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21 Hart Drive South, South Orange, NJ $650,000 - Under Contract

April 23, 2018 | By Vanessa Pollock

Don't miss this bright, mid-century ranch on coveted South Orange street with no through traffic. Close to South Orange Village, trains to NYC, & schools.  This 3 Bd, 3.1 ba home offers incredible flow from the moment you step into the large entry foyer. Gorgeous oak floors take you from the foyer into the spacious living room w/wood burning fireplace, through to the formal dining room. The sunny eat-in kitchen is right off of the family rm, where large sliders open to a stunning back deck; perfect for entertaining in the warmer months. Upstairs you will find 3 bdrms including a large master suite. The bright lower level provides additional living space w/ full bath ideal for out of town guests, rec room, or office. 2-car attached garage & ample parking in driveway.

3 Bedroom

3.1  Bath

Schools: S Mountain Elementary, South Orange Middle School, Columbia High School

2017 Taxes: $ 17,427



  1. Beautiful and convenient location surrounded by stately homes, tall trees, very close to train, town, parks, pool, elementary and middle school.
  2. The house has a great flow. It’s good for entertaining, with open rooms and lots of space to move or break up in small groups. Dining room opens to the living room for added seating. Beautiful shrubbery in the back and front.
  3. Easy to maintain, with short flights of steps
  4. I love having the kitchen in the front, where I spent a lot of time. I can watch what’s going on and feel a part of the scene.
  5. The kitchen and breakfast area are bright because of the skylight.
  6. Beautifully cared for solid oak floors.
  7. Quiet street with no through traffic. The neighborhood has turned over, so there are many young families, and we have a neighborhood blog with which to communicate with our Hart Drive neighbors.
  8. Beautiful private deck and backyard, for relaxing and playing. Great for family and friend parties.
  9. Kitchen is next to the den and near the deck, which makes entertaining easy.
  10. Cozy, working, large fireplace, which adds to any winter day or night.
  11. New washer, dryer, roof, and air conditioner. 

Dear Future 21 Hart Drive South Homeowner,

When we bought this home, thirty years ago, we moved from Maplewood, because we loved the neighborhood and wanted our children to continue in the joint school system.  Plus, we had begun to make our own connections here and thought it would be an ideal community in which to raise a family. We were right on all counts. Looking back, we would absolutely make the same choice again!  People who live in these two towns choose to live here because of the diversity, acceptance, artistic nature and intellect of many of its residents. We, as well as our children, thrived here. We met people from all over the country and all over the state, along with those who grew up here from families who have lived here for generations. I joined the Newcomers Club when I moved in, and met people who would become lifelong friends. I taught nursery school in town and became president of Marshall, Jefferson, South Orange Middle and Columbia PTA’s. We sponsor a Martin Luther King Commemorative Ceremony every year, drawing large numbers of residents. We have an active Adult School which offers a fabulous summer program for students, as well as classes, lectures, and events for adults. We have a wonderful recreation program, newly redone tennis courts, and a town pool featuring 3 different pools, and playground.

The nearness to the train has allowed us to commute back and forth to New York City in a half-hour on the Mid-Town Direct New Jersey Transit Train. Our library is superb, as is the bakery and market, where I do my shopping. I teach in a suburb that has no center of town, and lacks a cohesive community feeling.  Not so in South Orange.  People speak, vote, join the League of Women Voters if they have time, and shop in the local stores. The strict zoning ordinances make certain that the town retains its beauty and housing stock. People have been sledding down Floods Hill and ambling around the Duck Pond for generations, and have a brand new skate house to visit during the winter months. When I first moved here, I would see the men and women dressed in suits and business attire, walking back and forth down and up the hill to the train to take them to work in the City. Times change, and now I see young urbanites with ear-pods and comfortable clothing making the same trek. Styles and customs may change, but the people who are attracted to moving here, seem to share a similarity in longing to be part of a community that welcomes all who want to live a vibrant, engaging life within a community of like-minded down-to-earth neighbors. Here, you’re judged on your character and civility, not your model of car or number of garages. 

Our children thrived here both academically and socially because of the number of participatory opportunities.  They’re able to mix socially with others because of the diversity and respect that was imbued in them.  My husband and I wish you a happy, fulfilling future in this house, neighborhood, and town. Open yourself to the possibilities that are offered here, or just enjoy being part of a special place that will nourish your soul with its beauty everywhere you look.

The Current 21 Hart Drive South Homeowners

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