Living In Maplewood

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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.

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.


Maplewood, NJ Real Estate


We recently planned a get-together with some local residents of South Orange and Maplewood to talk about life in these beautiful suburban communities. In our video you will get an inside view of the look and feel of SOMA through the eyes of these local residents. They talk about the town’s diversity, best features, commuting, schools and more.


To learn more about Maplewood real estate CLICK HERE to speak with Allison Ziefert.

The Commute

Conveniently located between routes 280 and 78, Maplewood has great highway access without any major roads running through it. You can drive to Manhattan from Maplewood in about 35 minutes, and Newark Airport is about 12 minutes away.

In less than 40 minutes, NJ Transit’s Midtown direct line can get you from Maplewood to New York Penn Station. There is also train service from Maplewood to Hoboken where one can transfer to ferry or PATH service to lower Manhattan.

Maplewood has on-street permit parking for residents only on many streets surrounding the station. Parking permits are $225 for the year. There is limited train station parking for residents and non-residents in an NJ Transit lot at Baker St. and Maplewood Ave. and some spots even closer to the station on Donnelly Rd. for a few dollars a day.

Many residents choose to walk or take advantage of the jitney service– a small bus that shuttles residents to the station for $100 per year. A combined jitney/parking pass is $250 per year. There are 4 jitney routes, so if the home you are interested is not close enough to walk to the train the jitney is a great option. Not only does it save you from looking for a parking spot, it may save you from buying a 2nd car and it’s good for the environment. You will make lots of friends on the jitney too! Here is all the info you will need on the Maplewood jitney:

Maplewood Jitney Schedules/Maps/Fees

For information on train station parking click here :

Train Station Parking Info

The Schools

The Public School District of South Orange and Maplewood

The Public School District of South Orange and Maplewood is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, and serves more than 6,800 students. It is supported by an involved parent organization, talented faculty, and a diverse student body. The vision for the district is “to be the top performing diverse suburban school district in the nation.” The goal is to provide each student with “rigorous academic opportunities to reach their personal college and career aspirations.”

A new preschool center, named the Montrose Early Childhood Center, was opened in early December 2015. Full day and half day options are available for 3 and 4 year old children.

The mission of the elementary schools is to provide a learning environment that engages and challenges all students. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do while caring for and respecting one another. They are encouraged to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. The elementary schools are:

  • Clinton Elementary (grades K-5)
  • Jefferson Elementary (grades 3-5)
  • Marshall Elementary (grades k-2)
  • Seth Boyden Elementary Demonstration School (grades k-5)
  • South Mountain Elementary (grades k-5)
  • South Mountain Elementary Annex (grades k-1)
  • Tuscan Elementary grades k-5)

The primary objective of the Maplewood Middle School (grades 6-8) is to ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction from every teacher, challenging each student intellectually. All students have access to the social and emotional support they need during these critical years. The middle school has implemented a program called “W.I.N. (Whatever I Need)” as a way to provide students with enrichment or intervention instruction.

Columbia High School is where students of South Orange and Maplewood learn together. More than 1,800 students are offered a wide range of elective classes in addition to their core curriculum, and more than 20 Advanced Placement courses are offered as well. To round out their high school experience, students can choose from 50 extra curricular activities and from 27 varsity sports offered through the championship athletic program.

Private and Parochial Schools Near Maplewood: There are many excellent private and parochial schools in the area. Some of those options are:

  • Delbarton
  • The Far Brook School
  • Golda Och Academy
  • Kent Place School
  • Montclair Kimberley Academy
  • The Morristown Beard School
  • Newark Academy
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
  • Oratory Prep
  • The Peck School
  • The Pingry School
  • Saint Peter’s Prep
  • Saint Rose of Lima School
  • Seton Hall Prep

Preschools Near Maplewood: There are also many excellent pre-school options in the area. A few of the many options are:

  • Morrow Memorial Preschool
  • Prospect Co-Op Nursery School
  • Kinder-Gan Preschool
  • Le Parc Place
  • Beginnings Christian Preschool
  • La Petite Academy
  • Open Door Nursery School
  • Weekday Cooperative Preschool
  • Little Stages Child Day Care
  • Beth El Nursery School
  • South Mountain YMCA Childcare

For a more extensive list and a little information about each preschool, read my blog post on Choosing a Preschool or Daycare Center in the Maplewood/South Orange Area.

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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