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If you’ve been to our nation’s capital to witness the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the folks in Belleville, New Jersey want you to know that their cherry tree display is bigger and better. To prove it, they’ve billed themselves as “The Cherry Blossom Capital of America.”
This might be important information for you if you are searching for homes for sale in New Jersey and your wish list includes the need for a neighborhood with lots of natural beauty.
Belleville, a township in Essex County, is home to 35,926 residents with a median age of 36 who earn a median household income of $60,127.
Belleville is located south of Nutley, east of Bloomfield and north of Newark. The Passaic River forms the township’s eastern border with North Arlington.
Commuters to Newark Penn Station enjoy a snappy commute from the Silver Lake station in southern Belleville.
The Belleville School District serves the public school children of Belleville with 9 schools. Elementary schools are numbered, rather than named and include Schools Number 3 through 10 (without a school Number 6), Belleville Middle School and Belleville High. Enrollment numbers are as follows:
- School Number 3 – serves 401 students in grades K through 6.
- School Number 4 – serves 425 children in grades Pre-K through 6.
- School Number 5 – serves 415 students in grades K through 6.
- School Number 7 – serves 355 children in grades Pre-K through 6.
- School Number 8 – serves 528 students in grades K through 6.
- School Number 9 – serves 142 children in grades K through 6.
- School Number 10 – serves 197 students in grades K through 6.
- Belleville Middle School – serves 676 students in grades 7 and 8.
- Belleville High School – serves 1,538 students in grades 9 through 12.
Leisure Time Activities in Belleville
Although its address is in Bloomfield, nearly half of the Forest Hill Field Club, a private golf and country club, sits within Belleville’s borders. Aside from a gorgeous golf course, members enjoy the use of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, snack bar, exercise facilities, sauna and a number of eateries.
Belleville residents are especially fond of the 32-plus acre Belleville Park. It is here that they can commune with nature, watch the wildlife and feel secluded from the rest of the town. The park includes a senior center, playground, Bocce courts, two soccer fields, four softball fields and a ¼-mile jogging trail.
If dining out is your ideal way to spend your leisure time you’ll love the variety of restaurants in Belleville. From Thai cuisine at Topaz to Cuban food at Sweets & Cortaditos and Portuguese yumminess at Solar Do Minho, you won’t need to travel far from home to find a wonderful meal.
Single-family homes in Belleville range in price from less than $175,000 for a fixer to more than $700,000. First-time buyers and others on tight budget may want to look at condos for sale in Belleville. Condos and townhomes are typically priced from less than $125,000 to $500,000.