West Orange

Welcome to West Orange

A peaceful and convenient suburb with outstanding recreational opportunities
West Orange, N.J., is a vibrant community with a rich history and diverse architecture. The town was founded in the early 18th century, and many of its original buildings still stand. At the time, it was the first planned residential community in the U.S.
Measuring at 12 acres, it’s a relatively small community made up of open land, parks, and beautiful homes. West Orange comprises four distinct neighborhoods, some of which have views of the New York City skyline. The town is known for its beauty, recreational opportunities, community feel, and location, as well as the home of inventor Thomas Edison.
The real estate market in West Orange is strong, with a wide variety of homes and businesses. There are many luxury properties in the area, as well as more quaint options. West Orange is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The community offers a variety of amenities, with notable schools, parks, and recreation. There is something for nearly everyone in West Orange, N.J..

What to Love

  • Convenient access to New York City
  • Gorgeous homes
  • Peaceful community
  • Plenty of recreational opportunities

Local Lifestyle

West Orange township is home to an array of residents, ranging from young families to empty-nesters. There is also a strong sense of community in West Orange, with residents coming together for annual events like the Winter Festival and the Fourth of July fireworks. 
The town's proximity to New York City means residents can enjoy all the benefits of living in a major metropolitan area while still enjoying the peace and quiet of a small town. In addition, West Orange offers many recreational activities, fabulous dining, shopping and conveniently located to NYC.
West Orange is about 20 miles west of Manhattan. The town offers free Jitney service to the Orange, South Orange, and Mountain train stations. You also can drive to Harrison N.J. PATH train, which connects directly to Manhattan’s Financial District. West Orange is located right off I-280 and is minutes from I-24, I-78, the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When it comes to dining, West Orange has many quality restaurants. Julio’s is the perfect spot if you're in the mood for Italian. The dishes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the menu changes regularly to reflect what's currently in season. For a more casual dining experience, Chit Chat Diner is a great option. The food is classic American fare with a twist —  think burgers with gourmet toppings and hand-cut fries. 
If you're looking for more homemade Italian, Primavera Restaurant is one of the best places in town. The menu features modern Italian cuisine emphasizing organic, locally sourced ingredients. For those who love fried chicken, Sam's Place will become their favorite. No matter what your dining preferences are, West Orange has something to offer.
For shopping, when you're looking for something unique, check out CBL Fine Art. This gallery specializes in contemporary art made by local artists and is sure to have something that catches your eye. Metropolitan Plant Exchange has all your indoor and outdoor gardening needs covered. Whether you're looking to relax or shop till you drop, West Orange has plenty of options from which to choose.

Things to Do

When it comes to finding things to do, West Orange has many options. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the South Mountain Recreational Complex, which offers a variety of amenities, notably Turtle Back Zoo. South Mountain also includes a safari-themed mini-golf course, paddle boats, a playground, a 1.75-mile walking loop around a reservoir, and an adventure park. Another popular spot is McLoone's Boathouse, an area with a wonderful park, mini golf, a restaurant, and paddleboat rides on the reservoir.
History buffs enjoy the Thomas Edison Center, where you can learn about the famous inventor's life and work. And last but not least, the South Mountain Ice Arena is a great place to go skating or catch a hockey game. No matter your interests, you're sure to find something to do in West Orange.


West Orange Public Schools serves West Orange. The district operates seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. The district has a cutting-edge STEM program and some of the best athletic facilities in Essex County. The newly completed Liberty Middle School looks more like a college campus than a suburban middle school. Students may attend:
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