Maplewood, located in the heart of Essex County, and just over half an hour outside of New York City, is an ideal town. With a tight-knit community, and a thriving culture, Maplewood’s appropriately been coined “Brooklyn West” by the New York Times. The charming downtown is comprised of locally owned businesses, including a movie theater, boutiques, shops and galleries. Culinary options are not to be missed, including top rated New Jersey restaurants Verjus and Lorena’s. Maplewood homes range in style and price point. Streets lined with unique Colonial, Victorian, and Tudor homes, mature trees, grassy yards, and sidewalks give this town an idyllic, small town feel. Surrounding these streets are several parks, including the 2000-plus acre South Mountain Reservation, and Memorial Park, which has numerous sports courts and fields, picnic areas, and a playground. Maplewood has all the perks of Brooklyn with more space and nature.