Short Hills is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within the township of Millburn, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is a popular commuter town for residents who work in New York City.
Short Hills began as a planned community, when Stewart Hartshorn purchased 13 acres of land in Millburn Township, near the present Hobart Avenue, Parsonage Hill Road, and Chatham Road. Hartshorn chose the name “Short Hills” because it reflected the topography of the region, and also because the local Lenape Native Americans used that same name to describe the region.
The opening of the Kearny Connection, allowing the establishment of the first direct rail service to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, has enhanced real-estate values immensely. Short Hills also has a business district along Chatham Road near the railroad station, which includes the post-office branch, a pharmacy, and several small specialty shops. Short Hills is also home to many senior executives and controlling stockholders of some of the largest corporations in the United States and their families. The median family income is over $200,000
Short Hills also has four K-5 elementary schools, three are part of the Millburn Township Public Schools, the Deerfield Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, and Hartshorn Elementary School. The fourth is The Pingry School Lower Campus. Students move on to complete their education at the Millburn Middle School for grades 6–8 and Millburn High School for grades 9–12 amongst others.
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