Spotlight on 84 Maolis Ave., Bloomfield


Boasting four floors of living space, 84 Maolis Ave., Bloomfield, a lovely updated Victorian, will appeal to those with a period bent who don’t want to live in a house that feels “old.” The price is right, too. Recently reduced by $30,000, the nine-room property with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms is listed for $339,000. Taxes are $10,004.

It is the least expensive Victorian showing in Baristaville this weekend, and one of the nicest. The property is showing Sunday, June 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is the second open since the property was listed in April, and the first since the price reduction. “Since then the activity has picked up,” according to Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty realtor associate Gretchen Cheney.

Situated on a level 40×134 lot, the circa 1911 property retains much of its original charm. The first and second floors have 9-ft. ceilings; the ceiling in the living room is coffered. The third floor has a higher ceiling as well. Other period details include a stained glass window alongside the staircase and deacon’s bench in the foyer.

The current owners have worked over the last eight years to polish and upgrade much of the property in a “thoughtful, forward-thinking” manner, according to Cheney, incorporating many recycled materials along the way. The tile in the kitchen is recycled, as is the material in the new thermal windows. Newer attributes include the kitchen, with lots of storage space; a finished basement with a modern half bathroom and laundry room; and the furnace. Lead paint was removed, too.

An open front porch with rounded arches sets the tone for the entire house. A sizeable shrub in front of the porch provides some privacy. The house opens to the foyer, which leads to the living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen and a full bathroom. The living room has the aforementioned coffered ceiling and a fireplace, and the dining room has a bay window. There is no family room. “The living room is used as the everything room,” explains Cheney.

Four bedrooms and another full bathroom are located on the second floor. The finished third floor, one of the property’s most notable aspects, has the third full bathroom, a bedroom, small kitchenette (with no stove or hot plate) and bonus area. “It’s very spacious up there, light and open,” says Cheney. The family, members of Home Stay, have legally rented out the space at times to foreign students studying at Bloomfield College. The space could also be used as a home office, media room, playroom or artist’s studio.

The house is ideally situated, according to Cheney. “You can walk to the train, you can walk to the bus.” Watsessing Park and downtown Bloomfield are also within walking distance. Maolis Ave. can be accessed via Ridgewood Ave. or Glenwood Ave.

There are a few negatives. The fenced-in property only has a sliver of grass in the backyard, which is dominated by the new driveway, detached two-car garage and patio. And, the house does not have central air.

84 Maolis Ave., Bloomfield
List Price: $339,000
Taxes: $10,004
Acreage: 0.12 Acres
Open house Sunday, June 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Listing agent: Gretchen Cheney with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
Phone: 973-886-7268

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