Purchased as part of a territory from the Lenape Native Americans in 1666, South Orange has a rich heritage which continues today through its gas street light illumination and number of historic buildings. South Orange is only 3 square miles but has two New Jersey Transit train stations. Town amenities include the Baird Center, a recreational hub for the town, Pierro Art Gallery, tennis courts, the town pool, basketball courts, baseball fields, bocce courts and soccer fields. There is also a large duck pond used for skating in the winter, and Floods Hill, the scene for winter sledding and outdoor concerts in the summer.
Located in the center of town, the Midtown Direct train reaches Penn Station in just 35 minutes, and travels seven days a week. Trains continue westbound to Summit, Morristown and Dover.
Commuter Parking is available in lots close by. Daily parking is also available. For many, weekday mornings are a quick dash from car (or cycle) to Starbucks and then upstairs to the train. A jitney bus service brings more commuters to the train station.
Mountain Station is located less than a mile east of South Orange Station, where limited permit parking is available. Easy access to Route 280, the Garden State Parkway and Routes 24 and 78 make north, south and westbound commutes easy.
Maplewood and South Orange share a school district.
South Mountain – Annex, kindergarten through 1st grade.
Marshall Elementary School, kindergarten through 2nd grades.
Clinton Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Seth Boyden Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grades.
Tuscan Elementary School, kindergarten through 5th grades.
South Mountain Elementary School, 2nd through 5th grades.
Delia Bolden Elementary School, 3rd through 5th grades.
Maplewood Middle School, 6th through 8th grades.
South Orange Middle School, 6th through 8th grades.
All South Orange and Maplewood students attend Columbia High School which is in Maplewood. Underhill Field, the high school athletic fields and track, is a half-mile from the high school in a residential neighborhood.
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, nursery, pre-K and kindergarten through 8th grades.
Bay Leaf Indian Restaurant
BBQ Cafeteria Brazilian
Bunny’s Sports Bar
Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant
Grid Iron Waffle Shop
Harusame Japanese Cuisine
Hot Bagels Abroad
Osteria Del Corso
The Fox & Falcon By David Burke
Tito’s Burritos & Wings
Town Hall Delicatessen
Walia Ethiopian Restaurant