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Hot and Cool ? Montclair Jazz Festival Aug 13, 2016

 

I know I tend to go on and on about the events in Montclair – the Montclair Film Festival, Taste of Montclair, the YMCA 10K and Family Fun Run. Even the weekly Farmers Market feels more like a social happening than a produce-buying excursion. All of these popular gatherings started up since I’ve moved here. But it feels like the one that’s grown the most is the Montclair Jazz Festival.

August can feel so quiet in Montclair, with so many families off on vacation. But on the day of the Jazz Festival, people seem to come out of the woodwork.

This free event began seven years ago, an outdoor sampling of jazz performances where people tossed a blanket on the grass and soaked in some sun and some great music. Back then, 300 people showed up. Last year there were 10,000!

I am so excited to have Keller Williams sponsoring one of my all-time favorite events. We even have a tent where we’ll be giving out lemonade and cookies. (Consider yourself invited!)


I’m not sure how set in stone the schedule is, but here’s the proposed line up:

12 p.m. - 52nd Street Big Band
12:30 p.m. - Philly Soul Big Band
1:00 p.m. - Bright Moments Big Band
1:15 p.m. - Afro-Latin Big Band
1:45 p.m. - The Big Solid Sax Mob
2:15 p.m. - Jazz House Vocal Large Ensemble
2:45 p.m. - Jazz House Faculty Collective celebrates Bowie + Prince
3:45 p.m. - Michele Rosewoman + New Yor-Uba
4:45 p.m. - Dynasty Big Band featuring Louis Prima, Jr.
5:15 p.m. - Jazz House Big Band featuring Louis Prima, Jr.
6:00 p.m. - George Coleman Organ Quartet
7:15 p.m. - A Christian McBride Situation
8:30 p.m. - Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet

Come and go. Bring a cooler. There are shuttles from parking and plenty of grass for lounging. Cool music on a hot day with a cold beer. It really doesn’t get any better.

 

 

 

Get Healthy: Run Your Errands in a Walkable Suburb

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I live about a mile from the drug store. A post office and a Starbucks are across the street. One block north is one of my favorite gift shops.

When I walk "uptown" to run some errands, it absolutely takes more time than if I drive. But the experience is 100 times better.

I love looking at people's gardens on my way to do my errands. I'm a sucker for pretty flowers - they remind me to pay attention to what's beautiful in the world.

I'm also bound to run into friends or acquaintances on my way there or back. We may not have time to sit and catch up over coffee, but a spontaneous 15-minute chat in front of the firehouse can be almost as soul-filling.

Plus, when I walk, my body feels better. Soaking up some sunshine, moving rather than sitting, taking in the fresh air. Turns out all the things my grandmother told me were good for me really are.

The medical community says when we're running our errands on bikes or on foot, we're healthier. When I do it, I'm happier.

With 7 train stations, myriad bus stops, 5 distinct retail centers and several more smaller clusters of shops, restaurants and services, Montclair offers plenty of opportunities to show up on foot. Wherever you live, there's always somewhere to walk.

If you want to find out more about this Walkable Suburb or even take a walk around town with me, please call! 973.809.5277

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New Listing: 182 Alexander Ave. Upper Montclair

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Sometimes Things Go Sideways

One thing I love about this area is how individual the homes are. Even within broad categories like Colonial or Tudor, there are so many variations. And even within all that individuality resides an extremely small subcategory.

I'm talking now about the Sideways House.

Sideways Houses are homes that have been built so the front entrance faces the side yard, rather than the street. This orientation gives the home a decidedly Country House feel, as it overlooks only landscaping. From the inside, Sideways Houses tend to feel very private and secluded, even though they might be smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood.

And that's exactly the case for this wonderful 5-bedroom 2-full/2-half bath home in beautiful Upper Montclair. Wonderful because it looks out on a big, open yard, wonderful because it offers a coveted wrap-around porch, and wonderful because the renovated kitchen has an unusually "artsy" vibe, featuring a large custom banquette for lazy Sunday brunches with family and friends.

Other features include: oversized rooms, central air conditioning, newly renovated, ensuite master bathroom,

This home is a 3-minute walk to the New York City bus; the train station about a 10-minute walk. It's also located at the Northern end of town, with quick and easy access to the highway.

Because they're so few and far between, Sideways Houses don't come on the market very often.

Priced at $799,000, this special house will not last. If you're looking for a wonderful family home in a remarkable community, please call me and let me show you the magic of Sideways Living.  973.809.5277 

Montclair NJ Real Estate Sales Report for June 2016

Address List Price Style RMS BRS BTH SP DOM SP/LP
39  Harrison Ave #6 $220,000 OneFloor 4 1 1 $240,000 16 109%
39 Harrison #15 $255,000 OneFloor 4 2 2 $259,000 17 102%
187  Harrison Ave $280,000 Colonial 7 4 1.1 $265,000 8 95%
232  Claremont Ave $314,900 FirstFlr 5 2 1.1 $305,000 34 97%
10  Crestmont Rd 4A $319,000 HighRise 4 2 2 $312,000 28 98%
126  Midland Ave $329,000 Colonial 8 5 3 $410,000 7 125%
184  Bellevue Ave $365,000 FirstFlr 5 2 1 $385,000 11 105%
5  Roosevelt Pl, C002A $369,000 HighRise 5 2 2 $369,000 28 100%
159  Walnut St $379,900 Victrian 6 2 2 $379,000 6 100%
8  Nishuane Rd $399,000 Colonial 8 3 1 $382,000 99 96%
51  N Mountain Ave $399,000 TwnEndUn 5 2 1.1 $445,000 15 112%
30  Claremont Ave $399,900 Colonial 7 4 2 $455,000 13 114%
82  N Fullerton Ave $449,000 Victrian 7 3 1 $545,000 16 121%
785  Valley Rd $455,000 Colonial 7 3 1 $460,000 45 101%
12  Hamilton Ter $489,000 CapeCod 6 3 1.1 $561,000 12 115%
5  Valley Pl $499,000 Colonial 6 3 1.1 $480,000 54 96%
11  Franklin Ave $499,000 Colonial 7 3 2.1 $481,500 58 96%
35  Harvard St $499,000 Colonial 7 3 2 $585,800 19 117%
12  Bruce Rd $549,000 Colonial 11 4 2.1 $669,000 14 122%
27  Aubrey Rd $549,000 Colonial 10 4 2 $727,500 8 133%
64  Macopin Ave $549,000 Colonial 9 5 2 $625,000 14 114%
222  Valley Rd $549,000 Colonial 9 5 2.1 $550,000 14 100%
228  Orange Rd $549,000 Colonial 10 4 2.2 $625,000 18 114%
382  Grove St $559,000 Colonial 10 4 2 $590,000 10 106%
404  GROVE ST $565,000 CapeCod 7 3 2 $573,000 24 101%
4  Tuers Pl $585,000 SplitLev 9 3 2.1 $557,500 20 95%
104  Park St $595,000 Colonial 11 6 2 $625,000 13 105%
18  College Ave $599,000 Colonial 8 3 1.1 $702,000 15 117%
21  Patton Pl $599,000 Colonial 10 5 3 $625,000 62 104%
8  Garfield Pl $599,000 Colonial 8 4 2.1 $686,000 8 115%
38  Windermere Rd $650,000 SplitLev 8 3 2.1 $765,000 12 118%
120  S Fullerton Ave $699,000 Colonial 9 5 2.1 $760,000 16 109%
409  Park St $699,000 Victrian 8 5 2.1 $826,500 19 118%
7  Wendover Rd $729,900 Colonial 10 6 3.1 $775,000 8 106%
316  Park St $749,000 Colonial 12 5 3 $750,000 21 100%
337  Grove St $749,000 Colonial 12 8 3.1 $725,000 32 97%
61  Club Rd $749,000 Colonial 10 5 2.2 $861,000 21 115%
9  Northview Ave $799,000 Colonial 10 4 4 $830,000 19 104%
15  Wendover Rd $799,000 Colonial 11 6 3.1 $975,000 15 122%
14  Macopin Ave $818,888 Colonial 10 4 2.1 $841,888 10 103%
99  Willowdale Ave $829,900 Colonial 11 5 3 $870,000 8 105%
520  Uppr Moutain Ave $859,000 Colonial 8 4 2.1 $890,000 41 104%
122  Christopher St $859,000 Colonial 11 6 3.2 $910,000 8 106%
60  Grandview Pl $859,000 Colonial 9 3 3.1 $901,000 17 105%
83  Watchung Ave $899,000 Tudor 9 5 3 $950,000 18 106%
138  Summit Ave $899,000 Colonial 10 5 3.2 $930,000 20 103%
30  Norman Rd $949,000 Colonial 10 4 3.2 $1,060,559 21 112%
23  MT Vernon Rd $1,039,000 Colonial 14 6 3.2 $945,000 76 91%
154  Union St $1,175,000 Tudor 12 6 5.1 $1,250,000 12 106%
221  Midland Ave $1,199,000 Victrian 17 7 3.2 $1,252,200 9 104%
34  Clinton Ave $1,289,000 Victrian 13 5 4.1 $1,375,000 11 107%
39  Glenwood Rd $1,299,999 Colonial 12 6 4.1 $1,315,000 18 101%
39  Bradford Ave $1,399,000 Colonial 13 6 5 $1,300,000 132 93%
Average List Price $655,894
Average Sale Price $696,839
Average DOM 24
Average SP/LP 107%