It’s a good time to buy in Baristaville, but for those not ready or seeking a simpler living arrangement the rental market is attractive as well.
Of the 43 or so rentals listed on the MLS priced at $2,000 a month and under, 10 are in Bloomfield. Offerings in the town range from a one bedroom listed at $1,000 to a house for $2,000.
300 Hoover Ave., Bloomfield
Featuring an updated kitchen and bathroom, this four-room apartment, on the first floor in a circa 1971 development, also boasts hardwood floors, a dining room and balcony. There is an unfinished basement and laundry on site. Public transportation is nearby. Tenant pays cable TV, gas, electric, sewer and water.
Maplewood has seven rentals at this price point, starting at $750 for a suite in a private home and topping out at $1,800 for a house.
83 Hughes St., Maplewood
Acreage: 0.08 Acres
This nicely appointed six-room Colonial, constructed in 1925 and renovated in 2006, has a breakfast nook in the kitchen; hardwood floors with ribbon detailing throughout; a renovated bathroom; formal dining room; and enclosed porch. There is an unfinished basement and one car detached garage. There is a rent to own option available. Tenant responsible for lawn maintenance, snow removal, all utilities, renter’s insurance and repairs due to tenant use.
Six rentals are available in Millburn, with prices between $1,265 and $1,900.
72A Lakeside Dr., Millburn
Distinguished by an open kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, this three-room end unit also has a newer bathroom, a washer/dryer and hardwood floors throughout. Dentil molding gives the apartment some flair. There’s a YouTube video here. The unit, built in 1966 and revamped in 2008, can be furnished for an extra $100 per month. Tenant pays cable TV, electric and heat.
There are two properties up for grabs in Glen Ridge, the one below, and a $1,300 carriage house rental.
855 Bloomfield Ave., Unit 301, Glen Ridge
This 1,100-sq. ft. two-room loft, situated on top of a stand-alone commercial property, was built in 1902 and renovated in 2000. There is a small galley kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and numerous windows. The train is within walking distance, half a block away. Tenant pays heat, hot water, gas and electric.
Most of the 10 rentals available in Montclair are located in complexes. Four of them have two bedrooms.
8 North Mountain Ave., Montclair
The least expensive two bedroom in town and one of four units in a circa 1982 building, this four-room apartment has amenities including a fireplace, central air, decent cabinet space and a dishwasher in the kitchen and a washer/dryer. The 800-sq. ft. unit, located on the second floor, is close to transportation and Montclair attractions including the Montclair Art Museum. The tenant pays cable TV, electric and water.
Six units priced under $2,000 are available in West Orange, while in South Orange there is a one bedroom priced at $1,200 and a two bedroom available for $1,600.
24 Hutton Ave., West Orange
Located on the first floor, this four-room apartment has an eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and two closets in the bedroom. There’s laundry and storage in the basement. The complex is close to a bus stop. A garage is available for $50 per month. Tenant pays cable TV, electric and gas. A rent to own option is available; the unit is on the market and listed at $155,000.