Located at the foot of the Sourland Mountains, at a crossroads between Princeton and Lambertville, Hopewell Borough has long been a popular destination for area residents and visitors alike. The historic and thriving downtown, which just celebrated its 125th birthday in 2016, has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years and is now home to highly-acclaimed restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and unique specialty services. It’s no surprise that New Jersey Monthly magazine consistently ranks Hopewell Borough as one of the “10 Best Small Towns in New Jersey.” The charming village of Colonial and Victorian houses and quiet, tree-lined streets is home to approximately 2,000 inhabitants who find it a welcome, small-town retreat with easy access to nearby Princeton as well as larger cities like New York City and Philadelphia. This short video encapsulates what we love most about Hopewell Borough, including the semi-annual “Cruise Night” where car enthusiasts and local families come out to enjoy casual curbside dining, live music, and a warm, friendly feeling of community.
History is a running theme in the Borough of Hopewell, with the Hopewell Museum, historic railroad station, and other numerous well-preserved structures giving history buffs plenty to enjoy. The downtown is known for its numerous antique shops, and the Off-Broadstreet Theatre, which provides original productions accompanied by delectable desserts, and draws visitors from across the region. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Hopewell Park, which boasts playgrounds, walking trails, and a public gazebo that hosts live music during the summer months.
Hopewell Borough lies within the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, a reputable school system testing well above the national average and serving the communities of Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, and Pennington. Students in Hopewell Borough grades PK-5 attend Hopewell Elementary School in town (enrolling about 470 students); grades 6-8 attend Timberlane Middle School (about 950 students); and grades 9-12 attend Central High School (approx. 1,200 students). The district has been included on the College Board’s AP Honor Roll, and has received national recognition for the strength of its music education programs.
Hopewell Borough offers many well-maintained older homes with real estate prices above the state average. The average home sale price in Hopewell is around $450,000, with actual home prices in the area ranging between the mid-$200Ks and nearly $2 million. The average family in Hopewell has an annual income of around $97,000.