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1200 Morris Turnpike, Ste 3005

Short Hills, NJ 07078

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The Neighborhood: South Orange

Welcome to South Orange

The Township of South Orange Village was named as one of the best places to live in America for 2019, according to a new set of rankings released by Niche. The Township received an overall Niche grade of A+ and top grading for public schools, nightlife, family life and diversity. The charming downtown with new restaurants, coffee shops and rich history make it a coveted destination for families from all over but especially Brooklyn and New York City due to the convenience of the commute by rail and proximity to Newark Liberty Airport, beaches, mountains, forests, farms as well as art and music venues. South Orange, on the steep side of South Mountain, is 18 miles from NYC. A 2.8 square mile community of approximately 17,000, residents live on pretty tree-lined streets lit by gas street lamps dating back to when the community was first settled. South Orange boasts a charming downtown featuring boutiques and creative eateries, and is the home to Seton Hall University. South Orange train station and the Mountain train station on the Morris & Essex train line to New York City and Hoboken are moments away from The Mignote on Second.

Commuting to NYC

Built in 1916 by architect Frank J. Nies, the South Orange Train Station was designed in the Renaissance Revival style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Today, it is one of the busiest stops for those who commute to NYC or Hoboken – catch the Express and you are in Penn Station NYC in 33 minutes!

Recreation & Entertainment

South Orange enjoys a vibrant village with restaurants, shops and personal services businesses. Additionally, a number of excellent arts and entertainment venues including The Baird Center and the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) are located here.

The Baird Center site is in Meadowland Park. Essex County artists enter their works in the bi-annual “Essex Exposed” juried competition at the Piero Gallery of South Orange at the Baird. Past events have included “Giants of Jazz”, “South Orange Summer Nights”, “Concerts and Art in the Park” and “Moon-lit Movies.”

SOPAC opened in 2006 adjacent to the South Orange train station. The complex includes a 415-seat proscenium theater, a dance studio, and a five-screen movie theater. SOPAC offers major entertainers and well-known artists throughout the year. Current events include an open-air Holiday market, live-streamed events with Seton Hall’s Classical Concert Series: A Night of Italian Opera Arias, online Trivia Events, documentaries on Frank Zappa, Harry Chapin and The Pogues’s Shane McGowan, poetry reading and performances by Los Lobos, Joan Osborne and Aaron Neville.



  • South Mountain Reservation in South Orange
  • *Look for the Fairy Trail and waterfall!
  • Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange
  • Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course at the Zoo
  • Paddle Boating and Picnic Pavilion in West Orange
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills
  • Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills


  • Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange
  • Newark Museum in Newark
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center (home of New Jersey Symphony) in Newark
  • Prudential Center-concert hall and home of the NJ Devils Hockey in Newark


  • Redbull Arena – Harrison
  • Codey Arena (Ice skating) – West Orange Maplewood
  • Country Club – Golf


  • The Fox and Falcon
  • Bistro d’Azur
  • Papillon 25 Restaurant Martini & Wine Bar
  • Pandang Asian Bistro
  • Ariyoshi Japanese Restaurant
  • Walia Ethiopian
  • Toro Loco
  • Ironbound District in Newark 


  • BGR
  • Miti Miti
  • Toro Loco
  • Village Diner
  • The Order
  • Tito’s Burritos & Wings

Coffee and Brunch

  • Starbucks
  • Cait & Abby’s Daily Bread
  • Sonny’s Bagels
  • Jackie & Son


  • D and I Gym
  • Humble Fitness
  • Orange Lawn Tennis Club

Retail and Services

  • Kitchen a la Mode
  • Wildly Floral
  • Mod Studio
  • Sew Leana
  • Rebel Folk Studio
  • Sparkhouse
  • Yoni Kreger Salon
  • Rocket Ship and Print
  • Sadies

Grocery Stores

  • Ashley Market – South Orange Avenue
  • Stop & Shop on Valley Street – Open 24 hrs.
  • Trader Joes – Millburn Avenue, Millburn
  • Whole Foods – Union