Adrienne Francis
Adrienne Francis
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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Relocating to Bernardsville

Bernardsville homes offer some of the most desired and diverse selections of homes in the Somerset Hills and Central NJ area. Bernardsville is a cultural and historical center that dates back to the turn of the century when wealthy industrialists from New York City started building their “summer cottages” on huge parcels of land on the Bernardsville Mountain. It’s homes reflect history, elegance, character and charm making it a popular and modern US real estate market destination. Access to Manhattan is easy and accessible via the Bernardsville train station and also NJ Transit bus service.

Moving to Bernardsville often involves a job relocation and reassignment to both suburban and urban centers such as New York City. You may find a familiarity with the work environment where you are transferred while at the same time, you realize you have little knowledge about a suitable home and school system for you and your family. Communities in and surrounding Bernardsville offer a living experience far preferable to the hustle and bustle of urban centers but often relocation means a faster than comfortable transition to an area that you don't know. The stress can be eased greatly by finding a knowledgeable real estate relocation professional who is well acquainted with the variety of home and schooling options that are available in and around Basking Ridge.

Adrienne Francis has repeatedly delivered guidance with exceptional results to clients moving to Bernardsville, making the transition virtually effortless. She has helped them find homes exactly meeting their specifications and needs, both private and public schools for their children and often boarding facilities for their horses.

Act early, as soon as you know a relocation is in your future, seek out Adrienne’s perspective on all the available homes on the market and even some that are not yet listed for sale in Bernardsville. Knowledge of the schools, the area and inventory is key and Adrienne knows it well.

Call Bernardsville relocation expert and realtor, Adrienne Francis now and give yourself the advantage of Basking Ridge's top relocation specialist. 


With a population of approximately 7,700, the borough of Bernardsville is a small town located in the northern part of Somerset County, New Jersey, just south of Morristown. Known for picturesque views, sprawling estates, charming farms, historical mansions and premier schools, the borough was originally a part of Bernards Township. Bernardsville’s reputation for grand estates began during the post-Civil War era, when many wealthy and prominent New Yorkers began building mansions on Bernardsville Mountain to be used for summer retreats. The construction of the Gladstone branch of the New York City railroad system brought many new residents from New York City, and prompted further development of the borough’s downtown. By the 1890s, residents of the Bernardsville Mountain were known for their extravagant lifestyles. Polo matches, private racetracks, opulent balls and elaborate horse-drawn carriages arriving at the railroad station added to the mountain colony's allure. The town grew as European artisans, gardeners and servants settled in the village to work at some of the grand estates. Among those who owned mountain estates were Prudential Insurance Company founder Forest Dryden, brewer J. Herbert Ballantine, and pharmaceutical manufacturer Charles Pfizer.

The borough is home to a wide variety of stately architectural styles, including Victorians, farmhouses, colonials, cottages, manor homes and luxury estate properties. Miles of winding country roads offer endless enjoyment for runners and cyclists alike, and some of the town’s recreational activities include parks, wildlife conservatories, an Olympic-sized municipal pool, and several world-class golf courses including Trump National,  just minutes away. Bernardsville truly offers commuters the best of both worlds—providing scenic views of rolling hills with stunning homes alongside the convenience of train and bus transportation to New York City and quick access to highways 287/78/206 and 24. The downtown features the quaint “Olcott Square”, boasting a variety of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and a movie theater and nearby conveniences of supermarkets and pharmacies. Events like the annual Tree Lighting, Unity Day at Nervine Park, and “Sounds Around Town” bring to life the charming, small-town character of this chic and highly sought-after town. The Somerset Hills School District consists of Bedwell Elementary School (K-4), Bernardsville Middle School (grades 5-8) and Bernards High School, which also serve the neighboring small towns of Far Hills and Peapack-Gladstone. Bernards High was ranked 169th in the nation, and 12th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" and the September 2012 issue of NJ Monthly magazine also gave the school top honors, ranking Bernards as 11th in the state. Come visit Bernardsville and let me show you why this is one of my very favorite towns along the train line.

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