West Orange, with its 12 acres of open land, parks, and dreamy Victorian homes, feels so far removed from Manhattan, yet it’s only 13 miles away. It’s no wonder that West Orange was the location of the first planned residential community in America. West Orange has four distinct neighborhoods: Downtown, First Mountain (with views of the Manhattan skyline), Pleasantdale (a walkable business district), and the Second Mountain (bordering the South Mountain Reservation). West Orange is known for its hiking as well as its most famous resident, Thomas Edison. My clients love it for its sense of community, diversity, and location.
While West Orange lacks its own train line, there are many commuter options.
- The town offers free jitney service to the Orange, South Orange, and Mountain train stations.
- A quick drive to the Harrison, NJ PATH train gives commuters direct service to Manhattan’s Financial District.
- Private bus companies provide service to NY Penn Station, a 40 to 45-minute ride.
- Located conveniently right off I-280, West Orange is minutes from I-24, 78, the Garden State Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike.
- Located 20 minutes from Newark Airport.
- West Orange has seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school.
- The new Liberty Middle School, a top-of-the-line new facility completed a few years ago, looks more like a college campus than a suburban middle school.
- The school district has a cutting-edge STEM program.
- The sports complex at the high school is one of the best in the region.
- West Orange is the recreation hub for all of Essex County.
- South Mountain Recreation Complex includes the Turtle Back Zoo, a safari-themed mini-golf course, ice skating rink, paddle boats, playground, a 1.75-mile walking loop around a reservoir, and an adventure park.
- Turtle Back Zoo, voted New Jersey’s #1 zoo, keeps improving each year, with over 200 species of animals including seals, lions, hyenas, giraffes, a carousel, train, and petting zoo.
- South Mountain Reservation, a 2000-acre nature preserve with hiking and biking trails, offers incredible views of New York City from the hilltops.
- OSPAC (Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center), a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, hosts jazz festivals, free family movie nights and many other arts and entertainment festivals.
- Between Degnan Park, O’Connor Park, and Colgate Park, the town has no shortage of outdoor space. You will also find playgrounds, outdoor hockey rinks, basketball courts, fishing, ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and a family-friendly community pool.