Welcome to West Orange, NJ
West Orange is one of the larger towns in the area. It is perhaps most well known for being the home of Thomas Alva Edison. It is a very diverse town and therefore has a wide variety of home styles.
It is home to many condominium/townhome developments that range from well-priced to ultra luxury. There are also new construction homes, Victorians, Tudors and Colonials. Because of its proximity to Manhattan it remains an attractive town for commuters.
West Orange offers its residents and visitors a culturally rich experience with its multiplex movie theatre, a performing arts center and the Valley Arts District.
The Neighborhoods Within the Town – There are 4 sections in West Orange, which largely correspond to its varied geography.
Downtown West Orange and The Valley – sits on the eastern front of town preceeding the Watchung mountains area. Main Street is the downtown for the entire village . This area also is home to the municpal buildings, library, convenience stores etc.
The First Mountain– lies further west and feels more suburban. Housing stock in the neighborhoods of Hutton Park and Gregory is a mixture of Victorian, Jazz Age, and Tudor-style houses; large estates; garden apartments; and post-World War II modern houses. The Victorian enclave of Llewellyn Park, (where Whoopi Goldberg calls home) one of America’s first planned residential communities, is also located on the First Mountain. Many blocks on the First Mountain have sweeping views of the Newark and New York City skylines.
Pleasant Valley and Pleasantdale – Beyond the high ridge traced by Prospect Avenue, West Orange becomes a patchwork of post-World War II suburban neighborhoods, interspersed with pockets of older Victorian homes, as well as golf courses, professional campuses, and shopping centers. Pleasantdale, a walkable business district in this part of the township, includes a number of restaurants, office buildings, and houses of worship. Pleasantdale is also home to a significant Orthodox Jewish community.
The Second Mountain – Finally, the westernmost section of West Orange lies along the eastern face of the Second Watchung Mountain, and includes large portions of the South Mountain Reservation. The housing stock in this neighborhood resembles that of Pleasantdale, as well as those of the adjacent suburban townships of Millburn and Livingston.
West Orange Real Estate
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West Orange offers more value than some of its neighboring towns like Montclair, Livingston and South Orange. The market is incredibly varied and offers something at almost every price point.
West Orange’s school system is quite large with 6 elementary school 1 middle school and 1 high school. It has a diverse student population both culturally and linguistically. The Middle School was built a few years ago with state of the art technology. The High School has incredible sports facilities, well ranked teams and a very competitive marching band program.
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West Orange Community
West Orange offers residents a wide variety of amenities from the town pool, to outstanding recreational programs through the village. It also has a vibrant arts community with live performing arts, an arts incubator program and the “Valley Arts District” in partnership with its neighboring town Orange. There’s no doubt there is plenty to do in West Orange. Here are some highlights.
Luna Stage moved from Monclair to West Orange in 2010 when the Valley Arts District was formed in an effort to revitalize the area. It’s main focus is to provide a venue for emerging American playwrights. View the upcoming plays and get more information on Luna Stage, West Orange here.
In the heart of the Valley Arts District is a restaurant called Hat City Kitchen. It serves great comfort food, has a great bar and has live music every weekend. Once a year they produce a day long music festival ideal for adults and families alike. Learn more about Hat City Streets Festival here.
The JCC MetroWest is an incredible resource for area residents because it offers a wide variety or recreational programs as well as top rated child care and day camps.The facility was recently renovated and has a huge gym with 2 full basketball courts, Olympic sized swimming pool, state of the art fitness equipment and a wide variety of fitness classes. Learn more about the JCC here.
The Turtle Back Zoo used to be a sleepy neighborhood place to take the kids. But thanks to a recent renovation and an infusion of funds it is now the number 1 zoo in NJ and well worth a visit. While there you can also visit the surrounding recreational facilities like the Safari themed mini golf park, try your hand at the Tree Top adventure ropes course, rent a paddleboat or take a skate at the Cody Ice Arena (where The Devils practice). Learn more about the Turtle Back Zoo here.
West Orange Events Guide
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