Maplewood Real Estate
About the Maplewood, New Jersey Area
Maplewood Township, located in Essex County, is 4 square miles. Maplewood prides itself on being a diverse and family-friendly community. Money Magazine named Maplewood one of the top ten cities to live in the United States.
The small town atmosphere is what attracts people to Maplewood along with its proximity to Manhattan (30 minutes by train) and its natural beauty. Maplewood is surrounded by the South Mountain reservation and is home to six parks and an award winning community pool.
The township has a downtown area alternatively known as “The Village” or “Maplewood Center” with its own movie theater, several upscale and midscale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent café, two liquor stores, a toy store and a small bookstore.
The Midtown Direct Line of NJ Transit takes commuters straight into New York Penn, Newark and Hoboken. A quick change onto the PATH Rapid Transit System transfers you to the heart of New York’s financial center.
By car, routes 24, 280, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all within 5-10 minutes away. Route 124, Springfield Avenue, runs though Maplewood. Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is a 20 minute drive away.
Bus routes 25, 37, 70 and 107 pass between Maplewood and South Orange, Irvington, Newark, Newark Liberty Airport, Union City and New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal)
There are several beautiful landscapes in Maplewood where one can enjoy a wonderful family picnic. The township also includes many parks, tennis courts, baseball fields and playgrounds.
South Mountain Reservation covers 2,047.14 acres in the central section of Essex County, extending through the municipalities of West Orange, Maplewood, and Millburn, bordering South Orange, between the first and second ridges of the Watchung Mountain Range.
The reservation has changed only slightly through the years. It’s been preserved primarily in its wild state. Woodlands abound in a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks tower above streams, creeks and ponds. The west branch of the Rahway River flows through the valley. A reservoir and watershed owned by the City of Orange lies in the northern tract.
Turtle Back Zoo and the Richard J. Codey Arena lie within its boundaries. The vistas of New York, Elizabeth, Union, Staten Island, and Newark can be viewed from the eastern ridge, 550 feet above the community of Millburn. Deep in the woods a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls is a dramatic feature.
The Columbia School District serves Maplewood and South Orange. There are four elementary schools in Maplewood – Clinton, Jefferson, Seth Boyden, and Tuscan. There are two Middle Schools, South Orange and Maplewood Middle while the highly rated Columbia High School serves both Maplewood and South Orange communities.
Columbia High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve. In Newsweek’s May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country’s top high schools, Columbia High School was listed.
The school was the 89th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2008 cover story on the state’s Top Public High Schools.
There is always a host of activities to participate and see in Maplewood. For the latest events and festivals you can visit these websites, Maplewood Online and the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce.
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