Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 21

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With 34 open houses in Montclair alone, the spring market, like the recent weather, has definitely heated up.


134 Cooper Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $899,000
Taxes: $27,139
Acreage: 0.31
BRM/BTH: 5/4.1

Expansive Colonial on Upper Montclair’s Cooper Ave on a deep lot. Convenient to shopping and NYC buses and trains. Two large living rooms are good for entertaining. Overnight guests will love the third floor suite with its own private entrance, cooking area, bedroom and family room (which could be reconfigured as a sixth bedroom). The kitchen has Wolf, Bosch, & Kitchen Aid appliances and the house has central A/C. Large enclosed porch. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Students, Parents Voice Opposition to Staff Reductions at Montclair BOE Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:11pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Parents and student athletes flexed their muscle at the May 15 School Board Meeting to protest the termination of Jeff Gannon, Montclair High School’s athletic director and Evan Kozak, an assistant principal at Nishuane school. The Board also elected Laura Herzog President and Franklin Turner vice president during the tumultuous meeting.

Many students carried signs and made passionate pleas supporting Gannon during the public comment part of the meeting. Parents, who only heard about the termination the day of the meeting, expressed concern over the Board’s lack of transparency.

“When I first met him, his passion toward our athletic team stood out for me,” said Ken Coplan, a senior and member of the MHS crew team. “Thanks to him I was able to set two rowing world records. I do not understand why you’re firing a man this qualified and passionate.”

Many of the students cited Gannon as the reason MHS was ranked as the fifth best public high school sports program in the state. Gannon has been the athletic director at MHS for 18 years.

“He is the reason why MHS is so successful,” said Dean Chancer, a junior and member of the cheerleading and bowling teams. “We have great athletics all due to Mr. Gannon. Without him, there is no chance to prosper.”

“Mr. Gannon’s work here helps us out,” said Kathleen King, a sophomore and member of the crew team. “He’s completely irreplaceable. As a whole this system will not work well without him.” Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 14

BY  |  Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This Mother’s Day weekend is a pause that refreshes in a hot market with a select group of open houses in the Baristaville area.


82 Essex Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $849,000
Taxes: $21,786
Acreage: 0.21
BRM/BTH: 4/3.2

Renovated Colonial close to Watchung Plaza with open floor plan, chef’s kitchen with commercial grade appliances, quartz countertops and large island. Cozy living room with wood burning fireplace and original built-in cabinetry. Newly enclosed sun porch can be family room or play space. Master suite with private bath and plenty of closet space. All new bathrooms, finished basement, new windows and roof. Over 2,600+ square feet. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 7

BY  |  Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:28am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The season is in full bloom with more than 60 open houses. This week we focus on dining rooms, from beamed ceilings with funky built ins to Louis XIV inspired to minimalist modern.


99 Central Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $729,000
Taxes: $26,459
Acreage: 0.59
BRM/BTH: 6/2

Arts and Crafts colonial with country cottage effect set on more than half an acre in a park like setting features oversized windows and French doors, beamed ceilings and built-in bookcases. Patio shaded by a Cooper Beech tree. Open 2-4 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, April 30

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A solar heated pool and spectacular woodwork are highlights of Sunday’s crop of 82 open houses in Baristaville.


63 Highland Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $1,349,000
Taxes: $38,102
Acreage: 0.81
BRM/BTH: 7/3.1

Seven-bedroom Tudor on more that three-quarters of an acre. Year round New York skyline views. Solar heated in-ground pool. Master bedroom with en-suite bath. Four fireplaces, two working wood-burning in master bedroom and living room. Open 1-4 p.m.


175 Summit Avenue, Montclair

List Price: $879,000
Taxes: $26,841
Acreage: 0.46
BRM/BTH: 5/2.1

Victorian on premier street near Upper Montclair village and NYC transportation. Home features wrap-around front porch, elegant quarter-sawn oak woodwork and a yard and patio. Hand-carved egg and dart motif and the unique dining room floor pattern are just some of the highlights. New granite countertops and hardwood floors in the kitchen make it a bright and beautiful. Close to Mid-Town Direct train, NYC buses, the Upper Montclair village, restaurants, shops and Anderson Park. Open 2-4 p.m.


19 Bellaire Drive, Montclair

List Price: $569,000
Taxes: $18,915
Acreage: 0.23
BRM/BTH: 5/2

Colonial fixer-upper with five bedrooms and two baths. Large side yard. Interior details include woodwork, hardwood floors, built-ins, two fireplaces, “sleeping porch.” Perfect location for commuters. Sold As is. Open 1-4 p.m.


30 Davidson Rd, Bloomfield

List Price: $429,000
Taxes: $15,672
Acreage: 0.08
BRM/BTH: 4/1.1

Four bedroom Colonial located on cul-de-sac backing 121-acre Brookdale Park. Close to NYC bus and train station. Freshly painted interior and newly sanded floors. Living room with gas fireplace, updated kitchen with island and view of backyard and deck. Office and half bath on first floor. Basement has finished rec room, large storage room. Updated windows; central air and furnace replaced in 2009. Open 1-4 p.m.


160 Linden Avenue, Glen Ridge

List Price: $799,000
Taxes: $23,974
Acreage: 0.37
BRM/BTH: 5/2

Colonial featuring large rooms, original woodwork, an updated kitchen and big backyard. Good sized living room, dining room with high ceilings and original woodwork. The family room is surrounded with windows. Enclosed patio on the side of the house can be used all year round. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances top off the eat-in kitchen. Open 2-4 p.m.


62 Sunset Ave, Verona

List Price: $799,000
Taxes: $17,857
Acreage: 0.25
BRM/BTH: 6/3.1

Center hall colonial in Afterglow section of Verona featuring hardwood floors and updated kitchen and baths and central air. First floor features living room, formal dining room, family room and true eat-in kitchen with sliders out to large deck overlooking landscape with many perennials. Upstairs has six bedrooms, three full baths including a master suite with en suite master bath. Finished basement. Updated utilities, newer appliances, wood-burning fireplace. Open 2-4 p.m.


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

George Lopez Riffs on Trump, Kids and the Wall at the Wellmont

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 7:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

“If he builds the Wall, he better get it done in one day. Because if he leaves out any supplies overnight, they’ll be gone.”

Trump calls us [Mexicans] criminals and rapists. If I ever run into him, I’ll rob him and f**k him.”

Those were some of the politically incorrect, but hilarious jokes George Lopez told a packed house at the Wellmont on April 8. Lopez, who stars in the eponymous series on TV Land, took no prisoners as he lanced into Erik Estrada, kids, and white folks in a 90-minute set.

Estrada, the hunky highway patrolman from 70s hit show CHiPS, snubbed a 17-year old Lopez by not shaking his hand in 1978. Lopez vowed he’d never forgive Estrada.

“That experience made me nicer to people, but also drove me to say, ‘I’m going to be successful,’” Lopez told the Huffington Post.

Even kids were fair game. Lopez poked fun at kids who made Thanksgiving turkeys by tracing their hand with a crayon. “I’m supposed to act surprised?” He said. “Kids today do nothing and want an allowance, I’d tell them I’m allowing you to live.” He talked about the prevalence today of food allergies, adding that when he was a kid “I wasn’t allergic to shit, except being hungry.”

Lopez took a break from the irreverence when he told the crowd diversity is the future.

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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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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Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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