Morris Plains

Morris Plains

Welcome to Morris Plains, NJ

Morris Plains in Morris County, is a quaint, close-knit and caring community where everyone seems to know each other. There are an extraordinary amount of activities for both children as well as adults that help to create a sense of community. NJ Transit offers a direct line into midtown New York and the downtown area is filled with local pubs, restaurants, and shops.

The small town is full of charm with its historic homes built before the 1950s and its walkable downtown area. It is also minutes from several parks, recreation areas, and New Jersey's largest lake. Shopping, ranging from antiques to upscale designer brands, and fine dining are also just minutes away. You will also find a tight-knit community here, and you can witness why some people call it the "Community of Caring" at everything from the fall hayrides to the weekly farmers' market. There is one elementary and one middle school in Morris Plains. The teachers are warm and nurturing and parental involvement is encouraged in the schools. At the 9th grade level, Morris Plains merges with Morris Township and Morristown and the students attend Morristown High School.

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Morris Plains dates back to 1685 when an English man named Thomas Pierson built a sawmill in the area now known at Thompson Pond. As others moved to the area, Pierson's mill found great success providing wood and lumber to anyone who wanted to build a home. In 1926, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the community into its own borough. Before, it had been part of the Hanover Township. Throughout the decades that followed, Morris Plains went from a farming community to popular suburban destination for New York City commuters.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Morris Plains

Whether you are into the outdoors, shopping, culture, history, or dining out, you will find it all near Morris Plains. There area is largely residential, but it is close to places like an upscale shopping center; the historic sites in Morristown; and New Jersey's largest lake.

Morris Plains is just a quick drive from the Mall at Short Hills. Often referred to simply as "Short Hills Mall" by local residents, the upscale shopping center is home to over 1.3 million square feet of shopping and dining space. Stores include Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macys, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Armani, Gucci, and more.

Parks and Playgrounds in Morris Plains

Morris Plains has its own museum. Founded in 1974, the museum is home to hundreds of photos and artifacts that relate to the borough's past, ranging from the days Native Americans occupied the land to the stories behind the schools and churches in the area. There is even an interactive play area for children.

For even more history, head to nearby Morristown, about 5 miles away, to see where General George Washington kept his headquarters during the Revolutionary War. The park dates back to 1933, and it remains a preserve for artifacts, structures, and landscapes that were important during that time in our nation's history. You can also visit the museum or see live interpretations while you tour the park.

For those who love the great outdoors, Morris County is home to over 18,000 acres of parks and recreation areas. They include over 150 miles of trails, an ice skating rink, pools, golf courses, ball fields, and more. There are over 38 public parks and recreation facilities in the county.

Real Estate Information

There are only around 2,000 homes in Morris Plains, and many of them were built before 1950, meaning you can find plenty of character and historic charm in the borough. The median home value is around $460,000. Styles range from ranch to two-story traditional, and many of the neighborhoods are walkable. As a matter of fact, many of the neighborhoods in Morris Plains center around the Downtown area, and are within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
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