So you've heard Maplewood is a hip place to live. Described as "Brooklyn West" in a 2015 NY Times article and voted the #1 downtown by NJ Monthly Magazine the same year. Maplewood has incredible buzz about it lately. But the fundamentals of what makes Maplewood one of the BEST NJ TOWNS to live in hasn't changed much in the 20 plus years I have been living here. Let me tell you about a few reasons why you should look no further.

Side note:

Many home buyers come to me telling me they only want a home in Maplewood, mostly because of the good press around Maplewood currently. I always encourage them to consider S. Orange (the town right next door) as well. Maplewood and S. Orange are two municipalities but are one community. The towns share a school system. At the end of the day, most buyers will be shopping for a home in both Maplewood and S. Orange.

Diversity -- If it's important to you to live in a town where everyone is not the same, then Maplewood is for you. Yes, we do have people who work in finance :) but we also have a lot of creative people who work in publishing, fashion, advertising, theater, music, technology and television. What I love about Maplewood is that there is no "type" of Maplewood person. We are all united by an appreciation for the sense of small community that we have here, while at the same time being about a short drive or train ride from the best city in the world. Maplewoodians take full advantage of being close to NYC for work and for personal pursuits. Both of my teenage kids were able to take weekend classes in music or fashion in the city. I love the access and the ability to get away.

Community Passion -- Maplewoodians tend to be very passionate about their town- as evidenced by the recent controversy over what should be come of our old post office building right in the Village. Many Maplewoodians choose to volunteer for local organizations or town committees. They also care about the world around them. Maplewood tends to be politically liberal, environmentally conscious and socially progressive. Maplewood has a large gay and lesbian population and town officials were some of the first to preside over civil union and then gay marriage ceremonies in the state. For kids who grow up in Maplewood, seeing a friend with same sex parents is something ordinary.

Travel -- Many people choose Maplewood because of the fast commute to Manhattan-- the train ride along NJ Transit's MidTown Direct Line is about 35 minutes. There is also train service to Hoboken where you can catch the ferry or take the PATH train to your final destination. Maplewood is about a 15 minute drive to Newark Airport so if you travel a lot for business or pleasure it's easy to get to and from the airport.

Home Style Variety -- The homes in Maplewood are as varied as the people here. Most were built between 1910 and 1930 so they are full of craftsmanship and details that buyers today really appreciate. It makes being a real estate agent here interesting too. I never get bored of looking at Maplewood homes! There are many styles, ranging from Tudors, Victorians, Craftsman and the ever-popular Colonial. There is a range of sizes and price of homes in Maplewood. Generally homes range from the $300s to $1.3 million range. The average home sale price in 2015 is around $550,000-- about $75,000 less than in neighboring S. Orange. There are some rental and condo options, but mostly it's a single family town.

Some of my favorite places in Maplewood are:

  • The Village -- a very pedestrian friendly spot to eat, shop and be entertained
  • The park system -- we have several neighborhood parks here in town
  • The South Mountain Reservation, a 2,000 acre natural preserve, offers open space, picnic areas, barbecue sites, hiking trails, paddle boats and more

Some of my favorite restaurants in Maplewood are:

  • The Parkwood Diner -- classic NJ diner. Great salads, soups and breakfasts
  • The Village Trattoria -- perfect for a weekday meal when you don't have time to cook. Very kid friendly. Great specialty pizzas, pasta, chicken and homemade soup. Take out or dine in, BYO
  • Abril Cocina -- a gourmet Mexican place in the Village
  • Coda -- great bar scene and varied menu

Some of my favorite events in Maplewood are:

  • Maplewoodstock -- a summer music festival weekend in the park
  • Maplewood Green Day -- a spring environmental fair
  • Girls Night Out -- June weeknight of special dining and shopping in the Village. Co-sponsored by yours truly, Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams MidTown Direct Realty
  • Halloween Parade and Dickens Village in the Village -- the essence of Halloween and the holiday season in Maplewood

Maplewood train trestle

Some of my favorite stores in Maplewood are:

  • The Able Baker -- Butter and sugar! Need I say any more. Best coffee in town.
  • Perch -- Love their candles, perfumes, jewelry and Maplewood/S. Orange branded items
  • 165 -- Cute place for gifts or something new for yourself
  • Words -- Awesome bookstore! Yes, we have one

Learn more about South Orange and Maplewood Schools

If you have questions about living in Maplewood, NJ then please contact me. I'd be happy to answer your questions about what it's like to live in Maplewood/S. Orange.

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Updated: 23rd September, 2019 5:52 PM.