New Animals Have Arrived at Turtle Back Zoo

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New animals have arrived at Turtle Back Zoo! County officials have announced that two new “natural habitat-themed” animal exhibits will be opening at the zoo. The first will feature Andean Condors. The second will feature Giant Anteaters as well as a Maned Wolf. “Acting Zoo Director Michael Kerr noted that the Andean Condor, Giant Anteater and Maned Wolf are all part of a species survival program promoted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”

The Andean Condors exhibit will be located across the path from the Savanna Café. Andean Condors are a ” species of vultures and are the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere. They are found on the western coast of South America”. The female condor will be coming from the Taronga Zoo in Australia.

The Giant Anteater is a male and will be coming from the Patawatomi Zoo in Indiana. The Maned Wolf is a female and will be coming from the Denver Zoo in Colorado. Anteaters can grow to be as large as seven feet long and 90 lbs. They are native to South and Central America. Maned wolves can be as large as 50 lbs. and 35 inches tall.

The Turtle Back Zoo is just one of the awesome places in West Orange, NJ. If you would like to learn more about West Orange, NJ and other surrounding communities, please be sure to 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. Moving to West Orange, NJ? Click here to see homes for sale. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Activities in Millburn NJ and Surrounding Areas This Weekend

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out activities in Millburn NJ and surrounding areas this weekend.

Turtle Back Zoo Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes inside the California Sea Lion house at the Turtle Back Zoo! Most Sundays between now and the end of June, you will have the opportunity to meet the Sea Lion keepers and learn more about the sea lions’ daily routine including meal preparation and training. The tour lasts 30-45 minutes. Attendees must be at least 8 years of age. Your ticket includes admission to the zoo for the day (if you are not a Zoological Society member). Click here to learn more about the event.

Family Camp Out at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Still looking for activities in Millburn NJ and surrounding areas this weekend? If camping is your thing, or if you haven’t camped before, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum has a great opportunity for you! Roast s’mores, pitch a tent in the woods, enjoy a night hike, campfire stories and more! This is a “bring your own gear” event, but dinner and breakfast will be provided. The cost is $45/adult member and $25/child member. Non-member adult fee is $50; non-member child fee is $30. To register online, visit the Hartshorn Arboretum website.

Earth Day Celebration at Essex County Environmental Center

Celebrate Earth Day at Essex County Environmental Center on Saturday, 4/29, from 11 am-4 pm. Join in celebrating nature with games, crafts, and outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing. The Environmental Center staff and partner groups will be on hand for demonstrations and to provide information. Click here to learn more about this fun event.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for activities in Millburn NJ and surrounding areas this weekend. If you would like to learn more about Millburn NJ and our surrounding communities, please be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. Making a move to the area? Click here to search homes for sale. For great real estate information, including current real estate market trends by town, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Brookdale Park Essex County NJ

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Brookdale Park Essex County NJ is a fabulous place to take the family. Situated on over 120 acres, Brookdale Park is the third largest park in the county. The park is bordered by Watchung Avenue, Grove Street, and Bellevue Avenue. The park offers something for everyone: Trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, and more!

Brookdale Park Essex County NJ also has a lot of history. At one time, the land upon which Brookdale Park was built was actually a gathering place for the Lenni-Lenape Indians. Dutch settlers turned the land into farming and grazing fields during the 17th century. The fields got the name Stonehouse Plains. It was referred to as such until the area was to open a post office in the 1800′s. Stonehouse Plains was thought to be too long of a name, so the name was changed to Brookdale. Land purchases for the future park began in 1928. The purchases were completed in 1931.

Building of the park began in 1928, designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The time to build the park was estimated to be a few years, but then the Depression hit, and it took many years to complete. The park was completed in 1937.

The park hosted its first AAU track meet on May 22 in 1937. The beautiful rose garden you see today (pictured above) was established on  June 11, 1959, after the North Jersey Rose Society donated 750 rose bushes.

If you are thinking of making a move to the area and would like more information, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. If you would like to search homes for sale, click here. Curious about current real estate trends? Take a look at market insiders. For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends

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Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

If you are planning to buy a home in Montclair, NJ or if selling a home in Montclair, NJ is in your future, then you might be interested to find out more regarding current Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends.  First, it may be helpful if you have a clear understanding of the difference between a “listing price” and a “sold price”.  A listing price is the dollar amount a seller is asking for their home. How much a buyer is willing to pay is the sold price. Looking at the listing price vs the sold price gives us a good idea of where the real estate market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month. When we look at the chart below, we see the median list price peaked in June and February 2016. The median list price hit a peak again this month. The median listing price was at its lowest in Montclair NJ between December 2016 and January 2017. The median sold price spiked in mid-August and then began to decline. It has been on a steady increase between September 2016 and now.

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Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we further explore recent Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends, we see the number of active listings in Montclair, NJ increased 8% from the previous month.  The median number of days active properties have been listed is 39, which is significantly shorter than the national average.

Springfield, NJ Market Inventory Trends

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Montclair, NJ Real Estate Market Trends – Learn More!

Other important statistics to note when we look at single family homes and condos in Montclair, NJ are: The median listing price is:  $817,980, the Median Days on Market is: 30, and the number of active listings are: 109.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, or would like a copy of our FREE town snapshots, please contact me. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. If you are interested in seeing any of the homes for sale in Montclair, NJ, please contact me. I’d be happy to arrange a showing for you. To learn more about Montclair, NJ, and other surrounding communities, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

New Listing in West Orange NJ

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Check out the Shannon Aronson Team’s new listing in West Orange NJ. 241 Crescenzi Drive is a lovely townhome in the desirable Villas at Eagle Ridge. This amazing townhome allows you to enjoy all the benefits of townhome living with the comforts of a single family home.

MLS Number: 3379626
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2.5

The Main Floor Offers Just What You Need!

Step inside 241 Crescenzi Drive, the Shannon Aronson Team’s new listing in West Orange NJ, and you are greeted by an open floor plan and versatile decor, setting the stage for entertaining on a grand scale. Make your way to the fabulous bright and efficient kitchen offering plenty of gorgeous granite counter space and a plethora of cabinet storage. The nearby breakfast area redefines casual dining. The living room boasts a gas fireplace which is the perfect spot to cozy up with your favorite book. You will absolutely love the formal dining room with sliders leading to your private deck with gorgeous NYC views!

There is Plenty More Featured Upstairs

As you ascend the stairway at the Shannon Aronson Team’s new listing in West Orange NJ, 241 Crescenzi Drive, you will surely be impressed by the finished loft which offers you a great space to make your home office. The loft opens to two spacious bedrooms, one of which is the master bedroom boasting an ample walk-in closet and full spa-like bath. An additional full bath completes the upper level.

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Better!

The walkout lower level found at the Shannon Aronson Team’s new listing in West Orange NJ boasts a rec room, third bedroom, and plenty of storage space.

Please be sure to contact me if you would like more information regarding 241 Crescenzi Drive! Click here to search additional homes for sale. Don’t forget to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com for more great real estate information.

75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ

The Shannon Aronson team is excited to announce our listing at 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ! You’ll love this stunning colonial in Millburn Township NJ. Situated on 1.6 luscious acres, this home provides you with a rare opportunity to own on a private road in Short Hills.

MLS Number: 3379062
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5.1

Like to Cook? In this Kitchen, You’ll LOVE to Cook!

The chef in your family will love the amazing kitchen featured at 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ. Top-of-the-line appliances include a Viking stove and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Granite countertops, wine refrigerator and large center island add the perfect finishing touches. An impressive living room, dining room, and bedroom/office finish off the main floor.

Your Own Private Oasis

Make your way up the stairs at 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ and you are greeted by your master suite, complete with sumptuous bath, tall ceilings, and walk-in closet. Four additional bedrooms with full jack-and-jill baths are also found on the upper level.

And There’s MORE!

Entertaining at 75 Hemlock Road is a breeze. Your own private entertaining mecca awaits you in the finished basement! The party continues outside as you and your guests splash in the heated in-ground pool or relax in the hot tub.

If you want to see this amazing home, please contact me. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To learn more about Millburn Township NJ and other surrounding communities, be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots, or visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

New Listing in Florham Park Boro

The Shannon Aronson Team is excited to share with you our new listing in Florham Park Boro NJ. 5 Northridge Drive is a stunning townhome in the exclusive 55+ community of Northgate at Florham Park. Luxurious, spacious, bright, private & convenient all describe this 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath, like new Braidburn townhome.

MLS Number: 3378336
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3.5

The Upgraded Kitchen You’ve Been Waiting For!

After being greeted by a large foyer, make your way to the French Country kitchen at this new listing in Florham Park NJ. The kitchen featured at 5 Northridge Drive will knock your socks off! Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, center island, and double wall ovens offer you the perfect setting for meal preparation as well as entertaining. A stunning fireplace offers you a cozy spot to curl up in front of in your formal living room. A formal dining room, office, and powder room finish off the main floor.

The Upstairs Offers a Perfect Haven

Make your way up the stairs at 5 Northridge Drive and take in the dramatic views to the living room below. Take refuge after a long day in your glorious master suite offering a sitting area and two walk-in closets. The sumptuous spa-like bath offers you the perfect place to unwind. Two additional spacious bedrooms, a full bath, and laundry room complete the upper level.

Also Not to be Missed!

As if everything mentioned above was not enough, don’t forget about the full basement w/full bath that is just waiting for your finishing touch. Lots of storage, an elevator spanning all 3 floors, low taxes and an easy commute to NYC are all also offered by this fabulous home.

To learn more about 5 Northridge Drive, the Shannon Aronson Team’s new listing in Florham Park NJ, or to set up a private showing, please contact me! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To search additional homes for sale click here. For more great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Considering a Move to the Suburbs?

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Are you considering a move to the suburbs? Buyers come in all shapes and sizes, but their concerns are universal. What is my buying power in the suburbs? What are the schools like? How could I commute to the city? If you were unable to join us for our Decoding the Suburbs presentation, please check out the information below.

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? What is my Buying Power?

If you are considering buying in the Millburn Short Hills area, $1M spent on a house will, on average, allow you to purchase a 4 bedroom house with between 2.5 and 4.5 baths. You can expect taxes to be between $14,000-$18,000 annually. If Summit NJ is the town that has piqued your interest, $1M spent in Summit, on average, will allow you to purchase a home with 4-5 bedrooms and between 2.5 and 4.5 baths. Taxes are approximately $16,000-$18,000/year. If you decide to move to the Chathams, spending $1M on a home there will give you the purchasing power to buy a home with approximately 4 bedrooms and between 2 and 3 baths. Average annual taxes in the Chathams are approximately $11,000-$15,000. To learn more about your purchasing power for other suburban towns, please be sure to contact us!

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? What are the Schools Like?

School rankings are a cause of angst and confusion for many people. If one source ranks a particular school fairly high, while another ranks it lower, which source should you believe? In short, the answer is all of them. You should see where a particular school or district ranks between one source and the next, and then check it against the previous ranking. Was there a dramatic drop in ranking? Are all of the rankings within a few numbers of each other? These are the things you want to take into consideration. Now, the long answer goes into knowing the criteria that goes into the formula that produces the school or school district’s rank. Often the factors that go into the ranking include standardized test scores, graduation rates, extracurricular offerings, student-to-teacher ratios, and class size. Great places to get school ranking information include: Niche.com, GreatSchools.org, NJMonthly.com, and the Board of Education websites. On a sidenote, often school information that is reported in Zillow is incorrect. Zillow does a radius search, and sometimes a school is listed for a property for which that property is not zoned. Reach out to us if you would like more information regarding local school districts!

Considering a Move to the Suburbs? How Could I Commute to the City?

For your commute into the city, consider the Midtown Direct Train Line. The Midtown Direct Train Line offers you direct access to NY Penn Station. Suburban towns on this train line are at a premium demand and are highly sought after. Other commuting options to consider are commuting by bus or jitney service. Commuting by bus may offer you more affordability and flexibility. Some towns offer jitney service to area train stations. More information regarding commuting can be found at NJTransit.com and DeCamp.com.

If you were unable to join us for our Decoding the Suburbs presentation, and if you still have questions, please be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our presentation and to schedule a phone consultation. You can reach us by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To search properties for sale, click here. If you see a property that interests you, please contact me to set up a private showing! For additional real estate information, or to learn more about any suburban towns, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

4/9/17 Open House in Short Hills NJ

Please join The Shannon Aronson Team for a 4/9/17 open house in Short Hills NJ from 2-4 pm. 75 Hemlock Road is a wonderful 6 bedroom colonial situated on 1.6 acres on a private road in Short Hills NJ. From the finished basement to the stunning upgraded kitchen to the amazing outdoor area, this home has everything you want and more!

MLS Number: 3369323
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5.1

This Kitchen is Sure to Delight Even the Most Discerning Chef!

When you join us for the 4/9/17 open house in Short Hills NJ, be sure to make your way to the kitchen featured at 75 Hemlock Road. The spectacular Viking Stove cooks like a dream. Sip your favorite wine after you grab the bottle from your very own wine refrigerator. Your guests will love gathering around the large center island or in the formal dining room. A spacious living room, family room, powder room, full bath, laundry/mud room, as well as a bedroom/office, complete the main level.

The Upstairs Offers Just as Much!

Make your way up the stairs at the 4/9/17 open house in Short Hills NJ, and you will find the perfect place to relax after a long day. The sumptuous master bath provides you with your own private sanctuary. Four additional bedrooms, each with full jack-and-jill baths, complete the upper level.

Your Own Entertainment Mecca!

As you make your way down to the finished basement during the 4/9/17 open house in Short Hills NJ, you will begin to ask yourself if you’ll ever need to leave your new home. The finished basement at 75 Hemlock Road provides you with plenty of space to entertain. The summer is almost here! Soon you will be enjoying the heated in-ground pool. Stressed? Relax in the fabulous hot tub!

If You Cannot Make the 4/9/17 Open House in Short Hills, NJ . . .

No worries. Just contact me to set up a private showing at 75 Hemlock Road. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To learn more about Short Hills NJ and other surrounding communities, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Discovery Saturdays in April

 

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum Discovery Saturdays in April offer you and your family the opportunity to learn something exciting and new each week in April. Discover new plants, animals and more via stories, games, crafts, and experiments. Backpacks filled with binoculars, field guides, and a magnifying glass are available to borrow so you will have all you need for the perfect outdoor discovery adventure. Discovery Saturdays are held between 9 am and 1 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is free for members and $5/child for non-members. No registration is required.

The topics in April are as follows:

April 8 – Coloring Eggs with Nature’s Colors
April 15 – Robins
April 22 – No Discovery Saturday Program – Join us for Daffodil Day on Sunday, April 23
April 29– Nests

To learn more, visit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum website. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Ave in Summit NJ. To learn more about Summit NJ and what all the town has to offer, please contact us for a FREE copy of our Town Snapshots. You can also learn more by visiting my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com. Planning a move to Summit NJ? If so, click here to see homes for sale. I’d love to arrange a showing for you at any of the properties that interest you. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.