Why Maplewood, New Jersey is one of the coolest suburbs around. If you're a New Yorker, the thought may have crossed your mind that you'd never leave the city-and that your walk-in closet in Brooklyn would make a perfect on-trend tiny house for your future kids. But Maplewood, New Jersey, home to colonial houses sitting beneath blossoming Magnolia trees, can make a convert out of anyone. Just ask the many newly transplanted young families and richly cultured long-time residents.
Attractive for its relatively quick commute to New York City, Maplewood has long been a highly sought-after community for its diversity, thriving artistic community, and progressive values. Its rolling landscape is adorned with lush gardens, turn of the century architecture, a Rockwell-ian downtown aesthetic, and not a strip mall in sight. Over the past decade, home sales have climbed to record heights as a new wave of creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit has flocked to this three-mile colony where dads form punk bands and a hefty percentage of small businesses in downtown Maplewood are built, owned, and operated by women. Community events such as Maplewoodstock Music and Art Festival, a weekend long music festival, draw thousands each summer to the idyllic lawns of Memorial Park, while artist collectives highlight the communal value of art, design, and collaboration that set Maplewood apart from other suburbs.
In sum, residents say it is Brooklyn, but better! Neighbors praise Maplewood as a uniquely inclusive and welcoming community, where friends are easy to make.
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