South Brunswick Township, located in Middlesex County, is just north of Princeton along the Route 1 corridor. It consists of four unincorporated areas, sometimes refered to as villages: Kendall Park, Monmouth Junction, Dayton and Kingston. Although they each have a separate zip code, they are all governed by South Brunswick Township and all served by the South Brunswick school district.
South Brunswick is a very desirable township because of its excellent school system, reasonable home prices and taxes, and an easy commute to New York City. Commuters can catch the Northeast Corridor Line train to New York at one of three stations: New Brunswick, Jersey Avenue or Princeton Junction. Buses to New York stop along Route 27 and Finnegans Lane in Kendall Park, and there is a park-and-ride on Route 130 in Dayton.
Because of its proximity to Princeton, several neighborhoods in South Brunswick have a Princeton address. When searching for homes in this township, check zip code 08540 as well, which encompasses some parts of South Brunswick, Plainsboro and West Windsor. South Brunswick residents with a Princeton address are still served by the South Brunswick school and municipal systems.
Kendall Park (08824)
Bordered roughly by Route 27, Finnegans Lane, Route 1 and New Road, Kendall Park is home to the Timber Ponds, Beekman Manor, Highgate Manor and Nassau Square developments, as well as the original Kendall Park neighborhood. It offers residents a mix of houses ranging from three-bedroom ranches on either side of New Road to rather large estates off Sand Hill Road. Of South Brunswick’s seven elementary schools, four are located in Kendall Park. There is ample shopping along Route 27 for groceries and basic goods.
Monmouth Junction (08852)
Monmouth Junction straddles Route 1, New Road, Ridge Road and Route 522. South Brunswick High School is located here, as well as a number of developments such as Deans Pond Crossing, Monmouth Walk, Southridge Hills, Whispering Woods and others. Some welcome additions to South Brunswick have been opened in Monmouth Junction in recent years: The new Target, Best Buy, Staples, Home Depot and other big-box stores along Route 1 offer convenience for residents.
Some people still get confused that Dayton is not a separate town from South Brunswick. Forming the eastern part of the township, this area is home to developments such as Summerfield, Dayton Center and offers residents a wide array of houses, townhouses and condos. The industrial section along Cranbury Road and Route 130 is responsible for keeping the township’s taxes reasonable.
Little Kingston has all of two traffic lights, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up in character. Originally settled in the late 1600s, many of its homes and buildings still bear a historic look and feel. But anyone who’s been driving south to Princeton along Route 27 in the last few years has noticed a remarkable resurgence, as stores and houses have been renovated and refurbished, all keeping with the historic feel of the little town. Literally across the bridge from Princeton, this community offers a Princeton-like environment at a fraction of that township’s prices and taxes.
Kingston is split by Route 27, and the east side of town is in South Brunswick Township while the west side is in Franklin Township. The links above are to the Franklin side, with a ZIP code of 08528. The South Brunswick side does not have its own ZIP code, and most of the homes are in ZIP code 08540, which indicates a location with a Princeton address that is not in Princeton itself. Children on the Franklin side of town attend Franklin Township schools, while those on the South Brunswick side attend South Brunswick schools.