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Califon is a borough in Hunterdon County.  As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,076.  Califon was a station on the High Bridge Branch of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The rail line was abandoned in 1976 and now serves as a Hunterdon County administered rail trail called Columbia Trail, which runs south to High Bridge and north to points in Morris County. Califon was first called California, from Jacob Neighbor's enthusiasm in the milling business about the time the California Gold Rush broke out. The Califon Historical Society has registered 170 structures with the National Register of Historic Places. Califon straddles the South Branch of the Raritan River, and it is here that the water begins to widen and strut just a little, suggesting the beauty that lies ahead. Nearby is Ken Lockwood Gorge. Named in dedication by Trout Unlimited for the conservationist and fly fisherman, Ken Lockwood, the Gorge is immediately reminiscent of someplace in Montana. Check out Califon's maket statistics HERE!

Shopping and Dining

Many contemporary businesses are housed in the older buildings: an art gallery, mosaic shop, a market, hardware store, book shop, and a combined flower, antique, and gift shop.   Brasserie 513 offers a full-service bar and complete lunch & dinner menu  Brasserie 513 is open for lunch and dinner, and serves only the freshest ingredients available.  They offer a variety of finely crafted dishes ranging from homemade soups, fresh salads, grilled burgers and a unique selection of specialty entrees. 

Parks and Recreation

Ken Lockwood Gorge, just down the river from Califon in High Bridge is Ken Lockwood Gorge, an area known for huge glacial boulders in the water, calm pools, bubbling rapids and tall hemlocks along the banks. It’s popular among fly fisherman and those who appreciate the unique scenery.  Califon Historical Society Museum is located at 25 Main Street, The Califon Historical Society shares the site with the town museum.  Original station furniture, historic photos and antique uniforms donated by long-time residents are among the displays.  The Central of New Jersey Railroad built both a wooden freight and passenger station in town around 1875, and the citizens of Califon replaced it at their own expense with the existing stone structure.  The seven-mile long Columbia Trail, passes through Califon, running from Lake Solitude and the South Branch of the Raritan River on to High Bridge.  As a former railroad bed, the level trail has no grades higher than 2.5%, making it ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

Living

Califon is a Victorian-style enclave where the houses are marked with the names of the builders and their dates of establishment rather than with street numbers.  In addition to the classic front porch Victorians in town, Califon has a mix of housing styles including waterfront homes on the river; Federal homes from the early 1800s; vintage homes dating from the early 1900s, sometimes with a detached garage building or small barn in the back; traditional Colonials; historic stone and clapboard homes; antique farmhouses and well-kept residences built in the second half of the past century.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The Califon School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and public school students in grades 9 through 12 are served by the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "I", the second highest of eight groupings.

Hunterdon Medical Center or Somerset Medical Center is only a short drive away. 

Califon is a few miles north of Interstate 78, about 60 miles west of New York City, and less than an hour from Newark Liberty International Airport.  There is train service into New York City from High Bridge, about three miles south. Bus service runs from Clinton and Annandale along I-78 to both Newark Airport and New York City. Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania is about 42 miles away, and Newark Liberty International Airport is about 47 miles from Califon.

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Newest Califon Properties for Sale

$599,900
4 Beds 1.2 Baths 3901673 MLS
Welcome to this charming property nestled in the charming town of Califon, where echoes of the classic tale "It's a Wonderful Life" dance through the streets. Step inside to find modern luxury intertwined with cherished history. The first floor features an expansive living room adorned with unique touches, including a powder room, and an adjoining playroom offering access to the backyard. Picture-perfect views of the river await, setting the stage for unforgettable evenings beneath the stars or gatherings around the firepit. Ascend a few steps to discover the heart of the home the dining area, with historic accents, seamlessly transitions to a completely renovated kitchen. Sleek quartz countertops, large island and stainless steel appliances, creating a culinary sanctuary fit for a chef. A cozy bar area, boasts exposed beams and panoramic river views. As you ascend to the bedroom level, conveniently located, a laundry room and access to a half bathroom .Four bedrooms offer sanctuary, while a full bathroom and a captivating sunroom beckon moments of reprieve and rejuvenation. Beyond the confines of this retreat lies a backyard oasis, a detached garage and complete with a shed boasting electric.. Whether you're looking for serene quality time on the Raritan River, enjoy hiking or biking the Columbia Trail or Ken Lockwood Gorge, or exquisite vineyards and breweries all while being a mere 50 minutes from NYC, this gem offers a rare fusion of heritage and contemporary living.

76 Main St, Califon Boro

$650,000
3 Beds 1.1 Baths 3897500 MLS
A true historic c1760 center hall colonial perched above the Raritan River awaits. Located in charming Califon, an idyllic and pastoral borough of Hunterdon County. The home greets you with wide plank hardwood flooring at the door and throughout (both pumpkin pine & chestnut). Be enchanted with thoughts of cozy days spent by fireplaces on each of the three floors. Owners actively used 4 of the 7 and they being conveyed "as is". The built-in library/den is roomy enough for a grand piano. A sunny kitchen leads to a large dining room that offers access to the rocking chair side porch where tales of large river fish may have been told while sipping tea. Jersey Winder stairs will take you to the basement and a regular set up to the three large bedrooms. You will be surprised to find a walk-in closet and a bonus sitting room in the master. Delight in the Victorian breakfast porch and the green house below.Both a 1 car garage and a reproduction 2 story saltbox barn are on property for storage/hobbies. The patio with a babbling water feature will be a favorite shady al fresco spot. Don't miss the lower garden or the carriage stone below. Owners state they have never had flood insurance nor water in the barn.Please be mindful of the historic construction and watch your head and step. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence (2026) in a home that predates it. Furnace new12/2023 Heirloom plants are blooming...come see the forget me nots.

55 Main St, Califon Boro

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