It’s official. South Orange has been named the “Hottest Town in New Jersey” by New Jersey Monthly. The Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Market, pinned 16 sizzling towns against each other in a bracket-style competition based on factors including rising home prices, time spent on the market when homes are up for sale, and input from real estate professionals on buzz in the marketplace.

According to a statement from New Jersey Monthly, “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.”

South Orange Village, located in Essex County, New Jersey, is known for its historic and diverse architecture, myriad of shops and restaurants, one of the busiest commuter train lines in the state, a top notch performing arts center, and is the proud home to Seton Hall University.

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“Our town is a very special place that far transcends basic brick and mortar and our competitive location,” said Village President Sheena Collum. “Our people and our values as a community is what I believe is driving bidding wars in an unprecedented real estate market. We’re a proud Sanctuary City and throughout our Village you will see banners with the slogan, ‘Everybody Belongs Here’ and we try to live up to that motto through social and political activism, intentional integration, and human kindness.  This  is our family and way of life. We also have a robust online community and ten distinct neighborhood associations that knows how to get out the vote – we’re very competitive to say the least.

To celebrate, the town is teaming up with the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA)  for a party on Sunday, October 1st from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Spiotta Park located in the downtown. The event will feature hot dogs, hot wings, and hot fudge sundaes in addition to music and various kid’s activities.

“There’s always something happening in our downtown and this victory provides us another reason to throw a party and feature some delicious foods and desserts from our local business community,” said Bob Zuckerman, SOVCA Executive Director. “Thanks to BGR, Tito’s Burritos and Carvel for being partners in our ‘hot, hot, hot’ themed celebration and I hope to see all of our residents and businesses there.