SOMERSET COUNTY, N.J. – Franklin Township in Somerset County is once again making headlines thanks to its distinctly small-town environment. For the second time in three years, the suburban community has made Money Magazine’s Top 100 list of America’s best small cities, which ranks municipalities with a population between 50,000 and 300,000.
Franklin Township checked in at an impressive number 25 in the magazine’s recently released annual Best Places To Live issue. The rankings are based on factors including economy, diversity, home prices, median income, median age, air quality and ease of commute. In the magazine, Franklin Township was singled out for its 6,500 acres of farmland and its position as one of the most diverse townships in New Jersey.
“Franklin Township debuted on Money Magazine’s annual list in 2008 and word of its desirability and high quality of life has been spreading ever since,” says Sally Christie, Sales Manager at Summerfields, a brand new non aged-restricted residential community in the Township. “Many cite its accessibility with two major highways- Route 287 and Interstate 95 which are both just minutes away.
“Others are drawn to the country-like environment created by the farmlands, parks and open spaces that dominate its landscape. Of course, home prices which are considerably lower than those in other areas within Somerset County play a major role.”
Homebuyers at Summerfields exemplify the wide appeal of Franklin Township, Ms. Christie points out.
“We have a large number of young couples and professionals looking to purchase their first home in an area that’s ideal for raising a family,” she says. “They are coming to us from throughout the state, whether it’s the central and southern New Jersey suburbs or the popular urban municipalities on northern New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast.”
More than 100 homes have already been sold in the initial phase of single-family homes at Summerfields. Residences at the community are priced from just $399,900. Seven three-and four-bedroom single-family designs are offered ranging from approximately 2,000 to approximately 3,400 square-feet. Homes at Summerfields are being developed under the energy saving guidelines of the NJ Energy Efficient Homes Program.
A total of three new model homes are now open for viewing at the community, including a decorated four-bedroom Essex model, a magnificent four-bedroom Sussex model with 3 ½ baths and a first-floor master bedroom or “in-law” suite and a decorated 4 bedroom Mercer model. The model homes provide visitors a comprehensive look at the exceptional living spaces, dramatic elegance and considerable value found in each Summerfields home.
”We’re also preparing for the impending debut of our next housing section which will feature spacious townhomes,” says Ms. Christie. “These residences will off all of the same attributes as our single-family homes – affordable pricing, elegant interiors and a suburban environment.”
In addition to the magnificent homes, residents of this quaint neighborhood will benefit from on-site recreational and social amenities, including an optional clubhouse facility with fitness center, outdoor pool and tot lots, as well as walking and biking paths.
“Homeowners will also have the added benefit of residing in Somerset County which includes some of the state’s most treasured natural recreational resources, including the historic Delaware-Raritan Canal where activities such as fishing and canoeing can be found,” says Ms. Christie. “And there are several other leisurely-pursuits available at Somerset County’s many golf courses, gardens, museums, art exhibits and parks including Colonial Park located right in the Summerfields neighborhood which includes a 1.4 mile fitness paracourse, three fishing ponds, softball field and the Lois Howe Nature Trail.”
Summerfields’ location offers easy access to major highways such as Route 287, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, allowing residents to quickly reach the business, shopping and entertainment districts throughout the region, including Princeton, New Brunswick, New York City and Newark Airport. The community is also minutes from public transportation at the New Brunswick Train Station and just 20-minutes from the Outer Bridge Crossing into Staten Island.
Summerfields is next in a long line of distinguished and award-winning residential communities developed by Premier Development in the Somerset section of Franklin Township.
“Summerfields follows in the footsteps of our successful communities in Somerset such as our fast-selling Canal Walk active adult neighborhood which is directly across the street and our Cedar Manor community located nearby,” Ms. Christie adds. “This distinct region of the Township has proven to appeal to homebuyers seeking the ideal small-town, suburban environment without sacrificing close proximity to major commuter highways and the popular business centers of central and northern New Jersey.”
For additional information on Summerfields, please call (732) 356-0084 or visit http://www.premierdevelopment.com. The community’s sales office is open daily. To visit the community from the north, take Route 287 to exit 12. Proceed left on Weston Canal Road 2.5 miles to traffic light at Schoolhouse Road. Make a left and proceed ¼ mile to Rutgers Boulevard. Turn left onto Rutgers Boulevard and follow signs to sales office.
From the south/Princeton, proceed north on Route 206. Approx. ½ mile after the Princeton Airport, bear right onto Route 533 (River Road). Follow approx. 6 miles and turn right onto Route 514 (Amwell Road). Proceed to traffic light at Mettlers Road. Make a left onto Mettlers Road and follow to the end. Turn left and proceed ¼ mile to Rutgers Boulevard. Turn right onto Rutgers Boulevard and follow signs to sales office.
The GPS address for Summerfields is 63 Schoolhouse Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873.