Ice Skating Rinks Near Summit NJ

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Ice skating is always a fun way to get into the winter season! Fortunately for us, there are several ice skating rinks near Summit NJ.

Twin Oaks Ice Rink opened their doors in November 2000, and is located at 65 Columbus Road Morristown, NJ. It is home to many youth and adult competitive hockey leagues. Twin Oaks Ice is a proud partner of the NJ Devils. They offer “learn to skate” sessions for children ages 4-8. In addition, one-on-one hockey lessons are offered by independent contractors at Twin Oaks Ice Rink. Twin Oaks Ice Rink offers an NHL-sized rink, free WiFi, café, pro shop, and meeting room. Click here to visit the Twin Oaks Ice Rink Website.

Union Sports Arena is another one of the ice skating rinks near Summit NJ. It is located at 2441-A Route 22 West Union , NJ. Union Sports Arena offers open ice sessions for public skating. Hours vary, so click here to view their current calendar. They also offer private and group figure skating lessons and  Learn to Skate lessons. In addition, Union Sports Arena offers skating, soccer, football, and baseball birthday parties. Visit the Union Sports Arena website for additional information.

Another one of the ice skating rinks near Summit NJ is Codey Arena. The arena first opened their doors in 1958 and added a smaller second rink in 1983. The arena has two NHL-sized skating rinks. The main arena has a seating capacity of 2,500 and the second rink seats approximately 500. A major renovation in 2004 and 2005 created the new state-of-the art lobby you see at the arena today. Located in the South Mountain Recreation Complex at 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange NJ, the arena offers learn-to-skate lessons as well as public and free-style skating sessions. Additionally, figure skating and ice hockey camps and clinics are available year round. Maria from the Shannon Aronson team has been to Codey Arena.  She mentions to keep in mind that the ice skating rink can get crowded, especially being in the same complex as the zoo.  She says if you are feeling really energetic, visit the zoo and the ice rink in the same visit for a full day of fun!  Click here to visit the Codey Arena Website.

We live in such a wonderful area! If you are thinking of making a move to Summit NJ or any of the surrounding towns, please contact me. I’d love to arrange a showing for you at any of the homes for sale. In addition, for great information about our towns, please contact me for a copy of our FREE town snapshots! You can reach me by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com or by phone at 973.637.0004. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

New Year’s Eve Festivities Near Short Hills NJ

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The new year is almost upon us! If you are looking for New Year’s Eve festivities near Short Hills NJ, here are some ideas:

The first thing on our list of New Year’s Eve Festivities near Short Hills NJ is The Great Gatsby Ball! Ring in the new year like it’s 1920! Kay and Elle Productions will be hosting “The Great Gatsby Ball” at Pines Manor in Edison NJ beginning at 9 pm on New Year’s Eve. This “traditional masquerade ball with a modern New Year’s twist” offers attendees a full buffet dinner, open bar, and champagne toast. In addition, there will be a DJ there to entertain you throughout the evening, and there will a great mask reveal at midnight! Click here to learn more.

Another fun way to ring in the new year is watching fireworks from a Spirit Cruise ship. The cruise departs from Lincoln Harbor. The evening includes a dinner buffet, DJ, open bar, and, of course, fireworks! The cruise sails between 10 pm and 1 am. (boarding begins at 9 pm). Click here to learn more.

The final thing on our list of New Year’s Eve Festivities near Short Hills NJ is the First Night celebration in Morristown NJ. The festivities begin at 4:45 pm. The evening includes free shuttle bus services, 24 venues, and 80 performances! Performers include jazz, rock, and bluegrass bands, “Broadway stars” singing showtune hits, comedians, a “flea” circus, and over 300 art displays. Fireworks can be enjoyed at 9:15 pm and midnight. Click here to learn more about the event.

What a great area we live in! If you don’t live near these fantastic towns but are thinking of buying a home, please contact me! I would love to set up a showing for you. In addition, please contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends

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Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

If you are considering making a move to or from Livingston NJ, please take a look at the information that follows regarding the most recent Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends. Before we delve into the statistics for Livingston NJ, let’s first make sure we understand the difference between a listing price and a sold price. A listing price refers to the dollar amount a seller is asking a buyer to pay for their home. Conversely, a sold price is how much a buyer is willing to pay for the seller’s home. Taking a look at the graph below, we can see that average listing prices peaked between February and March of 2016, with a high around $903,000. The listing prices then began to decline between March and April. Listing prices remained steady between $650,000 and $715,000 between April and September of 2016. Listing prices then began seeing an increase again between September and October and have been declining again between October and now. When we take a look at the sold prices, we see they were at a low of approximately $479,000 in February of 2016. Median sold prices have been increasing each month since then, hitting its peak of about $665,000 this month. If you are thinking of selling your home and are curious what it is worth, click here.

Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends

Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends

Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we continue to check out the most recent Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends, the graph below shows us the number of active listings that were on the market in Livingston NJ and how long they have been on the market. The number of active listings in Livingston NJ increased by 9.9% from the previous month.   The median number of days active properties have been listed is 79 which is significantly shorter than the national average.

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Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends – Inventory Trends

Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

In conclusion of our look at the most recent Livingston NJ Real Estate Trends, some other statistics to consider are: $807,040 is the median listing price, 79 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 98.

Please be sure to contact me if you are interested in purchasing a home in Livingston NJ. It would be my pleasure to set up a showing for you at any of the wonderful homes for sale in Livingston NJ. If you would like to learn more about Livingston NJ, please be sure to contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Please be sure to check out my website for more great real estate information, or for insider tips.

The Carter House in Summit NJ

The Carter House in Summit NJ

The Carter House in Summit NJ

The Carter House in Summit NJ is the oldest building in Summit NJ and home to the Summit NJ Historical Society. Originally built on River Road in 1741, the Carter House was moved in the 1980s.

When touring the Carter House in Summit NJ, visitors enter through the Dutch Door featuring its original hardware. Original hardwood floors and original windows are also featured throughout the home. When touring the home, visitors can go through the parlor, Victorian-style library, dining room and Colonial kitchen. While visiting each room, guests will enjoy so much of the historical memorabilia that the Carter House in Summit NJ has to offer. For instance, hanging outside the library is an 1879 map of Summit NJ. This is know to be the earliest map of the town!

The Summit Room, adjacent to the kitchen, houses rotating exhibits of mannequins dressed in period clothing, a hand-made diorama which represents life in Summit NJ during the Revolutionary War, and several other things with historical meaning. Housed in the May Room, in the rear of the building, are the archives of the Summit NJ Historical Society. Archives include Summit High School yearbooks, dating back to 1921, hundreds of family biographies, genealogy files, microfilm of local newspapers, dating back as far as 1883, essays written by Summit veterans, cookbooks published by Summit charitable organizations, and so much more!

Admission to the Carter House is free and open to all! The hours are Tuesdays 9-Noon, Wednesdays 1-4 or by appointment. Volunteers are available to assist those who visit, and group tours are available.

Summit NJ is a wonderful town and so full of history! If you are interested in more information about Summit NJ, please contact me for our FREE Town Snapshots! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you are planning to move to Summit NJ, I’d love to arrange a showing for you at any of the fantastic homes for sale. For more great information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Holiday Festivities in Chatham NJ

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Why not get into the holiday spirit by joining in some of the holiday festivities in Chatham NJ and surrounding communities.  Take a look below at what’s going on this weekend.

Visit the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday, 12/17 and 12/18, for Hot Chocolate Hikes! Guided hikes will be given through the grounds of the Arboretum, departing at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. A donation of $5.00 per person for ages two and up is suggested. Look for signs of animals in the forest and warm up afterwards by the fireplace in the historic Stone House while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa! Dress appropriately as most of the time will be spent outdoors. Register online at www.HartshornArboretum.org .  The Arboretum is located at 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills, NJ.

Still looking for more holiday festivities in Chatham NJ and surrounding communities? If so, check out Branchburg Sports Complex’s Family Holiday Party on Sunday, 12/18, from 9 am to 11. Guests will enjoy arts and crafts, bounce houses, a PlayMaze, pictures with Santa and prizes and giveaways. Local children’s author, Felicia Chernesky, will be visiting the event and will have various activities and games inspired by her new book, “The Boy Who Said Nonsense”.  The cost of the event is $12 for non-members and $10 per child for members. For more information on the event, visit the Branchburg Sports Complex website at www.branchburgsports.com.

Chatham NJ and the surrounding communities are a great place to live! If you would like information about Chatham NJ or surrounding areas, please contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach me by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com or by phone at 973-637-0004. If you are planning a move, click here to see what your home is worth, or contact me. I would love to arrange a showing for you at any home for sale that fits your search criteria. For more great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Westfield NJ

Westfield NJWestfield NJ is a full service community with a thriving downtown. In addition to the walkable downtown area, there are fields, parks, a pool and a library for residents to enjoy. Westfield NJ is divided into a northside and a southside, and it is ranked by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as the 62nd best place to live for the 2015 survey.

Westfield NJ feels more like a city than a town and is well known for having the most substantial downtown. You can park your car and walk to any number of the restaurants, cafes, shops, professional offices and grocery stores. .  Diana, Transaction Manager for the Shannon Aronson Team, enjoys Sweet Waters Steak House. She says their steaks are excellent but the downside is if you’re saving a nice bottle of wine for a special occasion,  they won’t open it for you or allow you to bring your own.

For more information on Westfield NJ, you can visit www.westfieldnj.gov.

Facts About Westfield NJ

County: Union

Population: Approximately 31,000

Location: 25 miles from NYC – 11.6 miles from airport (Newark)

Commute by Car: Nearby Highways: Garden State Parkway, Route 22

Commute by Train: Raritan Valley Line – service to Newark, New Jersey. Transfer to train to NYC Penn station – 53 minutes; 113 bus provides service from the center of town to Port Authority in New York; Westfield Train Station, 821 S. Avenue W.

To learn more, visit www.njtransit.com

 

Education in Westfield NJ

Lincoln School is the central kindergarten.
Grades 1-5 : Franklin Elementary / Washington Elementary / Wilson Elementary / Tamaques Elementary / Jefferson Elementary / McKinley Elementary

Grades 6-8 : Roosevelt Intermediate (NorthSide) / Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate (South Side)

Grades 9-12 : Westfield High School – Currently ranked 21st by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

*Westfield offers half day kindergarten.

If you would like a free copy of our Town Snapshots where you can learn about Westfield NJ and other surrounding communities, please contact me. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you are planning a move and would like to see any homes for sale, I’d love to set up a private showing for you. Thinking of selling? Click here to see what your home is worth. For more great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Things to Do Near Summit NJ

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During the holiday season, there are so many fun things to do near Summit NJ. On Saturday, 12/10, take a ride on the Tri-State Santa Claus train! Hosted by the Tri-State Railway Historical Society, these Santa Train rides offer a great way to enjoy lovely scenic northern New Jersey. While on the one hour train ride, riders will enjoy a visit from Santa as well as a special gift from Santa’s bag. Get your cameras ready as Santa will be happy to pose for pictures with your family. Mrs. Claus and other familiar characters will be on the train as well.

The rides will begin and end at the New Jersey Transit station (Rt. 23) in Wayne, NJ. There will be two morning and two afternoon departures. The pricing for the event is as follows: Adults are $18; Children under 12 are $12, and children under two are free. Large groups of 20 or more receive a discount of $1/ticket.

Still looking for more things to do near Summit NJ? Visit Downtown Summit NJ on Saturday, 12/10, from 1-4 or Friday, 12/16, from 7-9 pm for a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Summit. Enjoy a leisurely ride and take in the lovely window displays, lights, and decorations featured throughout the town. Board the carriages at Lyric Park, at the corner of Bank Street and Beechwood Road.

If you are interested in making a move to Summit NJ or the surrounding communities, please contact me. I’d love to show you any of the amazing properties for sale. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends

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Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

Perhaps a move to or from Madison NJ is in your future? If that’s the case, I encourage you to take a minute to check out the most recent Madison NJ Real Estate Trends. To get a better understanding, it helps to understand what a listing price is versus a sold price. The listing price is the price the sellers are asking a buyer to pay for their home. On the other hand, the sold price is the dollar amount the buyer is willing to pay for the home. When we look at the chart below, we can see that listing prices started to decline between June and July of 2016, seeing the lowest price in September of 2016. They started rising after that point and have been fluctuating between October and now. Looking at the sold prices, we see the median sold price hit a low between April and May of 2016, rising to its peak in August 2016. The sold prices then saw a steady decline through October 2016 and have been on the rise since then. Thinking of selling? Click here to find out what your home is worth.

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Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we dive a little deeper into the current Madison NJ Real Estate Trends, the following chart depicts how many active listings were on the market in Madison NJ and how long they have been on the market. The number of active listings in Madison NJ dropped by 37.5% from the previous month.   The median number of days active properties have been listed is 76 which is significantly shorter than the national average. The number of sales in September dropped by 75% from the previous month.

Madison NJ Inventory Trends

Madison NJ Inventory Trends

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

As we wrap up the Madison NJ Real Estate Trends, other statistics to consider are: $733,880 is the median listing price, 76 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 35.

If you want to learn more about Madison NJ, please contact me for a free copy of our town snapshots. If you are interested in buying a home, I would love to set up a private showing for you at any of the wonderful homes for sale in Madison NJ. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more great real estate information, or for insider tips, please don’t forget to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Maplewood Township, NJ

Maplewood Township, NJMaplewood Township, NJ is located next to South Orange Village, and they share their educational system. The township has a quaint downtown that include shops and restaurants. There is a library and pool and easy access to parks and recreational activities. New Jersey Monthly Magazine has ranked Maplewood Township, NJ as the 230th best place to live.

For more information on Maplewood Township, NJ, you can visit www.twp.maplewood.nj.us

Facts about Maplewood Township, NJ

County: Essex
Population: Approximately 24,000
Location: 20 miles from NYC – 9 miles from Airport (Newark)
Commute by Car: Nearby Highways: Interstate 78, Route 124
Commute by Train: Morristown Line-direct service to NY Penn Station – 31 minutes
Gladstone Branch- service to Hoboken, NJ. For downtown destinations transfer to PATH trains or ferry.
Commute by Bus: Bus – 25, #37, #70. Service to Newark – #107 Service to New York’s Port

For more information on the transit systems, visit www.njtransit.com

Education in Maplewood Township, NJ

K-2 : Marshall Elementary School
Grades 3-5 : Jefferson Elementary School
Grades K-5 : Seth Boyden Elementary School / Tuscan Elementary / Clinton Elementary / South Mountain Elementary
Grades 6-8 : Maplewood Middle School / South Orange Middle School
Grades 9-12 : Columbia High School – Currently ranked 96th by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Maplewood shares their school system with South Orange.
*Maplewood is proud to offer full day kindergarten to its residents.

If you would like more information regarding Maplewood Township, NJ and our surrounding towns, contact me for our free town snapshot. In addition, if you are interested in seeing any of the homes for sale in Maplewood Township, NJ, I would be happy to set up a showing for you. I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Thinking of selling? Click here to see what your home is worth. For more great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.