Title A blog feed. en-US Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:01:11 -0500 A New Year, A New Listing http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2018/01/05/a-new-year-a-new-listing/ <p><strong><a href="https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do;jsessionid=WvSTt2r7XWr-AxhF9eTCCxUZ?method=getMainMLSListingReport"> 13 White St</a></strong> in West Orange is my first listing to kick off 2018.&nbsp; While it came on the market back in December I think most people were too busy preparing for the holidays to realize that this little gem slipped in.</p> <p>This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom renovated colonial is right where all the action is.&nbsp; Across the street from Llewellyn Park, steps to the <a href="http://ww3.truevalue.com/mainstreethdwe/Home.aspx">Main Street Hardware Store</a> and the heart of downtown West Orange you can walk to restaurants, entertainment, the <a href="http://www.wopl.org/">West Orange Public Library</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm">Thomas Edison National Park.</a></p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-13.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-12.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>The house boasts a NEW open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and marble tile floors.&nbsp; NEW bathrooms; one with a Jacuzzi tub and updated plumbing &amp; electric are just a few of the features this home has to offer. &nbsp;Not to be overlooked is a deep back yard to house all of your friends and family for warm weather BBQ&rsquo;s and entertaining.&nbsp; Did I mention low taxes?</p> <p>Come to the&nbsp;<strong><u>Open House this weekend on&nbsp;Saturday 1/6&nbsp;from 12 &ndash; 2</u></strong>, or give me a call to set up a private showing; I&rsquo;d love to show you around!&nbsp;</p> Searching/Buying Home Living In West Orange West Orange OPEN HOUSE Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:01:11 -0500 Montclair: Walkable and Skateable http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2018/01/04/montclair-walkable-and-skateable/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/skating-stahl.jpg" style="border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 700px; height: 262px;" class="featured"></p> <p>As I write this, the snow is falling outside my window, blanketing my bluestone patio and starting to coat the bushes in the backyard. It will snow for hours, and it will be beautiful.</p> <p>The new year started cold. I&nbsp;don&rsquo;t mind the cold,&nbsp;as long as I have a warm house with a fire to return to. Still,&nbsp;my first thought was: &ldquo;How long until spring?&rdquo; I&rsquo;m not a big &ldquo;resolution&rdquo; maker, but one thing I want to try and do more of this year is notice what&rsquo;s beautiful, and take the time to really take it in.</p> <p>As I was driving past Edgemont Park yesterday, I did just that.&nbsp;</p> <p>Situated in the center of Montclair, Edgemont is one of the beautiful year-round gems of this town. Majestic trees, renovated playground, big fountain in the middle of the graceful pond. But when it gets cold &mdash; very cold &mdash; it turns into something right out of the <em>Saturday Evening Post</em>.</p> <p>The pond doesn&rsquo;t freeze solid every year, but when it does, it&rsquo;s magical. The ice becomes thick enough to skate on and suddenly, the park is transformed. People come from all over town to skate Edgemont Pond, gliding past the statue&nbsp;or zipping around with hockey sticks, aiming at one of the goals that someone has hauled over in their SUV.&nbsp; There have been years when the town provides hot chocolate on the bank of the pond &mdash; the type of memory many of us have from when we were kids. The type of memory many of us dream of for our own children.</p> <p>I used to live right across the street from that pond. In fact, I taught all three of my children to skate at Edgemont. One&nbsp;thing I&rsquo;ll admit, however, is that sometimes I took that magical view for granted. I love my new home, but my backyard is not a Norman Rockwell.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some clients are reluctant to put their homes on the market in the winter. They think their house will show better in the spring. But the cold has its own beauty, and there are plenty of great reasons to list before the spring thaw &mdash; the main one being less competition in the marketplace. If you&rsquo;re thinking of selling &mdash; or buying &mdash; right now, give me a call. I&rsquo;d love to take you through more of this beautiful place and time.</p> <p><em>Photo credit: Michael Stahl at Portraits by Michael Stahl</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Living In Montclair Selling Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:01:42 -0500 Tag, You're It! http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/12/13/tag-you-re-it/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/IMG_5972.PNG" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 534px;" class="featured">Most people I talk to have some kind of relationship with Facebook &ndash; they love it, or hate it, or&hellip;it&rsquo;s complicated. I&rsquo;m a Facebook enthusiast. My business page is&nbsp;a great, easy way to disseminate <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WalkableSuburb/">information about real estate issues</a>; community pages provide quick access to all the local goings on; and local &ldquo;swap&rdquo; pages allow my clients to get rid of some of their excess stuff before putting their homes on the market.&nbsp;</p> <p>But nothing quite compares to the Facebook moments where I&rsquo;ve found myself &ldquo;tagged&rdquo; in someone&rsquo;s post and then gone on to read a comment like this one:</p> <p>&ldquo;If you want someone super smart, who doesn&rsquo;t just know the market but has fully analyzed it (she has an MBA) AND who knows everything about things like the value of your particular boiler, then please choose Paulina &ldquo;Lina&rdquo; Panza &ndash; Walkable Suburb. I&rsquo;ve sold a home and bought a home with her, my mother just bought a home with Lina, and one of my closest friends bought and sold with her. She is amazing.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Reading that felt great.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you know me at all, you know that it&rsquo;s not really my style to point out a comment like this, but I&rsquo;m biting the bullet today because I think it&rsquo;s important for every buyer and seller to know that picking an agent to work with can be complicated &ndash; and checking out an agent&rsquo;s areas of expertise can provide you with a partner that goes beyond merely showing homes and negotiating contracts.&nbsp;</p> <p>First, I just want to go on record as saying I do not know the exact value of <em>every</em> particular boiler off the top of my head. But I usually get pretty close. I do not consider this a superpower as much as the result of my innate interest in houses and homes. My father, Paul Weidlinger, was a noteworthy architect and engineer &ndash; designing and teaching design at some of the world&rsquo;s most respected universities. So, maybe it&rsquo;s in my DNA. But the fact is, I was brought up by a man that saw the world through the eyes of a structural problem-solver. I think this is what led me to study architecture as an undergrad, and also what fostered my lifelong passion for understanding the structural aspects of renovation.</p> <p>Meaning: when I walk through homes with my clients, we can really get into what kind of changes can be made and how.&nbsp;</p> <p>Helping people find their right home &ndash; and helping them make their home <em>right for them</em> &ndash; are two things I love spending my time doing. If you or someone you know could benefit from my expertise and passion, give me a call. I can help you find (or create!) the house of your dreams!</p> Real Estate Agents Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:11 -0500 Gratitude for Jodi Aishton (and Pie!) http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/11/20/gratitude-for-jodi-aishton-and-pie/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/IMG_0291.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 457px;">As Thanksgiving approaches, I (like most) spend a lot of time thinking about food, but even more time thinking about all I&rsquo;m grateful for. Work-wise, I immediately think of the people who have entrusted me to help them buy or sell their homes. (Thank you!) And my colleagues, who offer advice and guidance when I&rsquo;m faced with a challenging real estate situation. (Thank you!) And, of course, the friends and former clients who refer me to people. (Thank you!)</p> <p>But always at the top of that thanking list is <strong>Jodi Aishton</strong>. I seriously could not get through a single day without her.</p> <p>My office-mate, Tamima, and I have &ldquo;shared&rdquo; an assistant for years. The woman who held that position previously was amazing &ndash; 30 years of real estate experience and the ability to anticipate our every need. When she left, we never thought we would find someone to fill her shoes.</p> <p>Then, about eight months ago, Tamima happened upon Jodi at a fundraising committee meeting at their temple. Back in our office, Tamima said, &ldquo;I met someone who would be a great real estate administrator -- if only she knew something about real estate.&rdquo;</p> <p>If you have ever bought or sold a home, you&rsquo;re familiar with the vast number of details required to see a real estate transaction from contract to closing. Appraisals, inspections, paperwork sent here and there. Everything needs to happen by a certain time, and Jodi seamlessly manages it all.</p> <p>She designs our postcards and brochures, gets them printed, coordinates photography shoots and attorney meetings. I am in awe of how she can set up six different Saturday showings that not only accommodate schedules of buyer and sellers, but also plan it all around the most efficient driving route. Working with her is like having our own personal 5-star app!</p> <p>I know Thanksgiving is a holiday for &ldquo;family,&rdquo; but in the short time she&rsquo;s been with us, Jodi has become family, and I am so incredibly thankful for that. Because of Jodi, I can serve my clients better. And because of Jodi, our office runs smooth as a pumpkin pie.&nbsp;</p> <p>(See how I moved right back to food?!)</p> <p>And speaking of smooth pumpkin pie, <a href="https://thepiestorenj.com">The Pie Store</a> on Watchung Avenue makes one of the smoothest. &nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you cherish.</p> Suburban Living Selling Your Home Searching/Buying Home Real Estate Agents Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:11:44 -0500 My Trip to the Montclair Farmer's Market http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/11/07/my-trip-to-the-montclair-farmer-s-marke/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Linas%20bro.JPG" style="border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; width: 400px; height: 300px; float: right;"></p> <p>A few weeks ago, I was headed to Brooklyn for my brother&rsquo;s 50<sup>th</sup> birthday, and on my way, I stopped at <a href="http://littledaisybakeshop.com">Little Daisy&rsquo;s Bake Shop</a> to pick up a birthday cake and some cookies for the occasion. Before I got on the highway, I decided to swing by the <a href="http://www.montclairfarmersmarket.org">Montclair Farmer&rsquo;s Marke</a>t -- a regular Saturday destination, although usually one that I hit on my way home, not on my way out of town.&nbsp;</p> <p>I can&rsquo;t really explain what came over me, but the next thing I knew, I was buying my brother Brussels sprouts. For his birthday. I&rsquo;d never given my brother vegetables as a gift before. I don&rsquo;t think&nbsp;I&rsquo;d ever gifted vegetables to anyone. But when I saw the giant stalk with funny little cabbages hanging from it, it seemed so preposterous and funny. (Carrots aren&rsquo;t funny, certainly not in the same way.)</p> <p>I left the Farmer&rsquo;s Market not even considering how I might present the Brussels sprouts. None of the farmers seemed to have gift wrap, so I just brought them along naked with the bakery confections.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for gifts, the Farmer&rsquo;s Market has plenty of more traditional fare: pies, local honey, granola, plants, and flowers. Sometimes they have shearling throws and often they have a variety of interesting spices. I love the fishmonger and the fresh-baked bread, and I&rsquo;m also kind of a sucker for the pickles-on-a-stick. That was an idea whose time could not have come soon enough for me!</p> <p>In the years since I&rsquo;ve moved here, the Farmer&rsquo;s Market has grown into a true marketplace, where people come to meet and gather. It&rsquo;s like a party. And the Walnut Street eateries complete the scene, with <a href="http://www.montclairbread.com">Montclair Bread Company</a>, <a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/ginas-bakery-montclair">Gina&rsquo;s Bakery</a>, <a href="http://www.lesalbuen.com">Le&nbsp;Salbuen</a>, <a href="http://www.raysluncheonette.com">Ray&rsquo;s</a>, <a href="https://www.drinkredeyes.com">Red Eye Caf&eacute;,</a> <a href="http://foodthathitsthespot.com">The Spot</a>, <a href="http://www.thecornermontclair.com">The Corner,</a> and <a href="http://egannsons.com">Egan&rsquo;s</a> offering all manner of delectable fare.&nbsp;</p> <p>For me, the Farmer&rsquo;s Market was a happy pit stop that Saturday, but it&rsquo;s a ritual destination for many <em>every</em> Saturday.&nbsp;I love seeing people walk and bike there from all over town &ndash; singles, couples, families, pets. If you&rsquo;re coming to check out Montclair one Saturday, try and stop by. The offerings may not make you laugh, but I bet they&#39;ll&nbsp;make you happy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Montclair Farmer&rsquo;s Market</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Walnut Street Train Station Parking Lot</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Saturdays&nbsp; 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>June through November</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>And some vendors stay throughout the year!</strong></span></span></h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h2> Living In Montclair Local Events Montclair Walkability Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:11:34 -0500 Queens to West Orange - We're 2 minutes from the New York bus! http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/25/queens-to-west-orange-we-39-re-2-minutes-from-the-new-york-bus-34/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/IMG_6356.JPG" style="border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;">We moved to this house about 10 months ago from Queens. I grew up in New Jersey but my husband was born and raised in Queens so this move was a big leap of faith for him. We had been renting, started looking to buy, and quickly discovered that the $450,000 we were considering spending on a 1-bedroom in Queens could get us a <em>house</em> in New Jersey.</p> <p>We started looking in Maplewood and South Orange because they were on a train line, but Lina showed us some homes in West Orange in the same price range that were bigger and had more updates. Our house is 2 minutes from the New York bus &ndash; it&rsquo;s super easy and in some ways more reliable than the train!</p> <p>I love being in West Orange. Getting around is simple. The schools are great. There are plenty of <a href="http://www.westorange.org/index.aspx?NID=87">parks</a> and <a href="https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=kids+activities&amp;find_loc=West+Orange%2C+NJ+07052"> activities</a> &ndash; including <a href="http://turtlebackzoo.com">the zoo</a>! &ndash; and we are constantly taking our two young children with us on hikes in <a href="https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation"> South Mountain</a> or <a href="http://www.eaglerockreservation.org">Eagle Rock Reservations</a>, or out to visit <a href="http://www.njfamily.com/Pick-Your-Own-Apples-in-NJ/">farms in New Jersey</a>.</p> <p>I love the proximity to Livingston and Montclair &ndash; two places we often go out to dinner or to shop. I love our neighborhood, which happens to be full of people like us &ndash; young families who moved from the city for more space. But mostly, I love walking into a house with a new kitchen and a finished basement. I&rsquo;m excited to come home every day.</p> <p>My friends come to visit from the city and they are shocked at the amount of space we have. I tell them, &ldquo;You can have this too!&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;- Mary Kate, <em>West Orange</em></p> Living In West Orange Commuting To NYC West Orange Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:10:55 -0400 New To The Market: 71 Beach Street, Bloomfield http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/24/new-to-the-market-71-beach-street-bloomfield/ <p>Have you heard of the "Historic District," in Bloomfield?!&nbsp; It&#39;s tucked away yet close to everything.&nbsp; Classic colonials and Victorians, wide lots with mature trees&nbsp;and gardens abound on streets with names like Beach, Elm, Oak and Spruce.&nbsp; This part of town feels more like Glen Ridge or Montclair than the rest of Bloomfield.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Front%20Photo%20Brochure.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 428px;"></p> <p><a href="https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do?method=getSelectedMLSListingReport&amp;currentSysId=4752510&amp;selectedReport=clientfull&amp;customreport=&amp;row=1&amp;pType=XPY&amp;calledfrom=activeinventory&amp;cmaId=&amp;checkboxname=&amp;hotsheetindex=&amp;membersessionId=RHozU3hBNFVUMDRtUU51eXgxb1Z6NjZu_1&amp;innerSelectedReport=&amp;selsidebarcollapse=null&amp;boldOption=F&amp;fontSize=10&amp;fontColor=F&amp;fntSize=12"> 71 Beach St</a>&nbsp;is my newest listing in this friendly neighborhood.&nbsp; As soon as you pull up to the front of this charming property, &nbsp;you feel like you&#39;re miles away from the downtown hustle and bustle, (but really you&#39;re just steps from shops, restaurants and NYC transportation).&nbsp; Oversized bay windows and a well maintained garden in the front welcome you in to an easy flowing center hall colonial.&nbsp; The living room boasts built-in bookcases, a colonial style mantle surrounding a wood burning fireplace.&nbsp; Off of the living room is a French door leading to a private screened in porch with a paver stone patio and a lovely private yard with more lush greenery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Living%20Room.jpeg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Walk out of this home and you&#39;re a few steps away from the <a href="http://www.bplnj.org/">Bloomfield Public Library</a>, <a href="http://bhs.bloomfield.schooldesk.net/">High School</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomfield.edu/">College</a>.&nbsp; Bloomfield and Glen Ridge train stations are also a quick stroll away and with a 29 minute train ride, you&#39;ll be in midtown Manhattan before you even have a chance to doze off.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Porch.jpeg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 642px; height: 428px;"></p> <p>Charm and convenience in one turn of a key.&nbsp; This one is going to go fast!&nbsp;</p> <p>Come to the Open House Sunday, October 29th, or we can set up a private viewing by appointment.&nbsp; Call me - I&#39;d love to take you around!</p> Living In Bloomfield Searching/Buying Home Commuting To NYC Bloomfield OPEN HOUSE Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:10:20 -0400 Montclair - No Shortage of Porches http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/11/montclair-no-shortage-of-porches/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/FullSizeRender.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 365px;">&ldquo;Look at that porch!&rdquo; says practically every client on our first tour of the town. &ldquo;Oh, look at that one!&rdquo;</p> <p>Montclair and Glenridge are full of porches, and it stands to reason that my clients moving from the city would be drawn to them. A porch is the suburban version of a front stoop &ndash; it&rsquo;s a way to be at home and be out in the world at the same time.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not just city dwellers who are drawn to porches. <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/share-of-new-homes-with-porches-back-over-65-percent/"> The National Association of Home Builders said earlier this month</a> that of the 780,000 single family home constructions started last year, over 65% of them included porches &ndash; 10% more than a decade ago.</p> <p>To me, there&rsquo;s nothing better than a porch with a roof. I can&rsquo;t think of many things as relaxing as an early autumn Sunday morning &ndash; watching the leaves dance around the yard or even listening to the rain &ndash; while sipping coffee in a big-cushioned chair on a cool, dry porch. I&rsquo;ve seen many homeowners add a front porch and it completely transforms the feeling of the house. It just seems more welcoming.</p> <p>A gracious front porch can be set up like a second living room, with rugs, table lamps, and ceiling fans. I have a friend who keeps a tea cart on her porch; it&rsquo;s always stocked with glasses and an ice bucket for an impromptu evening gathering. Someone shows up with a bottle of wine and suddenly it&rsquo;s a get-together. She says it&rsquo;s been a great way to get to know her neighbors.</p> <p>As you can tell, I&rsquo;m pro-porch, even though I don&rsquo;t have one of my own. But in this walkable suburb, I feel as though I benefit from the porches of others &ndash; for an evening chat or just a walk-by wave. It one of the many things that make a bustling town like Montclair truly feel like a tight community.</p> Living In Montclair Living In Glen Ridge Walkability And Community Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:10:53 -0400 NEW To The Market: 127 Stratford Drive, Nutley http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/04/new-to-the-market-127-stratford-drive-nutley/ <p>I&#39;m proud to present to the market this perennially popular "Buckingham" style townhouse in the desirable Cambridge Heights community in Nutley.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do;jsessionid%3DdFTK4Z3zGxeNBYUUxh2SFAWS?method%3DgetMainMLSListingReport&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1507295784977000&amp;usg=AFQjCNF3zRVrtj_y-BTnRnTAaOMeV5CNCQ" href="https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do;jsessionid=dFTK4Z3zGxeNBYUUxh2SFAWS?method=getMainMLSListingReport" target="_blank">127 Stratford</a>&nbsp;Drive has it all.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-22.jpg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Walk right up to the front door (no steps) and into the main level of this stylishly updated move in ready home.&nbsp; The first floor has a welcoming living area and open Dining Room / Kitchen space with sliders going out to a cozy outdoor patio with gas line for bbq grill.&nbsp; Upstairs you&#39;ll find a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, en suite bathroom and spacious walk in closet.&nbsp; In addition, two more bedrooms (or one that can be used for a den/office) one more full bathroom and laundry room complete the layout.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-11.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Community amenities include clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, playground, jogging path and fitness center.&nbsp; Steps to <a href="http://www.shopcliftoncommons.com/new-page/">Clifton Commons</a> shopping center and NYC transportation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-5.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p><strong>Come to one of the Open Houses Saturday October 7th &amp; Sunday October 8th or we can set up a private showing by appointment.</strong></p> Living In Nutley Commuting To NYC OPEN HOUSE Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:10:22 -0400 Hillary Clinton Visits Montclair http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/09/27/hillary-clinton-visits-montclair/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/hillary.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 276px;">Last night at Back to School Night, I sat in on my daughter&rsquo;s 8th period class and turned to a mom sitting nearby, &ldquo;This class seems so empty.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s because of Hillary,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>I was not one of the lucky 1,000 people to score a ticket for Hillary Rodham Clinton&rsquo;s book signing here at our own <a href="http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/">Watchung booksellers</a>. Apparently, they sold out in an hour.</p> <p>A friend went and was telling me about it this morning: people started showing up at 2:00 pm for Clinton&#39;s 6:00 pm arrival. Over the next few hours, the line wound around the corner to Watchung Field.&nbsp; &ldquo;You could feel the love,&rdquo; my friend said. &ldquo;Grown-ups. Children. There was such a sense of camaraderie.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the things I love about Montclair is how that camaraderie shows up everywhere. <a href="http://www.zuramontclair.com/#welcome-zura">Exercise classes.</a> <a href="http://www.montclairlibrary.org/">Library events</a>. <a href="http://www.montclairsoccer.com/">Town soccer</a>. <a href="https://vanvleck.org/photo-gallery/">The Van Vleck Plant Sale.</a> We have big town amenities (<a href="https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/">art museum</a>, <a href="http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/locations/clairidge-cinema/">indie movie theater</a>, a <a href="http://njjackals.pointstreaksites.com/view/njjackals">minor league baseball stadium</a>) and a small town vibe.</p> <p>In my opinion, Watchung booksellers contributes a lot to the overarching feeling of community. They support all the local writers (of which there are many!) through readings and book events, <a href="http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/event">they host tons of book groups and children&rsquo;s programs</a>, they always have enough staff available to advise and recommend.</p> <p>And last night they brought us Hillary.</p> <p>In fairness, Back to School Night provides its own brand of camaraderie, especially at the <a href="http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/schools/montclair-high-school">high school.</a> People you&rsquo;ve seen throughout the years watching your kids play sports, serving together on PTAs, sitting against the window of <a href="http://www.montclairmusic.com/">Montclair Music Studio</a> waiting for Abigail&rsquo;s violin lesson to end &ndash; all come together for a few hours. Clumps of old friends convening in front of the Nurse&rsquo;s Office or outside one of the stairwells during their children&rsquo;s lunch period. It honestly feels like a great big cocktail party (although without any cocktails).</p> <p>I&rsquo;m the mom who always looks forward to Back to School Night, especially for the feeling of community. But I will admit this: If I&rsquo;d gotten a Hillary ticket, I would have happily cut class.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Living In Montclair Local Events And Community Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:09:01 -0400