Blog :: 10-2015

Just Listed: 33 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield

mountain ave houseLovely starter or downsizer -- cute and walkable!

This charming home in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield is an ideal starter home, or could be perfect for someone looking to downsize.  Two bedrooms plus an office (or nursery), beautiful built-in cabinets (in one of the bedrooms, which was once used as a sewing room), newly renovated kitchen, and fully finished basement.

This is exactly the type of house I would seek out once I sent my last kid to college, mainly because of the backyard. It's big and flat, and I could finally have the vegetable garden I've always pined for. Plus, I love having people over in the summer and the back deck is a truly great entertaining space.

This house offers all the simplicity of an a town house with all the privacy (and pet-friendliness) of a private home. But you know what's most appealing to me? It's walkable!

An easy walk to Brookdale Park, homeowners can take full and convenient advantage of one of the county's most "happening" parks. Soccer stadium, tennis courts, walking trails, rose garden, new playground, dog park, archery field, summer concerts, fireworks and open fields galore, Brookdale Park has it all. And it's also an easy walk to restaurants and the supermarket on nearby Broad Street.

Listed at $339,000, this sweet home is not likely to linger. If you'd like to take a tour, please don't hesitate to call:

 

 

A Short Post About Tiny Houses

Tiny houses seem to be all the rage right now. I'm intrigued by the idea of people living in a 200-250 square-foot house, although I can't imagine doing so myself. I recently came upon this video of tiny houses that are being built as apartment "units," which can be removed from the "apartment building" and moved anywhere.

My first thought was, Wow, this could put real estate agents right out of business. My second thought was, Hmmm, for a tiny house it sure can store a lot of wine.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who is fascinated by the emotional wherewithal of people who opt to live in suminimotives-tiny-house-9ch efficient quarters. This hilarious essay in Medium struck a chord with many of us who just don't get it.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to think I could live in a home where I could see everything I own just by craning my neck. But how would I host Thanksgiving? Where would I put the Christmas tree? For that matter, where would I store the Halloween candy? And would any trick-or-treaters even come?

Obviously, I'm not ready to make the big move to a tiny house. Not so for my son; he says he's going to build one in the back yard so I can't nag him about cleaning his room.

If you're ready for a move and are still in the market for a big people's house, I have inventory in all shapes and sizes. Give me a call and let me show you around! 973.809.5277

Drop or Shop: Montclair's Hillside Swap This Weekend

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PING-PONG TABLE CLUTTER!

Sometimes, the biggest obstacle in getting your house ready for sale is figuring out how to get rid of your clutter. This is often not an easy task, but it can be a fascinating one.

I wouldn't have believed this a few years ago, but as someone who has recently down-sized, I now know you can sell almost anything. The Montclair area has a Sell/Swap page on Facebook and between that and Craig's List, I have sold (I kid you not) used garbage cans, a banged up file cabinet, and an old radiator. One time a guy bought a used fan from me and paid me in eggs from his backyard chickens!

Of course, you can always take advantage of Bulk Waste Day and put your oversized belongings curbside once a month. But I'd often rather relegate something that still may have a useful life to someplace other than a landfill. In addition to the Facebook Swap and the local Freecycle listings, and apps like Wallapop and Letgo, Montclair has an in-person swap a few times each year at Hillside School. You can drop off clothing, bikes, books, sports equipment, or baby equipment on a Friday afternoon and come Saturday morning, every item is displayed and free for the taking to whomever shows up to "shop." This "tradition" began seven or eight years ago and is one of my all-time favorite means of decluttering. And, coincidentally, there's a Hillside Swap planned for this weekend!

If you have things to get rid of, you can drop them at the Hillside School gym, 54 Orange Rd, Montclair on Friday, October 16 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Items are available to take on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. You don't need to "drop" in order to "shop," and vice versa. I try to make this a regular event in my decluttering arsenal. It helps keep my environment more manageable, and will (I hope) help my neighbors in need as well.