Franklin Township, located in Somerset County, consists of two unincorporated areas—Franklin Park and Somerset. Although they have separate zip codes, they are both governed by Franklin and served by the Franklin Township school district.
A recent Forbes survey recognized Franklin as one of the best communities in the United States. No doubt this is because of its quiet, rural environment, proximity to excellent transportation, a growth spurt of corporate parks and housing developments, and access to New Jersey’s top medical centers plus Rutgers University.
Franklin Park (08823)
Franklin Park is the southern half of Franklin Township, located north of Route 518 and bordered on the east by Route 27, just across from its neighbor Kendall Park. It offers all the shopping and transportation available along that road, plus a wealth of condos, townhouses and houses spanning all price ranges.
Nestled among wooded areas and farmlands, Franklin Park offers a cross between suburban and rural living—the Delaware Raritan Canal is nearby, while numerous stores along Route 27 offer groceries, basic goods and a variety of ethnic food.
A huge incentive the area offers is lower home prices and taxes than those in its Middlesex County neighbor. Franklin Park residents have no shortage of convenient shops, and a great many of them commute to New York City either by buses that stop along Route 27 or by train from nearby New Brunswick.
Somerset is the northern half of Franklin Township, bordered by Route 27 to the east and the Raritan River to the north. Home to a large number of houses, townhouses and condos as well as corporate office buildings, its atmosphere is a blend of residential and commercial life.
With Rutgers University and two major hospitals nearby as well as the New Brunswick train station, Somerset is an ideal location for working residents. Route 287 is a major artery connecting the area to the New Jersey Turnpike and destinations to the north.
Somerset residents enjoy a variety of local shops and can avail themselves of malls in nearby Edison and Bridgewater. As with Franklin Park, home prices and taxes are very favorable compared with those in nearby townships.