The US Secretary of Education recently honored Chatham, New Jersey’s, Milton Avenue Elementary School with a Blue Ribbon Award. Milton Avenue Elementary School earned the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for its outstanding performance and growth, including its consistently high test scores and process for identifying and helping children experiencing difficulties in the classroom. Milton Elementary is one of only 9 schools in New Jersey that received the Blue Ribbon Award.

The Blue Ribbon Award is a home run 
for Chatham property owners as well as Chatham home buyers
 with and without kids.


Why do homeowners and homebuyers benefit from good schools whether or not kids are in the mix?
Parents, of course, want schools that offer their children a top-notch education, competitive sports, and extracurricular activities that broaden their kids’ horizons, give them the opportunity to reach their full potential and launch them on the path to a bright future.

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But in addition to benefits parents’ and kids enjoy from being in a great school system, homeowners and homebuyers without children benefit from the positive culture and stability a great school system provides a town and its real estate market. Positive peer interactions and opportunities that engage kids in wholesome activities as they navigate adolescence, for example, can affect a town’s culture and crime rates for the better.In addition, a study published in the Harvard University Quarterly Journal of Economics, suggests “schools may be a particularly important setting for the prevention of future crime.”

Good schools, low crime rates, and a stable real estate market

are among the many assets associated with owning and buying a home in Chatham.

It Takes a Village to Stabilize the Culture and Home Values in a Town

Those of us who have raised children in Chatham Borough and Chatham Township know the value of its outstanding schools. Dedicated faculty and staff, thoughtful curricula, awareness of and response to differences in learning styles, fine athletic programs, and wholesome extracurricular activities have cultivated a foundation of excellence in our kids that is reflected in the extraordinary culture of our town.

As parents, we know, too, that the tenor of our households has an enormous influence on our children’s ability to make the most of their academic and nonacademic privileges.

But we also are aware that residents without children in Chatham have an important role in shaping the culture of our treasured village, including our kids.

We are grateful that to the Chatham school system

for its contributions in creating a safe, stable, and settled community

for our current and future residents,

whatever the makeup of their households!

Kudos to the faculty and staff at Milton Avenue Elementary School

for helping make your school great

and helping ensure Chatham is a great place to live.


Interested in buying a home

in Chatham Borough or Chatham Township?

I am here to help!


Mary Weichert


Mary T. Weichert, SRES, ABR, CRS, CLHMS

Broker / Salesperson, Weichert Realtors

64 Main Street, Chatham NJ, 07928 


Cell: (201) 532-0788

Office: (973) 635-5000