Find Out More About the Westfield, Scotch Plains and Cranford Area Economy & Job Market

In Westfield, Scotch Plains, Cranford, and the surrounding area, the economy is supported by the strong transportation and manufacturing industries. The local economy is served by railroad lines and major highways such as Highways I-78 and I-278, and US Routes 1 and 9. Also having a significant impact on the economy is the Newark International Airport due in part to the employment opportunities.

In the local area, as of the 2000 census, the highest percentage of jobs were in the fields of Manufacturing, Education, Management, and Retail-Trade. Because of the employment opportunities, mostly in these areas, the average family income is near $79,000 and the average house value is approximately $180,000.

The top employers in the Westfield, Cranford, and Scotch Plains area include the local hospitals such as Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, General Motors, and pharmaceutical companies. Although the work places are in and around the area, the average commuting time to and from work as of the 2000 census is roughly 30 minutes.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), created in 1996, is the manager of the Special Improvement District. The vision that the DWC has is for Westfield to be a destination where people want to visit, work, live and raise a family. Downtown Westfield has quaint but elegant shopping for the whole family with shops such as Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, The Gap, and Chico’s, plus many more. Main Street also has special treat shops such as Haagen Dazs, Starbuck’s Coffee, and Cold Stone Creamery. For more employment opportunities in Westfield, there are corporations in the area such as American United Mortgage, International Technology, and QuestaWeb Incorporated.


Cosmetic Improvements >Brighter is Better

Sometimes a real estate agent will walk into a home that is basically attractive, yet communicates the feeling that something is lacking. Then the agent notices that all of the drapes are closed, interior lights are off and there is a lot of overgrown shrubbery blocking the sunlight that might otherwise pour through the windows.

A dark house is not as appealing to most buyers as one that is flooded with light. As a part of your preparations to market your home, try to maximize the light in your home. Make sure that all the windows are clean and the drapes are open when the house is being shown. A fresh coat of light paint can do a lot to brighten up the interior. If your house has very dark paneling, and you do not wish to repaint the walls, you may want to consider adding additional lamps. Your real estate agent may be able to provide other simple and cost-effective ideas about how to maximize your home’s appeal.

Real Estate Trivia

Q Where is the world’s largest wine cellar, and how big is it?

A A company in the center of the wine-growing district of South Africa has a cellar that covers an area of 54 acres and has a capacity of 27 million gallons.