First Friday Late Night: Jazz on Main

jazz on main

Head to Boonton, NJ, on Friday, 3/3, from 5-9 pm for First Friday Late Night: Jazz on Main. During this fun evening, sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau, businesses will remain open late so patrons can enjoy shopping, dining, art, and socializing! For your convenience, The Boonton Trolley will be running during First Friday Late Night March: Jazz on Main.  “BMS makes this FREE TROLLEY service available to our First Friday patrons from 5pm – 9pm on that evening.” “The Boonton Trolley” will shuttle attendees from the High School Parking lot (306 Lathrop Avenue) Kiwanis parking lot (150 Lathrop Avenue), the Municipal lot at Town Hall (100 Washington Street), up to the Plane Street parking lot, then on to the Senior Center (126 North Main Street) for its evening loop.

Local businesses have special events and deals taking place throughout the evening. Some of the specials include: Buy One Dinner and Get the Second Dinner at Half Price if you dine in at Vinnie’s, located at 406 Main St. Enjoy .50 wings & .60 steamers, 1/2 off selected apps, $1.50 Coors Light & Yuengling drafts and $2.50 Stella or Cider drafts beginning at 10pm at Sharky’s West, located at 108 Boonton Ave. If shopping is your style, Claire Ann & Co., located at 906 Main St., will be offering 15% off select merchandise. If art is what you’re looking for, visit the Culture Cabin, at 1017 Main St. where they will have a glass exhibit on their 2nd floor, hosted by the talented Joanne Miller from Boonton Township.  Check out the “Classy Glass & Jazz” Fest!

Live music can be enjoyed at First Friday Late Night: Jazz on Main. Following is a list of performers:
The Joe Donaway Jazz Quartet will be playing at Heavenly Temptations, 712 Main St.
Harrison Hsiang will be playing at Vinnie’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, 406 Main St.
Jared Kahn will be playing at Time’s Tin Cup, 107 William St., 8pm -9pm
Acoustic Brew will be playing at La Carretica, 605 Main St.
Justin Sabaj will be playing the Scoop House, 813 Main St.
Joeseph Zelman and friends  will be playing at Boonton Coffee, 516 Main St., 7pm – 9pm
Aduna will be performing will be playing at Broadfoot and Broadfoot, 819 Main St.
A Few Moore will be playing at a location TBD.

We live in a wonderful area. If you would like to learn more about local towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach us by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you are planning a move to the area, click here to search homes for sale. For great real estate information, or to see current real estate market trends, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Open House in Millburn Township NJ

Got plans for this Sunday? Now you do! The Shannon Aronson Team invites you to join us for an open house in Millburn Township NJ on 2/26 from 2-4 pm. 339 Oxford Drive is an immaculate expanded ranch located on one of the most desired streets in Millburn Township NJ.

MLS Number: 3366412
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 4.2

The Perfect Floorplan is Awaiting You!

From the moment you enter 339 Oxford Drive, you will notice the perfect floorplan. The living room boasts a cozy fireplace, the perfect backdrop for entertaining your guests. As you make your way through the first floor, you will be in awe of the stunning kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, and breakfast area. The adjoining family room features a vaulted ceiling and another fireplace, offering a cozy spot to enjoy your favorite cup of tea or a good book. A master bedroom w/en-suite, 2 additional bedrooms, full bathroom, powder room & mudroom w/access to the 2 car garage complete the 1st level.

There is So Much More!

This expanded ranch features a second level boasting 3 additional bedrooms, 2 full baths, built-in desk & attic storage access. As you continue through the open house in Millburn Township NJ, don’t forget to check out the full, finished basement featuring a large rec room, powder room, storage room & utility area. Additional features include a whole house generator, roof warmer, outdoor speakers and more!

If you are unable to join us for the 2/26 Open House in Millburn Township NJ, I would love to arrange your own private tour of 339 Oxford Drive. Please contact me, and we can arrange a time convenient for you. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To search other properties for sale click here. To learn more about Millburn Township NJ, and other surrounding communities, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Open House in Maplewood Township

The Shannon Aronson Team is excited to be hosting an open house in Maplewood Township on 2/26 from 2-4 pm. This lovely colonial is the perfect marriage of vintage charm and modern updates. 6 Crestwood Drive in Maplewood Township NJ offers the perfect location . . . Upper Wyoming section and close to NYC transportation!

MLS Number: 3364933
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4

Step into your Dream Home!

As you step into 6 Crestwood Drive at the open house in Maplewood Township on Sunday, 2/26, from 2-4 pm, you are greeted by the gracious entry foyer. The chef in your family will delight in the modern eat-in kitchen with vintage stove and feel. The formal living and dining room offer plenty of space to entertain family and friends. The newly added family room conveniently opens to the patio. The convenience of a full bath and 5th br/office round-out the main floor.

Upstairs You Will Find Your Very Own Retreat!

Wind up the stairs and let them lead you to your perfect retreat at the end of the day. The master bedroom offers an en-suite bath and plenty of storage with double closets. Four additional bedrooms and a hall bath complete the upper level. Bessler stairs lead you to the attic, providing you with additional storage space.

Not to be Missed . . . The Amazing Lower Level!

You will find even more fabulous spaces in the finished lower level. Features include open rec rooms, full bath, workshop area, & bonus room.

Not able to make the 2/26 Open House in Maplewood Township, NJ? No problem . . . we would be happy to arrange your own private tour of 6 Crestwood Drive. Just contact me, and we can arrange a time convenient for you. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To search other properties for sale click here. To learn more about Maplewood Township, NJ and other surrounding communities, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.6 Crestwood Drive DR

Summit Antiques Center

summit antiques center

If antiquing is your thing, you might want to check out the Summit Antiques Center in Summit, NJ. In operation for more than 26 years, the Summit Antiques Center is located in a 19th century building on Morris Avenue. With two floors filled with antiques, you are sure to find something you love. Many of the dealers have been selling their wares at the Summit Antiques Center since they opened their doors in 1990.

When browsing through, you will find that the Summit Antiques Center has something for everyone. From furniture to silver to linens to books to jewelry . . . it all can be found there! In addition, you will find antique toys, unique odds and ends and more. Kristen from the Shannon Aronson Team has found electric knick knacks and some other interesting things there. If you want to check it out for yourself, the Summit Antiques Center is open daily from 11-5.

I love our great town of Summit, NJ. If you are curious to see everything that Summit, NJ has to offer, and would like to learn more, contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. Thinking of making a move to the area? I’d love to set up a showing for you at any of the homes for sale! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, to search homes for sale, or to learn more about Summit NJ and surrounding towns, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Tasting Festival

cooked and uncorked food and wine tasting festival

If you are looking for a fun way to start your week next week, head out to the 7th annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Tasting Festival. Again this year, our very own Millburn Fire Department will be participating. The event will take place on Monday, 2/27, from 6-9 pm at Pines Manor in Edison NJ.

20 New Jersey fire departments, including the Millburn Fire Department, will show off their cooking talents in the hopes of winning the trophy. Proceeds from the event will go to the Saint Barnabas Burn Center and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Foundation, supporting many different charities.

Those in attendance will be able to sample foods from over 40 of the best caterers, restaurants, and dessert shops in the area. Wines and spirits from distributors in the region will also be available for sampling. Up for grabs at the auction this year is the chance to win a gourmet dinner prepared in your own home by local firefighter chefs. The meal will include appetizer, entrée, dessert and specialty paired wines. Up to 10 guests may attend this special evening in your very own home. Prep and clean-up is also included. The bids will start at $750. Part of the bid will qualify as a charitable donation.

Thinking about making a move to the area? If so, I’d love to show you any of the amazing homes for sale. If you would like more information about the great towns in our area, 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. If you are thinking of selling, click here to find out how much your home is worth. For great real estate information, please visit my website a www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Remodeling a Kitchen

Remodeling a Kitchen

If you are considering remodeling a kitchen, below find a summary of some tips from House Logic as to what materials are better avoided. To see the article in its entirety, visit HouseLogic.com.

  1. 1.  Plastic Laminate Counters:  While there are many great laminates out there, the ones to stay away from are the entry-level plastics.  They are thin and dull in appearance.  They are easily chipped and will melt if you accidentally place a hot pan on top of them.  If you are renovating on a budget, plastic laminate one level up would work well in your kitchen remodel.  According to Dani Polidor, an interior designer and owner of Suite Artistry, the new technology for laminate counters, “offers scratch resistance, textured surfaces, and patterns that mimic real wood and stone. There are even self-repairing nano-technologies embedded in some laminates”.   He says for a 10 x 20 foot kitchen, this next-level laminate will cost approx. $3000.
  2. Inexpensive Sheet Vinyl Flooring:  Stay away from the lower-priced flooring that is approx. $2.50/sq ft.  This material tends to be thin, and if water leaks from your dishwasher or refrigerator, your flooring may bubble.  Spending approx. $5/sq ft for luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a good alternative. An advantage is that it comes in tiles which you can grout so they look similar to higher-end stone.
  3. Some Laminated Cabinet Fronts:   Holloway suggests staying away from lower-end thermofoil cabinet fronts. Thermofoil cabinets are actually vinyl.  The vinyl is then heated and molded around fiberboard.   “Cheaper thermofoil has three critical issues:  It’s not heat resistant. If near a dishwasher or oven, it could delaminate; It can warp and yellow with age, revealing its cheapness”.  The “wood” underneath the thermofoil is also poor quality and won’t hold up over time.”  Similar to plastic laminate, improvements have been made with thermofoil.  New designs can be budget-friendly and have a more expensive look, such as wood or high gloss.  Although pricier than the cheaper thermofoil cabinets, the new thermofoil is “much more affordable than custom cabinets, and still satisfies with its rich look and durability.”
  4. High-Gloss Lacquered Cabinets:  Approximately 20 layers of lacquer give cabinets that high-gloss appearance.  If it gets scratched, it can be very expensive to repair.   A better choice is going with a high-end thermofoil as mentioned earlier.  Choosing  high-end thermofoil would cost in the hundreds of dollars range vs. the thousands of dollars that high-gloss would set you back.
  5. Flat Paint:  The problem with flat paint in the kitchen is that it is not very durable.  If you get something on your walls, and you try to get if off, there goes your paint job!  The one place you can get away with flat paint in the kitchen is on the ceiling.  A good alternative for flat paint in the kitchen area is a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint.  You will be able to wipe a surface painted with high-gloss or semi-gloss paint many times before you notice it taking a toll on your paint job.
  6. Trendy Backsplash Materials:  Although it may be tempting to choose something trendy for your backsplash, remember that your tastes are likely to change over time, and following the trends may be more pricey, with materials ranging anywhere from $5-$220 a square foot.  The article suggests a classic subway tile, costing $2-$3/sq ft, or a material that matches your countertop.

If you are thinking of selling, and you want to know what renovations to consider before listing your house on the market, please contact me. I’d love to meet with you and give you some suggestions.  The Spring market will soon be upon us!  If you are curious about current real estate market trends in Millburn Short Hills and the surrounding areas, please click here.  If you are wondering how much your home is worth, click here.  For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Buying Real Estate in Manhattan

manhattan skyline

If you were unable to join us on Tuesday, 2/7, for our presentation on “Buying Manhattan Real Estate”, and you are considering making a move to the city, below are some of the key points from the presentation.

The island of Manhattan is 88 km2 / 23 mi2. The population is 1.64M (July 1, 2015 U.S. Census Bureau Estimate). 64.2% of the Manhattan population rent (unchanged since 2015). The vacancy rate has been under 5% for six decades. By 2030 population will rise to 1.869M (city of New York Population Projection). For the first time in a long while, Manhattan is turning to a buyer’s market. Julia Hoagland, Manhattan Real Estate Agent, whose team has been the #1 ranked team from 2013-2016, said that she and her team have increasingly been able to negotiate with sellers and builders when that has not been the case historically. Other shifts seen in the Manhattan market include:

  • New development paradigm shift: supply, negotiability up; bedroom count, permits down
  • Rental market softening: inventory, concessions, vacancy up; rents, cap rates down
  • Fed increased fed funds 25bps; mortgage rates up 4.81% YOY but still at historical lows
  • Technology challenging Wall Street: Amazon, Google, Facebook all increasing Manhattan footprint
  • Strengthening dollar up against euro and pound; uncertainty abating effect
  • Brexit: mixed effect on Manhattan. Finance jobs increasing in NY; investment opportunities increasing in London/pound
  • Trump elected U.S. President

If you aren’t looking to live in Manhattan, but are considering buying an investment property, you might want to consider the differences between investing in a new property vs. investing in a resale.  Below are two examples:

100 East 53rd Street (New Development Condo)

  • 2BD, 2.5BA (1638SF)
  • Purchase Price: $7,325,000
  • Annual Rental Income: $360,000
  • Annual Costs (cc+tax): $59,556
  • NOI: $300,444
  • Cap rate: 4.1%

200 West End Avenue (Resale Condo)

  • 3BD, 2.5BA (1627SF)
  • Purchase Price: $3,875,000
  • Annual Rental Income: $144,000
  • Annual Costs (cc+tax): $40,392
  • NOI: $103,608
  • Cap rate: 3.0%

Are you intrigued to move to Manhattan but have a home to sell in Millburn Short Hills NJ?  If so, the Shannon Aronson team would love to help you sell your home!  The market is good.  In 2016, 299 homes sold.  The majority of the homes that sold were between 1 and 2 million dollars with an average of 47 days on the market.  The listing to sold price ratio was 98%.  2017 is off to a great start.  The number of homes under contract between January 1 and February 7 in 2016 was 14.  For the same period is 2017, that number is 27.  A number of factors go into determining if you need to sell before you buy.  These factors include financial package, optimum timing, preparing your home, and pricing.

The Shannon Aronson team would be happy to meet with you to walk through what is best for you and your situation.  You can contact us by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.  To learn more about current Millburn Short Hills NJ real estate trends, click here.  For more real estate information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

 

Winter Hikes at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

cora-hartshorn-arboretum

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills NJ offers many interesting programs.  On Friday, February 10, join the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for a Snow Moon Hike.  The first full moon in February is known as the Snow Moon.  Enjoy this guided moonlight hike and learn interesting facts such as why winter nights are more quiet than summer nights.  Join in the fun as you look for wildlife tracks and more.  The hikes are offered at 5:30 and 6:45 pm.  The cost is $5.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members.  To register, visit the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum website.

On Sunday, 2/12, join the Arboretum’s teen volunteers for a guided hike focusing on Early Signs of Spring.  In addition, the teens will share information about their upcoming Citizen Science Projects and let you know what you can do to become a citizen scientist at the Cora Hartshorn Aboretum.  Hikes are offered at 11 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00  pm.

After your visit to the Cora Hartshorn Aboretum, why not stop in at Peter’s for a bite to eat.  This is one of the Shannon Aronson Team’s favorite places to eat.   It’s an “all in the family” kind of place.  Peter’s is a father-and-son-owned and operated restaurant and full everyday of the week with Millburn Short Hills locals.   The hotsy totsy shrimp is a huge favorite. They also make amazing homemade pasta.  They will make you anything you want. Their Chicken Parm is also a favorite. The food is consistently good, and everyone there is very friendly. The restaurant is a great place to bring everyone as it is very family-oriented.  An added bonus is that it is a BYOB.  Located in the heart of Millburn NJ, Peter’s is open for lunch Tues-Thurs, 11:30-2:30 and for dinner Tues-Thurs 5:00-9:00 and Fri-Sat from 5:00-10:00. Peter’s is closed on Sundays and Mondays. If you feel like a quick cocktail before dinner, walk two doors down to Moonshine Supper Club for a drink at the bar before heading to Peters.

Another favorite spot for a bite to eat is The Hills Tavern.  It’s new and feels very New Yorky inside with white tile and black leather pin-tucked booths.  There is a very long bar with serious cocktails and a good bar-food menu if you don’t want to eat in the main dining area.  It has a fun vibe and good people watching.

If you would like more information about Millburn NJ, please contact us for a FREE COPY of our town snapshots.  If you are thinking about moving to the area, I would love to talk to you and show you any of the homes for sale.  I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.  For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

How to Protect Your Home in the Winter

house energy efficiency conceptNow that winter is in full swing, it’s a great time to think about how to protect your home during the cold winter months.  Below please find some great tips from House Logic.

Preparing for a  Blizzard

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests the following items you should have on hand to be prepared for blizzard conditions:

 

  • Snow shovels:  FEMA recommends having more than one on hand in the event one breaks.  Also having someone else to help shovel is a great help!
  • Pet-safe deicers:  These can be hard to find when a heavy storm is approaching, so it’s a good idea to stock up early in the season.
  • Having a full propane tank, extra fuel for a generator, or extra firewood is a great idea.  You don’t want to be left in the cold!
  • In the event of a power outage, it is good to have extra warm clothing, pillows, and clean blankets.  If the power is out, you might not be able to do your laundry for a while.
  • Stocking up on food and liquids that don’t require refrigeration is also a great idea.
  • In today’s day of electronics, we can often forget about the days of transistor radios, but having one available, with new batteries as well as extra batteries, can be a great help!

Winterize Your Home

Another thing to think about when asking how to protect your home in the winter is taking the steps necessary to help winterize your home.

  • Keep tree branches trimmed and way from your roof so they don’t cause roof damage.  It might be good to hire a pro to take care of this for you as trimming and removal can be dangerous.
  • Check the exterior materials on your home to make sure they are secure.  Things to check include roof tiles, shutters, and siding.  Moisture, high winds, and ice can rip off roof tile and gutters so checking to make sure they’re secure ahead of time can be a huge help.
  • Clean your gutters to avoid an “ice dam” which occurs when ice melts off the roof and then re-freezes as it drips into a clogged gutter.
  • You don’t want your pipes to burst, so make sure all exposed plumbing pipes are insulated.
  • A great way to improve your energy bills and to keep your home warmer is to seal any air leaks you may find around your home.

If you are looking for your perfect home, please contact me!  I’d love to help you find your dream home.  You can contact me at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.  If you’re not sure what town is right for you, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots!  For more great real estate information, or to search homes for sale, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Winter Farmers’ Market in Morristown NJ

Winter farmers market

If you are looking for locally grown produce and fresh meat, then you will want to make sure to take a drive to the Winter Farmer’s Market in Morristown NJ. Every Sunday between now and April 19, the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network will be hosting its winter farmer’s market at the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, located at 24 Mills Street, Morristown. The market is open from 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoying its fourth winter, the market features local foods and goods that have been produced within a short radius of the market. The market is made possible by a joint collaboration between The Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network, Grow it Green Morristown and the Alexander Hamilton School.

Kendrya Close, Executive Director, explains, “We want to provide all residents in the area with a centralized location to obtain fresh, locally grown and produced meats, cheeses, breads and produce all grown by our farmers within our foodshed.  Doing this the entire year only serves to strengthen our sense of community and continue to foster a locally resilient economy!”

Things you’ll find at the market include fresh locally grown produce, farm raised beef, lamb, pork, poultry & fresh seafood, fresh baked goods, artisan bread & cheese, eggs fresh from the farm, honey, jellies, jams & syrups, local artisans, and seasonal & specialty goods. For more information, click here.

If you are thinking of making a move to the area, please contact me for a FREE copy of our Town Snapshots. If you are interested in seeing homes for sale, please call or email me. I’d love to show them to you. I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, or to search homes for sale, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.