If you’re thinking of living in Maplewood…
Maplewood, with a population of about 24,000, combines the charm of village life with the convenience of living just half an hour from midtown Manhattan and is a thriving commuter town.
Often referred to as “Brooklyn West”, many city transplants see the town as a natural step from the hip and community-involved lifestyle they don’t want to leave behind. Properties tend to be smaller in Maplewood, lending itself to that tight-knit community feeling.
Maplewood is known for its diverse and welcoming community, a mix of artists, writers, bankers, musicians, lawyers, teachers and chefs. The village, along Maplewood Avenue, boasts a vibrant collection of restaurants, bistros, coffee houses, shops and a movie theater.
Lively Music Scene
This strong sense of community pride is evident in a number of Maplewood traditions. The 10-year-old Rent Party is a live music series based in Maplewood/South Orange (known as SOMA). The proceeds from the eclectic live shows go to help fight hunger in the community. Performers include local musicians and nationally known groups, including the likes of Marshall Crenshaw and Steve Forbert.
Maplewoodstock will be 15 years old in 2019. This two-day festival is a blaze of with music, art and food, hosted in the center of Maplewood in Memorial Park. The live performances include local musicians and nationally acclaimed artists, like Third World and Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band.
There are kid-friendly activities like bouncy rides, face painting and arts and crafts. There is also a large vendor area for food of every kind and of course, shopping.