One might miss Garwood if you did not know that it was there. It is a small town nestled between Cranford and Westfield on the Raritan Valley train line to New York city. There is a nice neighborhood feel to Garwood along with great restaurants and a couple of major grocers. Many buyers find their starter home in Garwood with some of the most affordable homes in the area.
Garwood was created as an industrial town at the turn of the century. The area that is now Garwood was on the fringes of Westfield and Cranford. A large tract of land along the Central Railroad of New Jersey was acquired in the 1890’s by John Maxwell, a former president of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. He formed the “Garwood Land and Improvement Company” to attract industry and provide workers’ housing. The town was incorporated as a borough in 1903, named for Samuel Garwood, president of the Land Company. Garwood expanded from strictly factory-related development to regular suburban housing after World War II. The town center has a large shopping center, with major food markets and a variety of other stores and commercial businesses.
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