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.

Buying Manhattan Real Estate – A Special Presentation from Shannon Aronson

Are you or someone you know THINKING OF MOVING TO MANHATTAN?


SHANNON ARONSON hosts a special presentation on

BUYING MANHATTAN REAL ESTATE

Purchasing a Home in New York City

with special guest presenter, top NYC agent, Julia Hoagland

February 7 from 7:30pm to 9pm at Common Lot

Join Shannon and Julia for a delightful and informative evening at Millburn’s in-demand new restaurant, Common Lot.

The prospect of moving to New York City is exciting but the process of buying a home there is complex. Make yourself an expert before you get started in your search.  Julia Hoagland is one of the Top Real Estate Agents in NYC.  Join us to learn about the buying process, the values of different neighborhoods, nuances of condos, co-ops and how to get started.

Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served.

Seating is Limited. RSVP a MUST. Follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buying-manhattan-real-estate-purchasing-a-home-in-new-york-city-tickets-31683080948

 


NYC Neighborhoods

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

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The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills NJ offers several programs throughout the winter that will keep you and your family entertained.

Enjoy a fun morning with your little one every Thursday from 10-11 am.  Beginning January 12 and running through March 30, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills NJ offers “Arboretum Sprouts”.  The hour will be filled with games, songs, stories and crafts with seasonal, natural themes.  A short hike outside concludes the hour, weather permitting.  Children must be at least 1 year of age by 12/30/16 to participate.  Membership is required.

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum offers “Winter Turtle Tots” from January 10-March 28.  During this weekly class, preschoolers learn about nature during nature walks, guided discussions, and hands-on learning.  Topics discussed include snow, hibernation, and winter birds.  Children are asked to bring a healthy snack and to bring a lunch for Friday classes.  Sessions are offered Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30, Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm and Fridays 12:00-2:30 pm.  Membership is required as well as pre-registration and health forms.

New for 2017 is Eco-Explorers.  From January 11-March 22, this class is offered to children in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.  This after-school class runs from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Through guided walks, woodlands discovery and scientific investigation kids will discover nature in a hands-on environment.  Children will be outdoors, so please dress them accordingly.   Membership is required as well as pre-registration and health forms.

Why not plan ahead?  On Sunday, 3/12, from 1-2 pm, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum offers “Teen Crafternoon”.  During this session, teens will have the opportunity to build a terrarium, miniature succulent garden, or a desert getaway!  Teen Crafternoon is offered to both members and non-members.  Pre-registration is required.  All materials needed will be provided.

Last, but not least, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum will offer a mid-winter camp from February 20-February 24.  Turtle Tots camp will be offered from 9 am-12 pm for 3-5 year olds.  The Explorers Camp will be offered for children in 1st-3rd grades from 9 am-3 pm.  Membership, health forms, and pre-registration is required.  Campers can attend for the entire week or just by the day.

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is just one of the many wonderful things Short Hills NJ has to offer. If you are interested in buying a home in Short Hills NJ, please contact me. I would love to arrange a showing for you. If you would like to learn more about Short Hills NJ and the surrounding towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. 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 be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Halloween Doings in and Around the Millburn Short Hills NJ Area

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Halloween is almost upon us! If you are looking for Halloween doings in and around the Millburn Short Hills NJ area, below are some ideas.

The Bane Haunted House provides participants with an interactive, intense experience. It is probably best to keep the little ones away from this one, but they do offer a walk-through experience with the lights on throughout the house for those 12 and under during “Happily Haunted” which runs on Sundays between the hours of 3-5 pm. The Bane Haunted House is the largest haunted house in New Jersey, and has been named the “Scariest Haunted House in New Jersey”. There are rules and guidelines for visiting the Bane Haunted House. Click here to visit their website.

Alstede Farms, located in Chester NJ, is recommended by Diana on our team. The farm offers family-friendly activities such as hayrides, pumpkin and apple picking, and a giant corn maze! The corn maze is open daily from 9-5. Children’s activities such as pony rides, a moonbounce, and wagon train rides are offered daily from  noon-4 pm. The children will delight in visiting and feeding the farm friendly animals, each day beginning at 9 am. Enjoy live entertainment on the weekends, such as bands, face painting, and puppetry, from 11 am – 5 pm. Click here for a calendar of events.

If you’re looking for Halloween doings in and around the Millburn Short Hills NJ Area for your four-legged friend, why not take a drive to the Sussex County Fairgrounds where they will be hosting the “Dog Walk of the Dead”.  Featured events include a canine costume contest, a zombie dog parade, live music, and a classic car show.  The event takes place on Saturday, 10/22, from 11-4 pm. The event will be held rain or shine, and all proceeds go to support O.S.C.A.R, One Step Closer Animal Rescue.

If you are curious about Millburn Short Hills, NJ and our surrounding communities, please contact me for a free copy of our Town Snapshot booklet, filled with great information to help you get familiar with our local communities. If you are considering making a move to the area, I’d love to show you any properties for sale that may interest you. You can reach me by phone at 973.637-0004 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For additional information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.