The township of South Orange Village, in Essex County, is a wonderful community with great schools, elegant colonial homes, parks, and a love of the fine arts. South Orange blends upscale suburban living with vibrant downtown attractions, with great dining, shopping, and transit facilities along South Orange Avenue. If you want to live in a small town that has a lot to do then South Orange is the place for you!
According to the 2010 United States Census, the population was 16,198 with a median household income of $123,373. The cost of living index is higher here than the US average. The town is only one of four municipalities in New Jersey with a village type of government.
There are ten parks in South Orange with facilities for softball/baseball, tennis, soccer, jogging, horseshoes, ice skating and basketball, playgrounds and more. South Mountain Reservation, with Turtle Back Zoo and the Richard Codey Arena among its attractions, borders South Orange.
There are many art and cultural programs in South Orange. The Cultural Affairs programming celebrates and presents the professional accomplishments of local and regional artists with art exhibitions, classes, performances, and festivals. The Baird Theater and the Pierro Gallery are two places where you can see the work of many artists. South Orange Performing Arts Center is an award-winning regional venue that has hosted many famous performers and notables including Yo-Yo Ma, Dionne Warwick, Richard Marx, Max Weinberg, Ben Vereen, and President Barack Obama (when he was a senator).
South Orange is also famous for its Community Garden. Residents are dedicated to supporting and operating this recreational organic community garden, where people become educated about organic foods, sustainable, and edible plant culture.
South Orange is a pleasant community with Tudor, Colonial, and Victorian homes along leafy, tree-lined streets. According to Zillow, the average home on the market in South Orange is $571,700. The housing stock is quite diverse, with beautifully restored homes in the million-dollar range down to around $280,000. The property taxes vary depending on the cost of the home, in the $9,376 to $22,673 range. They generally have several bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are townhomes and condominiums available as well.
City-data.com reported that the estimated median house or condo value in 2013 was $476,831, much higher than the overall median price in New Jersey.
The School District of South Orange combines with adjacent Maplewood and together, serves more than 6,800 students in nine schools: six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Four of these schools (three elementary schools, one middle school) are located in South Orange. The district has a vision to be a top-performing diverse school.
South Orange is also home to Seton Hall University, with nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
South Orange is only 30 minutes from Manhattan by rail, from two New Jersey Transit railroad stations: the South Orange station, and the Mountain station. There are also two bus lines that take you to Newark or New York City.