$10 Home in Montclair NJ, (and yes there’s a catch)

Montclair NJ

If you have ever dreamed of living in an historic home designed by  a famous architect now is your chance. The 3,900 square foot house at 44 Pleasant Ave by prominent  Montclair architect Dudley S. Van Antwerp is up for sale for $10 but of course there’s a catch.

The Montclair Planning Board approved a subdivision application for the property with a condition of the Board’s approval being a buyer must move the house from its present location to a site within approximately one-quarter mile of its current location.

The Township of Montclair requirements are:

Historic “Aubrey Lewis” house available for purchase. The premises are purchased “as is,” “where is.” The structure must be removed from its present location at 44 Pleasant Avenue, Montclair, NJ, to a location within approximately ¼ mile. The purchaser shall be required to enter into a contract with seller in which: (a) the purchase price not to exceed $10.00; (b) the purchaser shall perform all necessary remediation before the move and the costs of the move shall be borne by purchaser; (c) the seller will contribute a maximum of $10,000 toward the move cost; (d) all other incidental costs, if any, shall be borne entirely by the purchaser; (e) purchaser shall indemnify seller from any and all liability, including attorneys’ fees and costs; and (f) purchaser shall provide appropriate insurance guarantees. Contract must be executed on or before August 31, 2017; the movement of the structure shall be negotiated in good faith.

All offers are to be submitted to 44pleasantave@gmail.com

Summer Projects with the Kids

butterflSummer is here and it’s time to get the kids outside. John Riha, writing for houselogic.com, has some ideas to spark their creativity with fun, simple home improvement projects. It’s a win-win as you will get to spend time with your kids while you’ll boost your home’s curb appeal.

When making stuff with kids, remember the Keep-It rules:

Keep it safe. Use gloves and safety glasses when necessary.
Keep it simple. They’ll come away with a sense of accomplishment if it’s a project they can handle easily.
Keep it under an hour. Kids’ attention spans are short.

1. Make Stepping Stones

This classic kids’ project never gets old — it’s gooey, messy, and arty. You’ll make the stones using ready-mix concrete or mortar; a 40-lb. bag makes 3-5 stones. Make your own forms with wood, or use old pans, aluminum cake pans, or anything that’ll create a 2-inch-thick stone.

While the concrete is still wet, decorate with beads, tiles, marbles, and polished pebbles. Wait 48 hours until the concrete is dry to remove it from the form.

2. Painting Your Mailbox

Put a little sizzle in your snail mail when you let your kids paint the mailbox.

Un-mount the box and clean it first. When dry, give it a coat of metal primer, then let your kids’ muse take over. Inexpensive craft store stencils help keep designs on track. Take the kids to the store and let them pick out designs. Don’t forget to include house numbers.

3. Planting a Shrub That Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies

There’s some delayed gratification with this project — the payoff doesn’t happen until the critters find the shrub — but the fun factor is high when they do.

Keep the digging to a minimum — one or two plants are plenty. Make a generous hole and have the kids fill it with outdoor potting soil, and put them in charge of watering as the plant roots in. Hold a contest to see who spots the first wildlife visitor.

Nectar-producing shrubs that attract hummingbirds include Hibiscus, flowering quince (Chaenomeles), and Lantana. Butterflies like butterfly bush (Buddleja) and Potentilla.

4. Building a Garden Gate Arbor

It’s easier than it sounds. You’ll find simple DIY kits at home improvement centers that you and your team can put together in 1 to 2 hours. If that challenges younger kids’ attention span limit, let them wander away for a bit, then call them back when it’s done. They’ll love carrying the finished arbor to the garden and setting it in the ground.

Cost: $150-$250 for a wooden kit.

5. Adding Solar Lights

This is one of the easiest projects. Gather up some solar walkway lights — the kind mounted on a stake — and have your kids put them along your sidewalk, paths, and at the edge of garden beds. When the sun goes down, they’ll get a kick out of seeing the lights switch on.

Cost: Outdoor lighting comes in all styles and prices, but you’ll find an 8-pack of solar stake lights under $50 at your home improvement center.

6. Stacking a Tipsy-Pot Plant Tower

Here’s a great optical illusion that kids will really dig. Stick a ½-inch diameter wooden dowel or piece of copper pipe firmly into the ground or a big pot. Put clay pots of various sizes onto the pipe, threading the pipe through the drain holes. Fill the pots with soil and tilt them at crazy angles — the rod holds all the pots upright. Plant easy-care plants like impatiens or petunias.

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West Essex Home Sale Prices

Average home sale prices in the West Essex NJ area are finally close to the sale prices that were last seen in 2006, the height of the housing market peak according to the NJ Department of Taxation.   In fact, Livingston, North Caldwell and Roseland prices have slightly exceeded those  of 2006.  2015 2006 avg home price

Is it time for you to make your move? You might be in for a happy surprise if you have not checked the value of your home recently!   Email me at kim.fiore@century21.com  to get started.

 

Living in North Caldwell

In 2013 North Caldwell was named as the 3rd best place to live in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.   The magazine hired independent researchers at Leflein Associates  to rate the  the quality of  life in over 500  New Jersey communities.  Categories rated include  home values, property taxes, crime rate, school performance and “lifestyle factor.”

IMG_3916_HDRThis brick ranch recently went on the market for $494,500.  It is  situated on a large level corner lot in desirable North Caldwell.  Highlights include a gas fireplace in living room, master bedroom with  attached master bath,  storage galore, and a partially finished basement with cedar closet.  A Home warranty is offered on this home.

See more at: http://194mountainave.c21.com

The inventory of single family homes under $500,000 in this desirable  town is practically nonexistent so if you would like to live in this family friendly community, now is the time to act.  Call me at 973-349-6731 or fill out the form below to schedule a showing today.

 

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 .

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.