living in south orange
This village is filled with beautiful historic and period homes. It is one of only a few in New Jersey to retain gas light street illumination. Residents of this low-key community enjoy a thriving art scene which includes SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) and year-round access to outdoor activities at the nearby South Mountain Reservation. For food lovers, Ashley Market offers a culinary mecca for gourmet ingredients. Commuters appreciate the 30 minute access to NYC via the Midtown Direct train.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
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Latest South Orange Market Report: April 2023
Why We Love Our Town: South Orange & Maplewood
"My husband and I moved to South Orange 36 years ago from Brooklyn with our 1-1/2 yr old son. We were immediately attracted to the beautiful architecture of the homes in South Orange. We loved that there was a downtown and a train line to NYC. Coming from Brooklyn, we were looking for a community that had a heterogeneous population. South Orange had an urban/suburban vibe, which was just what we were looking for. We're still living in town and love being a part of the great community. I feel fortunate to live in a place that embraces everyone and offers a small hometown feeling.
As a family, we always enjoyed the great open space that South Orange offers. There are so many parks that we enjoyed with our kids - sledding down Floods Hill, long walks in the South Mountain Reservation with our dog, and watching innumerable amounts of outdoor soccer games and tennis matches. Though our kids are grown with families of their own, we still enjoy having all of those things available to us today.
South Orange has always supported the Arts. We love having SOPAC right in town. We enjoy many of the live musical performances and the movie theater. There are many great restaurants and a gourmet supermarket that we support. In the summer, we enjoy the outdoor concerts that are performed on Floods Hill."
- Carol Greenberg, South Orange Resident & Realtor