Millburn, NJ Blueprint Studio Bringing Creative Camps and Classes for Future Fashionistas

Millburn, NJ

Millburn, NJ

One of the reasons so many people are looking to buy a home in the Millburn Short Hills area is because the community has so much to offer it’s residents! A great example of that is the creative camps being offered at the NJ Blueprint Studio this summer! Read on to learn more about it!

The Blueprint Studio, located at 432 Wyoming Avenue, offers the perfect opportunity for kids and teens looking for a place to express their creativity this summer.  Blueprint is offering summer camps in fashion design and photography, led by industry experts.

Fashion designers Maria Hartley and Lauren Zodel came up with this unique concept out of their desire to share their years of experience with a younger generation. Hartley said they wanted to create “a place where kids can come and learn to express their individual style in a creative place.”

Week-long summer camps will have specific themes, based on the age of the participants (younger kids, 6-12, and 13-17). Participants will learn the concepts and the practical skills that are a part of the designing process. For fashion camps, this means everything from creating concept boards, sketching, sewing, competing finished garments and putting on fashion shows.

“We live in this great community where the arts are embraced,” Hartley, a longtime Maplewood resident, said. “Kids here have their own sense of style from a very young age.” Fashion Design camps will be taught by Hartley, who has designed clothes for many iconic brands for 20 years, and Zodell, who currently teaches fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

They have brought in local professional photographers to lead the Photography Camps, and are excited to open the doors to their new studio. “We want kids to grow up healthy, happy and confidant, and the arts are a large part of that,” Hartley said. “It’s important to give kids a sense of confidence about who they are.”

In addition to the Summer Camps, the studio will be offering classes after school in the Fall as well as themed birthday parties.

The team recently coordinated a “Project Runway” event for Marshall and Jefferson School students that was a huge success, with 45 participants. Teams of students (from kindergarten to fifth grade) designed and created outfits and then walked the runway in front of an appreciative audience. Hartley said they would welcome the opportunity to create more programs in the local schools.

For now, they are working hard to put the finishing touches on the studio!

Livingston, NJ Home Sale Activity

If you are interested in learning more about current real estate conditions, or are considering buying a home or selling a home in the Livingston, NJ area, then the information below, Livingston, NJ Home Sale Activity, will be helpful!  Shannon Aronson wants to be your trusted realtor and provide you with information you need to make great, informed real estate choices!

Livingston, NJ Properties for Sale

The first chart details the number of properties that were available for sale in Livingston, NJ between the months of June 2012 and May 2013.

Livingston, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Livingston, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Livingston, NJ Listings Under Contract

The next chart depicts the number of listings that went under contract between June 2012 and May 2013 in Livingston, NJ.

Livingston, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Livingston, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Livingston, NJ Home Sale Activity

The final chart summarizes for us the most recent Livingston, NJ home sale activity. In particular, it shows us how many new listings came on the market, how many listings went under contract, how many listings had price reductions, and how many properties closed, by week, for the most recent 8 weeks.

Livingston, NJ Home Sale Activity 4/12-6/6/13

Livingston, NJ Home Sale Activity 4/12-6/6/13

Still have questions? Are you considering making a move to the Livingston, NJ area? Please contact me if I can help you buy a home or sell a home in Livingston or any surrounding areas. You can reach me by phone at 973-214-0691 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Please visit my website, too, at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Maplewood, NJ Offers Quaint New England Lifestyle

Drive through Maplewood, NJ and you will immediately feel right at home. With the perfect, quaint New England town feel as you move through downtown to the lovely landscaping you will find throughout – Maplewood has a lot to offer its residents.

Dotted with local businesses that have been around in the community for a long time, locals love to frequent the mom and pop shops that make up much of downtown Maplewood’s backdrop.

Restaurants are also plenty here with some of my favorites including Arturo’s, a great place for pizza and Italian fare. There is also the Coda Kitchen and Bar for those of you that don’t know what you feel like for lunch for dinner (they have anything from grilled cheese to Thai food). And if you are into cooking yourself you will absolutely love the Freeman’s Fish Market – offering all kinds of fresh fish delivered to your front door and still locally owned and operated.

In terms of transportation, the Maplewood Station offers flexibility to residents – with the commuter short train lines that take people from their homes or blocks in their neighborhoods directly to town, saving them from parking hassles. The education system in Maplewood has recently taken a huge climb in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s school rankings going from 75th in line of the state’s best school systems to number 47.

No matter where you turn to look, you will be charmed by the beautiful New England style traditional homes that mostly dot the landscape of Maplewood, New Jersey. This is the perfect place to consider if you are looking at this area to buy a home. We are seeing a continued decline in the number of homes available, with 31% down from last year. With interest rates as low as they continue to be, this is a great time to invest in a home – and Maplewood is the perfect place!

If you would like to explore this community or others in our area – I invite you to contact me at 973.214.0691 or email ACutAbove@ShannonAronson.com. I look forward to working with you!

Madison, NJ Home Sale Activity

Interested in buying a home or selling a home in Madison, NJ?  If that is something in your future, the information provided below will be of interest to you!  As your trusted real estate agent, Shannon Aronson likes to provide you with facts you need to make informed real estate decisions.

Madison, NJ Homes for Sale

The graph below shows us how many properties were for sale, by month, between June 2012 and May 2013 in Madison, NJ.

Madison, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Madison, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Madison, NJ Listings Under Contract

The second graph reveals the number of listings that went under contract, each month, between June 2012 and May 2013 in Madison, NJ.

Madison, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Madison, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Madison, NJ Home Sale Activity

The final graph provides us with even more specific information. Specifically, it shows us how many new listings came on the market, how many listings went under contract, how many listings had price reductions, and how many properties closed, each week in Madison, NJ, from 4/12-6/6/13.

Madison, NJ Home Sale Activity 4/12-6/6/13

Madison, NJ Home Sale Activity 4/12-6/6/13

If you have any questions, or if I can assist you with buying a home or selling a home in Madison, NJ, please contact me at 973-214-0691. You can reach me by email, too, at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Remember to visit my website, too, at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Millburn Short Hills, NJ Real Estate Bidding Wars Making a Comeback

bidding warsThe typically busy spring real estate season exceeded expectations this year. Traditionally, the spring market sees both the highest demand for new homes as well as the highest inventory of homes available. However, evidence suggests that demand for homes outpaced supply this year, leading to the surprising reappearance of bidding wars. Armed with greater purchasing power due to continued low interest rates, buyers came out in large numbers. But, with the number of homes on the market down significantly this year, there just wasn’t enough supply to satisfy them. The result: bidding wars and multiple offers throughout many of the surrounding towns.

In the towns of Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, Maplewood and South Orange, approximately 33% of home sale closings between March 1, 2013 and May 31, 2013 sold at or over the asking price. Market watchers can expect that percentage to rise in coming months. Homes under contract typically close 45-60 days later. Their sales data will appear in market statistics once the transactions close. As a result, the most dramatic evidence of spring’s bidding wars will become apparent in closings over the next few months.

Local realtors were on the front lines of 2013’s hot spring market. They witnessed the majority of Spring 2013’s sales enter multiple bid situations. According to Shira Rost, Sales Associate at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Millburn, “over the past six months we have seen an influx of qualified buyers moving from cash positions or looking to upgrade due to the expectation that interest rates will climb. The smart buyer knows this is the time to buy even if it means going well above the asking price. With inventories still at very low levels, these buyers have been stepping up to create bidding wars at each price point. This is the perfect sellers market for those who have some flexibility on finding their next home.”

In addition to paying higher prices, some buyers are making further concessions. Real estate attorneys see first hand the pressure that homebuyers feel when the buying market becomes so competitive. Mark Tolstoi, a local real estate attorney and principle of Law Office of Mark J. Tolstoi in Roseland, NJ notes that he has “seen a tremendous increase in multiple offers on residential properties. As a result many purchasers are more willing to waive or shorten mortgage contingency time periods, accept conditions that would have previously been at issue during the home inspection process and waive appraisal and home sale contingencies.”

While this spring market was stressful for many buyers who lost out on purchasing homes, sellers were pleased. If this trend continues, those who unsuccessfully attempted to sell their homes during the past few years may finally be able to sell at prices close to their expectations.

If I can answer any specific questions you may have, please contact me at 973-214-0691 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Please visit my website, too, at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

175 Sagamore Road Millburn NJ Newly Rented

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Front view of the new rental 175 Sagamore Road Millburn NJ

Jacuzzi Room

The Jacuzzi Room located at 175 Sagamore Road Millburn NJ

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Newly renovated Kitchen located at 175 Sagamore Road Millburn NJ

The Shannon Aronson Real Estate Team just listed a unique rental located at 175 Sagamore Road Millburn NJ.  This newly rental that just come on the market offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms (one being a Jacuzzi Room), finished Basement, and backs up to the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County.  This Millburn NJ rental is listed for $3800 a month.  For an extra $1000 a month you can lease the 5 car garage and outbuilding.

For more information on this rental in Millburn or others alike, contact the Shannon Aronson Real Estate Team at 973-214-0691 or visit our website for more information www.NJRealEstateDirect.com

 

Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ Home Sale Price Comparison

Curious about what is happening in the real estate market in Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ areas? If you are considering buying a home or selling a home in one of these areas, then the information below will be of value to you! Shannon Aronson, your trusted real estate advisor, likes to keep important information readily available to you!

Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ Home Sale Price Comparison

The following chart highlights for you the average list price and sale price comparison, by town, for the 5/31-6/6/13 time period. The following towns are featured: Short Hills, Summit, Chatham Township, Chatham Boro, Madison, South Orange, Maplewood, Livingston, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Springfield.

Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ Home Sale Price Comparison 5.31-6.6.13

Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ Home Sale Price Comparison 5.31-6.6.13

If you need more information about buying a home or selling a home in the Millburn Short Hills, Summit NJ, or any surrounding areas, please reach out to me at 973-214-0691 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Please visit my website, too, at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

15 Harvard Ave, Maplewood NJ Newly Listed

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Front view of the new listing 15 Harvard Ave, Maplewood NJ

The Shannon Aronson Real Estate Team just listed a new listing in Maplewood located at 15 Harvard Ave, Maplewood NJ. This is a charming 4 bedroom Colonial property that is close to downtown Maplewood, NJ Transit trains, and the local Maplewood Schools. This 15 Harvard Ave, Maplewood NJ listing is located in the Tuscan section. Buyers who are looking for a home in Maplewood should not miss this opportunity.

For more information on this listing please contact the Shannon Aronson Team at 973-214-0691 or visit our website www.NJRealEstateDirect.com

Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity

If you are interested in buying a home or selling a home in Chatham Township, NJ read on!  Below I provide you with the most recent statistics regarding Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity. Shannon Aronson wants to be the Realtor you can trust for valuable real estate information!

Chatham Township, NJ Homes for Sale

The first chart summarizes the number of homes that were available for sale in Chatham Township, NJ each month between June 2012 and May 2013.

Chatham Township, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Chatham Township, NJ Active Real Estate Listings June 2012-May 2013

Chatham Township, NJ Listings Under Contract

The next chart shows us how many listings went under contract each month between June 2012 and May 2013 in Chatham Township, NJ.

Chatham Township, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Chatham Township, NJ Listings Under Contract June 2012-May 2013

Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity

The final chart shows us the most recent Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity. It shows us in detail how many new listings came on the market, how many listings went under contract, how many listings had price reductions, and how many properties closed, by week, between 4/5 and 5/30/13.

Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity 4.5-5.30.13

Chatham Township, NJ Home Sale Activity 4.5-5.30.13

For even more real estate information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com. Also, as your Realtor, I am only a phone call or an email away. You can reach me at 973-214-0691 or at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.

Millburn Short Hills, NJ Offers an Impressive School System

The excellence of the Millburn Short Hills, NJ school system continues to be impressive and one of the fundamental reasons that so many potential home buyers look to buy a home in Millburn Short Hills, NJ. This story is evidence that having top-rated schools in NJ continues to deliver great results among students. The Millburn school system is the pride of many who live in Millburn and Short Hills. The excellent school system has protected residents’ home values as a significant majority of people looking to buy a home in the New York metropolitan area count on good schools and a short commute as top reasons to move to this area. This story taken from The Alternative Press is evidence of the impressive education received by children living in Millburn Short Hills.

MILLBURN, NJ – Chase Harrison, a relentless and driven 17 year who is currently a junior at Millburn High School, thought his aspirations of sitting on the Board of Education were over on Wednesday, when he was told he was too young to run for the board because he is not a registered voter. Despite this technicality, Harrison was eager to run, so he filed an appeal. Since he will be 18 and registered to vote before Election Day on November 5, the decision was reversed. Chase will be one of the candidates competing for the four open Board of Education seats.

Chase has been involved in a wide array of activities at MHS and is looking to make a difference on the school board with his insight and experience as a student. Harrison has big shoes to fill if he wins as he hopes to fill the one-year vacancy left by veteran board member, Jean Pasternak.

Harrison sat down with The Alternative Press to offer some insight into his campaign and his life:

1.) What changes do you hope to make to MHS? How do you think you can make an impact if you are voted onto the board?

As a board member, it would be easier for me to bring issues on to the docket and into conversation on the Board. Specifically within MHS, I would like to address the lack of mental health services, class availability, and consistency with grading and curriculum.

2.) How will your experience with extra-curricular activities and leadership skills, such as being a 3 year captain to the forensics team, play to your advantage in your quest to obtain a board seat and how will this serve you throughout the election process?

When I was appointed as the first ever sophomore captain of Forensics, many of the seniors questioned my maturity and responsibility. However, I was able to prove to them that I was deserving of the position and I gained their trust. By working with the seniors, I was able to bring a new sense of community to the team and make a lot of the work of the team communal, so that each member got the same results with a fraction of the work. This situation is incredibly similar to what would happen if I were to get elected to the board. I think I could earn the respect of the current members and work to create a more collaborative forum.

3.) As a member of the board, how would you advocate for MHS students and/or faculty and which members of the current board do you share the most common ground with as pertaining to your take on the education system?

If elected to the board, I would be a liaison for the students. It is incredibly hard for an average MHS or MMS student to get their voice heard on the Board, and I would love to facilitate more communication between the Board and the students.

4.) What does it mean to have won your appeal and have been given a second chance at the race? What were you feeling when you were initially not given the chance to be on the ballot?

When I learned last night that my candidacy was in question and would most likely be rejected, like most teenagers, I did not want to take no for an answer. After combing through New Jersey Statutes, I realized that if my candidacy was ultimately rejected, I could run a write in campaign. While write in campaigns are certainly more difficult than a regular campaigns, candidates do win through write-ins such as Illinois Representative Aaron Schock and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

5.) If you win, will it be difficult to battle your schoolwork and extra-curricular work along with maintaining your board seat.

I’m the type of person who becomes more efficient with a large workload and schedule. I am confident that being a student in Millburn High School has not only prepared me, but also made me accustom to a large workload. After being a humanities student who took AP Bio, no amount of work seems insurmountable. Additionally, if I were to win, the term would start in January when, as a senior, my workload would decrease.

6.) Are you interested in government and politics as a career or later in life? What career would you like to pursue?

I am interested in a career in politics and this is one of the biggest reasons that I decided to run. This is such a unique and valuable experience that I will get to have at a young age. I think just campaigning for this office will be an adventure in and of itself. If elected, the opportunity to participate in an elected Board and represent constituents would be a perfect primer for a career in public service.

7.) What are among the biggest problems with the status quo at MHS? And do you have a plan to tackle the existing “problems” at MHS and in our country’s education structure? If so, what?

The biggest problem in MHS is the inconsistency with curriculum and grading. In the school, there is such a variance between teachers instructing the same class at the same level. Teachers have different grading procedures, assign different amounts of homework, and approach the curriculum differently. This lack of coordination makes it so a student’s grades and experience with a class depends as much on the teacher as the class itself. While we want to give our teachers enough flexibility to be creative and inspiring, the success of the student should not depend on the methodology of the teacher they are assigned.

8.) How does it feel to be in the running to be one of the youngest members of the board of Ed in the country and the youngest in Millburn? Are you looking to set a precedent or be a role model to others with similar interests?

It feels so gratifying to be one of the youngest candidates for public office. The youth are one of the most marginalized groups in America, but often time’s laws prevent them for running for office or voting. They are subject to many decisions of public officials without a way to get their voice heard. I hope that I can show the value of including youth in the political process and inspire others to try to find avenues to get their voice heard.

9.) What prior experience do you have with government, politics, education, etc.

I am very active in Millburn Forensics. I am a three-year captain. I am currently ranked third in the country for Extemporaneous Speaking. I worked as an intern for Mila Jasey, the twenty seventh district’s assemblywoman. Mila has served as a huge inspiration for me as she not only was a member of the South Orange- Maplewood BOE but she also sits on the NJ Assembly’s Education Committee. I worked in the summer and fall of 2012 for the Menendez campaign as an assistant Field Director. I worked as the secretary for the Millburn Environmental Commission for two years. I Play bass clarinet in Millburn’s Wind Ensemble and clarinet in Symphonic Band. I am a three-year competitor on Millburn’s Quiz Bowl and a six-year member of the Millburn’s Peer Leadership program. I am a two-year editor of The Miller, MHS’s school paper, for the Op/Ed section.

If you would like more information about buying a home in Millburn Short Hills, NJ so your children can also benefit from this amazing school system, please contact me at 973-214-0691 or email me at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.. Please visit my website, too, at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.