Blog :: 04-2018

New to the Market: 25 Mountain Avenue, Caldwell

Open House this Sunday, April 29  2-4PM

25 Mountain Avenue, Caldwell, NJ

Convenient to shopping and nature, this house is not only situated between two cute downtowns (W. Caldwell and Verona) and two Olmsted-designed county parks, it’s steps away from the New York City bus. The perfect location for starting a family or for folks who are ready to let go of their too-big house. Homes like this – with its classic design, big, flat yard, garage with plenty of extra room, and real-estate taxes that won’t launch your mortgage payment into the stratosphere – have become what so many of my clients are looking for. Properties in this price range are always in high demand.

25 Mountain Avenue is bright and inviting from the moment you walk through the door. The centerpiece wood-burning stove offers both a warm glow and a cool vibe to the clean lines of this open Colonial.

Luscious wood floors lead you through the easy-flowing layout. Swing open the living room French doors to discover an expansive back deck overlooking a spacious back yard. Whether you’re sipping evening cocktails and listening to crickets humming or sipping morning coffee listening to the birds sing, there is nothing better than being able to take a little time outside to relax into or out of your day. 

Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, den, full basement and easy attic. Oversized walk-in closet for extra storage. Walkable to shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Drive 10 minutes to downtown Montclair for dinner and a movie, or take the kids to nearby Cody Arena to the newly renovated Turtle Back Zoo. Family-friendly community, easy to get to and from, and plenty of walkability! 

Come to the Open House Sunday, 2-4pm

Or call me for a private showing: 973-809-5277

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When You Want To Go Small

Many of my clients begin dreaming of a simpler, more streamlined life long before they feel able to do anything about it. And that is because most of them are overwhelmed by their “stuff.” 

I understand. So was I.

When I downsized a few years ago, it seemed as if I kept thinking the same few thoughts: How are we all going to manage in a small, cramped space. How will I fit all my furniture? How can I possibly get rid of these things that I love? And the loudest thought of all: How did I end up with so much stuff to begin with?

Going through a significant downsize myself taught me valuable lessons I pass onto my clients daily. Probably the most poignant of all being: My perfect living conditions have very little to do with my “stuff.”

In the move from big to smaller, clients often mistakenly focus on what they think they’re going to lose: spare rooms, storage, places for all their stuff. Having a life that has long revolved around the upkeep of a big home, they’re not quick consider how much is time and money is saved with less house to make repairs on, and fewer things to keep track of in general.

I never imagined how much better I would feel with a fresh start – the ability to imagine my daily life with all of the things I love around me, and without any that had become a burden.

As a student of architecture and design, I can help you envision your new living space. Together we can make a plan for what should come along. I have lots of tricks to make the most of modest spaces and a long list of vendors who can make it all happen. 

As a fellow down-sizer, I can help you envision your new life. My clients tell me that talking to me about what they imagine for their next chapter has helped them get to know themselves better and has also helped them attain the things they truly want. 

And as a life-long lover of second-hand selling, I can guide you through staging your current home, and moving that “stuff” you don’t need anymore into the hands of someone who may.

Going small can be an energizing, exciting journey when you have the right person to guide you. If you’ve been dreaming of simpler for a little too long, give me a call. I really can help. 

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