South Orange is primarily residential in character, providing a variety of quality of housing that ranges from modest colonials to magnificent Tudors and elegant Victorian mansions. The thriving downtown commercial area encompasses unique shops, boutiques, and service establishments in addition to popular restaurants and lively pubs. South Orange is also home to the well-respected Seton Hall University, adding the intellectual stimulation and charm of a college town to its many attributes. Bordering on the heavily wooded South Mountain Reservation, this naturally panoramic area encompasses more than 60 acres of lush parkland that complement the well-developed municipal and private facilities. Offering quick access to the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 78, the community is ideal for commuters.