A Look at Notable Baristaville-Area Properties

Hurricane Irene wiped out the open house scene on Sunday, but it’s always time to daydream about moving to a new house. Here’s a roundup of some interesting houses on the market.

23 Orchard St., Bloomfield
List Price: $250,000
Taxes: $10,584
Acreage: 0.16 Acres

This 10-room Colonial/Victorian stands out primarily due to its architectural detailing, much of which remains intact. The circa 1919 house has features most often seen in houses three times its cost, notably three (nonworking) fireplaces, including the original brick hearth in the kitchen, which serves as a focal point. Two of them can be restored to working order. The kitchen, which has newer appliances, also has its original large walk-in pantry; the space “could lend itself to making the kitchen larger, without much effort,” according to realtor Joanna Radecki. 

Other details include a lemonaid front porch and back porch; high ceilings; palladium half-circles over some of the windows; and hardwood floors. The roof is newer, as is the furnace and vinyl siding. The windows are due for an upgrade, however. Generally, rooms are spacious. The finished third floor, featured at right, was used as an apartment of sorts and boasts a bedroom, living room and office space.  There is a full, finished basement and oversize two-car detached garage. A deep, fenced-in backyard and a patio add to the house’s charm.

The house has already sold twice, in fact, but both sales fell through for reasons unrelated to the house. The owner is extremely motivated and hopes the third sale is the charm.

For more information, contact Joanna Radecki with RE/MAX Village Square at joannaradecki@remax.net or 973-454-1271.

6 Farmstead Rd., North Caldwell
List Price: $2,750,000
Taxes: $49,289
Acreage: 3.53 Acres

Also on the market is the 14-room manor house of the original Armitage Estate, built in approximately 1909 by a successful British merchant looking to be reminded of home. The house was renovated in 2001 to include a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances and a breakfast room. Other house attributes include skyline and mountain views; a master suite with a balcony; granite and onyx countertops throughout; custom built-ins; three fireplaces, in the dining room, family room and living room; beamed oak ceilings; rich wood paneling; wide arched doorways; central air; and a slate patio. Rooms are well-appointed, cared for and large. There is a full, unfinished basement and four-car attached garage with loft storage.

The most unusual feature, aside from the acreage, is undoubtedly the “signature lookout tower, fully restored, with a spiral staircase to the top overlooking the formal gardens and ecologically correct pasture,” says realtor Kate McDonough.

For more information, please contact Kate McDonough with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s at kate.m.mcdonough@gmail.com or 973-865-8734.

475 Berkeley Ave., South Orange
List Price: $699,000
Taxes: $32,999
Acreage: 1.02 Acres

Grand is the best descriptor for this 14-room Tudor, constructed in 1910. The “Tudor Rose Mansion” has ornate, oversized rooms; wide hallways; high and beamed ceilings; and numerous trees and gardens spread out over its secluded, level lot. This house, situated in the Montrose section, is also noteworthy for its acreage and price point, though the taxes are clearly no bargain. Other regal touches include crown molding throughout; fireplaces; bold colors; and generous storage space. There is a walkout basement and three-car attached garage.

For more information, contact Shawn O’Hale with Elite Realtors of New Jersey at info@eliterealtorsofnewjersey.com or 973-994-9009.

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  1. In keeping with past practice, someone who lives in Bloomfield now needs to quickly post about how there is something condescending about the Bloomfield listing, how it reflects Montclair/Baristanet snobbery at its worst, how it is so indicative of the smug attitude of self-serving liberals in Montclair.
    Thanks in advance.

  2. The tower costs a bit of money, MM, but if you buy it and live in it like Rapunzel, perhaps the overall cost will be slightly offset by the ripple effect (trickle down?) of far fewer visits to the hair salon for a trim.

  3. Home prices are up for the 3rd month in a row. The green chutes are back. Never been a better time to buy.

  4. Hope everyone made out all right during the hurricane. The water was just another leaky storm (like every other) at The Siena at Montclair. Tell the town that we don’t want Pinnacle involved at the DCH Redevelopment/Montclair Gateway site!


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