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Old 03-11-2014, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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From my quick walk around south orange and maplewood on google maps, it doesn't come close to Forest Hills Gardens english Tudor village feel. Too many shingled roofs, vinyl sidings and raised ranches, none of which would be allowed in the gardens. Also the lots are too big to give it that village feel. Unless I looked around the wrong part of town, they don't seem to have that same level of landscaped architecture.
Might be looking at the wrong spot; parts of southeast Maplewood in particular are pretty rundown. Architecturally the styles are not the same. Forest Hills Gardens is full of neo-Tudor stucco and so forth, whereas Maplewood/South Orange are an older, mostly Federalist and Colonial styles. And they don't have landmarking, so there are some out-of-place recent buildings/renovations that do not match. If you're just looking for neo-Tudors, they're not very commonly concentrated, but neo-Tudor as a style was mostly a fad in 19th century England and not imported much to the US.

Planned villages--there's a spot like that in West Orange, NJ, but Llewellyn Park is gated, so there's no street view. (It's the oldest gated community in the US, I believe.) It's also somewhat less dense. I don't think Maplewood/South Orange are less dense than Forest Hills Gardens, but Llewellyn Park definitely is.

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Old 03-12-2014, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Between the Bays
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Might be looking at the wrong spot; parts of southeast Maplewood in particular are pretty rundown. Architecturally the styles are not the same. Forest Hills Gardens is full of neo-Tudor stucco and so forth, whereas Maplewood/South Orange are an older, mostly Federalist and Colonial styles. And they don't have landmarking, so there are some out-of-place recent buildings/renovations that do not match. If you're just looking for neo-Tudors, they're not very commonly concentrated, but neo-Tudor as a style was mostly a fad in 19th century England and not imported much to the US.

Planned villages--there's a spot like that in West Orange, NJ, but Llewellyn Park is gated, so there's no street view. (It's the oldest gated community in the US, I believe.) It's also somewhat less dense. I don't think Maplewood/South Orange are less dense than Forest Hills Gardens, but Llewellyn Park definitely is.

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I still don't see the comparison. It looks like so many other suburb neighborhoods. Doesn't mean it's not nice, it is very nice like so many other suburb neighborhoods. Just does not have the gardens tight knit and continuous collection of homes that architecturally complement each other. BTW, the gardens are not landmarked either. And being connected to the NYC subway system adds a lot of its uniqueness as well.
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