South Orange is a suburban community that encompasses only 2.8 square miles. Located in Essex County and just East of New Jersey’s South Mountain it offers several amenities including gas street lighting. With its history dating back to 1869, this village enjoys an active lifestyle with a large business district and several restaurants. It is also conveniently located with Manhattan only 35 minutes away by NJ Transit or by bus.

HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS

South Orange was originally called The Chestnut Hills. Part of the territory known today as Newark, South Orange was purchased from Lenape Native Americans in 1666 by a group of settlers known as Captain Robert Treat and Lieutenant Samuel Swaine. It was not until 1678 that the settlers purchased a second parcel from the Native Americans covering the area between East of the Rahway River to the Mountain Top.

Progress was slow to come but in early 1700 South Orange developed its first primitive highway converted from an Indian trail. Eventually these highways were traveled during the American Revolution by Washington and his troops. During this century and into the early 1800’s things began to change rapidly. Horseback became a thing of the past and was replaced with Oxcarts. Soon after that Oxcarts were replaced by the stage coach. It was not until 1836 that the Morris and Essex railroad was created using a single track between the village and Orange, using a horse-drawn cart.

A short time after, just a year, the train began to take shape with the addition of two cars pulled by what we now know as a locomotive. This put South Orange on the map as a suburb of Newark. In 1868 South Orange was transformed from farmland and mills to a residential suburb of New York and Newark. The late 1890’s pushed South Orange into the modern world with the addition of gas and electricity. The first post office was established in 1841.

EXCELLENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS

If you are considering South Orange as a place to live the schools are enticing. Shared with nearby Maplewood, South Orange is home to Six Elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. For the family who is seeking a school that is geared towards higher education, Columbia High School comes highly recommended with many advanced classes that are guaranteed to prepare your child for college. It also contains many clubs including chess and astronomy as well as varsity sports.

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

With 62 acres of parkland, South Orange contains many facilities that provide an outlet for its residents such as baseball fields, tennis courts, soccer field, duck pond, outdoor pool, playgrounds and a community center. There is also a sledding hill for all to enjoy during the winter months.

POPULAR LANDMARKS

Rich in history, South Orange has many historical landmarks that are maintained to this date.

    • The Stone House is the oldest building in the village, built in 1680.
    • The Colonial House was built in 1774 by Henry Squier. Sold several times it was eventually leased to Flood, a dairyman, who used the facility to pasture his cows. This place is currently known as Meadowland Park.
    • The Brownstone mansion built by William Redmond is now used by the Orange Lawn Tennis Club.

GOVERNMENT CHANGES

Since the 1600’s Government has drastically changed. Originating with Theocracy and then changing over time to democracy. Population changes sparked government changes and in 1904, the village and township separated as South Orange agreed to remain as part of the school district. In 1977 voters of South Orange overwhelmingly passed a new Charter for South Orange changing its name to The Township of South Orange Village.

SOUTH ORANGE REAL ESTATE

South Orange is a wealthy village wherein the average family median income is $94,894. The current market shows that home values are up at least 3.4% for an average median sale price of $519,225.

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South Orange Village Twp. Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in South Orange Village Twp.

370 Franklin Pl South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1680
Photo of 370 Franklin Pl, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1680 (MLS # 3665268)
4 beds 4 baths $900,000
377 N Wyoming Ave South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1650
Photo of 377 N Wyoming Ave, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1650 (MLS # 3665019)
5 beds 6 baths 5,818 sqft $1,465,000
25 Mayhew Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1210
Photo of 25 Mayhew Dr, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1210 (MLS # 3665005)
6 beds 6 baths $925,000
609 S Orange Ave, 6jk South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079
Photo of 609 S Orange Ave, 6jk, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079 (MLS # 3664908)
3 beds 3 baths 2,250 sqft $450,000
126 Mayhew Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1212
Photo of 126 Mayhew Dr, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1212 (MLS # 3664635)
3 beds 4 baths $875,000
309 S Orange Ave South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2501
Photo of 309 S Orange Ave, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2501 (MLS # 3664595)
6 beds 4 baths $650,000
54 University Ct South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2361
Photo of 54 University Ct, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2361 (MLS # 3664413)
4 beds 3 baths $499,999
70 Mews Ln South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1748
Photo of 70 Mews Ln, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1748 (MLS # 3662778)
1 bed 2 baths $299,000
174 Irvington Ave -1st Floor South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2209
Photo of 174 Irvington Ave -1st Floor, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2209 (MLS # 3663500)
3 beds 2 baths $2,500
188 Tichenor Ave South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2138
Photo of 188 Tichenor Ave, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2138 (MLS # 3661386)
4 beds 2 baths 1,900 sqft $499,900
65 North Wyoming Ave South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1500
Photo of 65 North Wyoming Ave, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1500 (MLS # 3661156)
5 beds 5 baths 5,608 sqft $1,225,000
19 Wesley Ct South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1442
Photo of 19 Wesley Ct, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1442 (MLS # 3661108)
4 beds 4 baths $829,000
4 W Tillou Rd South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1357
Photo of 4 W Tillou Rd, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1357 (MLS # 3660804)
4 beds 5 baths $879,000
125 Kenneth Ter South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1816
Photo of 125 Kenneth Ter, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1816 (MLS # 3659643)
3 beds 3 baths $455,000
484 Harding Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1321
Photo of 484 Harding Dr, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1321 (MLS # 3659545)
6 beds 6 baths $1,200,000

Sold Listings in South Orange Village Twp.

259 Ward Pl South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079
3 beds 0 baths $475,000
167 Kilburn Pl South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2154
5 beds 0 baths $1,100,000
60 Fairview Ave South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2523
5 beds 0 baths $950,000
44 Crest Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1038
7 beds 0 baths $600,000
191 Underhill Rd South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1330
Photo of 191 Underhill Rd, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1330 (MLS # 3653331)
4 beds 0 baths $800,000
138 S Kingman Rd South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2614
Photo of 138 S Kingman Rd, South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2614 (MLS # 3648340)
4 beds 0 baths $450,000
221 Grove Rd South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-2302
6 beds 0 baths $740,000
453 Melrose Pl South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1604
4 beds 0 baths $810,000
491 Mayhew Ct South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1326
4 beds 0 baths $975,000
212 Kingsland Ter South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1457
5 beds 0 baths $951,000
273 N Western Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1447
5 beds 0 baths $836,000
66 Blanchard Rd South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1341
5 beds 0 baths $800,000
29 Mayhew Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1210
6 beds 0 baths $962,000
217 Audley St South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1401
4 beds 0 baths $640,000
75 Crest Dr South Orange Village Twp., NJ 07079-1040
6 beds 0 baths $920,000

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Victoria Carter

Victoria Carter

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Victoria Carter has been a resident of New Jersey since 1994 and a professional in the real estate industry since 1998. She is a multi-year winner of the Five Star Professional Award and has been a Platinum member of the NJAR Circle of Excellence from 2007-2013. Before becoming a realtor, she worked as a senior corporate executive in Manhattan at Saks Fifth Avenue. This corporate experience honed her negotiation skills as well as her competitive nature. These qualities give Victoria an edge when she negotiates on her client's behalf. In addition, she remains active in the community and is a member of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.

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