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Welcome to Fanwood, NJ.

Built-in 1874 the Fanwood train station stands as the oldest original train station in Union County and, in addition to providing commuters with service to Newark Penn Station, remains the center of many of this community’s activities. Fanwood continues to expand its downtown with new shops and restaurants while maintaining its small-town charm. An interesting mix of homes, from Victorians and colonials to Capes and ranches, are maintained to Fanwood’s high building standards by its 7,300 residents. This small town with a big heart was voted New Jersey’s Best Small Town in 2019 by NJ Monthly magazine.

What we love about Fanwood, NJ.

  • Close-knit, small-town feel
  • Lively, walkable downtown with locally owned shops
  • Involved and Active Community

Living In Fanwood, NJ


People and Lifestyle

Fanwood is an independent borough, 1.3 square miles in size, a population of 7,300, in Union County, New Jersey. Many of the residents commute daily to New York City. Fanwood has a station on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley commuter rail line. NJ Transit also has a full schedule of bus service from Fanwood to central and northern New Jersey and New York City. This town has also been voted Best Small Town In New Jersey.


Downtown Fanwood

Fanwood has a downtown district that includes many thriving businesses. Over the last five years, their downtown has enjoyed a rebirth made possible by the new construction of several multi-use buildings including commercial and residential occupants. This little downtown packs in some great restaurants, quaint shops, and a redeveloped La Grande Park.

Things To Do In Fanwood, NJ

There are big things to do in this small town. Outdoor parks, such as La Grande Park and the Fanwood Nature Center, offer ample opportunities for nature walks through the woods, as well as courts and playgrounds to play on.  Annual events include the Summer Fan Jam, an outdoor summer event with food trucks, live music, and classic cars, and Fanny Wood Day,  a fall street fair with live music, food, games, and rides, and fun for the entire family. Fanwood residents also enjoy a vibrant, walkable downtown with local owned-restaurants, bakeries, and shops.

Schools In Fanwood, NJ

Students in Fanwood attend the schools of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood.


  • Howard B. Brunner Elementary School (Grades PreK-4)
  • Park Middle School  (Grades 5-8)
  • Scotch Plains Fanwood High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Mckinley Elementary  (Grades 1-5)
  • Tamaques Elementary  (Grades 1-5)
  • Wilson Elementary  (Grades 1-5)
  • Edison Intermediate School (Grades 6-8)
  • Roosevelt Intermediate School (Grades 6-8)
  • Westfield High School  (Grades 9-12)
  • Union County Vocational-Technical School (Grades 9-12)



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