Mountain Lakes Homes for Sale

Located in Morris County, Mountain Lakes is a borough that had a population of about 4,256 as of the 2000 Census.

The community was first incorporated as a borough in 1924, using parts of Boonton and Hanover Townships.


In 1910, Mountain Lakes was a rural woodland owned by a few families with names such as Righter, Grimes, Ball and Van Duyne. 

In the space of ten years, however, the entire face of Mountain Lakes changed from a wilderness of Dutch and English properties to a planned suburban community of large stucco houses now affectionately known as "Lakers." During this single decade, the natural and architectural character of Mountain Lakes was developed.  Since then, despite superficial changes, the original design imagined by the local


engineer, Lewis Van Duyne, and executed primarily by developer, Herbert J. Hapgood, remains intact.


Today, some 90 years later, Mountain Lakes is still prospering, essentially intact, whereas other planned communities have lost their


identities to intrusive development.  Mountain Lakes ability to preserve its original design and character has been cited by professional planners as unique among American communities.

Living in Mountain Lakes, NJ

Considering that Mountain Lakes is only 3 square miles, there sure are a lot of recreational amenities to enjoy in the New Jersey Community.

For instance, a portion of The Tourne County Park is located within Mountain Lakes.

Other outdoor recreation attractions in Mountain Lakes include:

  • Birchwood Lake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Mountain Lake
  • Sunset Lake
  • Wildwood Lake
  • Cove Lake

However, it’s important to note that residents are only allowed to swim in Birchwood Lake and Mountain Lake.

In addition, Mountain Lakes is just a short drive from regional attractions such as:

  • Grimes Homestead
  • Rockaway River Country Club
  • Boonton Reservoir
  • Essex County airport

Notable current and former residents of Mountain Lakes include:

  • Frederick W. Castle (1908–44), general officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Patrik Eliáš (born 1976), left wing for the New Jersey Devils.
  • Jeff Friesen (born 1976), professional hockey player.
  • Richard M. Freeland (born 1941), President of Northeastern University from 1996 to 2006.

Education in Mountain Lakes

School-aged residents living in Mountain Lakes are served by the Mountain Lakes Schools district, including such high-performing schools as:

  • Wildwood School, K-5
  • Briarcliff School, 6-8
  • Mountain Lakes High School, 9-12

In fact, Mountain Lakes High School is so renowned that it was the 9th ranked public high school in the state, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2010 issue.

And in 2008, it was the 4th-ranked public high school.

Lake Drive School, which is also in Mountain Lakes, is a regional specialty school for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Private schools in the area include The Craig School, which serves grades 3 through 12.


  • Males: 2,079 (50.0%)
  • Females: 2,081 (50.0%)
  • Median resident age: 41.8 years
  • New Jersey median age: 0.0 years
  • Estimated median household income in 2010: $182,828 
  • Estimated per capita income in 2010: $90,226

Investing in Mountain Lakes, NJ

If you think Mountain Lakes may be exactly what you and your family have been looking for in a community, then contact me, Sean Shallis, your Morris County real estate expert.

I’ll be happy to provide you with even more information about what it’s like to live in Mountain Lakes as well as answer any questions you may have.

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