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Diversity & Community

Maplewood


Picturesque Maplewood prides itself on being a diverse and family-friendly community. In a number of surveys it is ranked among the most desirable places to live in the United States. The township has a downtown area alternatively known as "the village" or "Maplewood Center" with its own movie theater, several upscale and midscale restaurants, King’s supermarket, independent café, two liquor stores, and a small bookstore. The structure of the village is largely unchanged since the 1950s.

A great place to raise a family, with an affluent and educated population of 23,000, Maplewood homes are classic and traditional, older and larger when compared to the rest New Jersey. Built primarily in first few decades of the 20th century in architectural styles to suit every taste from starter homes to magnificent estates, there is always an ongoing effort in town to preserve and beautify architecturally significant structures.  

Commuter convenience combined with a real sense of community, not to mention peace and quiet are but several of the attractions that residents of Maplewood enjoy. The Maplewood train station, located in the village and offering a concierge service helping you coordinate your dry cleaning and picking up dinner, is just 30-minutes from Manhattan via either the Midtown Direct or Hoboken train lines.

Suburban Maplewood is about 6 miles west of Newark, including Newark International Airport, and conveniently only 24 miles southeast of Manhattan. Several major interstates, including the I-78, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are less than five minutes away and offer easy access to the surrounding towns and cities. Nearby municipalities include the charming towns of Irvington, Millburn-Short Hills and South Orange as well as the larger nearby cities of Union, Newark and of course exciting Manhattan. 

There are seven parks and two community centers within Maplewood Township. They feature wonderful family amenities such as a municipal pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, paddle tennis courts and even bocce ball courts. The South Mountain Reservation on the edge of town offers an additional 2000 acres of open space for hiking and communing with unspoiled nature. 

HISTORY

When surveying the area now known as Maplewood, Robert Treat found several trails used by Leni-Lenapi tribes of Algonquin Native Americans, though there was only sparse pre-European settlement. These paths form the basis for what are the town’s main thoroughfares today.

The first European settlers arrived around 1675, primarily English, Dutch, and French Puritans who had earlier settled Hempstead, Long Island, and Stamford, Connecticut, via Newark and Elizabeth. They had acquired most of today’s Essex County from the Native Americans and followed three trails that roughly correspond to South Orange Avenue, Springfield Avenue, and Ridgewood Road from Connecticut and Long Island, New York. These three routes resulted in three separate communities that merged into Maplewood and South Orange.

Those who came from Newark on the trail that now corresponds to South Orange Avenue settled the area that became South Orange Village.

Six families (with last names of Smith, Brown, Pierson, Freeman, Ball, and Gildersleeve) came up today’s Ridgewood Road and established scattered farms around a center that became Jefferson Village, named after Thomas Jefferson. This village, which roughly corresponds to downtown Maplewood today, developed several mills and orchards. John Durand, the son of Hudson River school painter Asher Brown Durand (who was born in Maplewood in 1796), describes the place as a picturesque but slightly backwards community with close ties to Springfield. The apple harvest was apparently quite impressive and included “Harrison” and “Canfield” varieties. By 1815, there were approximately 30 families in the village. Although the residents of the area were predominantly Presbyterian, the first house of worship was a Baptist chapel in 1812. This was in use until 1846 and fell into disrepair until 1858, when it was taken into use as a Methodist Episcopal church.

Those who came up today’s Springfield Avenue settled on a hillcrest near today’s intersection between Tuscan and Springfield Avenue and established a hamlet known as North Farms. Over time, this community became known as the Hilton section. It became a stagecoach stop between Newark, Jersey City (then Paulus Hook), and Morristown and thereby a center for trade and light manufacturing. The village changed its name from North Farms to Middleville in 1830, and then to Hilton in 1880 when it was granted a post office. In 1855, Seth Boyden settled in what was then Middleville to retire but innovated a number of agricultural products, especially berries. Boyden also built and put into operation the first steam engines to service the railroad through Maplewood.

In 1802, Jefferson Village and North Farms were named as districts under the Township of Newark.

The three communities operated independently, establishing its own school associations: South Orange established the Columbian school in 1814, which would form the basis for today’s Columbia High School; North Farms established the North Farms Association in 1817; and Jefferson Village the Jefferson Association in 1818. In 1867, when the State of New Jersey established public education through the School Law, the newly appointed County Superintendent merged the three associations into one school district, which was formalized in 1894 as the South Orange-Maplewood School District. James Ricalton, a teacher born in Waddington, New York of Scottish parents, set the high standard of education that persists in the school district to this day.

The area became known for its orchards and related industries, including cider mills and distilleries of rum, but also honey and some livestock.

Theodore Roosevelt spent several summers in Maplewood visiting his uncle Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt’s home and property, known as The Hickories, covering 100 acres. This area is now partly covered by Roosevelt Road and Kermit Place. In the early 1900s, a tree bearing an inscription by Teddy Roosevelt was cut down from the front lawn of 36 Roosevelt Road.

When the Morris and Essex Railroad from Newark was extended to the area in 1838, a land speculator by the name of John Shedden built a railroad station in Jefferson Village and named it Maplewood. This name came to comprise areas known as Hilton, Jefferson Village, and areas previously part of Springfield. In 1868, farms were divided into parcels for residential housing. The 1920s saw significant growth in new residents and structures, foreshadowing a complete suburb.

Many of the most recognizable buildings and spaces were the work of famous architects and landscape designers. All of the schools and the Municipal Building were the work of Guilbert and Betelle. The center of town is dominated by Memorial Park, a design of the Olmsted Brothers. The Olmsted firm was also responsible for the landscaping at the John Russell Pope designed the Ward Home, now known as Winchester Gardens, located on Elmwood Avenue. On the opposite side of town is another Olmsted work, South Mountain Reservation. The Maplewood Theater, where Cheryl Crawford first revived Porgy and Bess, was designed by William E. Lehman.

The town separated officially from South Orange in 1903 and incorporated as a township on November 7, 1922.

There are approximately 226 streets covering 60 miles within Maplewood. One thoroughfare, Springfield Avenue, is a state highway (Route 124, from Irvington to Morristown), and four thoroughfares (Valley Street, Millburn Avenue, Irvington Avenue and Wyoming Avenue), are Essex County roads.

MAPLEWOOD REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS

Single family home prices typically start in the $400,000s.
Single family home prices range up to about $1,500,000.
Condos start in the $250,000s.

The Maplewood real estate market continued to be strong in 2006.The average price for a home in Maplewood rose 18% in 2006 over the previous year to $560,967.The average days on market for the first half of 2006 rose to 55 days compared to 44 in 2005 and overall dollar volume was up 21% over the previous year for a first half total of $86,389,032.

In 2007 the average sale price fell 6% over the same time period of 2006 and total dollar volume also dropped 12% over last year.In 2007, 146 properties sold in Maplewood, the average sale price was $527,966 and total dollar volume was $77,083,112.

When other markets seemed a bit sluggish in 2006, Maplewood’s market continued to grow and be very competitive for buyers.It seems Maplewood’s 2007 market is adjusting that unusual trend.

For comprehensive statistical reports please visit our Area Market Statistics including statistics per school districts.

*Based on data from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, comparing the first half of each year (January-June, the most active part of the year for real estate transactions).

MAPLEWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Maplewood shares a common pubic school system with neighboring South Orange . There are six elementary schools in the district, four of which are in Maplewood and two middle schools, one of which is in Maplewood while Columbia High School serves both communities. Acclaimed Columbia High School has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education and active parent and teacher organizations support all the schools in the district.  

Maplewood Public School Report from the State of New Jersey

Columbia High School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/columbia.htm
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/~chs/
17
Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ  07040
973.762.5600

Maplewood Middle School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/mms.htm
http://www.mmshsa.org/

7
Burnett Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973.378.7660

South Orange Middle School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/soms.htm
http://www.somshsa.org/

70
North Ridgewood Road
South Orange, NJ
973.378.2772

Clinton Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/clinton.htm
http://www.clintonpta.org/

27
Berkshire Road
Maplewood, NJ  07040
973.378.7686

Jefferson Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/jefferson.htm
http://www.jeffersonschoolpta.org/

518
Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973.378.7696

Marshall Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/marshall.htm
http://marshallpta.org/

262
Grove Road
South Orange, NJ  07079
973.378.7698

Seth Boyden Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/sethboyden.htm
http://www.sethboydenpta.org/

274
Boyden Avenue
Maplewood, NJ  07040
973.378.5209

South Mountain Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/southmt.htm
http://www.southmountain.somsd.k12.nj.us/

444
West South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ  07079
973.378.5216

South Mountain Elementary Annex
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/southmtannex.htm
http://www.southmountain.somsd.k12.nj.us/

112
Glenview Road
South Orange, NJ  07079
973.378.2801

Tuscan Elementary School
http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/tuscan.htm
http://www.tuscanpta.org/

25
Harvard Avenue
Maplewood, NJ  07040
973.378.5221

COMMUTER INFORMATION

Parking Permits

1)  Proof of Residency (One of the Following: Driver’s License, Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Lease Agreement, Utility Bill)

2)  Valid Vehicle Registration

2)  $160 per Pass Permit per Calendar Year

Jitney Bus Passes

Jitney Map & Schedule

1)  Proof of Residency (One of the Following: Driver’s License, Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Lease Agreement, Utility Bill)

2)  $70 per Pass per Calendar Year or $7 per Book of 10 Ride Coupons

All Passes Expire December 31

Combination Parking Permit and Jitney Bus Pass is $180.

Checks payable to "Township of Maplewood."

Applications Can Be Completed One of the Following Ways:

1)  In person at the Office of the Township Clerk, 574 Valley Street between 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (until 7pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)

2)  Mail completed application, payment and copy of proof of residence to Office of the Township Clerk, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, 07040

3)  Drop off completed application, payment and copy of proof of residence to the Concierge Company at the Maplewood Train Station

There are forms for permits and passes which are available through the Township Clerk’s Office but they are not required.Payment and copies of required documentation are enough.

For further information call the Township Clerk's Office at 973-762-8120.

AREA GOLF COURSES AND CLUBS:

Essex County
Noteworthy: Maplewood Golf Club, Rock Spring Country Club, East Orange Golf Course (Short Hills)

Morris County
Noteworthy: Madison Golf Club, Spring Brook Country Club

Somerset County
Noteworthy: Foxhollow Golf Club, Somerset Hills Golf Club

Union County
Noteworthy: Balusrol Golf Club, Canoe Brook Country Club

DEMOGRAPHICS

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 23,868 people, 8,452 households, and 6,381 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,393.6/km² (6,207.1/mi²). There were 8,615 housing units at an average density of 864.0/km² (2,240.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the township was 58.78% White, 32.63% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 4.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.23% of the population.

There were 8,452 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the township the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $79,637, and the median income for a family was $92,724. Males had a median income of $57,572 versus $41,899 for females. The per capita income for the township was $36,794. 4.4% of the population and 3.4% of families were below the poverty line. 4.9% of those under the and 6.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

AREA GROCERY STORES

CHATHAM

Kings Supermarket
393 Main Street
973-635-4400

Shop Rite
641 Shunpike Road
973-377-4788

MADISON

Super Stop & Shop
133 Main Street
973-593-8484

Whole Foods
222 Main Street
973-822-8444

MAPLEWOOD

Kings Supermarket
159 Maplewood Avenue
973-761-4092

MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS

Kings Supermarket
778 Morris Turnpike
973-258-4000

Shop Rite
727 Morris Turnpike
973-376-3028

Shop Rite
220 Main Street
973-376-9886

Whole Foods
187 Millburn Avenue
973-376-4668

SUMMIT

Kings Supermarket
784 Springfield Avenue
908-598-4502

WESTFIELD

Stop & Shop
219 Elm Street
908-232-1292

Trader Joe’s
155 Elm Street
908-301-0910

WINE AND SPECIALTY FOODS

CHATHAM
Chatham Wine Shop
465 Main Street
Chatham
973-635-0088

Hickory Wine Cellar
641 Shunpike Road
Chatham
973-822-2121

MADISON

Madison Wine Cellar
29 Main Street
Madison
973-377-4075

MAPLEWOOD

Celebrated Foods
6 Highland Place
973-762-1722

Village Wine Shop
1994 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood
973-762-7899

MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS

Tulip Chocolatier
537 Millburn Avenue
973-467-1930

Wine Library
586 Morris Avenue
888-980-WINE

SUMMIT

Chez Barbara To Go
40 Union Place
Summit
908-522-1359

Summit Cheese Shop
75 Union Place
Summit
908-273-7700

The Wine List
417 Springfield Avenue
908-277-6565

WESTFIELD

Westfield Wine Liquors
276 North Avenue East
Westfield
908-232-1133

AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Delbarton School

Kent Place School

The Oak Knoll School

The Pingry School

 

 

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