Maplewood

Maplewood is a great community for those who are looking for a suburban experience but don’t want a bland atmosphere. The community is vibrant yet laid-back and contains a cohesive blend of Victorian charm and modern amenities. It has a great mix of open-minded people and a significant artistic and intellectual community.

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If you are looking for a town with a quick commute that is a combination of Mayberry and big city sophistication then Maplewood is the place for you. Maplewood is a township located in Essex county. It is bordered by West Orange and South Orange to the north, Newark and Irvington to the east, Union to the south, and Millburn to the west.  The town has a population of almost 24,000 and covers of area of just 3.879 square miles.

The housing stock is lovely and varied with a mix of Colonials, Tudors, Victorians and bungalows. There are many 19th and early 20th century properties in Maplewood, most of which have modern upgrades and beautiful exteriors.  Design styles that are predominantly found in Maplewood include twenties clapboards and brick Colonials, although there are also a few condominium developments in town.  Many of the buildings in town were designed by famous architects and landscape designers, including Guilbert & Betelle, Olmstead Brothers, John Russell Pope, and William E. Lehman.

Pedestrian friendly and environmentally conscious, there are public parks accessible from every neighborhood. The township has a downtown center known as “the village” which features a movie theater, restaurants, shops, a small bookstore and a supermarket.  The structure of the village has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. It was voted the #1 Downtown in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine in 2015.

Maplewoodians pride themselves on being involved citizens who get active in community organizations. The town is known for being home to many actors, designers, writers, musicians and other creative people. Maplewood places much emphasis on diversity and community and is a great place to raise a family.  It is often voted to be one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.

The town shares a school district with neighboring South Orange. Columbia High School is known for its wide selection of advanced placement courses, strong arts curriculum and champion fencing team.

The Vibe
Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Maplewood’s unique vibe:

Unique To Town

  • Girls Night Out is a fun night of shopping, dining, music and promotions co-sponsored by Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty.
  • Maplewoodstock is a free annual concert featuring local and national bands held the weekend after July 4.
  • Maplewood Green Day is a springtime fair held to demonstrate simple ways that every person can make more planet-friendly, sustainable choices in their everyday lives. The fair is a community celebration with live music, how-to demonstrations, and over 80 eco-vendors, environmental organizations, health and fitness representatives, organic and local food providers and farmers
  • Maplewood Loves Wellness is a wellness fair and a healthy cooking contest. It is a day filled with music, activities, merchants and food.
  • The Historic Murals of Maplewood are a series of murals, each focusing on an aspect of the history of Maplewood, painted by the artist Stephen Juharos. They are located within large arched niches in the Maplewood Municipal Building.
  • Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts is a 100 seat theater and 1600 square foot community room available to the public
  • The South Mountain Reservation, a 2,000 acre natural preserve at the edge of town, offers open space, picnic areas, barbecue sites, hiking trails, paddle boats and more.
  • Ultimate Frisbee was invented in 1968 by students at Columbia High School in Maplewood.
  • William Lowell invented the wooden golf tee at the Maplewood Golf Club in 1921.

Maplewood Restaurants

Maplewood offers a fine selection of dining options around town representing cuisines from all over the world.  Some of the eateries in Maplewood include:

  • Abril Cocina
  • Arturos Brick Oven Pizza Co.
  • Bill & Harry Chinese Take Out
  • Coda Kitchen and Bar
  • Lorena’s
  • Park Wood Diner
  • Roman Gourmet
  • St. James Gate Publick House
  • Verjus
  • Village Trattoria
  • Wild Ginger

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