Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 16

About 36 properties are showing this weekend, about in line with recent weeks. One difference, though, is the wide variety of architectural styles represented.

montclair0216105 Stonebridge Rd., Montclair
List Price: $749,900
Taxes: $24,734
Acreage: 0.81

Just listed, this 10-room expanded Ranch has many large rooms, including a living room with a vaulted ceiling and balcony/gallery above. The 3,400-square-foot house, built in approximately 1963, also has a fireplace, central air and a deck. There is a finished, full basement with a laundry chute from the second floor. And, there is a two-car attached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

glenridge021614 Laurel Pl., Glen Ridge
List Price: $469,900
Taxes: $13,510
Acreage: 0.11

This 10-room Craftsman Colonial, also new to the market, is the only property open in Glen Ridge this weekend. The house has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and a third-floor loft. The living room has a beamed ceiling and a fireplace. There is a full, unfinished basement and a one-car detached garage. The house was built in 1911 and renovated in 2007. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

southorange0216122 Prospect Pl., South Orange
List Price: $549,000
Taxes: $12,367
Acreage: 0.16

Just listed, this eight-room Dutch Victorian has numerous highlights. More modern attributes include a renovated kitchen with a farm sink, pantry, granite countertops and radiant-heated floors; the bathrooms have also been updated. Traditional aspects remain, such as a wraparound porch with a swing, hardwood floors and a wood-burning stove. The third floor has two finished rooms that could be converted into a master suite. There is a back deck with a trellis. The house, built in 1891, has an unfinished basement with a new furnace and a French drain. There is no garage. Open 12 to 4 p.m.

bloomfield0216142 Leslie St., Bloomfield
List Price: $185,000
Taxes: $7,183
Acreage: 0.08

Also a new listing, this seven-room Colonial is the least-expensive property open this weekend. The house, constructed in 1925, has a new kitchen with granite countertops and glass subway tile backsplash. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a fenced-in yard with an above-ground pool and a deck. Many rooms have recently been painted. The basement is finished; one room is used as a bedroom. There is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

westorange021619 Colony Dr. E., West Orange
List Price: $450,000
Taxes: $13,286
Acreage: 0.16

This 10-room Tudor, also new to the market, has a lot of architectural interest. One highlight is the living room, which has a cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has a vintage vibe. The master bedroom and bathroom are located on the first floor, as is an additional bedroom. The house, built in 1929, also has hardwood floors, crown molding, built-ins, a three-season porch and a stone patio. There is a partially finished basement with a French drain and a two-car attached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

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  1. Stonebridge Road gently curves around a pond and springs. It is a fragment of Llewellen Park, that once extended up to Llewellyn Road. The West Orange neighborhood, south of Stonegridge and up to Eagle Rock Avenue, was the Howe Poultry Farm. Henry Howe was a Farm Real Estate Developer along with the Crane Family. James Howe, from an earlier generation, was the manumitted slave that General Nathanel Crane willed his best 5 acres on Upper Mountain ave to in 1831. Henry Howe was also one of the founding board members of Llewellyn Park. This is very important local history that should be taught in the local schools.
    Also, I think that the ranch house could be designed by local architect Derick Kip. Kip designed several stylish ranch houses on Heller Way, Upper Mountain Avenue and Stonebridge Road.

  2. Hi frankgg,

    There is a house for sale on my street in Bloomfield, The Garrabrant House, which was built in 1735. I often wonder about its history and you seem to be the local expert so I am wondering if you can tell me any more about it.


    This leads me to believe that the house can be torn down or severely altered? Is there anything that can be done to preserve a house that is nearly 300 years old? It seems a shame not to respect and preserve such a piece of history.

  3. Frank,

    After discovering your expert knowledge, I log on to Baristanet every weekend and look to the real estate comments section anticipating a reply from you. Thank you for continuing to share your wonderful local knowledge. And yes– local history should be taught in schools!

  4. Frank, I enjoy reading your historical comments as well. Can you explain what you mean about Stonebridge curving around a pond and springs? That’s my neighborhood, and I can’t picture a pond anywhere!

  5. Bejeezer…..From what remember, the Garrabrant’s were one of the earliest families settling that part of Bloomfield when it was still a part of Newark.

  6. That would be a crying shame if they knocked down that house. More then a shame but a criminal offense against local history!

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your interests.

    Bejeezer, I will look at the Garrabrant House’s history in your neighborhood. There were several important Garrabrant Farm properties in our area. There’s even one in Upper Montclair, a beautiful Garrabrant farmhouse on Bellevue Avenue that originally faced down to Grove Street. The Barn was a safe house with hidden spaces.

    The house on Montgomery, besides being beautiful architecturally, is strategically very important because the property is adjacent to the Morris Canal. Unfortunately, it is probably not protected from demolition or alterations. It could be nominated because it has all of the required criteria for historic designation. It’s a valuable landmark.

    Thank you nextgenguy, I’m so glad that you agree that our local history should be taught in our schools. There are so many valuable learning tools in our local history.

    Oliver, if you notice how Stonebridge Road curves like a circle, its because the road follows the natural configuration of an old pond called Crystal Springs. Its on the 1857 map. That area was the original development of Llewellyn Park. The roads were designed by Calvert Vaux who worked with Olmstead on Central Park in NYC. He was a naturalist and planned his roads in a pitoresque way, following natural features.

    I’ll gladly look for some historic information on the Garrabrant house and post the findings….
    …and grazie walleroo!

  8. This was a popular stop on our recent Bicentennial Bus Tour — which can now be taken on a self-guided basis. Haven’t been inside the house yet, but I’m guessing that some of the historically low height requirements for entrances and ceilings may have something to do with the tear down suggestion, along with utilities like coal or wood fed furnaces. It’s a shame that Bloomfield can’t afford to purchase such an accessible gem for it’s priceless historic value.

  9. Here’s an excerpt concerning Garrabrant and his Montclair neighbors :
    “Societies.— (by Henry Farmer.) BLOOMFIELD LODGE, No. 40, F. and A.M.— Over sixty years ago a number of Masonic brethren met at the house of Joseph Munn, at West Bloomfield (now Montclair), for the purpose of forming a Masonic lodge. Capt. Simon Baldwin was appointed moderator and Ephraim P. Stiles secretary. This was on July 20, 1824. A lodge was established, which was known as Bloomfield Lodge, and a committee was appointed to procure a suitable room and furniture. A room in the house of Joseph Munn was obtained at a rental of twenty dollars a year, and the furniture of Chatham Lodge (then suspended) was secured. A committee was appointed to make application for a dispensation from the Most Worshipful Grand Master until the meeting of the Grand Lodge, and the following officers were elected: Simeon Baldwin, W.M.; Daniel D. Beach, S.W.; Joshua Smith J.W.; Ephraim P. Stiles, Sec.; Zenas S. Crane Treas.; Matthias Taylor, S.D.; John Robinson, J.D.; Linus Baldwin, Tyler; William Frame, M. of C.

    The following names appear upon the minutes of that date as the charter members: Matthias Smith, D.D. Beach, John Robinson, Joshua Smith, Jonathan Stephens, Linus Baldwin, Benjamin Reynolds, Matthias Taylor, Christopher Garrabrant, William Frame, John Munn, Thomas Speer, Jr., Simeon Baldwin, Zenas S. Crane…”

  10. Bloomfield can indeed afford to purchase some historic properties. The wording for the Open Space Trust Fund just needs a little tweaking. If the amount collected per $100 of tax assessment can be changed so can the fact that it can be used for the mait and preservation of historic properties- Don’t let Nick Joanow fool you- it’s just an ordinance and can be revised

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