Only in Baristaville

Linden2 Linden Avenue is one of those thoroughfares that makes Baristaville so interesting. Where else can you find a home for sale for $175,000, and another that recently sold for almost a million more, all within a few blocks of each other? At 27 Linden Avenue in Montclair is an attached rowhouse for sale for $175,000. Walking distance to the South End shops, the house has possibilities, if you can just get rid of the derelict building in the middle (the house on the far right shows the potential benefits of an exterior makeover). Walk down Linden Avenue into Glen Ridge, past a block of homes fronted by a series of mysterious, ancient-looking walls (anyone know the origins?),Wallsoflinden and then across Ridgewood Ave, to find a historic 1892 Victorian, located at 190 Linden Ave, directly across from the Linden School. The yellow house has had GR tongues wagging recently about its million plus sale price. Previously on the market in 2002, it sold for $725,000 (list price was $749,900). New owners sold it just over two years later, closing in 7/04. This time it was listed at $899,000, but sold for a whopping $1,030,000. Pretty tidy profit for a two-year investment. 190linden Keep walking down Linden Ave, and you’ll leave Glen Ridge (no more gas lamps) and enter Bloomfield, where a few pretty Victorians and older homes survive amidst more newer structures. The tour of Linden Avenue ends at Glenwood Ave., by Watsessing Park and a gas station, after passing through Barista’s favorite towns.

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  1. From what I was told, the walls are there because a father owned the large house on Ridgewood and Linden and built the other houses for his children, thus enclosing all the properties with the wall for his family.

  2. In the early 1900’s Robert Johnstone developed synthetic chicle (gum) in his factory at the rear of the property at Ridgewood and Linden Avenues. He called his product Mo-Jo. The factory was a two-story cement building that was surrounded by a ten-foot wall as a precaution against flammable materials used in the processing. Mr. Johnstone failed to pass along the secret formula before his death, and after several years of attempting to continue the operation, his family tore the building down in 1934. The walls along Linden Avenue were a part of the Johnstone property.

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