The “Surban” Charm of Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange, NJ

The “Surban” Charm of Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange, NJ

Nestled right outside of NYC, Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange are charming towns that perfectly embrace the essence of “surban” living. These towns offer the best of both worlds, blending the vibrant energy of urban life with the tranquil charm of suburban neighborhoods. In this post, I will explore why these three towns have become the beloved destinations for those seeking an ideal balance between city convenience and suburban serenity.

  1. Proximity to NYC. One of the most enticing aspects of living in Maplewood, Montclair or South Orange is their unbeatable proximity to the City. Situated just a short distance from Manhattan, these towns offer resi
  2. dents easy access to work, cultural experiences and the endless opportunities that come with being so close to one of the world’s most iconic cities. Commuting to NYC is a breeze whether you prefer to hop on a train or a bus or drive via nearby highways.
  3. The Best of Both Worlds. One to the key attractions to these towns is the unique “surban” lifestyle they offer. Enjoy the convenience of the vibrant downtown areas, filled with boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants. At the same time, experience the peacefulness of charming tree-lined neighborhoods, complete with lush green spaces, parks and friendly neighbors.
  4. Diverse Cultural Scene. Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange are renowned for their thriving cultural scenes, fostering an environment that celebrates art, music and theater. Montclair is home to the Montclair Art Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of American and Native American art. South Orange is famous for the South Orange Performing Arts (SOPAC), offering a wide range of performances from dance to musical to concerts. The 1978 Maplewood Arts Center is a community space dedicated to visual arts, providing a space for artists to work, exhibit and collaborate.
  5. Outstanding Education. The school districts in these towns consistently rank among the best in the state. The area has a range of public and private schools that offer excellent academic programs, extracurricular activities, and a supportive learning environment. Additionally, the proximity to prestigious universities and colleges in the area provides further educational advantages.
  6. Community Spirit. There is a strong sense of community that permeates through these towns. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods, actively participating in community events, local initiatives, and volunteer opportunities. From farmer’s markets to street fairs, to neighborhood block parties and cultural events, there is always something happening that brings people together. The warm and welcoming nature of Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange makes it easy to build lasting friendships and create a true sense of belonging.


 Maplewood, Montclair and South Orange, the “surban” gems of New Jersey, offering a unique blend of urban and suburban living. With their proximity to NYC, diverse cultural scenes, outstanding education, and strong community spirit, it’s no wonder these towns have become highly sought-after destinations. They provide the perfect backdrop for a vibrant and fulfilling life. Come and experience the magic of “surban” living in Maplewood, Montclair, and South Orange!


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