March 07, 2016

The best towns in South Jersey: Cherry Hill

Real Estate Cherry Hill

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1140 Barbara Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Mere miles from downtown Philadelphia, Cherry Hill is a premiere location to settle down with stellar shopping, amenities and nature nestled in a cozy suburban enclave. Officially named Cherry Hill in 1961 to better represent the booming economy and new construction, the town has long been synonymous with cosmopolitan taste and trendsetting. With a healthy population of approximately 70,000, Cherry Hill is a lively town and nucleus of South Jersey, boasting world-class food and fine dining.

Shopping and Entertainment

The Cherry Hill Mall has long been a premiere shopping destination in South Jersey and is the perfect place to fill all of your shopping needs or catch up with friends and family. Just down the street is the Market Place & Towne Place at Garden State Park, where it’s easy to celebrate a birthday with a slice of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory or peruse books at Barnes & Noble. Likewise, the AMC Loews Cherry Hill is a great spot for catching the latest films in 3-D or IMAX.

Bites and Delights

As a metropolitan destination, Cherry Hill features some of the most delectable restaurants and diners in the state. The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market is the second iteration of famed Philly chef Jeff Lawler’s first restaurant. It features farm-to-table-style cooking, highlighting the freshest picks of the season! Cherry Hill’s Han Dynasty also brings the best of Philly to Cherry Hill. You can’t miss the savory spice and heat, especially present in the authentic Dan Dan noodles. Ponzio’s is another staple in Cherry Hill and has been serving up savory American-style dishes and delightful desserts since 1964. And Kuzina by Sofia is a wonderful spot for flavorful Mediterranean food for both lunch and dinner. Another Cherry Hill favorite is Caffe Aldo Lamberti. Known for its delicious house-made pastas and fresh seafood, this Italian powerhouse is a staple of Cherry Hill’s fine dining scene.

There’s no need to go to Philly for a flavorful cheesesteak with Chick’s Deli around the corner, and you can’t forget to try the tomato pie at Croce’s that rivals those in Trenton. With so many delectable options, you can’t go wrong for a meal in Cherry Hill!

Parks and Facilities

It’s easy to get outside in Cherry Hill with dozens of playgrounds, tennis courts and lush outdoor greenery right at your footsteps. The shore is just a short drive away, and it’s easy to make a splash at the countless pool clubs throughout the summertime. Croft Farm is an idyllic spot for a hike and has been selected by the state as a premiere birding and wildlife viewing destination. Besides offering scenic views of the South Jersey landscape, the farm still functions today as a vibrant arts center and public open-space site. Truly a historic gem, the farmhouse has played a role in both the American Revolution and the Underground Railroad. The Cooper River runs right alongside Cherry Hill and offers ample opportunities to kayak, fish and enjoy serene river views.

Lastly, Cherry Hill wouldn’t be complete without its signature cherry blossoms. Over the last 40 years, community members and volunteers have been dedicated to planting and tending the expansive stretch of cherry blossoms on Chapel Avenue. It truly is a breathtaking sight come their blooming season.

Cherry Hill is an unbeatable place to live. With the luxury of Philadelphia nearby and convenient shopping and entertainment options, Cherry Hill offers the best of both worlds. A home in Cherry Hill means you’re settling down right in the middle of all the action, without sacrificing the beauty and access to the abundant South Jersey landscape.