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Welcome to Califon, NJ

With just over 1,000 residents, Califon is a small borough nestled along the banks of the Passaic River in New Jersey's Hunterdon County. Blink and you might miss this quaint town that does not even have a stoplight. But residents enjoy the quaint charm and peace and quiet, so they would not want it any other way.

The streets are lined with Victorian homes and a few small businesses tucked away behind trees and sidewalks. Many of the homes and buildings in Califon are on the National Register of Historic Places. The river winds through the center of town, attracting fly-fishermen from all over the state of New Jersey for some of the best trout fishing in the region. But don't be surprised if you also see a deer drinking from the water in broad daylight, a testament to the town's peaceful atmosphere.

Both New Jersey Monthly and Newsweek have ranked Vorhees High School as one of the top high schools in the state, and the crime rate is extremely low in Califon. For these reasons, the picturesque town is a great place to raise children.

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Califon began as a stop on the Central Railroad of New Jersey, with mills and farms located throughout the community. It did not incorporate until 1918 under the name "California." Legend has it that a couple of painters had a few drinks in a hotel before working on the town's sign, and when they went back to work, they could not fit the name "California" in the given space, so they opted for a shorter version, Califon, and it stuck.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Califon

Despite its size, Califon offers a variety of places to dine. One of the most popular is Bex Kitchen on Main Street, where you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, and lunch, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Brasserie 513 is a favorite steakhouse with European flair in the area, while Tony's Bistro serves up delicious Italian cuisine. Grab a slice or a pizza pie at Nicola Pizza or a sandwich at Oscar's Gourmet Deli.

While you will not find any large shopping malls in Califon, you will find an assortment of small shops that sell gifts, antiques, and art along Main Street and High Bridge-Califon Road. For more shopping opportunities many residents opt to drive the 10 miles into Chester to shop at the Streets of Chester. Stores here include J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Gymboree, Talbot's, and Ann Taylor.

Parks and Playgrounds in Califon

Califon has its own ballfield, as well as a small green space along the Passaic River. It also features its own neighborhood park, Califon Island Park. Home to a wooden castle-style playground unlike almost anything else in the state, it is a popular spot for parents with young children. There is also a picnic pavilion, pond, playing field, and memorial garden. Ice skating on the pond is available during the winter.

The 15-mile Columbia Trail runs between High Bridge and Washington Township and straight through the center of Califon. Residents can jog, hike, bike, or go horseback riding along the trail that used to be the bed of the railroad. It is also a popular spot for catching glimpses of wildlife.

Real Estate Information

The average home price in Califon is around $560,000. Throughout the town, you will find a vast selection of historic Victorian homes, as well as several colonials, ranch-style, and federal-style homes. Most of them were built between the early 1800s and mid-1900s. Several homes sit along the river, affording beautiful views for residents. You will also find a few vintage farmhouses along the outskirts of town.
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