Lifestyles of the Realtors


Bachelor pad shopping for Newark’s tenant mayor Cory Booker

RE/MAX realtor Roberta Baldwin has a very famous client, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Only he’s not really Baldwin’s client. She was just asked by the Star Ledger to schlep around Newark and show them homes the mayor could buy. “My fame has transcended the Montclair borders,” Baldwin said slyly. “They gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse, which was to spend two hours driving around Newark with Kevin Manahan.” Baldwin says that with the second season of HGTV’s “Bought & Sold,” she’s become a bit of celebrity, being recognized in the shoe department of Nieman Marcus in Paramus, and even being asked for an autograph by sellers who couldn’t believe she dabbled in real estate in the mid-$400’s.
Meanwhile, this is how Prudential’s Sharon Gill spent the brutally hot weekend.

gill bike trip.jpgThis past weekend I had the honor and privilege to serve, in a small way, the men and women who serve our country in the military. The mission of the Face of America cycling event is to reach out to, and actively include service members who have been severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was one of 15 or so ride marshalls. Ride marshalls are “safety ambassadors” by sharing cycling advice, encouraging safe cycling behavior, and are first responders in case of accidents or mechanical issues.

The over 350 participants included 20 hand cyclists whose athleticism and determination were awe-inspiring, active and non-active service people, families of the military and civilians. We had generals, captains and other ranking officers (lots of sirs and ma’ams) and many volunteers and supporters in various roles along the way.

The two-day ride began in Bethesda MD and ended in Gettysburg, approximately 110 miles in record heat this year. We peaked at 95 degrees on Saturday. The terrain started off mostly flat but once we were out in the country we rode rolling hills. Some of the hand cycles had poles attached for “team” effort up the hills (and we were all part of the TEAM) but not all needed the assist.

Face of America was organized by World T.E.A.M Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters.) World T.E.A.M. uses the universal power of sports to create soul-stirring experiences by teaming disabled athletes with able-bodied athletes, forming a true TEAM.


  1. Roberta did have her own show on HGTV a few years back. It was TERRIFIC!!! I still think of her locking her keys in her car at those condos by the Museum (if I remember right).

    I would love to see her and her team at work. Real estate around her is fascinating and she knows it better than anyone.

    Funny though, whenever I see the word “bachelor” I think of Liberace on the Mike Douglas show, “Now Lee, are you still a confirmed bachelor?” “Well, Michael, I just haven’t found the right girl. Though my mother is still looking for me….”

    I laugh now, but as a kid I always thought: “I hope Liberace finds a nice girl too!” Because I LOVED Liberace- still do. That HBO movie was great, and sad. Poor Lee.

    *** Obviously, this is NOT a comment about Mr. Booker. Just that idea of a “Bachelor pad.” Sounds so 70’s.

    Will it have shag carpet?

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