Learn About Surrounding Towns
Discover other areas around SOMa.
Bloomfield…Chatham…Glen Ridge…Livingston…Millburn/Short Hills…Montclair…Morristown…Summit…West Orange…
Just because I think South Orange NJ and Maplewood NJ are the cat’s pajamas, doesn’t mean you do. I grew up right here in Jersey and know that there are many other wonderful towns good enough to call home. Before choosing a town that fits, it’s important to visit, get a feel for the place and talk to the locals who already call it home. Just check out this New York Times article.
Below are a few more towns that have gorgeous homes to buy and wonderful communities to explore.
If you are looking for a location that is in the middle of it all, Bloomfield may be for you. It’s sandwiched between Montclair and Glen Ridge for great shopping and restaurants, in addition to its own Brookdale Shopping district. Get a satisfying sip from one of five cafes! Or choose from many different cuisines, similar to those found in South Orange.
The home of Bloomfield College, this town hosts the Westminster Arts Center, the cultural and theatrical heart of the town.
The Bloomfield Train Station is on the Montclair-Boonton Midtown Direct line which means it has direct access to NYC or Hoboken. Commute times range from approximately 45 to 60 minutes and are based on the number of local stop; there are a limited number of trains that make this trip during the weekday. A commute via the DeCamp Bus line is also available.
One the prettiest downtowns in Morris County, Chatham offers the convenience of walk to town shopping, good eats, and NYC transportation all in short distance of charming residential streets, such as Fairmont Avenue, with beautiful manicured lawns and antique homes. Serenade, an award-wining restaurant, is a favorite stomping ground frequented by good friends.
Chatham is on the Midtown Direct line, which means it has direct access to NYC or Hoboken. Commute times range from approximately 45 to 60 minutes and are based on the number of local stops.
Just like other towns along the Midtown Direct Line, Chatham played a role in the American Revolution. The inhabitants of Chatham were expected to hold the fort, so to speak, against British advancement, particularly because Washington and his troops were in nearby Morristown.
Favorite family events include the Fishing Derby at Kelley’s Pond, the Fishawack Festival, the Fourth of July Parade, and the Green Fair.
Just like South Orange, Glen Ridge is illuminated each night by gas lights – 667 to be exact! Chartered in 1895, it’s one of the first communities to utilize a professional town planner. Its tree-lined streets boost some of the most gorgeous examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and landscapes. Speaking of which, three of these homes were designed by Stanford White. One Gregorian was designed by John Russell Pope. An exceptional contemporary home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Its quaint downtown features a coffee shop, pharmacy, automobile repair shop, cleaners, nail salon, yoga studio, florist, and restaurants.
Livingston is the quintessential suburban town. Unlike many of our “NYC bedroom community” towns that have quaint Villages and “Main Streets” built around train stations, Livingston’s retailers, both big and small, and restaurants can be found all over the town. Some are in charming little village-like settings, while others may be found along major roadways, like Route 10. And of course, there’s the popular Livingston Mall. There’s something for everyone.
Beautiful tree-lined streets feature modern and contemporary as well traditional homes. There are new construction options as well.
While it’s not on train line, it does boast quick access to NYC and all points beyond via car. There are many NYC and Hoboken commuters that use the South Orange Train station’s Midtown Direct line.
Bet you didn’t know that Short Hills is in Millburn? One of the most affluent towns in the state as well as the country, Millburn has everything you’d expect it should. Beautiful homes pepper charming tree-lined streets that can get a pedestrian or driver to their destination quickly – whether that’s Millburn’s downtown and train station or to the famous Mall at Short Hills.
The schools ranked incredibly high, both state and nationally.
Both Short Hills and Millburn are on the Midtown Direct Line, which means it has direct access to NYC or Hoboken. Commute times range from approximately 35 to 55 minutes and are based on the number of local stops.
Millburn is home to celebrated regional theatre, The Paper Mill Playhouse is a 1,200-seat regional theater established in 1938, that has been officially designated as the “State Theatre of New Jersey”. Many famous actors, such as Robert DeNiro have graced the stage.
I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Montclair. My husband and I had our wedding reception at the
Often compared to SOMa, Montclair has character and charm all it’s own. Four main shopping districts, Montclair Center, Upper Montclair, Walnut Street, and Watchung Plaza, offer the very best in unique shopping and good eats. The Brick Lane Curry House is one of favorites – yes, as in the one you’d find on Curry Row in the City.
Depending on where you are in Montclair, you’ll be treated to a wide variety of housing styles – everything from Sear & Roebuck Catalog Kits houses to gorgeous mansions. It’s well know for it’s historic architecture with six registered historical districts. Keep your eyes on the road when driving around Montclair – there’s so much beauty to appreciate it here!
There are six train stations that run on the Montclair-Boonton Line and 12 bus stops in Montclair – that’s a lot! While NJ Transit trains are popular, the DeCamp Bus line runs more frequently in the evenings, making it very popular.
I grew up in Morristown and I’ve seen it grow from a sweet village with mom and pop shops to a city comparable to Hoboken. On any day of the week, the town hustles and bustles with foot traffic as its home to hundreds or businesses, including charming retail boutiques, law and doctor offices, ad agencies, and some of the best good eats around. The Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, the critically acclaimed restaurant was given a “very good” by the New York Times in 2015.
Morristown is on the Midtown Direct Line, which means it has direct access to NYC or Hoboken. Commute times range from approximately 60 to 70 minutes and are based on the number of local stops.
George Washington slept here! Steeped in the rich history of the American Revolution, there are many national parks to wander, such as Jockey Hollow, where Washington’s troops encamped for the long cold winter of 1789-90. George and his wife, Martha, had much more luxurious arrangements and made their home at the Ford Mansion.
Some of my family’s favorite events include, The Mansion in May, the St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Meet Me in Morristown, and Christmas on the Green.
Summit has all the ingredients for the idyllic suburban city – a beautiful downtown complete with charming shops and restaurants, an exciting arts scene, and architectural gems from the late 19th century. There are over 200 boutiques, restaurants and service providers that call Summit’s downtown home.
Summit has a wildly a popular Farmer’s market from April through November AND a Farer’s Market in the Winter too – from January to April. The Summit Playhouse and The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey round out this community’s vibrancy.
The thing that always amazes me about West Orange is its sheer enormity. With almost 50,00 residents, it’s one of the Essex county’s largest cities. The variety of housing stock is amazing – from close-knit neighborhoods like the Gregory and St. Cloud sections to the mansions in Llewellyn Park. And for those of you looking for the rare new construction enclaves with affordable prices, West Orange can give you that too.
West Orange doesn’t have its own train station, but it does offer direct Jitney Services from many neighborhoods to South Orange and Orange Stations. It also has Community Coach and DeCamp Bus access to the City as well.