South Orange Wins Hot Town Showdown

After four weeks of voting, the Essex County Community came out on top of our Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Market.

Downtown South Orange boasts shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Downtown South Orange boasts shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Seton Hall University.

After four weeks of voting, South Orange is the winner of New Jersey Monthly’s Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Markets.

From the outset, South Orange blew the doors off the competition, consistently coming in first overall in every round. That trend continued into the Championship Round, when it defeated runner-up New Providence.

A historic village boasting diverse architecture, myriad shops and restaurants, a commuter train and a top notch performing arts center, South Orange is a magnet for young buyers who want the culture of places like Brooklyn, Jersey City and Hoboken without the cost. The Essex County town is also home to Seton Hall University, one of the oldest diocesan universities in the country. With a lively downtown and affordable homes, South Orange can truly boast of being the hottest town in New Jersey.

The bracket-style competition started with 16 contenders on August 29. New Jersey Monthly picked the 16 towns in the competition based on factors like rising home prices, and time spent on the market when homes are up for sale. We also sought input from real-estate professionals—and we listened to the “buzz” in the marketplace. Each week throughout September, we cut the field in half, based on your votes.

Thank you for participating in the Hot Town Showdown!

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