Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Apr. 12

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10:51am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Many new listings make up the 150+ properties showing this weekend. Here are six:

glenridge0412191 Midland Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $679,000

Taxes: $15,337

Acreage: 0.23

4BR/2.1BA

Just listed, this nine-room colonial has an updated kitchen that was built by and featured on HGTV. It has a breakfast bar, center island, quartz countertops, limestone backsplash and a cork floor. Other highlights include hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, French and pocket doors, newer windows and dentil molding. There is a bedroom with a bathroom on the third floor that could be used as a master suite. Outside, there is a bluestone patio, recently paved driveway, underground sprinkler system and a generator. And, there is a partially finished basement with a French drain and a two-car detached garage. The house was built in 1934. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

In One House, Five Generations of Montclair History

BY  |  Friday, Apr 10, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Lorraine1We all have family heirlooms that pass through generations. Usually they’re small things like photos, military medals, or jewelry. But for five generations, one Montclair family’s heirloom has been a house at 102 Lorraine Avenue. And now that house is about to enter a new phase of its history.

Built in 1902 by Edwin Goodell, the Fernald Gonzalez House was bought by the current owner’s grandparents, Charles Fernald and Olga (Hoff) Fernald, in December 1923. Since that time, the house has been in the family, and the family has been in the house.

“The curtain is closing on five generations of the Fernald-Hoff family in Montclair,” says Martin Gonzalez, the last in the family line of to have the keys to 102. “As no one in the family is spending much time here any more, it’s time to release the house for another family to enjoy.”

Having such a long unbroken chain of ownership for one house in Montclair offers a distinct view of the town’s history. Perhaps the most notable part of its provenance is that while the house sits in the middle of a prime suburban-commuter community, that was not at all the case when it was built at the turn of the 20th century. Continue Reading

90-day Comment Period Commences in Montclair for Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Montclair Township sent out the following notice regarding FEMA’s Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs):

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the start of the statutory 90-day appeal period for communities where the floodplain delineations and modeling have been updated. The statutory 90-day appeal period for Montclair began on April 2, 2015.

The comment period is related to the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) released on May 30, 2014.

Several areas within Montclair may be affected by the new maps, including properties along or in the vicinity of Toneys Brook; Nishuane Brook; Third River (Pearl Brook) and its branches. Changes in the flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of base flood elevations, base flood depths, special flood hazard area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Apr. 5

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 04, 2015 1:29pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s a quiet holiday weekend on the open house front, with only eight properties showing. Four of them are in Millburn. Nothing is open in Montclair, Glen Ridge, or Bloomfield.

southorange0405206 Lenox Ave., South Orange

List Price: $799,000

Taxes: $13,435

Acreage: 0.12

4BR/2.2BA

Built in 1950 and renovated this year, this just-listed, nine-room colonial has three levels of living space. Highlights include a renovated kitchen with granite that leads to a screened-in porch, all-new bathrooms, a master suite with a large bathroom and a fireplace in the living room. The house also has a new roof, thermal windows, central air and restored hardwood floors. There is a finished, walkout basement and a one-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

millburn0405115 Lake Rd., Millburn

List Price: $1,748,000

Taxes: $29,736

Acreage: 0.83

5BR/3.2BA

Also just listed, this 12-room, 3,900-square-foot colonial has a large gourmet kitchen with a center island, all-new bathrooms and windows throughout, central air and two fireplaces (in the living and dining rooms). The master bedroom has three closets; one is a walk-in. There is a finished, walkout basement and a two-car garage. The house was constructed in 1948 and renovated in 2004. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

millburn0405_2The other properties open in Millburn are 27 Rippling Brook Dr. (pictured), 89 Farbrook Dr. and 283 Hartshorn Dr.. All three are open from 1 to 4 p.m. 283 Hartshorn Dr. is the most expensive property showing this weekend, with a listing price of $3,995,000. Taxes are $74,954. The all-brick, 11,000-square-foot colonial has seven bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms and is situated on over an acre.

westorange040530 Manger Rd., West Orange

List Price: $399,000

Taxes: $17,284

Acreage: 0.36

4BR/3.1BA

This 10-room custom home, built in approximately 1963, has been on the market since late 2014. A large hot tub and a fireplace on the second floor and an outdoor pool with a covered patio and kitchen are among the highlights. There is a finished basement and a two-car attached garage. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

Get a Free Tree at Edgemont Park in Montclair on Saturday, April 11

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

free treesThe Montclair Environmental Commission and Department of Community Services have arranged will give away free tree seedlings to the public at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11. Bring your family and celebrate spring and Arbor Day by taking home free trees to green your property!

After last year’s successful giveaway the number of available trees has been doubled to 500. This program is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The exact species available have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, but all the seedlings will be native tree species. Native tree species will provide beauty and shade, prevent soil erosion and help support our native insects and birds. Check the Montclair Environmental Commission website, www.mtcenv.org, for updates on available species.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 29

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Approximately 150 properties are showing this weekend, including the following five:

montclair0329160 Lorraine Ave., Montclair

List Price: $969,000

Taxes: $37,447

Acreage: 0.43

7BR/2.2BA

Just listed, this circa 1887 colonial retains many original details, including a unique wooden staircase and landing, a wraparound front porch, stained glass, high ceilings and built-ins. The kitchen has been updated and has a center island, granite and a separate breakfast area. There is a master bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms on the third floor. Two fireplaces, central air and a deck are among the other highlights. There is a partially finished basement and a two-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 22

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Some 125 properties are showing on this first open house weekend of spring, including the following five new listings:

montclair0322196 Inwood Ave., Montclair

List Price: $769,000

Taxes: $22,707

Acreage: 0.26

5BR/2.1BA

Just listed, this nine-room Victorian features classic attributes, including a wraparound porch, high ceilings, large rooms and a wood-burning fireplace. Modernity is accounted for in the updated kitchen and bathrooms. The wood floors have been refinished. There is central air. The roof is new. There is a full, unfinished basement; there is no garage. The house was built in 1906 and renovated in 2012. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 15

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 5:04pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Approximately 115 properties are open this Sunday as the real estate market heads into the busy spring season. Here are six:

montclair0315349 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair

List Price: $1,249,000

Taxes: $29,929

Acreage: 0.53

5BR/3.1BA

This just-listed, 10-room, circa 1890 Queen Anne Victorian has been restored and renovated to include an updated kitchen and bathrooms. The utilities have been upgraded as well; there is a new boiler, standby generator and central air. The house was renovated in 2008. Many period details remain, such as a wraparound porch, high ceilings and stained glass windows. There is an unfinished basement and a one-car garage/carriage house that has been finished. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 8

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Approximately 87 properties are open this weekend, including the following five:

montclair0308470 Park St., Montclair

List Price: $869,000

Taxes: $28,409

Acreage: 0.43

5BR/3BA

Just listed, this nine-room center hall colonial has an updated kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace and French doors in the living room, central air, a three-season porch, deck and in-ground pool. The master suite has a dressing room with a study that could be used as a bedroom. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the third floor. There is a partially finished basement and a two-car detached garage. The house was built in 1924. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 1

BY  |  Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 5:26pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Close to 110 properties are showing this weekend, more than recent weeks. Some notable condos are among the listings.

montclair030165-67 Union St., Unit 2, Montclair

List Price: $299,000

Taxes: $7,265

Association Fee: $435

2BR/1BA

This first-floor, five-room condo, a corner unit, has hardwood floors, high ceilings, an eat-in kitchen and updated bathroom. Just listed and built in approximately 1923, the unit also has a walk-in closet, a dining room with a coffered ceiling, an in-unit washer/dryer and extra storage in the basement. Cats are OK, dogs need approval.  Open 1 to 4 p.m.

montclair0301_2Also showing in Montclair, 61 S. Fullerton Ave., Unit 31, is the penthouse unit and has 10-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows on two sides and an open floor plan. There are two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms. The kitchen has been updated and has a center island; the dining room has a coffered ceiling and French doors that lead to a balcony. The property was just listed at $379,000. Taxes are $8,850; the association fee is $630. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

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