Maplewood NJ, a commuter town of NYC in Essex County NJ whose shortest commute scenario is approximately 35-40 minutes (if transportation is on schedule), with a population of 24-25,000 and an area of 3-4 sq. miles. Maplewood NJ has a small town vibe, though while one might encounter numerous acquaintances and friends at a local cafe, one might also find themselves at a party or gathering of a group of people they have never heard of or met. The housing stock of 1920’s Colonials, Craftsmen, and 1890’s Victorians, with Mid-Century homes mixed in provides a pleasing patchwork quilt aesthetic. The homes, set amid many (many) large trees, rolling hills, and parks gives the area a picturesque appeal. For the outdoorsy set, the South Mountain Reservation Maplewood is home to (along with South Orange, West Orange and Millburn), is a nature reserve offering over 2000 acres of wooded area with hiking trails, waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Maplecrest Park and Maplewood Memorial Park host sports fields including soccer, baseball, tennis and basketball, and Maplewood Memorial Park hosts an extravagant fourth of July celebration and the annual music festival “Maplewoodstock”, a Summer staple of the area that continues to grow in popularity. Maplewood Village is the definition of quaint – streets of shops, restaurants and a movie theater built in the 1920’s makes the village a destination. Maplewood is South Orange’s sister town, as the two townships share a school district. Real Estate price points for a single family home can range from the $200,000’s – upwards of $2,000,000 and the market can get competitive for home buyers.
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