When people are considering buying a home in South Orange or Maplewood, I often get the question "is the town worth the property taxes?" My answer is a resounding "Yes." Sure we have a convenient 30 minute train ride to New York City and beautiful, unique homes; but it's the intangible aspects of our towns and its generous residents that make SOMA a truly special place to live. 

Here are ten of my favorite things about SOMA in the Spring:

  • Blooming trees and flowers in the South Mountain Reservation
  • Enjoying food, music, and fun along Springfield Avenue during Mayfest
  • Floating down Columbia's hallways on a homemade hover board during Maker Madness Day
  • Running into friends while walking through Maplewood Village
  • Seeing unique and historic homes at the many open houses
  • Dashing through Memorial Park with my kids during the spring egg hunt
  • Cleaning up the Rahway River on South Orange River Day
  • Watching the talented students in the Columbia High School's annual musical
  • Cheering on our rubber ducks at the Memorial Day duck races
  • Volunteering for Keller Williams day of service, RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate, May 11th.)

Shannon Severin is a long-time resident of South Orange, mom of 3, and real estate agent for Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct.