So why do Brooklyn transplants love living in South Orange and Maplewood? Here are the reasons my buyers who hail from Brooklyn have said they enjoy their new life in both towns.
Reason #1 – Coffee
Brooklyn residents are crazy about their coffee. They like it organically grown, with “fair trade” growers, from exotic lands. South Orange offers a wide range of coffee options from the mundane (Dunkin Donuts), to more artisanal options like Mara’s Cafe, Kate & Abbe’s, good old fashioned diner coffee and of course – the most expensive of all… Starbucks. Maplewood’s Cedar Ridge Cafe & Bakery is a homey place where cell phones must be kept on vibrate. So Brooklyn we’ve got your coffee addiction covered.
Reason # 2 – Public Transportation – Ease of Commute
I have been told over and over by former Brooklyn residents that their commutes from South Orange and Maplewood basically take the same amount of time as they did when they commuted from Brooklyn to Manhattan. How is that possible? Because South Orange and Maplewood are located only 18-20 miles from Manhattan and offer trains that go direct to Midtown or to Hoboken where downtown commuters either switch to the Path train or take the ferry across the river. View NJ Transit schedules for South Orange and Maplewood.
Reason # 3 – The Mix of People
Probably the scariest thought about moving to the suburbs is the fear that people will be bland or uninspiring. And that’s probably one of the most unique aspects of both towns. The diversity is unmatched by most suburban towns in the area. Kids who grow up here have exposure to so many different types of people racially, socially, and professionally it prepares them for today’s global economy. Residents include some of Broadway’s most esteemed actors, the star of one of Fox’s most successful sit coms, musicians (especially jazz), corporate types, entrepreneurs, journalists, bankers and artists. View the demographic profile of South Orange and Maplewood.
Reason # 4 – Cultural Engagement
Former Brooklynites are amazed by the slew of cultural activities on-going in both towns. Have you heard about Maplewoodstock? Its a 2 day music festival held every July right in the center of town at Memorial Park. Some top headliners this year included Ziggy Marley and Rusted Root (read the full line up). There is the South Orange Performing Arts Center that has 5 state of the art movie theaters as well as a live stage. Here you can see everything from well known comedians (Colin Quin will be performing his one man show at the end of August), to rock ‘n roller Leon Russell. There’s also kids programming, readings etc. Theres is a free concert in the park every Wednesday evening during the summer in South Orange. Believe me you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be entertained.
Reason # 5 – The Housing Stock
Both towns offer classic style homes including Colonials, Tudors, Victorians and Mid Century Ranches. No two houses are the same and each neighborhood has a different character and appeal. View the newest South Orange and Maplewood homes for sale.
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