Bernardsville was named after Sir Francis Bernard who was Colonial governor of New Jersey from 1758 to 1760. Nestled in the northern most part of Somerset County, just 12 miles south of Morristown, this rustic community sits in some of the last vestiges of the Great Eastern Forest.

After theCivil War, many wealthy and prominent New Yorkers moved into the area, first as summer visitors, then as permanent residents of the Bernardsville Mountain, and built fantastic estates that survive to this day. 

The Gladstone Branch railroad line makes this bucolic town with large estates convenient to New York City and other hubs via NJ Transit - see this handy map.  A small but charming Village surrounds the train station with casual and elegant eateries such as the Bernards Inn - a perfect venue for a special meal.

Formerly the home of one of our favorite First Ladies - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Bernardsville is now home to famous and perhaps not as famous leaders of finance, media and industry.  Still, it is a great place to raise a family.  Approximately 7,600 people call this home and the town comprises of 12.9 square miles.  This town does not have the typical subdivisions, though many of the fine homes and estates can be found on "The Mountain" or Bernardsville Mountain.  There were 76 properties sold in Bernardsville in 2008.  From a 1 bedroom condo near town and train for $172,000 to $6,350,000 for the exquisite 18 room estate "Appletrees", formerly the home of a top Lucent executive, among others.

Visit the official Bernardsville Borough Website Here.

To access demographic and school data and details for Bernardsville, NJ, Click Here.

For a more personal look at what it's like to live in Bernardsville, New Vernon, Basking Ridge or any of the towns and communities in Morris and Somerset Counties, our Team of experienced, professional, local Realtors is available to talk with you about the community, homes for sale and real estate, without cost or obligation. Contact us via cell or text at 201-960-2090 or email

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