South Orange NJ, an Essex County commuter town of NYC is one stop closer to the city than Maplewood – the shortest commute scenario being approximately 30-40 minutes (if transportation is on schedule). South Orange spans almost 3 sq. miles and has a population of 17,000 and change. South Orange NJ’s housing stock consists largely 1920’s Colonials, Craftsmen, and 1890’s Victorians. South Orange NJ also offers a concentration of Mid-Century homes in the section called Newstead, and a historic district called the Montrose section characterized by elegant, large-scale homes, dating from the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the 1930s. South Orange is community-oriented and offers many local events including live outdoor music, food truck festivals, and pop up art galleries. South Orange NJ is home to SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center), a state-of-the-art performing arts center presenting music, comedy, theatre, and dance, and Seton Hall University. South Orange is verdant, has no shortage of majestic trees, offers parks and outdoorsy life via the South Mountain Reservation, boasts the best sledding hill of the region, and a well-loved township community swimming pool. South Orange NJ is Maplewood’s sister town as the two townships share a school district. The market can be competitive for buyers at times. Real estate price points for a single family home can range from the $200,000’s – upwards of $2,000,000.
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