Discover South Orange NJ
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.
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