at a glance:
- Major Cities: Princeton Junction
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Mercer County Waterfront Park, Renaissance Revival Trenton War Memorial, New Jersey State House, Princeton Art Museum, Princeton Battlefield State Park, Van Nest Refuge Fish and Wildlife Management Area
- Major Industry: Healthcare, Social Assistance, Education, Finance, Insurance
- Counties: Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon
Mercer County, founded in 1838, is situated on the banks of the Delaware River in
central New Jersey. Its county seat of Trenton is also the state capital, giving
Mercer County its nickname of “The Capital County.” Mercer County covers 229 miles,
of which three are water, and has a population of 350,000. It currently ranks within
the top 100 highest income counties in the U.S. and is always popular among buyers
of New Jersey real estate.
Several educational facilities are located in Mercer County, including Princeton
University and the College of New Jersey. Real estate buyers in the area also benefit
from West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, a combined school district
that consistently ranks as one of the state’s best, can also be found in Mercer
Since the 1980s, a significant effort has been made to revitalize Mercer County
as a whole, and Trenton in particular. One of the most successful endeavors to date
has been the Trenton Tunnel Project, in which a major waterfront freeway was essentially
rebuilt as a tunnel. The top of the tunnel was then converted into the 6.5-acre
South Riverwalk Park, featuring a continuous biking/walking path, open lawn areas,
a pavilion, and an historic interpretive area. Traffic congestion immediately improved,
and the subsequent spike in popularity of the waterfront has spurred plans for a
forthcoming extension. Central New Jersey real estate has also benefited from these
improvements, as the area continually welcomes new residents.
The county’s interest in the preservation of recreational land extends to Trenton’s
largest open space, Cadwalader Park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (of Central
Park fame), this 100-acre oasis boasts hundreds of trees, a deer paddock, and a
small lake. Concerts, exhibitions, and events are held year-round at the park, which
is also the site of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion.
Trenton’s 85,000 residents are divided into four main neighborhoods: North, South,
East, and West. Each has its own unique identity. The largest church in the city,
Shiloh Baptist Church, can be found in North Trenton. East Trenton, the smallest
of the four, is home to Trenton’s only public high school. West Trenton, the biggest
of the four, is home to Cadwalader Park. The most diverse of the four is South Trenton,
whose residents reflect the more than sixty ethnicities that make up the city.
Trenton’s major neighborhoods are further subdivided into a number of unique communities
and sub-neighborhoods. One of the most desirable of these is Mill Hill. Its charming
two- and three-story brick row houses showcase New Jersey real estate styles and
are populated by a diverse array of young professionals, artists, and multi-generational
families who take an active interest in their community. House and garden tours
are organized regularly by the Old Mill Hill Society, a local civic organization
dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s rich history. Adding to Mill Hill’s appeal
is its location on the border of Chambersburg, Trenton’s lively restaurant district.
Mercer County’s ideal location on the Delaware River, combined with its recent rebirth,
make it one of New Jersey’s most desirable places to live. To find a home in Mercer
County, contact any one of Long & Foster’s New Jersey real estate offices.