Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, February 4

This week’s open house column is sponsored by Kate McDonough.


More than 45 open houses in the greater Baristaville area on the day of the big game and those commercials. We start with a million dollar home on Midland Avenue and end with some eye candy from Livingston.


126 Midland Ave , Montclair

List Price: $1,099,000
Taxes: $14,558
Acreage: 0.16
BRM/BTH: 4/2.1

Custom Center hall Colonial with open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen opens to family room with gas fireplace, hardwood floors. Second floor features master suite with walk-in closets, spa-like master bath, three additional large bedrooms and two baths. Finished lower level has 10-foot ceilings, large recreation room and space for a gym or home theatre. Extensive millwork and fabulous front porch. Prime location, close to parks, restaurants, schools and Midtown Direct Trains to NYC. Open 1-3 p.m.


72 Oakwood Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $739,000
Taxes: $20,790
Acreage: 0.12
BRM/BTH: 5/3

Colonial with open floor plan features front porch and back deck ready for barbeques. Updated kitchen, professional range, home office and even a hidden meditation space. The large master suite on the third floor features a sitting area, new bath and walk-in-closet. Close to upper Montclair village, bus stop and train. Open 1-4 p.m.


4 Bellegrove Drive, Montclair

List Price: $999,000
Taxes: $27,036
Acreage: 0.20
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Georgian Colonial in Fairway section of Upper Montclair on a cul-de-sac close to Yantacaw and Brookdale Parks. Designer gourmet kitchen and adjoining family room will be the hub of your home. Kitchen features upscale appliances including six-burner Viking range and commercial hood. The kitchen also features black granite counters and custom Wood-Mode cherry cabinetry. Master bedroom has his/her closets and designer Lux Italian marble bath with steam shower. Plenty of closets and storage space throughout. Large blue stone patio and private back yard. Three blocks to #33 Decamp NYC bus. Open 2-4 p.m.


15 George Street, Bloomfield

List Price: $429,000
Taxes: $14,719
Acreage: 0.14
BRM/BTH: 4/2.1

Side hall colonial has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room with sliders to deck and above-ground pool. Living room and formal dining room have hardwood floors. Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Open 1-4 p.m.


1047 Smith Manor Blvd, West Orange

List Price: $499,000
Taxes: $14,587
Acreage: Not available
BRM/BTH: 3/2.1

Renovated town home offers three levels of luxury with custom kitchen and baths. Kitchen features European appliances and center island with granite and concrete counters. Home has bamboo floors, TimberTech deck and customized gas fireplace. Master bedroom/bath has two walk-in master bedroom closet systems, wall to wall double steam shower and vanity. Second floor boasts a custom cherry wood library/loft and convenient laundry room. Finished basement includes gym area with universal equipment, built-ins, laminate floor and storage. Finished two-car garage has shelving, room for storage and workbench. Steps to the NYC #66 Bus. Open 12-2 p.m.


34 Blackstone Drive, Livingston

List Price: $1,380,000
Taxes: $24,833
Acreage: .60
BRM/BTH: 5/4

Colonial on .6 acres featuring five big bedrooms and four baths. Family room open to eat-in kitchen w/granite island, stainless steel appliances and butler’s pantry. Deck off kitchen and family room overlooks lush yard. Over 700 sq ft master suite features two walk-in closets and bath w/soaking tub and shower. Finished basement. Open 2-4 p.m.


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  1. Because the tax assessment process in Montclair along with the supposed “fair and equitable” revaluation is a complete sham.

  2. Well without divulging too much about my own experience, it is in my opinion that the assessment process involved in the revaluation seemed to capitalize and focus tax increases on properties that were in either in contract, or in transition during the inspection period. It appears as though PENDING sale numbers were used in calculating value. From what I understand, the process was to redistribute the existing taxes equally amongst all properties throughout Montclair. If an inspection was done prior to the actual sale (closing) of the property, is it “fair” to consider that pending sale number in the calculations for FMV? Considering all properties of similar description, layout, square footwear, neighborhood etc, being treated equally during a revaluation, shouldn’t their taxes be distributed as such? In my experience this was not the case. Maybe I’m misinterpreting how the system works.

  3. The taxes on my property actually went up 100%. Not an exaggeration at all. Doubled. This was not the case for any other property in my neighborhood, which don’t vary by much in layout, size, br’s, etc. Ok, now it seems as though I’m divulging a bit here…

  4. Thanks for elaborating.

    I agree the assessed value (& property taxes) on this listing and the sale price (seems more than 2.5x) should raise a red flag. As to your situation, I have to assume your home was new construction or, if going by the 2012 reassessment, you may have been underpaying. 100% is crazy. The 2012 reassessment average range was +/- 30%.

  5. I did receive my 2018 reval notice a few days ago. I think I was 1st phase assessment, so I just received it. To answer your question, definitely NOT new construction. Late 1880’s. I do agree that I may have been undervalued, and so I expected an increase. 15, 20, even 25% increase would have been acceptable with me, but a full 100% is absolutely absurd. Considering that I’m surrounded by homes of similar assessed value and construction (give or take a few variables in construction) you’d think that they’d see similar increases in taxes, right? Wrong. Aside from the normal annual increase, nothing as dramatic as mine. I’ve spoken with neighbors about it.

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