Mass Transit Options in West Essex

Located less than 20 miles from midtown Manhattan, the West Essex Area is very easy to access from New York City and area airports.  Route 80 and Route 280 are major highways that run through Fairfield and Roseland respectively to enable an easy commute to points north , south, east and west.

Public Transportation

DeCamp Bus Line offers service 365 days a year to New York City from West Caldwell and Caldwell on the #33 bus line.   The trip is approximately 45 minutes during rush hour from Caldwell.

http://www.decamp.com/commuter.htm

Nj Transit runs 2 routes to Penn Station from Fairfield, West Caldwell, Caldwell, Essex Fells,  Roseland and Verona.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0071.pdf

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0029.pdf

The 871 operates between Morristown and Willowbrook Mall with stops in Fairfield

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1871.pdf

Lakeland Bus Line offers service 365 days  between Fairfield and NYC Port authority bus terminal.

http://www.lakelandbus.com/bus-schedule

Although commuter trains do not run through these towns they are just a few minutes away in Little Falls and Montclair  through  NJ Transit.  The  Montclair- Boonton Line runs 7 days a week to Penn Station in New York with connections through the Hoboken Path station to the World Trade Center.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0030.pdf

Do you have any questions about commuting to the West Essex area?  Do you  want to know more about the communities of West Essex?  Fill in the form below  and I will get right back to you.   You can also email me @ kim.fiore@century21.com .

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future – remember small improvements can mean a great deal.
  Look at your home the way a buyer will look at it. Repaint those marked up walls and woodwork, fix that leaky faucet or running toilet, clean the windows, fix window screens, clean the switch plates, polish the cabinets, regrout the bathroom. If the carpets are soiled have them professionally cleaned. Replace the drip pans on your stove top if they are dirty. Look at your faucets, showerheads, toilet seats and light fixtures, these can be replaced inexpensively and can make a big difference in updating your home. Use the highest wattage bulbs allowed to show your house in the best light. These small and inexpensive fixes will pay for themselves in the sales price.
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter – Your home will look much more spacious with less furniture and fewer knick-knacks and personal items. Get rid of excess furniture, clean out the closets and donate, toss out, have a garage sale or put in temporary storage anything you can. Remove furniture and items that don’t fit the room’s purpose, like exercise equipment in the bedroom and a work desk in the dining room. Buyers will open closets and cabinets, be sure they are neat. Clear your kitchen and bathroom counters to make them seem bigger. Buyers want to imagine your home as their home. They will have a hard time doing that if your things are cluttering the house.
 Curb Appeal – First impressions mean everything. Give the front door and woodwork a new coat of paint. Get a new doormat. If sidewalks or steps or cracked, think about repairing them. Tidy up or add landscaping. Be sure the grass is mowed. Plant some flowers in the landscape or in pots. Look at the front of your house with a critical eye. If you were seeing your house for the first time, what would you think about it?
Keep it Clean –  One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers is a dirty house. The house needs to be as clean and neat as possible while it is for sale. Imagine walking into a dirty bathroom while looking at a house. Would you want to buy it? Open windows to let fresh air in. Pet odors need to be addressed. You might love your pet and not mind the smell but prospective buyers do not feel that way about it.

All of these improvements will pay off in an easier and more profitable sale of your house. If you are thinking of selling your home contact me at 973-349-6731 or kim.fiore@century21.com for a free market analysis or use the form below. I will work with you so you get the most for your home in the West Essex area.

Welcome to West Essex NJ

we2The towns of Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland and West Caldwell are generally know as the West Essex area of Essex County in New Jersey.  Cedar Grove and Verona are also in the western area of Essex county.

Caldwell and West Caldwell share a K- 12 school system as well as recreation programs and first aid squads.  Each town has their own government. Most shopping and many restaurants are on Bloomfield Avenue.  Bloomfield Ave runs through both towns.

There are 4 neighborhood elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school in the  Caldwell/West Caldwell School System.  In 2012, James Caldwell High School had  209 graduates  with approximately 79% going on to 4 year colleges. Caldwell is also home to Trinity Academy serving grades K-8, Mount St. Dominic Academy for girls in grades 9 -12 and Caldwell College, a private 4 year college.

Essex Fells,  Fairfield , North Caldwell and Roseland  have their own K-6 schools but  send all students in grades 7 -12 to the West Essex Regional Schools in North Caldwell.  In 2012 West Essex Regional High School had 239 gradauates with approximately 80% going on to 4 year colleges.