Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 20

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This week, a look at some of the condos on the market in Baristaville.

montclair072029 Upper Mountain Ave., Unit 4, Montclair
List Price: $327,000
Taxes: $7,466
Association Fee: $425

Featuring New York winter skyline views and hardwood floors, this five-room, multi-floor condo is new to the market. Built in 1965, the condo has an updated kitchen, pocket doors and a good amount of storage. A washer and dryer can be installed with approval and plans. Heat and hot water are included in the maintenance fee. Garage parking is $50 per month. Pets up to 25-lbs. are allowed. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

June Home Sales: Bloomfield & Glen Ridge

BY  |  Monday, Jul 14, 2014 12:11pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A selection of homes that sold in June in Bloomfield and Glen Ridge:


106 Overlook Terrace, Bloomfield – List price: $459,900. Sale price: $459,900.

June Home Sales: Bloomfield & Glen Ridge

457 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge – List price: $950,000. Sale price: $1,115,000. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 13

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With more than 150 properties showing this weekend, there is plenty to choose from at every price point.

bloomfield0713157 State St., Bloomfield
List Price: $259,900
Taxes: $8,777
Acreage: 0.09

Just listed and updated, this eight-room colonial has a renovated kitchen and bathrooms, an enclosed front porch, hardwood floors, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and beamed ceiling, and a deck. There is a full, unfinished, walkout basement and a two-car detached garage. The house was built in 1917. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

bloomfield071311 Donna Dr., Bloomfield
List Price: $330,500
Taxes: $9,387
Acreage: 0.12

Also new to the market, this seven-room Cape Cod is located in the Brookdale section. The bathrooms have been updated; the kitchen has radiant heat flooring. There is also central air, a partially finished basement, a one-car attached garage and a deck. The house was built in 1954. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

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June Home Sales: Montclair, NJ

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (18)

A selection of homes that closed in June 2014 — above, below and just at asking price.

4 chris court

4 Christopher Court. List price: $1,150,000. Sale price: $1,104,888.

5 prescott

18 Prescott Ave. List price: $539,000. Sale price: $650,000. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 6

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 12:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Just 20 properties are open this holiday weekend. Here are seven of them.

glenridge070660 Clinton Rd., Glen Ridge
List Price: $527,000
Taxes: $13,621
Acreage: n/a

On the market for about three weeks, this eight-room colonial has seasonal views of New York, an updated kitchen with granite countertops, a new bathroom with radiant heat floors and French doors leading outside. The roof is new, as are the windows, water heater and gas furnace. There is a finished, walkout basement and a one-car attached garage. The house was built in 1939. Outside, there is a bluestone walkway and patio. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 29

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 12:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There is a lot of variety among the nearly 150 properties showing this weekend, including a good selection of smaller homes.

glenridge062985 Baldwin St., Glen Ridge
List Price: $529,000
Taxes: $13,319
Acreage: 0.13

Just listed, this seven-room colonial has an updated kitchen with maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a pantry; the bathrooms have been modernized as well. The house was renovated in 2005, but details dating to its 1900 construction remain, including the original pressed tin ceiling in the dining room. The fourth bedroom is on the first floor and is currently used as a family room. The house, which has high ceilings and recessed lighting, also has central air, an open front porch, a fenced-in backyard and an unfinished basement. There is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

Also showing in Glen Ridge, 16 Ridgewood Ave., an 11-room Dutch colonial with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, just came on the market for $674,900. The just-renovated house has a new mahogany front porch, a white kitchen with chocolate quartz countertops, central air and original details such as stained glass windows. There is a three-car detached garage. Taxes are $9,065. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

On the Market: 29 Northview Ave., Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (8)


Back in August of last year, 29 Northview Avenue was on the market, but the house looked a lot different. In fact, it was hard to see the home at all, with trees and shrubs overtaking the property. Listed at $450,000 (taxes were $16,035), the house, described as a “Victorian home (c 1892) being sold in “as is” condition, sold in October 2013 for $555,000. This month, 29 Northview returns to the market, after extensive renovations. It’s now listed at $1,199,000 (taxes to be adjusted). Check out the transformation, in these before and after photos: Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 22

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 12:02pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A Cape Cod, a “Cotswold-style Tudor cottage,” a contemporary, and a Victorian are among the homes featured this week.

glenridge062235 Stanford Pl., Glen Ridge
List Price: $725,000
Taxes: $20,459
Acreage: 0.23

Described as a “Cotswold-style Tudor cottage,” this nine-room home has an updated kitchen with a bay window and stainless steel appliances and all sorts of interesting architectural details, such as three double archways on the first floor. The grounds are another highlight; outside, there is a brick patio, a blue stone covered porch and European stone walls. The master bedroom has a master bathroom and a walk-in closet. There is a finished, full, walkout basement and a two-car detached garage. The house was built in 1925. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

The Reserve Does Damage Control After Resident Activist Group Publicizes Building Problems

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (30)

Reserve GRWe remember residents complaining about leaks at the Siena. Now at another new development, this time in Glen Ridge, residents are taking to social media to vent their frustrations about leaks and mice.

A resident and reader sent us word of 85 Park Activists, a group formed to raise awareness of issues at The Reserve. The resident claims that an annual meeting was not scheduled until 85 Park Activists began to make issues plaguing the building public and that several residents reached out to the Glen Ridge Board of Health about mice droppings in storage areas, stairwells and the utility room behind the elevators. Another concern, according to 85 Park Activists, is that many units within the building have leaks due to building drainage issues.

The Homeowner Association Board sent this letter to unit owners, dated June 12, 2014:

To all the unit owners (owners with tenants, please forward to your tenants):

Recently there have been flyers hung in The Reserve mail room and the elevator. The flyers contain false and inaccurate statements and could potentially be damaging to the reputation and financial status of the building and any potential sales. As the board, we take every item that is communicated to the management company or directly to the board very seriously. The board is not only acting on behalf of the owners but we are owners ourselves.

The building has been experiencing issues and we are taking every step to resolve the issues. One of the main issues relates to the leaks within the building. For those of you who have been here for the past couple of years, you will recall as a community, we determined not to proceed with any lawsuits regarding the building. However, given some of the recent issues we have been facing, the board has been consulting with attorneys and engineering firms to determine our course of action. As you have seen, we have had engineers looking at the building. This is the first step that we have been advised to take to determine if we have a course of action against various parties. As a board, we do not believe that this decision to proceed with legal action is up to the board alone but rather the entire community as it will affect every owner for potentially 4-6 years. However, in order to allow for an educated vote from the owners, we feel that it is the boards’ responsibility to present all the options, facts and potential outcomes. Gathering the information is not an overnight process and takes time. We are in the final stages and have set an annual meeting to present the facts and allow for the entire community to vote. Continue Reading

See if Your Historic House is in Tomorrow’s Bloomfield Architecture: 1880s to 1920s Presentation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 7:11pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Bloomfield Architecture: Then and NowBloomfield historian, Rich Rockwell, will provide an armchair tour of historic photos of homes from the 1880s to the 1920s tomorrow, Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm.

The presentation, with then-and-now comparisons, will focus on styles of architecture, building trends, remodeling trends and preservation efforts in Bloomfield’s Historic District and near-by neighborhoods. Mr. Rockwell is a well-respected member of the Bloomfield Historical Society and has been involved with the Bloomfield Bicentennial Committee, Friends of the Collins House, and the newly-formed Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and has been a long-time member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has conducted a variety of presentations on Bloomfield’s history including walking tours of the Morris Canal and bus tours of historic sites.

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