Maplewood combines the charm of village life with the convenience of living just half an hour from midtown Manhattan, and is a thriving commuter neighbourhood. It first became popular with New Yorkers in search of some clear mountain air in the 1860s, after the railroad arrived. Among the earliest to discover its appeal was Theodore Roosevelt, who spent summers at his uncle’s Maplewood estate.
Columbia School District, serving Maplewood and South Orange, is comprised of six elementary schools. Clinton, Jefferson, Seth Boyden, andTuscan are in Maplewood, and Jefferson/Marshall and South Mountain (which also includes students from Maplewood residing near the school) are in South Orange. There are two Middle Schools - South Orange and Maplewood Middle - while the acclaimed Columbia High School serves both Maplewood and South Orange communities.
Columbia High School is known as one of the most academically progressive high schools in the state of New Jersey, and has been recognized nationally for its academic excellence with a Blue Ribbon award from the US Department of Education. Students can choose from a wide range of elective courses, including 24 AP classes, and every year Columbia High School sends alumni to top universities like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. The extracurricular activities range from Future Business Leaders of America, a mock trial team, and an award-winning student newspaper and literary magazine to the chess club, championship athletics and music and drama. Hip-hop singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill is a former student here, but Columbia High School’s greatest claim to fame must surely be as the birthplace of Ultimate Frisbee, invented by students on the school grounds in 1968.
Maplewood Middle School puts a strong emphasis on academic excellence and social responsibility as the foundation for all educational endeavours. This philosophy obviously pays off, as around one third of 7th graders are identified by the Johns Hopkins Talent Search and invited to take the SATs, usually taken by high school juniors.
The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School, founded in 1933, is the oldest adult school in NJ and open to everyone from age 14 to 114. The inspiring program stimulates the mind, body and senses with high-quality classes covering everything from art and childcare to business studies and computer technology. Most classes are at Columbia High School or South Orange Middle School.
In the summer the school offers a highly praised children’s camp, the South Orange-Maplewood Community Summer Program.
The South Orange Maplewood School District has had full day Kindergarten since 2009, which has been a huge factor for many parents in choosing a community.
The Midtown Direct Line of NJ Transit takes commuters straight into New York Penn Station, Newark and Hoboken. A quick change onto the PATH Rapid Transit System transfers you to the heart of New York’s financial center
The NJ Transit Parking Lot by Maplewood Railroad Station on Maplewood Avenue at Baker Street has limited space, but residents can sign up for the popular jitney service which runs across town to and from the station Click here to view a map. Register online or pick up a form from the Maplewood Municipal Building in Valley Street. What's more, a few years ago Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and NJ Transit set up a concierge service in the former smoking room of the station, which performs small tasks like ordering groceries, dropping off dry cleaning, returning rented videos, and even paying parking tickets!
By car, Routes 24 and 280, I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are all within 5-10 minutes; plus, Route 124 - Springfield Avenue - runs though Maplewood. Newark Liberty Airport, a major continental and international gateway, is a 20 minute drive away.
Bus routes 25, 37, 70 and 107 pass between Maplewood and South Orange, Irvington, Newark, Newark Liberty Airport, Union City and New York (to the Port Authority Bus Terminal)
Other nearby mass transport options are the Ferry , the Lakeland Bus and the Community Coach which takes you straight to NYC or Atlantic City from nearby stops
1. Proof of Residency (One of the Following: Driver’s License, Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Lease Agreement, Utility Bill)
2. Valid Vehicle Registration
3. $200 per Pass Permit per Calendar Year
Maplewood is very popular for its jitney bus service to and from the train during morning and evening rush hour commuter times.
Jitney Schedule: http://maplewoodonline.com/jitney.php
Requirements for Jitney Service:
1. Proof of Residency (One of the Following: Driver’s License, Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Lease Agreement, Utility Bill)
2. $70 per Pass per Calendar Year or $7 per Book of 10 Ride Coupons
All Passes Expire December 31
Combination Parking Permit and Jitney Bus Pass is $180.
Checks payable to "Township of Maplewood."
Applications Can Be Completed One of the Following Ways:
1. In person at the Office of the Township Clerk, 574 Valley Street between 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (until 7pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
2. Mail completed application, payment and copy of proof of residence to Office of the Township Clerk, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, 07040
3. Drop off completed application, payment and copy of proof of residence to the Concierge Company at the Maplewood Train Station
There are forms for permits and passes which are available through the Township Clerk’s Office but they are not required.Payment and copies of required documentation are enough.
For further information call the Township Clerk's Office at 973-762-8120.
Data compiled from the GSMLS. Deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Sue feels that if you are in the market to buy or sell real estate in Maplewood, it is important to understand the trends in Active Listings, Days on the Market, and Listing to Sale Price ratio so that you can make an educated decision
|78B Newark Way||$299,000||$135,000||$120,000||2||1||HalfDupl||40%||616|
|192 Burnett Ave C0012||$165,000||$149,000||$135,000||2||2||TwnEndUn||82%||61|
|118 Boyden Ave||$547,500||$325,000||$316,500||3||2||Colonial||58%||1153|
|222 Oakland Rd||$424,900||$375,000||$411,500||4||2.1||Colonial||97%||212|
|19 Midland Blvd||$405,000||$385,000||$375,000||3||1||Colonial||93%||127|
|40 Essex Rd||$479,000||$389,000||$340,000||3||2.1||Bi-Level||71%||245|
|20 Sommer Ave||$400,000||$400,000||$430,000||4||1.1||Colonial||108%||0|
|57 Hudson Ave||$429,000||$409,000||$409,000||4||1.1||Colonial||95%||154|
|133 Tuscan Rd||$439,000||$419,000||$405,000||4||1.1||Colonial||92%||199|
|16 St Lawrence Ave||$475,000||$435,000||$435,000||4||3||Colonial||92%||401|
|546 Summit Ave||$508,000||$488,000||$485,000||3||1.1||Colonial||95%||28|
|42 S Pierson Rd||$525,000||$525,000||$525,000||4||2||Colonial||100%||27|
|117 Oakview Ave||$569,000||$539,000||$530,000||4||2.1||Colonial||93%||199|
|510 Ridgewood Rd||$549,000||$549,000||$549,000||3||2||Colonial||100%||37|
|441 Elmwood Ave||$557,000||$557,000||$570,000||4||3.2||Colonial||102%||26|
|12 North Ter||$620,000||$585,000||$594,500||5||2.1||Colonial||96%||80|
|17 Sommer Ave||$619,000||$619,000||$593,000||6||2.2||Colonial||96%||14|
|39 Oakland Rd||$625,000||$625,000||$650,000||5||3||Colonial||104%||12|
|67 Courter Ave||$659,000||$629,000||$585,000||4||2.1||Colonial||89%||56|
|28 North Crescent||$725,000||$679,000||$670,000||5||3.1||Colonial||92%||156|
|291 Wyoming Ave||$685,000||$685,000||$665,000||5||2.1||Colonial||97%||31|
|8 Berkeley Rd||$779,000||$749,000||$725,000||5||2.2||Colonial||93%||63|
Maplewood has always been a haven for artists - perhaps it is the quality of the light, its proximity to nature or its great community spirit. Asher Brown Durand, whose landscapes helped define the 19th century Hudson River School of painters, lived here. It is still a thriving center of the arts today, with several artists, writers and filmmakers calling it home. South Orange-Maplewood Artist's Network organizes events such as the inspiring tour of the studios of 40 local artists (yes, there really are that many here) and co-ordinates a monthly arts calendar of shows and performances. The 1978 Arts Center aims to enrich community life through the visual arts and to provide a place where artists can exhibit and work. You can sign up for classes here, too.
You will find details of concerts, stage shows and the annual jazz weekend at Arts Maplewood Resident community theater company. The Strollers, one of the oldest theater groups in the country, is based at the Burgdorff Cultural Center on Durand Road and stages two plays and a musical each year, as well as holding a children’s workshop. A family favorite for New Year’s Eve is First Night, a spectacular array of delights including fireworks, music, dance, storytelling and drama. The What Exit? Theatre Company specializes in contemporary theatre, and has classes for children too. Jazzberries Center for Music & Art, also offers children’s art, theatre and of course, music classes. If you have a budding prima ballerina or a hip-hop prodigy at home you will be glad to hear that there are several dancing schools in Maplewood. Some of them offer adult classes as well. We love Stories in Motion’s creative classes and children’s parties; the New Jersey Dance Center; and the Village Dance Academy. Music Together with Kelly runs a range of classes introducing babies and young children to the wonders of sound and rhythm.
The Maplewood Glee Club, sponsored by the Recreation Department, has been in fine voice since 1946, meets weekly for rehearsal and holds regular concerts. Sitting in the center of the village, near the train station, Maplewood Movie Theater has six screens showing the latest releases.
The Great Outdoors
As the village’s name suggests, Maplewood is characterized by its leafy streets and green open spaces, making it a perfect place to relax away from hustle and bustle of the city.
For real wide open spaces, the vantage points atop South Mountain Reservation afford a breathtaking panorama of the Manhattan skyline to the east. During the Revolutionary War George Washington viewed the movement of British troops in the Newark valley from the spot now known as Washington Rock. Today joggers, hikers, cyclists and nature lovers are drawn to the paths that meander through the 2,048 acres of native woodland, preserved in a wild state with creeks, ponds and a 25 ft waterfall. The whole area is a haven for deer, chipmunks, squirrels and bird life, and some of my clients have even been wild mushroom picking there. There is also a great Dog Park complete with a canine obstacle course and drinking fountains! The reservation is so large it stretches through parts of Maplewood, Millburn, West Orange and the borders of South Orange. You can park at the top of South Mountain Reservation, along South Orange Avenue, or off Crest Drive. A map of South Mountain Reservation can be purchased for $4 at the Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange libraries
Memorial Park, on Valley Street, next to Maplewood Country Club has, multi-purpose fields, two playgrounds, and tennis courts, and is a great place for a summer picnic. In midwinter part of it is flooded with water to create an ice rink. Events such as concerts are often held at Maplecrest Park, the central park on Springfield Avenue, where the amenities include baseball/softball fields, a playground, and tennis courts. Both Borden Park on Orchard Road and Orchard Park off Ridgewood Avenue have tennis courts along with fields and a playground each. DeHart Park boasts a street hockey rink as well as fields, a tennis court and a playground, and at Walter Park on the corner of Oakland & Valley Street there is a bocci court, as well as two platform tennis courts and three regular tennis courts.
The Olympic sized Community Pool on Boyden Avenue is the place to be during the summer. Residents can register online or pick up a form from the Civic House.
The excellent range of year-round Recreation Programs offered by Maplewood Township’s Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs includes youth sports and adult programs, senior services and special needs services, some of them held at Civic House and the DeHart Community Center on Burnett Avenue.
If gardening is your passion, you must visit Durand-Hedden House and Garden on Ridgewood Road where the award-winning herb garden (maintained by the Maplewood Garden Club) boasts one of the largest herb collections in the northeast. The early 18th century farmhouse has been lovingly restored to show its life from 1790 to 1930. Open houses are held each month with tours, children’s activities and a country store.
Maplewood Tennis and Golf program in Memorial Park includes a flourishing Pee Wee tennis program for kids from age three and up, and courses for older children either individually or in groups. Fantastic week-long golf camps for 6-12 year olds run throughout July and August.
The attractive 18-hole golf course at Maplewood Country Club is a beautiful place to unwind and reflect. One former resident, William Lowell, even shaped the game of golf: he invented the wooden golf tee back in the 1920s. Whether you are looking to develop your game, unwind from the stresses of the working week, entertain clients, or relax in the company of fellow golfers at the 19th hole, there is an impressive array of award-winning golf courses within easy striking distance. Baltusrol Golf Club, under 4 miles away, hosted the PGA Championship in 2005. Check out all the golf courses close to Maplewood at golflink.com
If tennis is your game there are plenty of public courts in the township parks; you can get details from the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Members of The Maplewood Club, founded in 1916, enjoy meeting for a game and for social events in the beautiful secluded grounds. Tennis classes for 3-8 year olds are held at Ad-In Kids Tennis.
The Diamond Gym Sports and Fitness center on Irvington Avenue competes with the best when it comes to work-out spots.
You don’t have to travel far for gastronomic pleasures in Maplewood. There are restaurants and cafes, delis and diners to suit every taste and purse. As you might expect in such an artistically inclined community, restaurateurs like to offer their customers a feast for all the senses. Here's 2 the Arts is a performer’s showcase cafe featuring music, comedy and theatre, while over at Verjus Restaurant, you can admire the works by local artists on the walls while relishing the contemporary French/New American cuisine on your plate. For a romantic date you can’t beat Restaurant Lorena’s, whose seasonally inspired French cuisine has won it the accolade of being one of America’s top restaurants in the prestigious Zagat survey in 2008. Luke’s Kitchen comes highly recommended for a romantic dinner and ladies’ nights out, and Cent 'Anni neighbourhood Italian trattoria and bar is another perfect place to meet friends. Or, try St James Gate Publick House, which offers an authentic Irish welcome and great comfort food, or the Sona for classic Indian dining and take-out.
Say cheese in Maplewood and Crane's Delicatessen & Cheese Shoppe will definitely put a smile on your face, with more than 60 imported international cheeses and an inventive sandwich board featuring fresh breads from New York’s Sullivan St. Bakery. And for those wanting to pick up email over a coffee or a freshly made smoothy, the NetNomads Cafe will hit the spot. Kids love to grab the pizza from Roman Gourmet next to the Movie Theater, and my junior food critics tell me the hot chocolate served up at Village Coffee is top of the league.
Maplewood enjoys one of the most appealing shopping districts in the area. Gas lamps dot the sidewalks and the actual structure of the village remains largely the same as it was back in the 1950s – but today it is home to an eclectic mix of sophisticated boutiques, galleries, vibrant cafes and of course plenty of shops where you can find the everyday necessities. Freeman’s Fish Market near the movie theater brings in fresh produce daily from Fulton Fish Market. On Monday afternoons from July to October, a Farmers’ Market brings country fresh produce to Maplewood, in the parking lot on Springfield Avenue and Indiana Street.
Words Book Store in Maplewood Village has been voted by NJ Monthly Magazine as Best Indie Bookstore two years in a row. They have many events including local author book readings, panels and book signings. They also have partnered with google eBooks!
Thanks to a sympathetic beautification initiative completed by the town in 2002, "The Village," as it is known, is very pedestrian friendly. New sidewalks were created; the area was landscaped with trees, shrubs and flower planters; benches were installed along with an information kiosk; and traffic calming measures were introduced.
Drivers are well looked after too, with free municipal parking lots near the shops on Maplewood Avenue across the road from the railroad station and Post Office, on Baker Street and on Highland Place. The Maplewood Village Alliance, which works to keep the centre a vibrant and attractive place, has a useful parking map.