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

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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

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

 

 

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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Baristaville Open Houses: Sun., March 12

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Close to 58 open houses this Sunday. A cold snap during this otherwise mild winter makes you want to curl up by the fire with a book, a drink or both. Let’s focus on some fireplaces and mantles in this crop of open houses.

335 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $995,000
Taxes: $26,081
Acreage: 0.47
BRM/BTH: 5/3.2

Queen Anne Victorian with Arts & Crafts influence is perched above Upper Montclair Village, the New York City train/bus station, shops, restaurants and Anderson Park. Original architectural details including mahogany railings, pine moldings, six fireplaces, pocket doors and more. The master suite features a large bath, walk-in closet and sitting room. The third floor has two good size bedrooms. Rec room in basement. The rear deck and yard oversees Wisteria in the spring. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday March 5

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About 50 open houses on the market this Sunday. Several are on cul de sacs.

1 Capron Lane, Montclair

List Price: $879,000
Taxes: $24,748
Acreage: 0.32
BRM/BTH: 3/2.1

Ranch in cul de sac featuring updated kitchen with Thermador appliances and granite counter tops. Master suite has dressing room, bath and French doors to private patio. New concrete patio off family room. Finished basement plenty of storage. Location is just over a mile from Upper Montclair commercial strip. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 26

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More than 50 open houses in Baristaville this weekend.

205 Fernwood Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,995,000
Taxes: $49,041
Acreage: 0.43
BRM/BTH: 6/4.2

Restored 16-room colonial mansion with custom kitchen, millwork paneling & crown molding; formal rooms with broad archways, mantels and built-in cabinets. Commercial grade kitchen has herringbone floors, custom crown point cabinetry and high-end appliances. Home features marble & stone bathrooms and home entertainment & music system throughout the first & second levels. Open 2-4 p.m.

218 Christopher Street, Montclair

List Price: $1,259,000
Taxes: $29,072
Acreage: 0.57
BRM/BTH: 5/3.2

Colonial on 1/2 acre of level lot featuring leaded glass French doors and windows, built-ins, Brazilian cherry floors, and mouldings, gourmet eat-in Kit with SS appliances, and radiant heated floor. Large living room with fireplace and beamed ceilings, sun/family room has Palladium windows overlooking the blue stone patio and private yard. Open 1-4 p.m.

44 Union Street, C0005, Montclair

List Price: $199,500
Taxes: $6,752
Acreage: Not available
BRM/BTH: 1/1

Updated second-floor condo near downtown Montclair. Living room/dining room, hardwood floors, plenty of closet space. Kitchen has SS appliances, tiled floor and breakfast bar. Maintenance includes heat and hot water. Overnight parking in building lot for 11 cars. Additional permit parking on Union St., Pets allowed. Open 2-4 pm.

26 Morton Street, Bloomfield

List Price: $369,000
Taxes: $9,947
Acreage: 0.14
BRM/BTH: 4/1.2

Renovated side hall with vinyl siding, huge deck, above ground pool, four bedrooms, hardwood floors, brand new kitchen w/white cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances, first floor powder room. Second floor has three bedrooms, new full bath with tub/shower, third floor has open den/office area and bedroom. Partially finished basement with powder room. Open 2-4 p.m.

35 Montclair Avenue, Cedar Grove

List Price: $725,000
Taxes: $11,268
Acreage: 0.23
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Reconstructed five-bedroom with gourmet kitchen featuring high-end appliances, nine-foot center island. Kitchen opens to great room with 16-foot ceilings and gas fireplace. Second level has five bedrooms with 2.5 baths. Home has fenced in yard with paver patio. Open 1-3 p.m.

33 Ferris Drive, West Orange

List Price: $589,000
Taxes: $20,428
Acreage: 0.32
BRM/BTH: 5/3

Mid-century colonial on on a quiet street in Pleasantdale section of West Orange featuring five bedrooms and three full baths. Modern kitchen with island and breakfast area opens to patio. Large second floor deck in back of house. Open 12-3 p.m.

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday Feb. 19

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Close to 50 open houses in Baristaville this Sunday. Our first property is an opulent Georgian with a pond in the family room, great for baptisms, thirsty horses or dog baths.

177 Gates Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,375,000
Taxes: $45,447
Acreage: 0.87
BRM/BTH: 6/4.2

1925 Georgian with center foyer and grand stairwell, oak floors, original shell cabinetry, a mosaic fountain in the family room, library with built-ins, French doors leading to the rear patio. Second floor features master bedroom suite with walk-in closets, jetted tub, double sink and marble floors plus three more bedrooms and a Jack & Jill bathroom. Third floor has two additional bedrooms, two baths and an exercise room. Stone patio with Wisteria-covered pergola and garden pond. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday Feb. 12

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

Open house season is warming up. About 58 properties are available for your viewing pleasure this Sunday.

110 Raab Ave, Bloomfield

List Price: $529,000
Taxes: $16,648
Acreage: 0.19
BRM/BTH: 3/2.2

Stucco Mediterranean-style home backs to a serene view of the golf course. Full exterior painting completed in the last year. First floor entrance opens to family room and formal living room. Rest of first floor includes dining room, kitchen, and powder room. Basement has finished den with fireplace. Another finished room in basement could be the perfect place for guests, with its own full bathroom. Three bedrooms on the second floor, including a great master bedroom with powder room and office. Open 2-4 p.m.

17 Essex Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $549,000
Taxes: $17,825
Acreage: 0.30
BRM/BTH: 3/1.1

Colonial with chestnut moldings, craftsman flourishes, three bedrooms, den, three-season porch, finished basement, third floor office/possible fourth bedroom, two-car garage and recreation shed. Large backyard. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 5

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More than 30 open houses in Baristaville this Sunday. Our lead-off property on South Mountain Avenue has an elevator used as a wine closet — now that’s convenience.

180 S Mountain Ave, Montclair

List Price: $1,595,000
Taxes: $51,373
Acreage: 1.44
BRM/BTH: 9/5.1

Renovated brick Georgian in Montclair’s estate section on 1.4 acres featuring a living room with gas fireplace leading to a family room with walls of floor-to-ceiling palladian windows overlooking in-ground heated saltwater pool. Custom chefs EIK w/ butler’s pantry, center island and Viking appliances. Master suite includes bath with jacuzzi tub & shower, large dressing area flanked by closets. Original elevator with scissor gate doors used as a wine closet. Open 2-4 p.m.

19 Stonehouse Road, Bloomfield

List Price: $545,000
Taxes: $17,409
Acreage: .20
BRM/BTH: 4/2.1

Colonial in Brookdale section. Living room features dramatic fireplace, generous moldings and beautiful hardwood floors. Updated kitchen has many cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and breakfast area overlooking yard. Second floor has Master bedroom with en-suite, update bath and three more bedrooms and another full bath. Finished basement has separate guest/office space. Open 1-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday Jan. 29

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Open houses and chocolate chip cookies — a winning combination for a Sunday in January. More than 40 open houses in the Baristaville area.

4 Cambridge Road, Glen Ridge

129 Cambridge

List Price: $749,000
Taxes: $18,756
Acreage: 0.31
BRM/BTH: 4/3

129 GR Kit

Classic center-hall brick Colonial featuring a large living room with wood burning fireplace, sunroom, formal dining room, den and eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Second floor has a master bedroom with master bath and three additional sun filled bedrooms and main bath. With central air and hardwood floors throughout. One door away for the NYC train jitney and a short walk to the NYC bus. Open 1-3 p.m. Continue Reading

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