A blend of suburban styles, historical elegance and cosmopolitan sophistication, West Orange is a unique and growing town of 46,207. Home to a national park preserving Thomas Edison’s home and scientific labs, six golf courses, and breathtaking views of New York City and Newark skylines, this town has something that appeals to everyone. West Orange is a town that works to unite its community with programs such as “Shop West Orange” which encourages residents to do business locally and the Community Energy Aggregation program designed to build a foundation for sustainable clean energy programs in the future.
There are several distinct neighborhoods in West Orange, each with its own style and geography. Downtown West Orange and The Valley are nestled in a basin. Downtown, the most densely populated neighborhood is home to the library and police station, while The Valley has a growing arts district. Ascending the mountain is the First Mountain neighborhood with a blend of homes such as Tudors-style and post WWII homes, large estate properties, and garden apartments. It includes Llewellyn Park, which was built in 1853, and is one of the country’s first gated communities built and is considered a treasure in the neighborhood. The Pleasantdale and Pleasant Valley neighborhoods are comprised mostly post WWII homes interspersed with older colonials. This part of town has a walkable business district. The Second Mountain neighborhood, on the eastern side of the mountain, resembles suburban neighboring towns such as Livingston or Millburn. In the current housing market, the median house price in West Orange is approximately $330,000.
The boundaries of this 12.17 square mile town itself are set off by two Essex County large parks, South Mountain Reservation in the southwest border and Eagle Rock Reservation in the northeast border. There are a variety of other places to explore, such as Treetop Adventure, an aerial obstacle course located within the Turtle Back Zoo, the #1 rated zoo in New Jersey. There is also an outdoor amphitheater, an equestrian center and a variety of other indoor and outdoor entertainment spots in West Orange.
There are many transportation options to help residents reach their destinations. A free jitney service shuttles passengers five days a week to New Jersey Transit Orange and South Orange train stations. Community Coach bus line #77 runs from West Orange to New York City Port Authority bus terminal, DeCamp bus #66 runs to Penn Station, and NJ Transit bus #71 heads to Newark. Residents are minutes away from I-280, Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.
In terms of education in West Orange, there are 6 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school facility as well as several excellent parochial schools. In 2011, the high school was named 44th best high school in the state of New Jersey by The Washington Post.
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