Turtle Back Zoo Continues “Zoo-vies” Through August

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Turtle Back Zoo, located in West Orange, NJ, will continue their Family Nights on Wednesday nights through August. During Family Nights, the Turtle Back Zoo presents “Zoo-vies”, animal related movies shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo parking deck. The Turtle Back Zoo has extended hours until 8:30 pm during Family Nights with the last admission being at 8 pm.

Families attending Zoo-vies should bring chairs or blankets.  Admission to the movies is free (you do not have to purchase admission to the zoo), and the Zoo-vies begin at dusk. In the event of rain, the movies will be cancelled.

Scheduled Zoo-vies for August are:

Wednesday, 8/2: Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest
Wednesday, 8/9: How to Train Your Dragon
Wednesday, 8/17: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Wednesday, 8/23: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Wednesday, 8/30: Moana

The Turtle Back Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices are as follows: Children and senior citizens $12; Adults are $15 and children under 2 years of age are free.

The Turtle Back Zoo is one of the gems located in the Millburn Short Hills area. If you are interested in making a move to Millburn Short Hills, West Orange, or any other surrounding communities, please contact me. I’d love to set up a showing for you at any of the fantastic homes for sale. For more information about our great communities, contact us 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.

Millburn High School Class of 2017 Once Again Proves Millburn’s Pedigree

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Millburn High School delivered an extremely impressive class of graduates in 2017. As this year’s graduates prepare to head off to college, we analyzed the trends in their college acceptances and choices. This year, as in past years, students excelled academically and their community is no doubt extremely proud of their performance and looks forward to their future accomplishments.

Millburn High School students are well represented across a wide range of higher education choices. From the Ivy Leagues, top Liberal Arts schools, international schools, the leading public schools, the nation’s best party schools, and everything in-between, Millburn High School sends students off to schools that nurture all kinds of interests and academic levels.

Let’s take a look at the numbers. The Ivy League schools are fortunate to be receiving 14 of Millburn’s best and brightest. That makes up about 4% of Millburn’s graduates. This fall, 57 of 356 students in the class of 2017 are off to one of U.S. News & World Report’s Top 25 universities. Furthermore, 124 students will be attending the Nation’s top 50 schools. Those statistics show that about 16% of Millburn High School students are going to top 25 schools and about 35% of the students will attend top 50 schools across the country. Millburn graduate Arik Wolk, who will be one of 12 students attending Washington University in St. Louis next year, explained why he believes so many Millburn Students are well positioned to attend some of the nation’s best colleges. He said,“Between the supportive student community, the teachers who are always willing to help, and the academic preparation the school provides, Millburn High School provided me and my peers with the opportunity to attend some of the nation’s top colleges!”

Some students are more interested in the intimate Liberal Arts setting as opposed to the bigger, national universities. In fact, 29 students have decided to pursue a Liberal Arts education and will be attending one of the nation’s top 50 Liberal Arts Schools as opposed to the top National Universities. Those 29 students make up about 8% of Millburn’s graduating class. In fact, Ethan Denenberg, who will be attending Colgate University in the fall, explained his reason for choosing to take up a Liberal Arts education. He noted, “In college I really want to be able to connect with my professors on a personal level. At large state schools, students tend to get lost in the shuffle and end up taking many large lecture classes. On the other hand, Colgate has a small average class size and students interact with their professors inside and outside of the classroom. Coming from Millburn where I had so many great relationships with my teachers, it was important for me to continue building these bonds in college.”

It’s also true that some students want to explore something new and have a completely new experience with their college careers. Some of Millburn’s most adventurous students will be attending schools outside the country; studying at schools like The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of Surrey. Cameron Varnish, who will be attending the University of Surrey in England next year, explained how Millburn High School helped him feel prepared to study anywhere in the world. Varnish told The Shannon Aronson Team, “Millburn High School is a school that helped me to develop academic independence. Because of this, I was open to just about any university — near or far from home. I felt I was well-prepared and ready. Therefore, when my Mom suggested I go to England to continue my education, as well as having the opportunity to play rugby for a team in England, I knew I would be able to handle it. I believe MHS prepared me well and helped me to find what works best for me in terms of studying, reviewing, and test-taking skills, and I’m excited to put them to use in a new environment.”

Additionally, some students prefer the bigger “rah rah” school kind of atmosphere that one can only get at a big public school. About 18% of Millburn students are going off to the Nation’s top 25 Public Universitiesas ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Contrary to popular opinion, even in a school like Millburn, it is not all work and no play. Next month 12 Millburn High School students will be attending the Top 5 Party Schools in the country as ranked by the Princeton Review.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be Millburn’s most represented college with a total of 18 Millburn students attending. One of those 18 Millburn students attending Rutgers next fall is Emily Blumstein. When Emily was asked about how she felt that so many other students were attending Rutgers next fall she said, “Although Rutgers is huge, it is nice to know that I will see some friendly faces around campus! Our interests are so diverse, so I’m sure MHS will be well represented in all departments and fields.” Moreover, some other popular destinations include New York University, Tulane University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Shannon Aronson Team hosted an extremely popular Facebook LIVE event featuring 5 recent Millburn graduates. Although school ranking and test scores are readily available on the internet, these students gave viewers an insider’s look at life inside the Millburn school system. This information isn’t available anywhere else.  For more information on this please watch “Growing UP Millburn: An Insider’s Perspective from Millburn High School Graduates” Facebook LIVE Event, on our business page, The Shannon Aronson Team Keller Williams Realty, and also available on YouTube.

To The Shannon Aronson Team, these numbers show that the Millburn School System doesn’t just cater to the needs of one specific type student, but to the needs of all. This proves yet again, why the Millburn School System is so highly regarded by all. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for all of your impressive accomplishments.

Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends

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Millburn Short Hills, NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

Curious about current Millburn Short Hills NJ real estate trends? If you are considering a move to Millburn Short Hills NJ, you may be wondering about the most recent Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends. When we compare listing price and sold prices, it gives us a good indication of where the real estate market is heading. First, let’s understand the difference between a listing price and a sold price. The listing price is what the sellers are asking for their home, while the sold price is the amount a buyer is willing to pay. When we look at the chart below, we can see the median listing price was at its lowest in August of 2016 while it reached its peak over the course of the past 12 months in January of 2017. The median sold price increased steadily between August 2016 and December 2016 and then saw a drastic decline between December and January. Median sold prices have remained relatively low in comparison to that peak they experienced in December of last year. Thinking of selling? Click here to find out what your home is worth.

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Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we continue to examine the most recent Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends, the chart below shows us how many active listings have been on the market in Millburn Short Hills NJ. The median number of days active properties have been listed is 71.

Milburn Short Hills NJ Market Inventory Trends

Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

As we wrap up our look into the Millburn Short Hills NJ Real Estate Trends, some other interesting statistics to note are: $2,089,530 is the median listing price, 71 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 122.

If you find you still have questions regarding Millburn Short Hills NJ real estate trends, or you would like to see any of the homes for sale, please be sure to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 973.214.0691 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more information about Millburn Short Hills NJ and our surrounding communities, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Father’s Day Hike at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Short Hills NJ

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This Sunday, 6/18/17, join the teen volunteers, “Cora’s Conservation Corps”, as they lead guests into the woods to become Citizen Scientists as they learn about Fathers in the Forest on a Father’s Day Hike at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Short Hills NJ! The Father’s Day Hike at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Short Hills NJ will last approximately 45 minutes and depart at 11, 1 and 3. The suggested donation to join the Father’s Day Hike at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Short Hills NJ is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather.

To learn more about the Father’s Day Hike at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Short Hills NJ, visit their website. To learn more about Short Hills NJ and surrounding communities, 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. Thinking of making a move to Short Hills, NJ? If so, click here to see homes for sale. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ

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Take a step back in time when you visit historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ. Tucked away from modern distractions, Historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ “is a place of horticultural excellence”. Many visitors choose to go back again and again! Located at 274 Old Short Hills Road Short Hills NJ, only 45 minutes from Manhattan, the gardens are accessible by train.

Historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ offers 28 acres of garden surrounded by over 2,100 acres of the South Mountain Reservation. Previously owned by the Branchard family, the gardens were first transformed and opened to the public in 2003.

Historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $10. Members and children under the age of 12 are free. The admission fee for students presenting an ID and guests age 65 and over is $5. A free Greenwood Garden guide assists visitors on a self-guided tour. Guided tours with Greenwood Gardens co-founder, Peter Blanchard III, are available on Sundays for a $10 per person fee.  Registration is required for guided tours, and the tours are limited to 15 people.

Several programs are offered at Historic Greenwood Gardens Millburn NJ.  Coming up on Wednesday, 6/14, from 11 am – 12 pm,  join the head of Horticulture for a plant walk where you can learn more about the many trees, shrubs, and perennials on display throughout the gardens.  The program is free for members and $5 for non-members.  Refreshments of iced tea and cookies are provided.  Registration is required.

Millburn NJ has so much to offer. If you would like to learn more about Millburn NJ, 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 Millburn NJ, click here to view homes for sale. For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Downtown Millburn Farmer’s Market

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The popular Downtown Millburn Farmer’s Market opens Tuesday, June 6, and runs every Tuesday through October 31. The market is open from 8 am to 2 pm and is located on Main and Essex Streets. The Farmer’s Market is right in downtown Millburn, so it is very convenient to shops and restaurants if you would like to grab a coffee or have lunch before or after your shopping.  Parking can be a bit tricky, so patience is a must!  Anything from fresh fruits and vegetables to delicious baked goods to pickles and cheeses can be found at the Downtown Millburn Farmer’s Market. Click here to see a full list of vendors.

If you are planning a move to Millburn NJ, 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. To see homes for sale in Millburn, NJ, click here. To learn more about Millburn NJ and our surrounding communities, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Open Houses in Millburn Short Hills and Summit NJ

The Shannon Aronson Team is inviting you to join us at our 3 open houses in Millburn Short Hills and Summit NJ this Sunday, 5/7.

28 Parsonage Hill Road Millburn NJ

28 Parsonage Hill Road is a lovely 4 BR, 5.2 BA home situated on nearly one acre of gorgeous grounds in the prime location of Short Hills NJ. Features include kitchen with granite counters, living room with fireplace, and master suite with sitting room. This amazing home is a must-see and will be open on Sunday, 5/7, from 2-4 pm.

75 Hemlock Road Short Hills NJ

75 Hemlock Road is a wonderful 6 bedroom, 5.1 bath colonial situated on 1.6 acres on a private road in Short Hills NJ. From the finished basement to the stunning upgraded kitchen with Viking Stove and wine refrigerator to the amazing outdoor area with heated in-ground pool and hot tub, this home has everything you want and more! You have to see it for yourself!  This home is open Sunday, 5/7, from 2-4 pm.

11 Euclid Avenue Summit NJ

11 Euclid Avenue Unit 4D is a fully renovated 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condo located in the desirable Strathmore House building just blocks to downtown Summit and NYC Transportation. You will love the open floorplan, completely renovated kitchen with new appliances and marble countertops, and the master bedroom with renovated en-suite bath. Be sure to come see this gem for yourself at our open house this Sunday, 5/7, from 1-4 pm.

If you are unable to join us for our open houses in Millburn Short Hills and Summit NJ this weekend, please be sure to contact me to set up a private showing at any of these amazing homes for sale. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Click here to see additional homes for sale. Please remember to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com for more great real estate information.

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.

Buying Real Estate in Manhattan

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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

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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.