Living In Nutley

New Listing: 4 Hickory Road, Nutley NJ

4 Hickory Rd Nutley - kitchenThere’s so much I love about this gorgeous split level in Nutley! The layout is open and airy. It was kept immaculately, so you feel calm as soon as you step inside. The floors are beautiful and the renovated kitchen is both elegant and inviting. I’m a big fan of outdoor entertaining and the deck/patio combo here is perfect for weekend barbecues or kicking back on a summer evening. There’s even a view of the Manhattan skyline from the oversized deck.

Hickory Road is a great, quiet location -- a tucked away side street with very little traffic, that also offers quick access to the Garden State Parkway as well as local shopping.4 Hickory Rd Nutley - living room

Central air, attached garage, cathedral ceiling, renovated bath and a family room that’s like a little oasis. At $399,000, this home is likely to go fast.

Whether you’re moving from an apartment or downsizing from a larger space, this house will call to you. Some homes just have a great vibe, and this is one of them.

Come see for yourself at my OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm.

4 Hickory Rd Nutley - deck

Living on the grid - not the cul-de-sac

When I walk to Watchung Plaza from my Montclair home, I take a short route  through an interconnected grid of streets and through a small park.  I wave to my neighbor on the way.  I stop for a brief minute in the park to chat with a friend who's on her way home from work (she's just gotten off the 5:31 train from Manhattan).  It's social.  It's interactive.  It's exercise.  It's green.

On the other hand, it's very difficult to walk to the train station, or the corner store to get milk in a town that is laid out in a branching street pattern with a series of dead-ends -aka cul-de-sacs- feeding in to a main artery. In these configurations, you can be a stone's throw from your destination, but have to travel a mile to get there.  This may be a satisfactory layout for the car but not for the pedestrian or bike rider.

Watch this very clever video from the Congress for New Urbanism and you'll see what I mean...


A bright spot in Nutley NJ real estate



Days-on-market for Nutley, NJ 07011 2009

Days-on-market for Nutley, NJ 070110 2009

One of the metrics that buyers use to judge a property is days-on-market (DOM).  Days-on-market is important because it describes how long a property has been for sale without an accepted offer.  After months of increases, many market areas in Essex County have seen DOM leveling off - a good sign for sure, but Nutley has seen  a distinct drop in DOM.  Since April of this year DOM has decreased from a high of 235 to about 180 - a drop of 55 days in the last 4 months - almost 25%.   Notice also that the decline has been consistent and steady for the last 4 months.



Is this alone evidence of a market turnaround for 07110?  No but its' a positive sign and  the first step.  This is how the chain of events will happen: First DOM will decrease, which will cause inventory to fall (if homes sell faster, then fewer will be on the market at any given time).  Then with supply decreasing and demand increasing prices will begin to rise again.  Demand is increasing because interest rates remain low and prices have dropped making houses in Nutley affordable once again.