West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends

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West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

If you are planning a move either to or from West Orange NJ, then you may be wondering what the current real estate trends are for the area. If that is your current situation, then I encourage you to check out the following information that will give you insight into the most recent West Orange NJ Real Estate trends. Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s first talk about what a “listing price” is vs. a “sold price”. A “listing price” is simply the dollar amount a seller is asking for their home. Contrary to that, a “sold price” is how much a buyer is willing to pay for a home. Taking a look at the following chart, we see the median listing price in West Orange NJ was at a low last February but has been rising since, hitting a peak between April and May of last year and then remaining fairly steady through January 2017. The median sold price, however, stayed relatively steady between March and June of 2016 and then began to rise in July. Prices have been rising since then, hitting a 12-month peak in January of this year.

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West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

Looking further into the most recent West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends, we see the number of active listings that were on the market in West Orange NJ and the number of days they’ve been listed. The number of active listings in West Orange NJ dropped 11.8% from the previous month. The median number of days active properties have been listed is 100.

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In conclusion of our look at the most recent West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends, some other statistics to consider are: $414,260 is the median listing price, 100 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 245.

Please contact me if I can arrange a showing for you at any of the fantastic properties for sale in West Orange NJ. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you would like more information about West Orange NJ, please contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. For more great real estate information, including helpful insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Behind the Scenes at the Turtle Back Zoo

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If you are curious to learn more about giraffes, then the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ has something great in store for you! Beginning January 28, the Turtle Back Zoo will host “Behind the Scenes” tours of the Giraffe House. The 30-45 min tours will offer visitors a chance to see the giraffes up close and personal as well as a meet and greet with the zoo’s giraffe keeper. Those on the tour will be able to enjoy admission to the zoo for the day. The tours will be held on Saturdays at 2 pm on the following dates:

January 28, February 4, February 25, March 4, March 25, and April 1. The tours are suggested for guests ages 6 and above. There are steps on the tour. If you have questions about accessibility, contact 973-731-5800, ext.103

The Turtle Back Zoo is such a great place to visit in West Orange, NJ. If you are considering a move to West Orange NJ and would like to see any of the homes for sale, please contact me. I’d love to help you find your perfect home. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To learn more about West Orange, NJ, or for great real estate information including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Summit NJ

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If you are looking for something to do, check out Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit NJ. The grounds of the arboretum and visitor center are open from 9 am to 4 pm through March 31st. Wisner House is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. In February, it will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays for the new art exhibit. The Stackhouse Education Center is also open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm as well as Saturdays from 9-1 from March-November.

Why not plan for Spring? Currently, the arboretum is offering an adult program, “Square Foot Gardening for Grown-Ups”. Learn how to grow a successful garden “in less space, in less time and with less work”. The class is offered once a month on Saturday or Wednesday mornings through March. If you are interested, you must pre-register.

Get ready to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, 1/27, from 1-2 pm. Celebrate the new year with crafts and stories. This program is offered to children 3 and older accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 per child and registration is required.

Are you a maple syrup fan? If so, join the arboretum for “Tap That Tree” on Saturday, 1/28, from 10-11:30 am. Watch as the Director of Children’s Education at the arboretum taps the maple trees to prepare for sap flow. In addition to learning how and why trees are tapped, participants will actually be able to help with the process! This event is for children ages 5 and up who are accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15/child and pre-registration is required.

If you are interested in learning more about what Summit NJ has to offer, please be sure to contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots! Planning a move? If you would like to see any of the homes for sale in Summit NJ, please contact me! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, please be sure to check out my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Millburn Deli

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If you’re looking for a great sandwich, make sure you check out the Millburn Deli in Millburn NJ. The Millburn Deli was recently voted one of the 33 Best Sandwich Shops in the US by thrillist. First opened in 1947, the Millburn Deli is situated in a ” tiny storefront on the ground floor of what could easily be your grandma’s house”. Perhaps the Millburn Deli is best know for their Sloppy Joes. The Millburn Deli’s Sloppy Joes aren’t your typical Sloppy Joes. They are actually triple decker sandwiches made with combos such as Virginia ham, turkey, roast beef, corned beef or pretty much any other combination you can think of. In addition, they serve great “griller” sandwiches.

Myself and many of my friends eat at the Millburn Deli, and it is a perennial favorite local place for lunch. One of our favorite sandwiches is the godfather and another one is the turkey gobbler. There are always long lines at the deli because it’s so popular, so a great tip is to call ahead and order on the phone to circumvent the line. The Millburn Deli is open Monday-Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm, so if you are looking for a great sandwich for a later dinner, it might be better to call and pick up. The location is great . . . in the heart of downtown Millburn and within walking distance to Taylor Park.

Millburn NJ is a great place to live! If you are thinking of buying a home, contact me! I would love to set up a showing for you at any of the wonderful homes for sale in Millburn NJ. I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you want to learn more about Millburn NJ and surrounding towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots, or visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Winter Decorating Ideas

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With the cold days of winter upon us, it’s a wonderful idea to warm up your home with some great winter decorating ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you have a fireplace, create a cozy spot by arranging your furniture so its facing the hearth. Adding pillows or throws to your furniture also helps to create a cozy space.

To add some cheer to the long winter days, add bright colors or patterns to your décor. Boldly-patterned pillows or brightly-colored throws are a great place to start. These bright colors can be displayed throughout the spring and summer season as well.

To add more light to the shorter days that come with winter, consider hanging a mirror above the mantel or on a blank wall. The mirror will reflect the light and help to bring the brightness of the sun inside. Painting the mirror frame a bright color can help add brightness to the room as well.

Adding bright and bold window treatments to your kitchen will keep your workspace cheery! Consider making your own by, “purchasing a yard of fabric in the color or pattern of your choice, hemming the raw edges, and using clip-style curtain rings over rods.” Throughout the rest of your home, replacing any sheer drapes with thicker, more boldly patterned curtains can help cozy up the space. You may want to layer window treatments to keep winter drafts at away.

Moving from the kitchen into the dining room, consider cozying up the space by adding warmly colored slipcovers to your dining room chairs. Slipcovers can be easily changed and cleaned making them a good choice to add warmth to this space.

Warm up your bedroom in the doldrums of winter by adding textured bedding. Consider adding a cashmere throw or velvet pillows to your décor.

Bring some of the beauty of the winter season into your home with white glassware. Placing white glassware against a dark background can create a stunning display. Placing some silver in the same area can offer a striking display mimicking the glittering snow outside.

Warm up your hardwood floors by adding some cozy, fluffy area rugs. Consider layering rugs for a more interesting look. The same can be done with carpeted rooms. Adding a throw rug on top can create an inviting look.

If you have a window seat, adding a fluffy cushion or feathery pillows can add comfort to the space. There is nothing like settling in with a good book in the warm sunlight on a cold winter’s day!

Last, but not least, a nice wintry scent can go a long way to warm up a space. Adding a bowl of potpourri or a warmly scented candle, such as cinnamon, go a long way to making a cozy space! The mantle is a great place for your potpourri or candle.

These are all some great ideas that help make a house a home. If you are making a move and are looking for the perfect house, please contact me! I’d love to help you with your home search. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Things to Do in South Orange NJ

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If you are looking for things to do in South Orange NJ, check out Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery for their latest exhibit, “Learning to Fly: A Celebration of Flight and Exploration”. The exhibit commemorates many major anniversaries occurring this year, including the 80th anniversaries of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and the Hindenburg disaster as well as the anniversary of the satellite, Sputnik, being launched into space by the Soviet Union in 1957. Through historical artifacts and modern art, this exhibit will take a look at flight as innovation, power, competition, and entertainment. The goal of the exhibit is to, “highlight the role that flight has played, not only in New Jersey’s history, but in a wider context that has made it such an integral part of our society today.”

In addition to the exhibit, a “pop-up museum” will feature a temporary exhibit created by those who visit. Visitors are invited to bring a souvenir, object or memory that is related to the exhibit’s flight and exploration theme. The objects brought by visitors will be on display for one day, February 14, from 11 am – 4 pm. This pop-up museum is designed to allow visitors to make connections to flight and exploration from their daily lives.

Seton Hall University is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30am to 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

If you are planning a move to South Orange NJ, please contact me. I’d love to arrange a showing for you at any of the homes for sale. If you would like more information about South Orange NJ or surrounding towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. We can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, to search homes for sale, or for insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum

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New Jersey is full of history. If you are looking for an interesting piece of history to check out, take a short drive from Millburn and head to Rahway, New Jersey to visit the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, located at 1623 St. Georges Avenue, on the corner of Westfield Ave and Saint Georges Ave. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, this building was first constructed in 1798 as a two story home and general store. Jon Anderson, a local businessman, purchased the property and applied for a license to operate it as a tavern. His successful venture added eleven feet onto the building and created extra rooms on the second floor.

Linking New York and Philadlphia and being a direct route between Newark and Princeton, Saint Georges Avenue became a well-traveled road. By 1820, a third and fourth floor were added to accommodate the many visitors that came to the Inn and Tavern. Rahway also became known as “Carriage City” due to the numerous carriage factories in the area.

In the 1930′s, the structure could no longer be renovated to compete with modern amenities that the new automobile-centered motels could offer. Not wanting to sell the property, the family of the original innkeeper decided to rent the building to the Girl Scouts. It was used as the Girl Scout Headquarters for over 40 years.

By the end of the 1960′s, rumors began to circulate that the owners of the property had interest in selling it to a developer. Concerned Rahway citizens decided to form the Rahway Historical Society to try to save it. Through fundraising and donations, the Historical Society purchased the building in 1969 and changed their name to the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association. Their goal is to preserve this historic building.

As the building stands today, it has been restored and decorated to resemble how it looked back in the 1820s. A multi-phase restoration project began in 2013. When guests visit the museum, they are transported back to 1820 where they can see an early American bar and taproom. They can also see what accommodations were like for 19th century travelers who stayed at the inn. There is also an exhibit room that tells the story of tavern life.

Other things to visit on the property include the Terrill Tavern (originally built in 1765), which shows guests an example of a single-family home in Rahway during that era. The Rahway Cemetery, dating back to 1724, is also utilized to interpret local history.

New Jersey is a great place to live. If you would like to learn about some of the towns we service, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. If you are thinking of buying a home, contact me! I would love to arrange a showing for you. I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To search homes for sale, click here. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please remember to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Millburn Township NJ Middle School Ranked #1

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In Niche.com’s 2016 report of best schools in the US, Millburn Township NJ Middle School has been ranked #1! Stats used for final rankings include strength of academic goals, quality of teachers, and overall quality of the school district, all for which Millburn Middle School received an A+ rating. The final factor used in determing the rankings is student culture and diversity, for which Millburn Middle School received a C+. There were 15,656 schools compared in the survey. Half of the overall calculation is weighted on academic grades.

Niche.com’s methodology states, ““Our rankings are different, and for good reason. We believe that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in part, by the parents and students who actually go there.” “The most unique thing about our rankings is that they incorporate student outcomes. We go to great lengths to ensure that our rankings represent a comprehensive assessment of each school or district.”

In looking at Niche.com’s 2016 ranking of school districts with the best academic category, Millburn Township Public schools ranked #1 in New Jersey as well as in the Metro New York City rankings. Out of 12,153 school districts across the US, Millburn Township Public Schools ranked #2. The School District of the Chathams also ranked in the top 50, coming in on the list at #30 nationally.

If you are thinking of making a move to Millburn NJ, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. Click here to see homes for sale in Millburn NJ. If you see something you like, let me know, I’d love to arrange a showing for you. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please remember to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate Trends

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Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

Perhaps the new year means a move for you. If you are considering a move to Berkeley Heights NJ, I think the following information in regards to the most recent Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate trends will be of interest to you. In order to best understand the information, let’s first take a look at the difference between a “listing price” and a “sold price”. The “listing price” is how much a seller is asking a buyer to pay for their home. On the other hand, a “sold price” is how much a buyer is willing to pay for a home. When we look at the chart below, we see the median listing price in Berkeley Heights NJ was at its lowest in February of 2016. The median list price then began to steadily increase until reaching its peak between June and July of 2016. After July, the median list price began to steadily decline, until reaching its low between October and November of 2016. Between November and December 2016, median listing price saw a sharp increase and has since dropped. Looking at the median sold prices, we see they were declining between February and June 2016. We saw volatile median sold prices, spiking in July 2016 and then intermittently rising and declining between July and October, reaching its lowest in October. Median sold prices have been increasing since October, reaching a 12-month high this month.

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Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we continue looking at the most recent Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate Trends, we learn how many active listings were on the market in Berkeley Heights NJ and how long they’ve been listed. The number of active listings in Berkeley Heights NJ dropped 21.8% from the previous month. The median number of days active properties have been listed is 82 which is significantly shorter than the national average.

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As we wrap up our look at the most recent Berkeley Heights NJ Real Estate Trends, some other statistics to consider are: $559,380 is the median listing price, 82 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 37.

If you are interested in arranging a showing at any of the homes for sale in Berkeley Heights NJ, please contact me. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To learn more about Berkeley Heights NJ, please contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. For more great real estate information, including helpful insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Top 100 Public High Schools

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As 2017 is underway, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the top Millburn NJ news stories from 2016. One of my favorites was New Jersey Monthly magazine’s ranking of Millburn High School as the #4 high school in its list of the “Top 100 Public High Schools”. Millburn High School moved up 1 position from its #5 ranking in 2014. The article was published in August of 2016.

In 2016, Millburn High School and Livingston High School were two Essex County high schools that ranked in the top 20 schools. Chatham High School was ranked #1 in both 2014 and 2016. The publication uses Department of Education statistics to rate the top public schools in New Jersey. The ranking is done every 2 years. Some changes in the factors used to rank the schools in 2016 included accounting for student participation in visual and performing arts classes. In addition, after consulting with superintendents across the districts, the publication decided not to use data from PARCC tests as it was determined that, “the PARCC data is not yet a reliable metric, since student participation rates varied wildly among districts.”

If you would like to learn more about the Millburn Township School District, or if you are considering buying a home in Millburn, NJ, please contact us. I would love to set up a showing for you at any of the fantastic homes for sale in Millburn NJ. In addition, we would be happy to send you a FREE copy of our town snapshots which provide you with pertinent information in regards to Millburn NJ and other towns in our area. For great real estate tips and to search homes for sale, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEsateDirect.com.