Maplewood, NJ


Maplewood, NJ is a town on the Midtown Direct train line, about a 35-minute ride from Penn Station. It is known for its beautiful turn of the century homes and its creative, liberal-minded, and diverse population of families, many of whom have moved from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City, or Hoboken. It has sometimes been called the Brooklyn of New Jersey due its large influx of ex-Park Slope residents, as well as its similar cultural values.


The Lifestyle:
Maplewood is a family-oriented community that centers on its historic and charming village, as well as numerous community activities. The Maplewood Pool is a source of much fun in the summer months, and local events like the annual Fourth of July fireworks show are well attended. Maplewood Memorial Park is a 25 acre refuge designed by the Olmstead Brothers in 1922 and features ballfields, a playground, and a duck pond.

The People:
Compared to many suburban towns, Maplewood has a relatively more diverse population and liberal politics. Many in the town also work in creative fields like publishing, advertising, or the arts.

The view down North Crescent

The Houses:
Maplewood’s housing stock consists largely of lovely older Colonial and Victorian homes, mostly built between 1900 and 1930.

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The Commute:
Maplewood is 30-40 minutes to Penn Station on NJ Transit’s Midtown Direct line. Trains also go to Hoboken and Newark Broad St. Driving to Manhattan takes around 40 minutes when traffic isn’t too bad.

The Schools:
Maplewood shares a school district with neighboring South Orange. The district consists of six public elementary schools, two middle schools (one for each town), and one high school (Columbia High School.) The high school regularly contends for state championships in robotics and fencing, and offers 21 AP courses.  Average SAT scores consistently exceed state averages.

What residents say:
“Love the neighbors- diverse, educated, liberal, open-minded, fun, non-judgmental, the housing stock, the trees, the cute downtown and parks, all the community events.”

“I love the small town feel, that everything is walkable for my kids, the level of community engagement, the like minded friends and neighbors who believe in the importance of supporting one another. I also love the pool, the beauty of the town and all of the annual traditions, july 4th, halloween, Maplewoodstock – each of which is tons of people putting tons of effort into making a special day for everyone.”

“I love that even though there is 20,000+ people here I am constantly running into people I know in the Village, at the Pool, etc. I also love that I can walk to a movie theater, the library, ice cream, lots of restaurants, etc. And finally, I love our special traditions- Maplewoodstock, Memorial Day Duck race, etc.”


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Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes


Curbed just published an in-depth piece on the home buying behavior of millennials, who many have assumed prefer urban living over suburban. But is it actually true?  From the story:

For years, the conventional wisdom has been that millennials prefer urban living and the culture and excitement of the big, dense cities, want to be flexible and avoid owning a home, and if given a choice, would rent an apartment in a development like Taxi in a heartbeat. But as millennials age, and more marry and consider starting families, the numbers tell a different story.

As someone who was born and raised in Manhattan, there’s no doubt that suburban living has its advantages: more space, more trees, better schools, and an all around more relaxed lifestyle. And while that may not be for everyone, it certainly appeals to a lot of people, regardless of their age.