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Living the South Orange experience.

I love South Orange. While I knew it was the right choice for us, I really didn’t want to move from Brooklyn, it was more my husband’s idea than mine. Living in this amazing community for over seven years changed all that. It goes without saying that I had some of the best neighbors EVER, and its hip vibe is palpable. You’ll find neighborhood streets lined with 100-year old trees, historic gas lights, and sidewalks that take you directly to the Village where there’s always something going on. You’ll enjoy authentic international fare and unique retail. And there’s even more to come – the locals are starting to call this town the next Hoboken! Look it up.

But you really want to know about the housing stock, I know. It’s some of the most varied you’ll find in any of the bedroom communities and will heighten your awareness of architectural history: Queen Anne Victorians, 1920s kit-house colonials directly from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog, stylish Mid-century Modern homes designed by famous architects like Milton Klein, and Contemporaries built into the side of the Watchung Mountains that look more like the hills around LA than in Jersey. All 15 miles outside of NYC.

And to top it all off, South Orange was recently ranked as the 3rd hottest real estate market by the Star Ledger/NJ.com. 

I’ve curated some info that will give you a feel for the town. I’ve listed my family’s foodie and shop favs. Want more? Shoot me an email and schedule a tour with me.

30 Minutes To NYC

NJ Transit | Trains & Buses

South Orange has two train stations: South Orange and Mountain. While both are on the New Jersey Transit Midtown Direct line, more direct trains stop at the South Orange Station during rush hour than at Mountain Station. Rush hour time periods are weekday mornings between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and evenings between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Trains stopping at either station can take you directly to Newark Broad Street Station, Hoboken, and Penn Station NY – and all points in between depending on whether it’s a local or express train.  The only major station that requires a transfer to get to is Penn Station Newark. For those commuters who work downtown, the Hoboken train takes them directly to the PATH.

The rush hour commuting time can be as little as 27 minutes from South Orange Station and 41 minutes from Mountain Station to Penn Station NY.

The bus to New York City from South Orange picks commuters up in the center of town on Sloane Street. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.

Tricks of The Trade

  • Departurevision
  • My Transit
  • MyTix

Pro Tip: bookmark this on your mobile device and get real time updates on when your train will be at the station.

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Get the latest alerts on your commute by signing up for this free email alert service from NJT

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Using your droid or iPhone, you can download NJT’s app for buying your monthly tickets via credit card directly from your mobile device. This is super convenient. Works for buses too.

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Getting Around Town

Commuter Parking

South Orange has several options for commuters to park their cars before hopping the train, but there are waiting lists for all commuter permits. The NJ Transit and Mountain Station waiting lists are open to the general public; the wait time is approximately five and two years, respectively. The Resident Commuter list is open to South Orange Residents ONLY and has a wait list of approximately five years.

Jitney Bus Service

Can’t get a parking space? No worries, South Orange has a daily Jitney Bus Service that takes commuters from their neighborhood directly to the station. There are four routes and seven buses. A 12-month pass is available and valid from January 1st through December 31st. You can always pay-as-you-go – it’s $2.00 each way in cash. And have correct change!

Newark Liberty Airport

You’ve never been so close to a major airport. Newark is about a 20-minute drive.  You can take the train, hire a traditional car service, get an Uber or Lyft – or park yourself.

My husband and I fly often with our three kids – all six and under. If you need some tips and tricks on how to get your family to the airport – and how to manage them once you’re there, shoot me an email.

Uber & Lyft

Good news people, you can use Uber or Lyft to take you anywhere in South Orange and all points beyond. Even for that mom or bro hang at your friend’s house a mile down the street! It’ll cost a little over five bucks and totally worth it.

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News You Can Use
South Orange Fun Facts
  • The village is one of only a few in New Jersey to retain gas light street illumination. The others include Riverton, Palmyra, and Glen Ridge.
  • South Orange was the first municipality in New Jersey to recognize civil unions for homosexual couples. Exactly one hour after unions became legal in South Orange, they were recognized in neighboring Maplewood.
  • Home to Seton Hall University.
  • Ten parks with loads of of fun recreational possibilities like softball/little league, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer and field sports, jogging, playgrounds, winter ice skating; bocce; horseshoe, and kite flying.
  • Just months before his death, Thomas Edison, was at the throttle of the first electric MU (Multiple-Unit) train to depart Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken in September 1930, driving the train the first mile through Hoboken yard on its way to South Orange. (Wikipedia, “Thomas Edison”)
  • Oct. 27, 1929, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played baseball at South Orange’s own Cameron Field. Legend holds that Ruth homered into the right-field stands, while Gehrig hit two home runs. Memorably, one shot by the “Iron Horse” cleared the wall and the railroad tracks to hit a house on Vose Avenue. Local rumor has it that the ball – one of nearly 200 used in that game – broke a window. (South Orange Patch, April 5, 2012)
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