Welcome to this quaint, conveniently located South Orange Village home. This 3 Bedroom/1.1 Bath features an updated bathroom, bright & cheery kitchen, and central air conditioning. High ceilings on the first floor gives it an open/airy feel. Lights floods in throughout this freshly panted house. The enclosed 3 season front porch and back deck, with retractable awning, are great places to relax or entertain. The detached 2 car garage has added storage space. All of this, located in a close knit neighborhood with the jitney stop on the corner and is walk-able to town!
2015 Taxes: $11,818
Why does one move to a suburb after living in the open, diverse, and vibrant community of Greenwich Village? For us, the reason was clear. We wanted all that “The Village” had to offer, but also, a home that was a refuge, with a backyard for relaxing, in a small town with a distinctive personality, and with ready access to the city. Above all, we wanted a home in an area that offered an excellent public school system for our daughter. We found all that and more in South Orange.
South Orange has offered us so much over the years. Coming from NYU housing, we replaced crowded expediency with a modest, easy-to-care-for, retreat. We found plenty of ways to make connections with the community. For instance, we joined an interfaith group. We immediately enrolled our daughter in summer camp affiliated with the pre-school that she would attend. Within a year of moving here, she needed major heart surgery. Members of the families of her preschool classmates, people we had just met, gave blood on her behalf. That tells you something about this community.
We have been very happy here. Living so close to the train station made my husband’s daily commute into the city very easy. He has continued to work in the Village, at NYU, but has found the train ride into South Orange to be very pleasurable, encountering trees, and a real community, as a contrast to the city. As for me, I found my most fulfilling job as a teacher-librarian in one of our fine South Orange Maplewood elementary schools.
We are now both retired. Pressing family circumstances require that we move to the west coast. We can only hope that there we can find an open, welcoming community like South Orange; one that is vibrant, “walkable”, with supermarkets, cafes, music in the streets, and with access to public transportation that brings us to the heart of a thriving metropolis. I don’t know if we will. We were lucky to have experienced it here.