South Orange NJ Hot Town

After four weeks in the running, South Orange wins New Jersey Monthly’s Hot Town Showdown 2017!

South Orange consistently came in #1 in every round of the Hot Town Showdown, including the championship round where it beat out New Providence. The contest began with 16 hot towns that were selected based on home prices and days on the market, as well as local buzz. Each week the field was cut in half until the winner, South Orange, was announced. Thank you for voting for beautiful South Orange!

But we already know how hot South Orange is!

South Orange has some of the most beautiful houses in New Jersey. From Montrose to Newstead, South Orange homes are filled with original detail and craftsmanship that could never be recreated in today’s world, be they mid-century fabulous or grand Victorian.The gas street lights cast a warm glow at night and eliminate unsightly overhead electrical wires from the streets. And, you cannot beat the under 30 minute train ride to Manhattan.  Walk or take the jitney to one of two NJ Transit stops in town, and in about 25 minutes you are in Manhattan.

South Orange’s proximity to the South Mountain Reservation and its active Baird Recreation center offer many choices for hikers, bikers, tennis players and the like. South Orange is also known for its creative, diverse community as well as being home to Seton Hall University. And, there have been several great recent additions to the Village’s downtown including luxury rental buildings, performing arts center/theater and a gourmet market.

South Orange really does have something for everyone and has rightly earned the distinction of winning the Hot Town Showdown. Congratulations South Orange!


The Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group is a top producing real estate group based at Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct in Maplewood, NJ. Allison Ziefert, a local market expert, specializes in Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn/Short Hills and West Orange, NJ real estate and homes, and the surrounding towns. Allison’s success as a Maplewood/South Orange realtor is driven by earning great testimonials from sellers and buyers of homes in her marketplace. You can read her testimonials at