Maplewood NJ Real Estate can be found in a diverse and family-friendly community in Essex County. The structure of the village has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s, and it consistently ranks among the top places to live in the United States. With a charming downtown village and an eclectic population, Maplewood is a wonderful place to call home.
Maplewood, NJ, Real Estate
Maplewood has a current residential population of over 23,000. It covers a total area of 3.879 miles and shares a border with Millburn to the west, Union to the south, Newark and Irvington to the east, and West Orange and South Orange to the north.
Many of the buildings and properties around town were designed by notable architects and landscape designers including Guilbert & Betelle, the Olmstead Brothers, and William E. Lehman. The majority of residents of Maplewood own their homes, and the town has a low property vacancy rate. The median sales price of a home in Maplewood over the past 12 months is $505,000. The town also boasts an exceptionally low crime rate.
Maplewood’s main thoroughfares began as paths used by the Lenape Native Americans. The first European settlers to the area arrived in 1675, having acquired most of today’s Essex County from the Lenape. Six families settled an area that became known as Jefferson Village which roughly corresponds to modern-day downtown Maplewood. The village developed mills and orchards and as time progressed more families moved to the area. Another settlement called North Farms developed on a hill crest near what is now Tuscan and Springfield Avenue. In 1802 these two settlements were named as districts under the Township of Newark.
Maplewood was originally formed as South Orange Township in 1861 from portions of Clinton Township and the Town of Orange. The name was later changed to Maplewood in 1922. During this time, the area saw significant growth both in construction and in the residential population, becoming the Maplewood we know today.
Maplewood Schools are part of the South Orange – Maplewood School District with neighboring South Orange. Schools in the area include:
- Seth Boyden Elementary School
- Clinton Elementary School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Marshall Elementary School
- South Mountain Elementary School
- Tuscan Elementary School
- Maplewood Middle School
- South Orange Middle School
- Columbia High School
With a diverse and educated population, it should come as no surprise that there are a wealth of interesting things to see and do in Maplewood, including:
- Maplewoodstock – annual free concert featuring local and national musical acts
- Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
- Historic Murals of Maplewood
- Maplewood Pool
- Arts and Crafts programs
- Durand-Hedden House – Maplewood’s “History House”
- Maplewood Theater
- The Strollers Community Theater
- Borden Park
- DeHart Park
- Maplecrest Park
- Memorial Park
- Orchard Park
- Kid’s Camp
- Adult Over 30 Basketball League
- Adult Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee
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