Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, April 23

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Open house season is in full swing with more than 100 properties available for your viewing pleasure.


108 Bellevue Ave, Montclair

List Price: $1,799,000
Taxes: $37,012
Acreage: 1.01
BRM/BTH: 5/2.1

Queen Anne Victorian farmhouse, on an acre of land in Upper Montclair. Features include: natural woodwork, wide-plank pine floors, leaded glass windows, recessed lighting, bright open family room, 2 wood-burning fireplaces, and an eat-in country kitchen. The backyard has a heated salt-water pool and a restored barn (with a studio, game room, den, half bath and large work room). Slate patio includes a gas fireplace. Open 1-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: April 15-16

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 8:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Some open houses on both Saturday and Sunday, due to Easter holiday.



106 Harrison Ave., Montclair

List Price: $824,900
Taxes: $23,516
Acreage: NA
BRM/BTH: 3/3.1

Townhome in The Heights at Montclair. Eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel Viking appliances including 6-burner gas range, double oven, warming drawer & granite counters with adjacent family room with gas fireplace and rear patio. Master bedroom with two large walk-in closets and private bath with two separate vanities, shower & soaking tub. Hardwood floors throughout, 2nd-fl laundry, finished basement with full bathroom, rec room, bonus room and storage. Home is elevator installation ready. Two-car attached garage. Open 2-4 p.m.


230 South Mountain Ave., Montclair

List Price: $1,199,000
Taxes: $27,324
Acreage: 110X300
BRM/BTH: 7/3.2

Impressive Tudor with wraparound porch, original hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, master bedroom with fireplace and sitting room. Open boasts 7 bedrooms & 3.5 baths. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, April 9

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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There’s about 85 open houses in the greater Baristaville area this Sunday. Properties range from a house built in 1740 to a recently constructed condo on Park Street.

128 Summit Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $859,000
Taxes: $27,629
Acreage: 0.27
BRM/BTH: 4/4.1
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A Piece of Montclair History is on the Market at 140 – 142 Union Street

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140 - 142 Union Street Montclair

Now’s the chance to own a true piece of Montclair real estate history — 140 – 142 Union Street. And it can be yours when it hits the market on April 6 for $1,299,000 by Nick Baldwin & Associates at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group.

One of the most beloved properties in town, it truly showcases the period in which it was built – 1740 by Azariah Crane, son of the first Montclair settler. There are two substantial homes that reside on nearly an acre, with old growth trees and perennials abounding — plus private outdoor living space for each. The original house in front, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and gorgeous original details, has been featured in numerous articles. The charming back house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths can be used as a rental income property, or you can enjoy it all to yourself.

140 - 142 Union Street

140 - 142 Union Street

Inside the beautiful center-hall main house is a gracious 30 ft. long living room with 10 ft. ceilings, many large windows and French doors that open onto a gabled wrap-around porch. The porch is also accessible from the kitchen and spacious dining room through more French doors, 7 pair in all. The front house has the added benefit of a ground floor space with its own kitchen and separate entrance – that can be put to multiple uses. The moment you set foot on this land you feel like you’ve been transported to your own farmhouse. This property cannot be missed by anyone who truly appreciates character combined with modern amenities. But the coolest thing? The driveway used to be Orange Rd.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, April 2

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 01, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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There are more than 70 open houses in the greater Baristaville area this weekend in a range of price points. We listed some open houses in the $300,000 to $700,000 band, throwing in a $1,000,000 house to satisfy our inner Robin Leach.

62 Elston Road, Montclair

List Price: $639,000
Taxes: $24,486
Acreage: 0.25
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1
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Getting Ready For Spring Market? Here’s How To Paint Your Home To Sell

BY  |  Monday, Mar 27, 2017 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spring is here (albeit with some lingering piles of snow) and with spring comes “For Sale” signs sprouting on lawns of many area homes, as sellers hope to catch the wave of the spring market.

If you are getting ready to sell, there’s no quicker way to make your home look crisp and updated than a fresh coat of paint, says Deborah Lansing, a Montclair realtor at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group.

“I find I get a house sold faster and for more money when the homeowner spends money to make everything crisp and every piece of trim and stair riser fresh and white.” The bottom line: You want to make every room look bright, light and inviting to appeal to buyers, making them feel as if there is nothing to do but move in.

BM Balboa Mist and white trim and paneling

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and white trim and paneling


A fresh coat of paint is important but the color you choose is key. Basically cool, gray, neutral homes appeal to more buyers, says Lansing. Often, when people decorate, if they love a color, such as purple, they plaster an entire wall with that color. A better idea, says Lansing, is to paint a neutral background color that will pop out accents of that favorite color. Gray, which Lansing calls the color of the moment, is the perfect backdrop color to make accent pillows or a bold couch or chair pop.


Master bedroom with Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash. Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, White Dove trim


Lansing has several go-to neutral paint colors she uses when staging a home to make any house “pop.” These neutrals (some favorites include Edgecomb Gray, Revere Pewter, Gray Owl and Balboa Mist) compliment vibrant pinks, oranges and turquoise, or cooler pastel pinks and blues — accent colors Lansing says are experiencing a revival again in furnishings, pillows and other decor pieces. You can choose several different neutral shades to paint one room to the next, but keep trim the same throughout the home.

BM Titanium with BM white dove cabinets and trim

Walls: Benjamin Moore Titanium; cabinets and trim are Benjamin Moore White Dove


And what if you have lots of heavy woodwork? “I know this could make me very unpopular with some, but I often recommend wood moldings get painted to the trim color and even wood beams often look better when white,” says Lansing. “If it makes more sense to maintain the wood, keep the wall color very light and try to keep furnishings simple, white and light with maybe a few colored throw pillows to accent.”

When it comes to paint finish, Lansing likes eggshell for the walls, and satin, or occasionally, semi gloss for trim. “I prefer a less shiny look,” says Lansing, who also favors a satin finish on bathroom walls.


Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray cabinets with Benjamin Moore White walls


“My other inexpensive recommendation for sellers is to update the dining room light fixture. A modern replacement can transform a room, even with older furnishings,” says Lansing. Her favorites are the IKEA Fillsta, or Knapp or Maskros. All are under $60. “I always try to add some kind of live (or convincing fake!) plant in every room other than kids rooms. Greenery adds warmth and dimension to a space.”


Bathroom BM Woodlawn blue with  white dove trim

Bathroom: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn blue with white dove trim


Lansing’s favorite colors are all from Benjamin Moore. Some favorites and list:

* Edgecomb Gray or Revere Pewter: Both are fabulous in many rooms and look great as a backdrop to bright cushions and lamps. You can pair this color with accent pieces in blues, lime greens, oranges and pinks and yellows.
* Moonshine is terrific for bedrooms and bathrooms.
* Titanium (has a slight green to it): “I love this in kitchens especially, with white Dove Cabinets. Grey Owl is equally lovely but with more of a slight blue.”
* For warmer white paint colors, try Monterey White, Simply White and Lancaster Whitewash.

BM Beach Glass 1564 (bedroom)
BM Woodlawn Blue HC 147 (Bathrooms)

BM Balboa Mist 1549 bedroom (great with oranges and pinks and lime greens)
BM Gray Wisp 1570 Bedroom
BM Moonshine 2140-60 (great in bedrooms or bathrooms)
BM November Rain 2142-60
BM Titanium 2141-60
BM Gray Owl 2137-60

For living areas and hallways
BM Revere Pewter HC 172
Edgecomb Gray HC 173

Warmer colors

Castleton Mist HC-1 great with reds and blues
Camoflage 2143 -40

Kitchen Cabinets
White Dove INT. RM 90
Chelsea Gray HC-168
Gettysburg Gray HC 107

Lancaster Whitewash HC174

Trim colors
Simple white 2124-70
White Dove INT. RM
White INT. RM


Living room: Benjamin Moore Lancaster whitewash with white dove trim

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, March 26

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 12:19pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The market’s hot with more than 70 open houses in the Baristaville area. Stunning 52 Lloyd Road in Montclair has a closet the size of some NYC apartments and cathedral ceilings in the master bath in case you need to pray for something.

52 Lloyd Road, Montclair

List Price: $1,749,000
Taxes: $42,965
Acreage: 1.20
BRM/BTH: 6/4.1

Renovated French Colonial Classic Revival on 1.2 acres with panoramic views of New York City. Chef’s kitchen with Thermador appliances, center island, new butler’s pantry with wine cooler; scenic bay windows in living room and dining room; exposed brick arches in solarium with NYC views. Master suite with dressing room, bath with Jacuzzi, double shower, cathedral ceiling. Three additional bedrooms, office and two renovated baths complete second floor. Great room, guest room and bath on third floor. Multi-zone central air conditioning and heat. Brand-new oak floors, oversized three-car garage. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Love It or Hate It, Everyone Is Talking About This New York Times Essay About Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Maybe you saw it in the paper or a friend shared it on Facebook, but if you haven’t read the essay Suburban? Just Don’t Call Her a ‘Jersey Girl’, just know that it rings true for some of Montclair and strikes the wrong chord for others.

The writer, Jodi Rudoren, raves about the town as a “city person’s suburb” and gives love to Montclair’s housing stock, farmers market and its “at least three distinct, equally adorable commercial districts, at least a dozen places to have brunch and probably twice that many nail salons, plenty of restaurants that deliver — though not 24 hours a day…”

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sun., March 19

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Close to 60 open houses this weekend as the market warms up in these last days of winter.

113 Summit Ave., Montclair

List Price: $679,000
Taxes: $21,023
Acreage: 0.17
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Center hall Colonial on desirable street featuring screened in porch, hardwood floors, family room, eat in kitchen and bedroom/library with rolling ladder. Close to Brookdale Park with bus stops at both ends of the street. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Developers Receive Approval for The Vestry, a New 46-Home Montclair Rental Building

BY  |  Friday, Mar 17, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (20)

The Vestry

Sterling Properties, in joint venture with Greenwood Development, LLC, has received approval for the development of The Vestry, a boutique collection of 46 upscale rental homes located at 147 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.

Initial site work is expected to begin in early summer 2017 for the five-story apartment building which will rise on the former site of the Mount Carmel Holy Church, just steps from New Jersey Transit’s Bay Street Station and the myriad of shops, dining, cultural and entertainment venues in Montclair’s award-winning downtown district.

Designed by Montclair-based Sionas Architects, The Vestry’s will boast a striking exterior red brick and glass design. The L-shaped elevator building is being developed in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines for LEED® Silver certification. The building will offer a mix of studio, one- two- and three-bedroom homes. Several of the apartments will offer expansive outdoor balconies. Residents will have access to a package of in-building amenities, including a bike share program, zip-car, covered parking and an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. The Vestry will also offer approximately 1,600 square-feet of ground floor retail space, bringing even more services and conveniences close to home.

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