Frog Hollow Leaps Forward


Sure, you’ve heard of Montclair’s historic South End and tony Erwin Park. But if you’ve never stumbled onto Frog Hollow, this charming historic nabe tucked between Valley Road and Central Avenue, is lined with what the Star Ledger calls "vernacular cottages."

Frog Hollow is said to have gotten its name from a pond, or swamp, where the Hollow center stands today in the neighborhood whose core is comprised of Talbot, William and Dey streets. The enclave is bounded by Valley Road to the west, Central Avenue to the east, Walnut Avenue to the south and James Street to the north. Intrinsic to this tiny community is the Hollow Day Care Center, a nonprofit organization that has provided after-school care for children from 6 to 13 for the last 45 years.


Recently, the area jumped on the radar of home buyers and realtors alike when a house at 12 Talbot (left, now under contract) went on the market. The home, on a 25X100 lot with taxes under $5,000, was described as an alternative to condo living.

"Essentially, it’s kind of set up like a condo," said Joshshina McGlotten, the listing agent with Century 21 Gemini in Montclair.


It went on the market for $289,000 in late April and drew heavy showings among people of various nationalities, people from New York City, people looking to downsize and even curious agents from Parsippany and Morris Plains, she said.

"The long and the short of it is there’s very little under $300,000 in Montclair," McGlotten said.

McGlotten’s not kidding. There are only three houses on the market right now in Montclair for under three bills. Folks willing to spend more can look into this cottage (above right) on Dey Street, listed for $349,000.

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  1. We looked at that house. It was a cute block, but the house had no kitchen. It was literally the size of a closet– and no dining room. Basically ok if you live on takeout, but not ok if you enjoy cooking, as we do.

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