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Families looking to settle down, and professionals looking for a home that keeps them within close proximity to the big cities often turn to Millburn Township, and more specifically the neighborhood of Short Hills to find their next home. Merely miles outside of New York City and with convenient access to train stations and public transportation, Short Hills is the ideal hometown for many.

There are currently approximately 13,000 residents that encompass the 5.2 square miles of the community. Short Hills is part of the Millburn Township, with the two names used interchangeably. Short Hills has its own local post office along with its own railroad station, but it is considered to be an integral part of the Millburn Township.



Short Hills was once a part of the Springfield Township before it became a part of Millburn Township. Originally designed as a planned community, Short Hills came to exist because Stewart Hartshorn wanted to build a community that would not be subject to real estate developments that subsequently destroyed the name. He named the area Short Hills partly due to the topography of the area, but also in part of the Lenape Native Americans having used the name to refer to the region.

Ideally looking to have land close to the railroad station to be a commuter town for those worked in the big cities, Hartshorn sought to build Short Hills right along the Morris and Essex Rail and in turn, he built his own railroad station, at his own expense. In 1880, he was successful in calling upon the USPS to set up a post office right within the train station itself and it has since existed in that very area.

In addition to the train station and post office, Hartshorn established 17 homes in the area and then sought to build it up as a town would by focusing his endeavors on a musical hall and an arboretum which is currently established in his daughter’s name.


Despite its humble beginnings and rather quiet nature, Short Hills has grown to become the home to some of the largest corporation’s controlling stockholders and highest executives.

Residents regularly take advantage of Gero Park, which is a 36-acre park that boasts many amenities including four tennis courts, a pool, baseball diamonds and a nine-hole golf course.

Short Hills is naturist in appearance and great efforts are made to ensure that it remains this way. Hartshorn himself was a nature lover and ensured that the trees were taken care of. Any roads built were built keeping nature in mind rather than plowing and building over nature.

Nature is such a major part of Short Hills and Millburn Township that there is a forester that works full-time to ensure that the township’s trees are maintained. Residents must have permits in order to have trees removed and there forester is also available to educate members of the town on how to properly care for and plant new trees.

Short Hills also has a luxury mall that boasts over 1 million square feet and is home to several luxury shops including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Crate & Barrel. Residents can literally shop until they can’t shop anymore with over 100 stores available to choose from.


A part of Millburn, Short Hills has the same committee members who oversee the council and each election choose a single one of the members to act as Mayor of Millburn.


The Millburn/Short Hills real estate market is prestigious with the median sales price of $1,060,000.

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Victoria Carter

Victoria Carter

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Victoria Carter has been a resident of New Jersey since 1994 and a professional in the real estate industry since 1998. She is a multi-year winner of the Five Star Professional Award and has been a Platinum member of the NJAR Circle of Excellence from 2007-2013. Before becoming a realtor, she worked as a senior corporate executive in Manhattan at Saks Fifth Avenue. This corporate experience honed her negotiation skills as well as her competitive nature. These qualities give Victoria an edge when she negotiates on her client's behalf. In addition, she remains active in the community and is a member of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.

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