The small community of Berkeley Heights, settled in the beauty of the Watchung Reservation in 1899, carefully balances the unspoiled natural surroundings of rolling hills and river banks with charming residential areas. A notable Berkeley Heights attraction is the Littell-Lord Museum and Farmstead which is surrounded by land that has been tended for approximately 250 years by settlers and townspeople. An abundance of spacious parks, outstanding recreational programs, hiking trails, horseback riding trails and lakeside picnic areas will make city life seem remote; but since the town is situated on the train line to New York City and is near major highways, access for both commuting and exploring the surrounding areas is quick and easy. Educational excellence is a trademark of the town, with the Berkeley Heights Public School District being consistently ranked as one of New Jersey’s finest. An inviting shopping district and numerous restaurants are some of the other amenities enjoyed in Berkeley Heights. In 2007, Berkeley Heights earned the distinction of being named one of Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Live.