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