Newstead, South Orange is one of the 5 neighborhoods within the South Orange Village Township. It is located north and west of the downtown and is a very quiet enclave. The topography is very flat making it a great place for kids who love to bike and skateboard. It sits up high in the Watchung hills which makes for great New York skyline views from many backyards — especially those on Crest Drive, Crestwood Drive and Longview. It also backs up to the Essex County South Mountain Reservation which has hundreds of acres of protected land and makes an ideal place for hikes, walks and biking.
Newstead was developed later than the Historic Montrose neighborhood (the other neighborhood with larger homes and sizable property) so the homes are a bit newer and vary in style. While Montrose homes fall into the three main categories (Colonials, Tudors and Victorians) Newstead also offers some classic Mid Century style homes as well.
The Newstead resident’s children attend The Annex (located in Newstead) for K-1st grade. Then they attend South Mountain Elementary for grades 2-5th, South Orange Middle School, followed by Columbia High School. You can check out South Mountain’s school rankings here.
Newstead Neighborhood Association:
The Newstead Neighborhood Association was started about 15 years ago by members of the community. It has been a great way for new residents to meet their neighbors and for the entire neighborhood to socialize together. They host everything from wine tastings to cocktail parties, family days etc. You can read more the Newstead Neighborhood Association here.
Commuting from Newstead
The South Orange Village Jitney has several stops in Newstead to take residents to the village train station. Its about a 10 minute ride and costs about $1.00 per ride. Learn more about the stops and the schedule here.
Newstead Real Estate:
Newstead real estate is doing very well in the current market (spring 2015). Prices are rising and it is really a seller’s market. Here are some of my favorite styles of homes you can expect to find in Newstead