South Orange, NJ is one of the oldest suburban communities in the state of NJ. It was originally home to affluent business leaders who had weekend homes in the Montrose section of town (the eastern most edge of the township). Most of these homes were built between the late 1800’s – 1930’s.
One of the ways it maintains its classic charm is the use of authentic gas lamps to illuminate the streets. South Orange attracts many urban professionals since it is one of the shortest commutes on the Midtown Direct train line and because it has a bustling downtown center with a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and a high-end supermarket.
In South Orange you can expect to find a wide variety of homes including grand Tudors and Colonials, English Cottages, Mansions, Victorians, some mid century modern Ranches and very few split level style homes. There are a few apartment buildings that offer “walk to train” access, as well as townhouse-style condominiums.
On the Market in South Orange, NJ (updated daily):
- Homes for Sale $200,000 – $500,000
- South Orange Homes for Sale $500,000 – $700,000
- South Orange Homes for Sale $700,000 – $900,000
- South Orange Homes for Sale $900,000 and Up
- Condos for Sale in South Orange
The market in South Orange out paced neighboring towns in 2016. It is now one of the top markets for home buyers in the state of New Jersey.
South Orange, NJ School Info
South Orange shares its school district with Maplewood. Their schools are best known for their arts programs including music, dance, television studio and film making. Their men’s and women’s fencing teams rank #1 year in and year out. For more specific school info including rankings please click on the icon below
South Orange Commuting Specifics:
South Orange is one of the closest suburbs on the Midtown Direct train line. During rush hour it takes approximately 34 minutes to go from NY Penn Station to South Orange (and vice versa). View commute times here
South Orange commuters also have the option of going to Hoboken and transferring to the Path train. This also takes about 34 minutes and is ideal for those who work in the Financial District or Brooklyn. View the schedule here.
South Orange Cultural and Recreational Activities
South Orange offers many cultural and recreational activities to its residents. Here are just some of the most outstanding ones:
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 10 year old state of the art live theatre featuring performances from well know artists in jazz, comedy, rock, classical music and so much more. For more information and tickets to SOPAC click here
Many of the activities offered by the town are funded and produced by the non-profit organization South Orange Village Center. These activities range from “Family Fun Day,” free concerts in the park, the Christmas and Menorah lighting ceremonies etc. To learn more about the South Orange Village Center click here
The Baird is South Orange’s hub for the town’s many sports programs, fitness classes, toddler programs, after school activities, day camp and arts programming. To learn more about these program options at The Baird click here.
The charm, history and culture of South Orange is best symbolized by its moniker- the gaslight. These authentic gas lit street lights are used throughout the entire town and are a hallmark of the town's rich history as one of the oldest towns in New Jersey.South Orange first became well known as …