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Somerset Apartments For Rent
With a history dating back to colonial times, Somerset County has been drawing new settlers for well over 300 years. The community of Somerset, located in Franklin Township, is a fast-growing suburban area in a county that ranks as one of the wealthiest in New Jersey. Somerset is located between Piscataway Township and New Brunswick, just across the Raritan River from the Rutgers University campus.
Apartments in Somerset will give you access to the shops, parks, restaurants, and golf courses that make Somerset one of New Jersey’s most desirable communities. Neighborhoods in Somerset vary from tightly-packed urban areas to sprawling, tree-lined rural areas. Somerset is home to a number of professionals because of its beautiful, diverse neighborhoods and its close proximity to Manhattan.
Things to Do in Somerset:
Because of its location, Somerset provides a wealth of opportunities – from local shops and restaurants to heading into New York City to see a Broadway show, visit Central Park, or tour the museums. In addition to Somerset, Franklin Township contains other historic communities to explore, including Middlebrush, Zarephath, East Millstone, and Griggstown.
Historic locations that remain in Somerset include the Blackwells Mills Canal House, which was built around 1835. Now a state and national historic site, the house hosts craft shows, art exhibits, antique shows, and other events throughout the year. The Franklin Inn was a Dutch farmhouse built in 1752. It served as the headquarters for British General Cornwallis during the American Revolution, and was converted into a tavern in 1834. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the East Millstone Historic District.
Not far from Somerset, the D&R Canal State Park (Delaware and Raritan) provides terrific opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and sightseeing. The canal was built in 1830-1834 by laborers (most of whom were Irish immigrants) who dug the canal by hand. The main canal was 44 miles long, seven feet deep, and 75 feet wide. Today, the canal and its structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Points of interest within the park include the Prallsville Mills complex – a sawmill, linseed oil mill, and gristmill built sometime around 1790. The mill complex is considered a significant representation of early industry. Other locations include Griggstown, Kingston, and Blackwells Mills.
Six Mile Run Reservoir Site is located in Somerset. This reservoir covers more than 3,000 acres and is a terrific place to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, and bird-watching. Six Mile Run also contains 18th century farmhouses, barns, and other structures that chronicle the life of the Dutch settlers who lived here in the 1700s.
No matter where you find your apartment in Somerset, there’s one attraction you don’t want to miss: Rockingham. Rockingham Historic Site began as a modest, two-room farmhouse built in 1710 (although it was enlarged to a much larger home in the 1760s). But it isn’t the house itself that’s significant – it is what happened here. Rockingham was General George Washington’s final Revolutionary War headquarters. He stayed here for nearly three months in 1783, waiting for the signing of the Treaty of Paris, when the thirteen colonies finally won independence from Great Britain. He received the news in the house on October 31, 1783. Afterward, Washington wrote the “Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States” while at Rockingham – a message delivered to the Continental Army at West Point.
What to Consider When Moving to Somerset:
Somerset gained fame in the early 1900s when it was the location of a radio transmitter facility, Marconi Station. It was at this station that President Woodrow Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points speech in 1918. In 1952, the antenna masts were demolished. The buildings were demolished in 2004.
Somerset forms the northeast quadrant of the 47-square-mile Franklin Township in Somerset County and is home to three-fourths of the township’s 51,000 residents. Somerset also encompasses its own business district as well as major cultural attractions and an 18-hole golf course.
Nearby Trenton, the capital of New Jersey, is a terrific place to visit once you move to your new apartment in Somerset. Trenton is home to Cadwalader Park, a city park designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted – most famous for designing New York City’s Central Park. Trenton is popular with area residents because portions of Trenton are part of an “Urban Enterprise Zone,” which allows shoppers to take advantage of a reduced three-and-a-half percent sales tax rate (versus the seven percent rate charged statewide).
Why Somerset Apartments Are Hot:
Somerset is frequently listed as one of New Jersey’s healthiest counties. It is home to a variety of public gardens, nature walks, and easy access to healthcare. Somerset also features road-side stands, U-pick farms, and plenty of outdoor activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to visit nearby Norz Hill Farm and Farmers Market, Duke Farms, and the Bernardsville Farmers Market.
Its proximity to Rutgers University, its location along the Raritan River, the fantastic historic sites dotting the landscape, and its proximity to New York City also help make apartments in Somerset very hot – find yours now and start enjoying this fantastic location in the Garden State.
- The Delaware and Raritan Canal features several historic canal houses and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Hagman House, built in 1756, is a historic location that hosts third-party private events and other special events.
- Colonial Park is a 685.5-acre park that features trails, cross-country skiing, golf, ice skating, and paddle boats.
- Nearby Somerville is a historic town known for its antique shops, restaurants, historic sites, and the Festiville Street Festival.
- Local farms and nurseries include the popular Suydam Farms, which has been operating for nearly 300 years and 13 generations.
- New Brunswick
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- North Brunswick
- Franklin Park
- Bound Brook
- East Brunswick
- East Millstone
- Princeton University
- Union County College
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Rutgers New Brunswick
- Devry University
- Ash Brook Reservation
- Tamdques Reservation
- National Guard Armory
- Military Ocean Terminal
- US Naval Weapons Station Earle