Overview

Verona’s 12,000 residents are primarily located in the valley of the Watchung First Mountain, just west of Montclair. The town was voted the third best place to live in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2008 (and also made the top ten in 2010). The housing stock in Verona offers lots of inventory in the $400k-$600k range – mainly charming colonials built before World War II – but also the soaring Claridge House towers, with sweeping Manhattan skyline views and luxurious amenities.

Verona is home to Verona Park, a picturesque 54-acre Olmstead-designed park, complete with a 13-acre lake that is popular for boating, fishing, skating  and swimming. Bloomfield Avenue is the main shopping area in Verona.

History

Verona and several neighboring towns were all originally one town known as the Horseneck Tract. In 1702, a group of settlers left Newark and purchased a large tract of land northwest of their home city from the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. The area of present-day Verona was part of what was known in the 1800s as Vernon Valley. The name was rejected when residents applied to the United States Postal Service, as the name had already been in use for an area in Sussex County. Verona was chosen as the alternative name for the community.

Schools

The Verona Public School system is frequently awarded and recognized for outstanding achievement. Schools in the district are Brookdale Avenue School (Grades K-4), Frederic N. Brown School (K-4), Forest Avenue School (K-4), Laning Avenue School (PreK-4), Henry B. Whitehorne Middle School (5-8) and Verona High School (9-12).

The small size of Verona High School (less than 600 students) makes it attractive to many residents. The school was the 53rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey (out of 322 schools statewide) by New Jersey Monthly in 2010.

The Commute

Five DeCamp express buses run to New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal on weekday mornings. Residents can catch New Jersey Transit trains into New York City in the neighboring towns of Little Falls and Montclair.

Municipal Link

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