The City of Summit was reincorporated in March of 1899. Sitting atop the Watchung Mountain, the city was a pivotal point in the Revolutionary War. Because of its high elevation it was used to light bonfire beacons which helped to warn the New Jersey Militiamen of enemy troops approaching. Today many of the local historians help to keep the memories of the history of Summit alive.

The architecture of Summit was created in the nineteenth century when wealthy residents of New York City retreated here during the summer months. They enjoyed the tranquility and fresh air. Many would travel by train and spend the weekend relaxing from the city life. This is when the luxury hotels came to exist in Summit. One such hotel, The Blackburn House, which was built in 1868 on Springfield Avenue, underwent reconstruction in 1929 and became known as the Summit Suburban Hotel. It has since been renovated in 1986 and is now known as Grand Summit Hotel, which caters to executives who choose to visit corporations in Summit as well as nearby areas. Summit is framed with architect designed upscale homes.


Tree lined streets provide the entrance to the shopping district in Summit. At the center of Summit you will find plenty of small shops that thrive in the region. Excellent shopping is enjoyed by the residents and visitors, an alternative to the larger shopping plaza, which is in nearby Short Hills, New Jersey. It is here where you can find unique and personal items such as frames, books, old world olive oil, spices, teas, toys and even something for your favorite pet.


If you are considering joining the growing population in Summit, you will be happy to know that the school system is nothing short of excellent. Recent numbers prove that children who attend these schools are more likely to go on to higher education. With an eighty nine percent of graduates doing just that it is no wonder people are embracing the school system. The schools are comprised of five elementary, Summit Middle School and Summit High School, along with a number of private schools.


Life in Summit can be summed up as tranquil and serene. It boasts a whopping 496 acres and offers a beautiful place to enjoy the great outdoors. There are many great outdoor activities to include baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, roller skating, tennis and a wonderful playground for the children.

There is also the Reeves-Reed Arboretum which is 12 acres in size and is owned by the city. The Arboretum offers extensive adult and child education programs that are centered on nature. Additionally contained amongst the 12 acres, you will find an Olympic-sized municipal pool for residents to take advantage of. With an array of scheduled events, the New Jersey center for Visual Aids offers daily classes as well as art galleries of the 20th century.

Summit has several restaurants that cater to a variety of tastes such as Village Trattoria, Roots Steak House, Huntley Tavern, La Pastaria, Negeen Persian, and Sunny Asian Sushi and Asian Cuisine.


Summit is home to many landmarks that are rich in history.

Newman Hall is one of the first mansions built in Summit in the late nineteenth century. Its residents included the Truslow Family. Today it is owned by the Oratory Prep School.

    • The Summit Opera House built in the 1890’s by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Currently Winberie’s Restaurant occupies the first floor.
    • The DeBary inn was built in 1880 and remained a private residence to Frederick DeBary until 1923.
    • One of the popular amenities in downtown Summit is the Promenade. It was gifted by the Summit Area Development Corporation, which is a nonprofit group that is dedicated to providing aesthetic improvements in Summit and nearby areas.


With a population of just under 22,000 people, Summit has an average median income per household of just over $114,000.

Since Summit is so conveniently located in proximity to New York City – only 22 miles away – the real estate is often very expensive ranging anywhere from $800,000 to $2 million+.

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Summit City Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Summit City

412 Morris Ave, Unit 57 Summit City, NJ 07901-1533
Photo of 412 Morris Ave, Unit 57, Summit City, NJ 07901-1533 (MLS # 3681044)
1 bed 1 bath $160,000
208 Morris Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3516
Photo of 208 Morris Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-3516 (MLS # 3681026)
5 beds 2 baths $459,900
17 Walnut St Summit City, NJ 07901-3525
Photo of 17 Walnut St, Summit City, NJ 07901-3525 (MLS # 3680791)
3 beds 2 baths $3,500
23 Orchard St Summit City, NJ 07901-3962
Photo of 23 Orchard St, Summit City, NJ 07901-3962 (MLS # 3680540)
4 beds 2 baths $450,000
250 Morris Ave, Unit C Summit City, NJ 07901-3518
Photo of 250 Morris Ave, Unit C, Summit City, NJ 07901-3518 (MLS # 3680190)
3 beds 4 baths 3,000 sqft $1,150,000
149 Passaic Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-1231
Photo of 149 Passaic Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-1231 (MLS # 3680189)
3 beds 1 bath 1,264 sqft $475,000
14 Euclid Ave, Unit 104 Summit City, NJ 07901-2115
Photo of 14 Euclid Ave, Unit 104, Summit City, NJ 07901-2115 (MLS # 3680156)
2 beds 3 baths 1,421 sqft $5,250
206 Morris Ave, Unit 2 Summit City, NJ 07901-3516
Photo of 206 Morris Ave, Unit 2, Summit City, NJ 07901-3516 (MLS # 3680345)
3 beds 2 baths $2,500
305 Summit Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-2205
Photo of 305 Summit Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-2205 (MLS # 3679755)
4 beds 5 baths 2,868 sqft $1,395,000
53 Madison Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-1551
Photo of 53 Madison Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-1551 (MLS # 3679509)
3 beds 2 baths $759,000
53 Mountain Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3423
Photo of 53 Mountain Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-3423 (MLS # 3679443)
4 beds 4 baths $925,000
8 Greenfield Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-1418
Photo of 8 Greenfield Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-1418 (MLS # 3679329)
4 beds 3 baths 2,615 sqft $859,000
174 Springfield Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3908
Photo of 174 Springfield Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-3908 (MLS # 3679261)
5 beds 3 baths $5,000
13 Lewis Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-1419
Photo of 13 Lewis Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-1419 (MLS # 3679138)
3 beds 3 baths 1,800 sqft $649,000
28 Morris Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3918
Photo of 28 Morris Ave, Summit City, NJ 07901-3918 (MLS # 3679123)
2 beds 4 baths $689,000

Sold Listings in Summit City

20 Eggers Ct, Unit 20 Summit City, NJ 07901-6701
3 beds 0 baths $775,000
50 Parmley Pl, Unit 207 Summit City, NJ 07901-2100
2 beds 0 baths $825,000
82 Franklin Pl Unit 6 Summit City, NJ 07901
3 beds 0 baths $900,000
15 Hickory Rd Summit City, NJ 07901-1623
3 beds 0 baths $1,500,000
72 Broad St Summit City, NJ 07901-4015
2 beds 0 baths $380,000
90 New England Ave Unit 1a Summit City, NJ 07901-1827
2 beds 0 baths $848,000
24 Morris Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3922
3 beds 0 baths $540,000
277 Kent Place Blvd Summit City, NJ 07901-1235
3 beds 0 baths $750,000
1 Euclid Ave Unit 1-C Summit City, NJ 07901-2114
1 bed 0 baths $525,000
155 Maple St Summit City, NJ 07901-3485
5 beds 0 baths $1,365,000
6 Ashland Rd Summit City, NJ 07901
4 beds 0 baths $900,000
14 Greenfield Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-1418
4 beds 0 baths $955,000
90 Prospect Hill Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-3740
5 beds 0 baths $2,680,000
54 Springfield Ave Unit B Summit City, NJ 07901-4008
3 beds 0 baths $512,600
97 Pine Grove Ave Summit City, NJ 07901-2436
5 beds 0 baths $1,850,000

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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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