Montclair Spy House Finally Sells

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The house at 31 Marquette has been empty since 2010, when Richard and Cynthia Murphy became known by their real names, Vladimir and Lydia Guryev. The FBI raided their home and the world discovered that a pair of Russian spies had been living in Montclair. Their story was the inspiration behind the spy drama “The Americans.”

Now, the abandoned home that became an eyesore for neighbors and was first listed back in 2013, finally sold in June for $340,000, a price that is below market for the street. The “Murphys” had purchased the home in May 2008 for $481,000. CNN catches up with some of the Murphy’s Marquette Road neighbors seven years later.

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 16

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 11:13am

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

 

Summer hasn’t slowed down the hot market. There are more than 60 open houses in the greater Baristaville area. Bloomfield alone is sporting 20 open houses.

 

9 Locust Drive, Montclair

List Price: $779,000
Taxes: $22,476
Acreage: 0.52
BRM/BTH: 3/3.1

Mid-century center-hall colonial on 1/2 acre in a cul-de-sac in the estate section of Montclair. The kitchen and sunroom surround a rear deck overlooking the yard. The home has a family room, living room, en-suite master bedroom with custom built ins and closets, attached garage, central air-conditioning and a basement with high ceilings. Open 1-4 p.m.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 9

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 10:45am

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

 

More than 60 open houses for your viewing pleasure this Sunday. Check out the boffo appliances — 122 Claremont has a refrigerator with a touch screen so you can connect to Spotify, Grubhub, even Skype Jacques Pepin. 30 Warren Place has a Kuche+Cucina kitchen with a double fueled La Cornue range.

 

122 Claremont Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $579,000
Taxes: $11,617
Acreage: 0.10
BRM/BTH: 4/3.1

Renovated four bed, three bath home, a five-minute walk to NYC train and Walnut Street shops, restaurants and farmers’ market. Home features original 1898 fireplace with reclaimed mantel, high ceilings, lemonade porch and fenced yard. Eat-in kitchen has stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and Samsung Family Hub Fridge with touch screen & smart features. Second floor has master bedroom with private bath and nice closet, two more bedrooms and a full bath. Third floor has reclaimed beamed ceiling, skylights and large bath. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 2

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 12:42pm

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

 

About 29 open houses for perusing this holiday weekend. I’m tempted to go to the open house on Hawthorne Place in my bathing suit and water wings.

 

79 Hawthorne Place, Montclair

List Price: $1,549,000
Taxes: $38,270
Acreage: 0.82
BRM/BTH: 9/5.3

Unique estate property with three distinct living spaces–Dutch Colonial, a cottage and a carriage house–on 3/4+ acres. Colonial features chestnut crown moldings and beamed ceilings, tiger oak floors, built-ins accents, showcase stairways and original leaded glass and doors, a grand entry, a living room, formal dining room, family room, music room and paneled library. The chef’s kitchen has dining area and breakfast bar and butlers’ pantry with laundry. Master suite with new bath, walk-in closet, home has more than five bedrooms and 2.2 baths. Other amenities include an in-ground heated pool, brick patios surrounded by perennial gardens and a private well. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 25

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 9:23am

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

 

A bumper crop of almost 80 properties available for open house connoisseurs to sample.

 

1 South Mountain Terrace, Montclair

List Price: $895,000
Taxes: $29,737
Acreage: 0.34
BRM/BTH: 4/2.3

Colonial built in 1940 features chef’s kitchen with laundry room and mudroom. Wet bar leads into family room with doors to screened porch overlooking private patio and landscaped backyard. Master suite has bath and dressing room. Finished basement. Located on quiet street close to NYC transportation. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Wondering What’s Happening With Lackawanna Plaza? Now There’s A Website For That

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (31)

Lackawanna Plaza developers, The Hampshire Companies and The Pinnacle Companies, announced today a new website detailing plans to redevelop Lackawanna Plaza. The website offers the chance to view renderings, read about the vision, which includes a 65,000 square foot supermarket, two acres of open space and 350 residential units, and receive updates. The website also provides a feedback form where residents can get involved by sending a letter of support to Montclair township elected and planning officials.
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Upscale Rentals at The Montclarion at Bay Street Station

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

The newest Montclair apartment option is the The Montclarion at Bay Street Station, a boutique rental building featuring 40 upscale residences.

The five-story LEED building is conveniently situated at 125 Bloomfield Ave., adjacent to the NJ Transit Bay Street Station connecting to Secaucus Junction, Newark, Hoboken and Penn Station in New York City. Adding to the building’s commuter friendly location is the New Jersey Transit Bus available right outside.

Within walking distance are the Montclair Center and the redeveloping Lackawanna Plaza, as well as Panera, a Smash Burger, PNC Bank and a 7-11. A fully-furnished model is on view; apartments are available for immediate occupancy.

Designed by Sionas Architecture, The Montclarion at Bay Street Station’s brick and glass exterior echoes Montclair’s motto “Where The Suburb Meets The City.” Contemporary, high-end design is evident throughout the boutique building’s interior spaces which feature a dramatic two-story lobby, bike racks, rooftop patio, exercise room and business center/lounge as well as 1,200 square-feet of ground floor retail space.

Living spaces at The Montclarion at Bay Street Station range from 745 square-feet to 1,522 square-feet and boast upscale interior elements such as 9′ plus ceiling heights, hardwood floors, oversized windows with Juliette balconies, modern style kitchens with stainless steel appliances, gas range and breakfast bar, abundant closet space and washer/dryers in each home.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 18

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 12:30pm

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

 

Father’s Day weekend features close to 50 properties in the greater Baristaville area for your viewing pleasure.

 

43 Brookfield Road, Montclair

List Price: $589,000
Taxes: $15,495
Acreage: 0.20
BRM/BTH: 3/2

Colonial with heated enclosed front porch, built-in bookcases and china cabinets. Fresh and updated eat-in kitchen overlooking deep, private back yard. Newly finished basement with bath. Located between two train stations and parks. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 11

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9:48am

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

 

Close to 78 open houses in the greater Baristaville area this Sunday with a few million dollar homes. One unique manse on the Montclair-Verona border is inhabited by cherubs.

 

136 Christopher Street, Montclair

List Price: $1,150,000
Taxes: $35,639
Acreage: 0.43
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

Craftsman Colonial with unique staircase, large windows, high ceilings and deep moldings. Central air, newer baths & kitchen. Home on large, level lot. Rooms over garage have roughed-in plumbing for a bath. Open 2-4 p.m.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 4

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 03, 2017 11:27am

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

 

Boy Howdy! There’s close to 90 properties in the greater Baristaville area for review this Sunday. If Mr. Spock had a wine cellar, it would look like the one at 15 Sutherland in Montclair.

 

155 Montclair Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $989,000
Taxes: $26,979
Acreage: 0.28
BRM/BTH: 5/4.1

Center-hall Colonial featuring beamed high ceilings, large windows, French doors, hardwood floors and original butlers panty, living room, dining room and family room/office. Second floor has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The master bedroom, renovated in 2015, has an ensuite bathroom featuring soaking tub, walk in shower, gas fireplace, large vanity and heated floors. Professionally landscaped yard has a koi pond.
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