Maplewood, N.J., is a township in Essex County, originally developed as a weekend town for Newark residents. It maintains something of a country-home aesthetic. The small downtown is wholly quaint, and residences are predominantly twenties clapboard or brick Colonials.
“It has this small-town sweetness; it’s more like a town in the Berkshires than the suburbs,” says writer Marina Budhos. Population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, is 23,867. It sure has been nice to be No. 23,868 for a few days.
And now, our grand parade of homes! No cookie cutters here!