementary schools: the Howard B. Brunner Elementary School, J. Ackerman Coles School, Evergreen School, William J. McGinn School and School One. Middle grades attend Park Middle School or Terrill Middle School. Students from Scotch Plains and Fanwood combine at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
St. Bartholomew Academy is a Catholic school for Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade students. Union Catholic Regional High School is a private school serving students from throughout the region.
Scotch Plains residents can catch the Raritan Valley Line of New Jersey Transit for rail service to Manhattan from neighboring Fanwood. New Jersey Transit also provides local bus service to New York City and points around New Jersey. Newark Liberty International Airport is about 14 miles east of Scotch Plains along Route 22.
Scotch Plains offers easy access to major highways including Interstates 78 and 287, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West has kept generations of children and teenagers happy with its classic attractions. This seasonal park has two roller coasters, arcade games, snack bars, a picnic grove and over 30 rides. The name Bowcraft originated from the period prior to the 1970s when park offered archery and arts and crafts.
1451 Raritan Road is the site of Betty and Gershom Frazee’s simple 1700s homestead. Local lore says that when “Aunt” Betty told Lord Cornwallis he could have her fresh-baked bread for his English troops “Not out of love but out of fear,” she became a local legend during the Battle of Short Hills. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club is spearheading an effort to restore the circa 1760 home.
Osborn-Cannonball House Museum is a historic home located at 1840 East. Front Street and is open for tours on the first Sunday of every month from March until December. Built in the late 1700s, it was originally owned by prominent residents John and Abigail Osborn. Each room of the home offers a glimpse of Early American or Victorian life as told by costumed docents.