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Lovely, lush and livable—that’s Maplewood, a township with approximately 24,000 residents. Because it is just 20 minutes from Midtown, it’s a highly desirable place to live while working in New York. However, there are plenty of reasons to call Maplewood home than an easy commute. This picturesque city is proud of its past and works hard to create a positive future for residents young and old.

The Lenape tribes inhabited the area for thousands of years before the first European surveyors began in the 1600s. English, French and Dutch settlers came in 1675 and bought up land from the Native Americans. They used existing trails as main roads and soon carved out a number of settlements, in which modern-day Maplewood got its start. First known as Jefferson Village in the late 1700s, residents soon established several mills and concentrated on apple orchards among other agricultural options. In the 1800s, apples and other orchard food helped the economy and as a stagecoach stop, the village grew as a center of trade. In the early 1800s, several townships were combined and divided, and Maplewood was part of South Orange Township for many years. Maplewood was named in 1838 when a land speculator built a railroad station and planned for settlement. The city grew rapidly into the 20th century and big new homes sprang up in the 1920s as residents of New York fled to the suburbs. Today, with development and revitalization, Maplewood is a truly charming bedroom community with a personality all its own.

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Lovely, lush and livable—that’s Maplewood, a township with approximately 24,000 residents. Because it is just 20 minutes from Midtown, it’s a highly desirable place to live while working in New York. However, there are plenty of reasons to call Maplewood home than an easy commute. This picturesque city is proud of its past and works hard to create a positive future for residents young and old.

The Lenape tribes inhabited the area for thousands of years before the first European surveyors began in the 1600s. English, French and Dutch settlers came in 1675 and bought up land from the Native Americans. They used existing trails as main roads and soon carved out a number of settlements, in which modern-day Maplewood got its start. First known as Jefferson Village in the late 1700s, residents soon established several mills and concentrated on apple orchards among other agricultural options. In the 1800s, apples and other orchard food helped the economy and as a stagecoach stop, the village grew as a center of trade. In the early 1800s, several townships were combined and divided, and Maplewood was part of South Orange Township for many years. Maplewood was named in 1838 when a land speculator built a railroad station and planned for settlement. The city grew rapidly into the 20th century and big new homes sprang up in the 1920s as residents of New York fled to the suburbs. Today, with development and revitalization, Maplewood is a truly charming bedroom community with a personality all its own.

Eager to promote its reputation as a family-friendly city, Maplewood provides lots of things to see and do here. Residents and city leaders take takes great pride in catering to residents of all ages. A new revitalization project for the downtown has taken place and it now boasts a movie theater, restaurants, retail stores and more. With a significant artistic community, there are also galleries and shows that spotlight local talent. The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts is located here and presents performances year round. Public playgrounds, parks and walking trails make it easy for residents to enjoy the outdoors. Youth and adult sports leagues are well-managed and play on city athletic facilities.

Celebrations and events in Maplewood include Maplewoodstock, an annual event that features live music and a street fair. Fourth of July celebrations include fireworks and the circus, while Halloween means a parade and costume contest in the downtown area. The Dickens Village is held during the winter holidays in Ricalton Square and the First Night New Year’s Eve Party is family-friendly entertainment.

The schools in Maplewood are exemplary, and are managed by the South Orange-Maplewood School District. There are several elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, and they all have a reputation for excellence. The diversity in the community means that there are many ethnicities and cultures represented and the city takes pride in that.

Home buyers who are looking to relocate to the greater New York area should really take a good long look at Maplewood, because everything is provided for in this city—jobs, education, and plenty of activities that combine to give all a top-tier living experience.