If you’re lucky enough to work in the town, it’s a great place for walking and bicycling too!
There are lots of historic homes here and if you’re an architecture buff (or an architect) you’ll recognize names like McKim, Mead, and White and Henry Hudson Holly (he also designed Glenmont, the home of Thomas Edison, a national park site open to the public, in nearby West Orange).
You may find yourself living next door to one of the celebrities who call Montclair home. You may know Stephen Colbert as a TV host but some children in town know him as their religious education instructor! Make sure you’re looking good when you head to the grocery store, you might run into make-up maven Bobbi Brown. Look up to spot Bill Bradley, former basketball star, US Senator and presidential candidate. Hear a shuffle? Maybe it’s Savion Glover.
- Bradford, The University Magnet & kindergarten through 5th grade
- Bullock, Environmental Science & kindergarten through 5th grade
- Edgemont, Montessori & kindergarten through 5th grade
- Hillside, Gifted and Talented & 3rd to 5th grades
- Nishuane, Gifted and Talented & kindergarten through 2nd grade
- Northeast, Global Studies & kindergarten through 5th grade
- Watchung, Science and Technology & kindergarten through 5th grade
Wellmont Theatre is a great old art deco space where you might go to see Montclair resident Stephen Colbert or hear Alanis Morissette or Dwight Yoakam.
There’s a movie theatre on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair which show an interesting mix of movies including documentaries and small scale indie films. Another theatre is located in Upper Montclair. Both locations are operated by Clearview Cinemas.
The town of Montclair provides public facilities for sports including baseball and soccer fields, 18 public tennis courts, 4 skating rinks (two are indoor) and 3 swimming pools. Lessons and leagues are available for all ages.
The Montclair Historical Society operates 4 house museums with events throughout the year.
If your kind of shopping is a casual stroll, stopping in at small boutiques, cafes and antique shops & Montclair is your town. Church Street is an award winning, picturesque one-block shopper’s oasis. But there’s more & at the top of the street, where Church meets Bloomfield Avenue, you’ll find Anthropologie. Head in the opposite direction and there’s Urban Outfitters. Upper Montclair has it own charm and a number of notable retailers including Gap and Williams Sonoma.
The Montclair Book Center is New Jersey’s counterpart to Manhattan’s Strand. You may want to stop in after your yoga, pilates or spin class & there are many choices for exercise. If you prefer a game of soccer, there’s the Soccer Dome. Children can choose from numerous athletic programs including http://www.montclairlacrosse.com/.
The YMCA has two facilities in Montclair with a full range of family activities year round.