Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Dec. 11

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 10, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Many reductions and a few new listings make up most of the 54 or so properties showing in Baristaville this weekend. There are some great deals to be had, including a two bedroom, two bathroom house in Millburn for $339,000; also, there are three properties available for under $200,000, including a Cape Cod in Bloomfield near Brookdale Park. The upper end of the market is fairly quiet.

96 Sherman Ave., Glen Ridge
List Price: $399,900
Taxes: $11,779
Acreage: 0.24 Acres

Situated at the end of a dead-end street, this nicely maintained spacious nine-room Colonial, built in approximately 1917, retains many original details, including wood trim. The kitchen has a somewhat unusual but roomy layout and features original glass front cabinets and granite countertops. A sunroom, cedar closets and high ceilings are among the amenities. There is a full, unfinished basement and one car detached garage. The 1,680-sq. ft. house is one of two properties showing in Glen Ridge this weekend. Open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

3 Reid St., West Orange
List Price: $649,900
Taxes: $25,495
Acreage: 0.18 Acres

Boasting high ceilings, large windows and a supersize deck, this 12-room Contemporary also stands out due to its generously sized rooms, master bedroom with a fireplace and upstairs gallery. Central air is among the numerous amenities. There is a French drain in the finished, full, walkout basement; an oversize two car garage rounds out this property. The house was constructed in 1992. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

31-A Meadowbrook Pl., Maplewood
List Price: $177,777
Taxes: $4,697
Association Fee: $409

A new listing, this four-room Condo, built in 1958 and renovated in 2005, is the least expensive property showing this weekend. The kitchen has oak cabinets, granite countertops and new appliances, including a dishwasher; there is a washer/dryer as well. Basement storage is available. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

13 Mechanic St., Millburn
List Price: $339,000
Taxes: $6,832
Acreage: 0.06 Acres

Also a new listing, this six-room Colonial has many attributes that make up for its lack of curb appeal. First of all, its list price and taxes are much under the town norm. (Other houses showing in town this weekend start at $659,000.) The circa 1860 1,232-sq. ft. house has been updated to include a new kitchen and bathroom. Also, there is a formal dining room and front porch. There is an unfinished basement and no garage. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

136 Montclair Ave., Montclair
List Price: $1,349,000
Taxes: $12,805
Acreage: 0.26 Acres

While the price tag may raise some eyebrows, it’s more easily understood upon viewing interior photographs. This 11-room Colonial, constructed in 1947 and updated this year, has high ceilings, a marble floor entrance, lots of windows and central air. There is a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and custom cabinets; a marble fireplace and recessed lighting add style to the living room. The dining room has wainscoting and a window seat. A vaulted tray ceiling provides some family room drama. Also, there is a media room with a home theater system and wet bar. There is a finished, full basement and two car attached garage. Outside, there is an open front porch and two paver patios. Open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Just reduced: The price of 412 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair, a seven-room Colonial featured here, was recently reduced by $29,500. Now listed at $595,000, the 2,276-sq. ft. house is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, 58 Bowdoin St., Maplewood, is now available for $529,000, a $17,000 reduction. The 10-room 1920s Tuscan-style Colonial has four bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Also, the price of 114 Merkel Dr., Bloomfield, a five-room Cape Cod near Brookdale Park pictured at left, was just lowered by $15,100 to $199,900. Open house 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


  1. POSTED BY fran liscio  |  December 11, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    so the house at 136 Montclair avenue is selling for $1,349,000 and the taxes are 12,000?
    wow. how did that happen?

  2. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  December 11, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    don’t worry, fran. the tax bill probably hasn’t caught up with the brand new upgrades. it’s probably last year’s number.

  3. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  December 11, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    The New Jersey County Tax Boards Association website shows that the house was built in 1956 and lists it’s taxes as of 9/2010 as $15267.66

  4. POSTED BY deadeye  |  December 11, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    What did P.T. Barnum once say? Truly preposterous. Somebody is going to take a beating on this one. Caveat Emptor..

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