Maplewood, NJ

downtown Maplewood NJA vision of the suburbs, Maplewood, NJ has a small town atmosphere

The image that you encounter in Maplewood is far from an illusion. In the past 30 years, very little has changed. In addition to the art gallery and local bagel shop, there is an old-fashioned luncheonette where you will find neighbors sitting and enjoying each other’s company while talking about the latest events.

Maplewood consists of a four-mile radius and it is the ultimate vision of the suburbs. Walk the tranquil streets and you will see the streets as well as the parks and sidewalks lined with Tudor and Colonial-style homes enveloped in tall trees. Maplewood also has a downtown area which is affectionately known by residents as “the village.” Here you will find quaint shops that are family owned and dedicated to the residents of Maplewood. Even the supermarket in the downtown area – Kings – creates the atmosphere of a country store rather than a supermarket chain.

Maplewood is a town that is surrounded by natural beauty and it lives and breathes the small town atmosphere. The town meets the South Mountain Reservation which is a recreation preserve that encompasses 2,020 acres. Here you will have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous hiking trails and picnic grounds for family outings. Residents enjoy six beautiful parks as well as an award-winning outdoor pool. 

Maplewood is Affordable and a commuter hub to New York City
Maplewood NJ train station

It’s hard to believe that a town that seems so quaint and perfect can be so affordable. New residents to the area are drawn by the naturist beauty of Maplewood, but they remain here due to the strong sense of community that not only keeps community traditions strong, but also fosters a closeness of neighbors.

The community has approximately 23,000 residents and the homes primarily consist of olden era architecture such as Victorians, Colonials and Tudors which dominate the majority of single family homes. You cannot drive or walk down the block without admiring the beautifully established landscaping that these homes boast.

Only 18 miles from Manhattan, Maplewood residents who travel to the big city for employment usually do so by train. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes during the busiest hours of the day, including rush hour. Another factor that draws families here is the fact that the homes in Maplewood are affordable, especially considering the amount of convenience that you get for the price tag. 

Maplewood NJ downtown flowersExcellent schools in Maplewood, NJ

Notwithstanding, like the surrounding areas, Maplewood residents share a quality school district with neighboring South Orange. The school district consists of six elementary schools. The number of middle schools is two while only a single high school exists, but carries with it a reputation for academic excellence. In addition to advanced placement options, Columbia High School also offers vocational courses and college prep courses to help students grow. Journalism and film-making classes are also available as are 25 active clubs and 23 varsity sports options.

For complete information on the Maplewood public schools, visit the School District of South Orange & Maplewood website

Interested in learning more about the town and homes of Maplewood, NJ? Call Victoria on (973) 220-3050 or email:

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