It’s not that we didn’t already know that Montclair is a cool place to live. I’ve heard it called the Park Slope of New Jersey, the Upper West Side of New Jersey, and even “Brooklyn West”. And the first wave of Manhattan emigres didn’t just arrive yesterday.
But now, apparently we’re part of the “Brooklyn Triangle”.
In this past Sunday’s New York Times, an article examining a trend of recreating hipster Brooklyn culture in outlying suburbs, said that real estate agents are talking about a “mass exodus from Brooklyn.”
Although most of the article pivots on Hudson Valley burbs, it did quote Alison Bernstein, founder of the Suburban Jungle Realty Group, which helps city dwellers pick the right suburb for their needs.
According to the Times, “She said that more than 85 percent of her business is coming from Brooklyn, with a notable spike in just the last year. Most focus on what she calls ‘the Brooklyn triangle’: the somewhat artsier suburbs between Montclair or Glen Ridge in New Jersey, Larchmont in Westchester and the Hudson River towns.”
Laura Rode, a broker/sales associate with ReMax Village Square, Upper Montclair, spends a good deal of time working with prospective buyers from New York City. “People come here out of Manhattan, Brooklyn, even the Upper West Side; once they have that second child, people often want to go straight to Montclair. It’s the urban suburb,” she said. “Montclair/Glen Ridge really is a perfect spot for folks from the city. They feel at home here and get so much for their dollar.”