Eagle Rock Reservation

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Bike trails, walking trails, bridle trails . . . you name it, Eagle Rock Reservation has it! Situated on 408 acres and bordering West Orange, Verona, and Montclair, Eagle Rock Reservation boasts an extensive trail system.

The Olmsted brothers, who also designed Central Park in Manhattan, designed Eagle Rock Reservation in the late 1800′s. After the land was first purchased in 1895 and Frederick Law Olmsted created a preliminary design for Eagle Rock Reservation, the reservation was further developed in the early 1900′s by the Olmsted Firm. Eagle Rock Reservation got it’s name “when bald eagles were said to nest in the rocky cliffs on the eastern edge.”

What is now the Highlawn Pavilion restaurant was, at one time, an old casino built on the reservation in 1911. Back then, a “casino” referred to an Italian-style summer house. Lookout Point offers an amazing view of the New York skyline.

The popularity of Eagle Rock Reservation as a picnicking spot in the late 1800′s led to the trolley line being put in place at the foot of Eagle Rock Avenue.  Those who took the trolley to the foot of Eagle Rock had to climb the last 100 feet or so up a path constructed on the side of the cliff if they wanted to enjoy the spectacular views offered at the top.

In 2004, the Eagle Rock Conservancy was formed.  Their goal is to maintain, protect, and restore the Eagle Rock Reservation via maintenance to the trail, fundraising, and raising awareness.

If you are planning a move to our wonderful area, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots.  You can reach us at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.  To search homes for sale, click here.  For great real estate information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

 

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.

Turtle Back Zoo Opens Lion and Hyena Exhibit

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On Tuesday, 6/13/17, the Turtle Back Zoo opened their Lion and Hyena Exhibit in the zoo’s African Adventure area. It is fitting to have lions in the Turtle Back Zoo as they are the main figure on the Essex County seal. The Ronald J. Mount lion and hyena exhibit is one half acre in size. Mount, after whom the exhibit is named, contributed generously to the “Bears in the Backyard” exhibit when it was built in 2005 at the Turtle Back Zoo. The bear exhibit was the first exhibit designed to house animals in areas that replicate their natural habitats. The Turtle Back Zoo partnered with members of the Mount family to turn Mount’s dream of having lions in the zoo into reality.

Exposed rock formations have been added to the lion and hyena exhibit as a means of attracting lions to three main viewing areas. A heated stone patio is also a part of the exhibit to encourage the lions to rest where visitors will have a great view!

To learn more about the Turtle Back Zoo, visit their website. To learn more about West Orange 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. Thinking of buying? Click here to search homes for sale.

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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.

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.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park West Orange NJ

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If you haven’t yet visited the Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, NJ, you might want to add that to your list of places to see! Visit the place where Thomas Edison worked and lived from 1886 until 1931. At the park you will get to see Edison’s lab where he developed the motion picture camera, phonograph, and storage batter. The lab complex also allows you to visit Edison’s music room, stockroom, machine shops, and library. In addition, through a self-guided tour, you will be able to explore two additional floors with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, allowing you to choose what you’d like to see.

If time allows, make sure to visit Glenmont, the estate Thomas Edison purchased for his bride in 1886. This is where the couple entertained, and it is where they raised their family. A cell phone tour is available to guide you around the grounds.

The Laboratory Complex is open Wed to Sun. from 10 am – 4 pm. Glenmont is open Fri. – Sun. from 11:30 am – 4 pm. The cost is $10, but that is good for admission for seven days and includes admission to the laboratory complex as well as Glenmont. Children ages 16 and under are free. An audio tour can be purchased for an additional $5.00.

If you would like to learn more about West Orange, NJ and our surrounding towns, please contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots! To search homes for sale, click here. If you are planning a move to West Orange, NJ, click here to see current market conditions. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

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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West Orange NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

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.

Ice Skating Rinks Near Summit NJ

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Ice skating is always a fun way to get into the winter season! Fortunately for us, there are several ice skating rinks near Summit NJ.

Twin Oaks Ice Rink opened their doors in November 2000, and is located at 65 Columbus Road Morristown, NJ. It is home to many youth and adult competitive hockey leagues. Twin Oaks Ice is a proud partner of the NJ Devils. They offer “learn to skate” sessions for children ages 4-8. In addition, one-on-one hockey lessons are offered by independent contractors at Twin Oaks Ice Rink. Twin Oaks Ice Rink offers an NHL-sized rink, free WiFi, café, pro shop, and meeting room. Click here to visit the Twin Oaks Ice Rink Website.

Union Sports Arena is another one of the ice skating rinks near Summit NJ. It is located at 2441-A Route 22 West Union , NJ. Union Sports Arena offers open ice sessions for public skating. Hours vary, so click here to view their current calendar. They also offer private and group figure skating lessons and  Learn to Skate lessons. In addition, Union Sports Arena offers skating, soccer, football, and baseball birthday parties. Visit the Union Sports Arena website for additional information.

Another one of the ice skating rinks near Summit NJ is Codey Arena. The arena first opened their doors in 1958 and added a smaller second rink in 1983. The arena has two NHL-sized skating rinks. The main arena has a seating capacity of 2,500 and the second rink seats approximately 500. A major renovation in 2004 and 2005 created the new state-of-the art lobby you see at the arena today. Located in the South Mountain Recreation Complex at 560 Northfield Avenue West Orange NJ, the arena offers learn-to-skate lessons as well as public and free-style skating sessions. Additionally, figure skating and ice hockey camps and clinics are available year round. Maria from the Shannon Aronson team has been to Codey Arena.  She mentions to keep in mind that the ice skating rink can get crowded, especially being in the same complex as the zoo.  She says if you are feeling really energetic, visit the zoo and the ice rink in the same visit for a full day of fun!  Click here to visit the Codey Arena Website.

We live in such a wonderful area! If you are thinking of making a move to Summit NJ or any of the surrounding towns, please contact me. I’d love to arrange a showing for you at any of the homes for sale. In addition, for great information about our towns, please contact me for a copy of our FREE town snapshots! You can reach me by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com or by phone at 973.637.0004. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

West Orange, NJ Home Sale Activity

Perhaps you are considering selling a home or buying a home in West Orange, NJ. If so, I think you will find the information that follows regarding the most recent West Orange, NJ Home Sale Activity of value. It is my goal, as your trusted Real Estate Agent, to keep you abreast of real estate market trends in our area.

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The graph below shows us how many active listings were on the market, in West Orange, NJ, each month, between August 2015 and July 2016.

West Orange, NJ Active Real Estate Listings August 2015-July 2016

West Orange, NJ Active Real Estate Listings August 2015-July 2016

The second graph highlights how many listings went under contract, in West Orange, NJ, each month, between August 2015 and July 2016.

West Orange, NJ Listings Under Contract August 2015-July 2016

West Orange, NJ Listings Under Contract August 2015-July 2016

West Orange, NJ Home Sale Activity

The last graph nicely summarizes the most recent West Orange, NJ home sale activity. Specifically, the graph highlights how many listings came on the market, how many listings went under contract, how many listings had price reductions, and how many properties settled, each week, in West Orange, NJ, between 6/24-8/18/16.

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West Orange, NJ Home Sale Activity 6.24-8.18.16

Please contact me if you would like to see any of the wonderful properties for sale in West Orange, NJ, or if I can answer any real estate questions you may have. I can be reached by phone at 973-214-0691 or by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Don’t forget to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com for great real estate information, to learn more about West Orange, NJ and surrounding towns, or to learn about the West Orange School District.