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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Top 10 Things You Can Do in Maplewood


I HAVE LIVED IN MAPLEWOOD SINCE 1997 AND HAVE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. WE HAVE A SMALL TOWN FEEL JUST 20 MILES WEST OF NYC WITH A TRAIN RIDE SIMILAR TO TAKING THE F TRAIN FROM PARK SLOPE TO MANHATTAN. EASY ACCESS TO NYC, YET AN ALMOST OLD WORLD CHARM IN A DOWNTOWN VILLAGE ATMOSPHERE WHERE RESIDENTS LOVE TO COME TO HANG OUT FOR HOURS AT A TIME. IF THAT ISN'T ENOUGH, HERE ARE SOME OF THE EXTRA SPECIAL EVENTS AND THINGS THAT MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO "LOVE TO LIVE IN MAPLEWOOD."






1. Halloween Parade and Costume Contest: Starting early afternoon, the entire downtown is shut down and anyone from infant to toddler to tween to grownup is allowed to dress up and “trick or treat” all the downtown businesses whilst listing to music from a flatbed stage, etc. At the end of the afternoon, winners are chosen in a hand full of categories.  http://maplewood.patch.com/events/halloween-parade-costume-contest

2. Fourth of July: For the annual circus and fireworks display.   http://www.maplewoodonline.com/cg/july4/



3. Maplewoodstock: annual event in Memorial Park with live music all weekend long July 9th & 10th with a street fair ambiance for artists and other wares. The Smithereens will be headlining this year’s event.    http://maplewoodstock.com



4. Memorial Day Parade and Duck Race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_EnUwRU-lE and

5. First Night: Our Two Towns Celebrate New Year’s with events and entertainment for both kids and adults.  http://www.firstnightmwso.org/


6. Hang out by the duck pond in Memorial Park during the Spring/Summer and Fall and sled down the Big Hill at Memorial Park in Winter.

7. Dickens Village in Ricalton Square During the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza Holiday Time.
 http://maplewoodvillagenj.com/dickens-village-2010/


8. EAT at many of the great restaurants in downtown Maplewood in the Village:

a.       Coda Kitchen and Bar http://www.codamaplewood.com/

b.      Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria http://www.arturosnj.com/

c.       Mt Fuji Sushi http://mtfujinj.com/contact.html

d.      Restaurant Lorena’s French Cuisine http://www.restaurantlorena.com/




g.       Village Coffee Shop http://maplewood.patch.com/listings/village-coffee



j.        Bill and Harry Chinese Cuisine (Take Out) http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/53/580993/restaurant/North-Jersey/Bill-Harrys-Maplewood

k.       Abril Cocina http://www.abrilcocina.com/

l.         Bagel Chateau http://www.maplewoodonline.com/bagel/

m.    Cedar Ridge Cafe  http://http://www.cedarridgecafe.com//



p.      Cactus Charly Mexican http://www.cactuscharly.com/

q.      Sona Indian Restaurant http://www.sonaindiancuisine.com/

r.        The Able Baker http://www.theablebaker.com/bakery.html


On Springfield Ave:


S.   Verjus Restaurant http://verjusrestaurant.com/

T.       The Rack http://www.therackccs.com/


V.      HLS Juice Bar and Grill http://hlsrestaurant.com/


X.       Maplewood Deli and Subs http://www.yelp.com/biz/maplewood-deli-and-sub-maplewood

Y.       Parkwood Diner : http://parkwooddiner.com/index.htm

Z.       Scoops and Soups http://www.scoopsnsoups.net/


Also

OTHER LOCATIONS IN MAPLEWOOD:


b.      O’Reilly’s Pub http://oreillysbarandgrill.com/

c.       The Cupcake Corral  http://www.thecupcakecorral.com/



9. SHOP Maplewood’s Own Stores:

a.       Bee & Thistle Antiques http://www.beeandthistlegifts.com/




e.      Tenth Muse Gallery http://www.thetenthmusegallery.com/

f.        Lotus Petals Floral Design http://www.petalsdesign.com/

g.       Perch Home http://www.perchhome.com/

h.      Jerry Rose Florists http://www.jerryrose.com/

i.         Scrivener’s Toys & Collectibles http://maplewood.patch.com/listings/scriveners-toys-and-collectibles

j.        Village Wine Shop http://www.yelp.com/biz/village-wine-shop-maplewood

k.       Words Bookstore http://wordsbookstore.com/

l.         No. 165 Gifts, Accessories and clothing https://www.facebook.com/No165maplewood


10. Take a drive up the Reservation to see the foliage, the view of NYC, hike, use the dog parks, teach your children to ride a bike, job, see the waterfalls, etc.

11. I know I said 10, but I can’t leave this 11th item out: The Maplewood Pool
 http://maplewood.patch.com/articles/back-in-the-swim-of-things?ncid=M255#photo-6641836

For a Tour of Maplewood:


Maplewood, N.J.                    A tree grows in Maplewood
• By Emily Gitter , NY TIMES REAL ESTATE (with some updates to keep content relevant to the current time frame by mark Slade).


Lay of the land: Maplewood was originally developed as a weekend town for Newark residents and still maintains something of a country-home aesthetic. The small downtown is quaint, with no national chain presence, and the residences are predominantly twenties clapboard or brick Colonials, although there are also a handful of condo developments. “It has this small-town sweetness; it’s more like a town in the Berkshires than the suburbs,” says writer Marina Budhos, who moved here from the Upper West Side last summer.

Meet the neighbors: Maplewood is a draw for those who abhor cultural blandness and ethnic homogeneity but who can’t afford to raise families in Manhattan. “The biggest strength of the town is its diversity,” says Jane Goetz, a Realtor and 30-year Maplewood resident. More than 40 percent of Maplewood’s residents are nonwhite, and along with South Orange, its “sister town” next door, Maplewood is home to a number of interracial and gay couples. “It’s a great mix of open-minded people,” says Ed Bikales, who relocated from 103rd Street and West End Avenue six months ago. The town also has a significant artistic and intellectual community. “There is almost an alarming number of children’s-book authors here,” says Budhos, whose husband is, in fact, a children’s-book author.

House Prices
Three-bedroom house
$200K to $400K

Four-bedroom house
$400K to $600K

Five-bedroom house
$600K to $900K

Needful things: There are several public playgrounds and parks, baseball fields that are flooded in the winter for ice-skating, and a 2,000-acre nature preserve at the edge of town that is frequented by hikers and picnickers; an Olympic-size public pool is a center for family activity in the summer. The pedestrian-friendly downtown district offers several good restaurants as well as a four-screen first-run movie theater. Gourmet food is available for takeout at (edited as of 6/2011) Crane’s Deli of Maplewood and the many other restaurants in town, and there’s a farmer’s market too. Harried commuters love the Maplewood Concierge Company at the train station, which runs errands like picking up dry cleaning, buying groceries, and taking cars to the mechanic while its clients are at work in Manhattan.

School report: Maplewood and South Orange share one public high school, Columbia High, which is considered to be quite good. The district will spend $10,210 per student this year. The average SAT score in 2001 was 998, and 77 percent of the class of 2001 enrolled in a four-year college. The school’s diverse mix of alums includes Lauryn Hill (who still lives in South Orange), Roy Scheider, and Grace Mirabella. Many parents opt for the strong parochial schools nearby or for the private Seton Hall Prep. To see the kits for the school system in Maplewood, please click here: http://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/somsd/site/default.asp

Commute: Maplewood is twenty miles from midtown. For those of us who may have taken the F Train from Brooklyn to NYC, which used to take about 30-40 minutes to get into the city, NJ Transit provides service that takes 25 to 35 minutes to Penn Station. Parking at the station is limited, but for $60 a year, residents can sign up for the popular jitney service to and from the station. To see the kits for Parking and or Jitney Service, please click here: http://lovetoliveinmaplewood.blogspot.com/2011/06/maplewoods-commuter-kit-for-parking-and.html

For More Information, Please Contact Mark Slade at 917.797.5059, sladehomes@gmail.com



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com
and
www.southorangenjopenhouses.com

For Homes For Sale:
www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com
and
www.latestsouthorangehomes.com
Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

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