Cranford ROCKS!

Cranford ROCKS! A New and Fun Tradition!

My Assistant Angela is in LOVE with this rock... she tells her kids "Don't forget to be awesome!" before every soccer game!

My Assistant Angela is in LOVE with this rock… she tells her kids “Don’t forget to be awesome!” before every soccer game!

A Cranford mom (and one of my favorite clients EVER!) has brought an adorable new tradition to town that is making people smile left and right! It’s called Cranford Rocks, and it has nothing to do with music.

Kristen Mider moved with her husband and children from Brooklyn to Cranford 3 1/2 years ago. Back when she lived in Brooklyn, her family participated in something that is unofficially known as Kindness Rocks, where people of all ages paint rocks and hide them in the neighborhood for people to find. Kristen said, “The idea is that someone will stumble upon one of the rocks, and it will brighten their day.”

 

 

One of Kristen’s friends lost her son to suicide and asked that people create Kindness Rocks in his memory, and that further inspired Kristen to continue this activity.

 

Around 6 months ago Kristen launched the Cranford Rocks Facebook  group to introduce the Kindness Rocks theme to our town. “We were the first to create the rocks in Cranford, hide them, and post about it on Facebook, and as soon as we did, it just took off. The page went from having just a few followers to several hundred.”

Kristen stresses that everyone is welcome to participate–even adults who don’t have children have painted and left rocks. The rocks are often painted in very bright colors, sometimes with messages on them such as  “Let the Sun Shine” or “Be Kind.” 

Kristen’s kids have found rocks at Lincoln Park, Unami Park, Nomahegan Park, and even Eastman Plaza in Downtown Cranford. And they’ve made sure to hide just as many rocks as they’ve found. Kristen said, “It empowers the kids–I want them to know they have the power to make the world a nicer place and lift someone’s spirits. They get so excited when people post photos of their found rocks online.” 

So go out in your backyard, find a rock, paint it, and leave the rock where someone will find it and then hopefully pay it forward! 

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GSMLS Open House List For Cranford, Westfield, and Surrounding Areas of NJ

 

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Here is the scheduled  GSMLS Open House List  for residential real estate in Cranford, Westfield, Clark, Garwood, Kenilworth, Scotch Plains and Fanwood NJ for the weekend of May 13-14, 2017. Open Houses are on Sunday from 1-4pm unless otherwise noted. (A few are Saturday!) Please let me know if you would like information about these, or any other properties. Please let the hosting agents know that I sent you! Click this link if you would like a Free, No Obligation Market Analysis on your home, or click below to view all available GSMLS listings:

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123 Besler Ave Cranford

Exclusive! Rare Multi Family Opportunity in Cranford NJ

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The possibilities are endless in this bright and airy 2-family Cranford home! Lower level unit features 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, living room, dining room, and kitchen with lots of cabinets. Upper level unit has been totally updated with 3 bedrooms, beautiful full bath with dual sinks, living room, dining room, and modern kitchen with cherry cabinets, new countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The finished basement is accessible from both units with spacious recreation area, laundry room, and gorgeous full bath. Hardwood floors and central air throughout, 2-car garage, and fenced backyard. Just over 1 mile to downtown Cranford and .5 miles to Garwood train station, close to parks, and top schools. Not in a flood zone! Great income opportunity!

*This property is exclusively listed for $575,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Westfield West Office 908-233-0065 

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New Listing In Cranford, NJ! $699,000

Cranford NJ Home For SaleThe minute you step foot on this special property, you’ll NEVER want to leave! Located on one of Cranford’s prettiest streets, this classic colonial has curb appeal in spades. The entire first floor has newly installed hardwood floors, thick chestnut trim, and oversized windows that let sunlight pour in. Relax in the spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace and a stunning view of the gorgeous grounds and Rahway River. The dining room opens into a totally updated kitchen with granite countertops, ample cabinetry, recessed lighting, and stainless steel appliances. A cozy sun room and powder room complete the first floor. Just off the kitchen, a brick patio extends the entertaining space outdoors, where the parklike backyard and welcoming gazebo at the water’s edge make every day feel like a vacation. The second level offers two good-sized bedrooms, an updated full bath, and a spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings, skylights, walk-in closet plus a double closet, and en suite full bath. The living space continues in the walk-up attic with finished office/4th bedroom and two large storage rooms. Laundry is located in the full basement along with ample storage space. With multiple zone heating and central air, a detached garage, million-dollar views from almost every room, and an unbeatable location close to top schools, parks, and Downtown Cranford … this home has it ALL!

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*This property is listed for $699,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Westfield West Office 908-233-0065. It will be available on the GSMLS 5/17/2017

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If These Walls Could Talk….

There’s just something about old houses. Besides the character you find in the beautiful craftsmanship of older homes, there’s an energy and a visceral feeling you get from walking the same floors, touching the same walls, looking out the very same windows that others did for generations before you. And every once in a while, if you’re lucky, you find actual, tangible history in an old house, just as Melissa Fahy did when she found a letter from the 1940s hidden within her walls. 

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A teacher at Westfield’s Roosevelt Middle School, Melissa was surprised to receive a text from her husband in the middle of her work day, detailing the discovery. Melissa said, “My husband texted me a photo of the letter, and he didn’t know what it was at first. I was so excited to read it and see what it was. It’s so well preserved, it almost looks fake. We realized that the letter must have fallen through the floor boards of the attic and become trapped behind the stairs.”

IMG_9527The letter was written by an adoring woman to her husband Rolf Christoffersen while he was abroad. And the letter itself is pure poetry! In an age of quick texts and emojis, it’s so moving to read a heartfelt handwritten letter. After she read it, Melissa was determined to find whom it belonged to. “It felt like a scene from ‘The Notebook’ or a movie. I just knew I had to get the letter back to the owners. I posted about it on the Facebook Westfield Moms page. I have a one-year-old, so I had no time to do research. One of the people who commented on my post had somehow known who Rolf’s son was, so I got in contact with him and said, ‘I have something that might belong to you.'”

Rolf Christoffersen Jr. replied to Melissa, “Actually, I believe that letter belonged to my father.” In a whirlwind conversation, Rolf Jr. told Melissa that his mother, Virginia Rose Fitzgerald, was one of the early residents of the home when Virginia’s father purchased it in 1940. Four years later, Virginia married Rolf Christoffersen, and they lived in the Westfield home until 1959, when they moved to California with their three children. Rolf Sr. was a Norwegian sailor who was part of the North Atlantic convoys during World War II, and no doubt it was letters from his beloved wife that kept him in good spirits. 

It turns out Rolf Sr. is still alive and in his 90s! Melissa got the letter back to Rolf Jr., who read it to his father, and both were delighted to have this piece of Virginia back. Rolf Jr. said that all the other letters between his parents from that time period were lost when they moved to California. He called it a “miracle” that this letter has now come back to their family. Incredibly, this might have been the very first time Rolf Sr. had read this letter, since it had been “returned to sender” all those years ago, and who knows when it got lost in the walls of the home?

If Melissa loved her house when she bought it, now she’s grown even more attached to it. “It’s so cool to find a piece of history like this. You see so many houses torn down, and to find a house like this to fix up–you’re apprehensive at first, but then you realize the value of having a house with so much history.”

Melissa told the incredible story to her students, and it’s wonderful to hear that the younger generation was wide-eyed with awe over the story of a long-lost love letter.

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Rolf Jr. asked Melissa if the sun porch was still there on his old Westfield home. “It is, and we’re renovating it,” she told me. I can’t help but get misty-eyed thinking about a couple in love, holding hands on the sun porch 70 years ago, and another couple in love, holding hands on that same porch today. Old houses are amazing.

Check out the NBC News story about this amazing story!  NBC News Story

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Get Fit with Legg Day!

You’ve heard it before and you’re bound to hear it again: DIETS DON’T WORK. Not beyond the short-term, anyway. What experts encourage instead is a healthy and active lifestyle for the long haul. But some folks need guidance in this arena. Besides cooking and eating healthfully, how do you choose the best workouts for your level of fitness? 

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Local health and fitness expert Ashley Legg is here to help! Through her cleverly named business–Legg Day–Ashley provides nutritional and fitness counseling to people of all ages and sizes. All the counseling is done virtually (over the computer and phone), which saves precious time since you don’t have to drive to meet with a nutritionist/personal trainer; Legg Day is always at your fingertips. 

If you’ve run into Ashely in her new hometown of Cranford, then you’ve clearly seen that she practices what she preaches (she’s gorgeous!). But like many of us, she didn’t start out doing this dream job of hers. Ashley began her career in journalism and was a general assignment reporter with an NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. She said, “I’d been a journalist my whole adult life, but when we made the decision to transition our lives east for my husband’s work, I left my job to start my own business, Legg Day Fitness.” 

Although she worked in journalism, Ashley was a fitness enthusiast all the while. She began competing in bodybuilding competitions in 2015, and along the way became an expert in healthy eating and fitness training. She has over 200 videos on youtube in which she discusses nutrition and shares workouts, and on Instagram, Ashley has almost 6,000 followers. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist. 

Regarding her client base, Ashley said, “Most people just want to feel better about themselves inside and out. I would say 95 percent of my clients want to lose weight. Some of my clients who come to me are already fit and active but want to improve their performance and nutrition knowledge. I also have a lot of new moms who want their pre-baby bodies back. There are also clients, both men and women, who want to build muscle. The short answer is I have clients all across the board, which is possible because all of my plans are customized to the individual based on his or her goals, body, age, and ability level.”

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It’s so rewarding to witness people take action towards their goals day after day, week after week and month after month. I encourage them to earn their progress and we celebrate successes often! I’m there with my clients every step of the way, through the good and the bad, the lows and the highs. I believe my business stands out because I can relate to many people who have felt lost when it comes to eating right and working out. I have been there, I have felt low and I have doubted myself. I have tried every fad diet out there, my weight has been a rollercoaster from low to high, vice versa. The difference is, I have found my balance to live a healthy and active lifestyle and now, I just love sharing that knowledge with others so they can find their balance.”

For more information about Legg Day Fitness services and packages, visit http://www.leggday.com/

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Cranford/Westfield Area Nosy Neighbor Reports!

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Are you curious about the real estate market activity in our area? Look no further than our monthly “Nosy Neighbor Reports” where we share all the data and information you are looking for! Today we are posting the home sales reports for April, 2017 with each sale and its price as the GSMLS.

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Northside of Cranford EXCLUSIVE Listing!

wide_IMG_8194_4962596Enjoy an easy living lifestyle in this 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath Cranford charmer! You’ll love coming home to the inviting living room with gorgeous hardwood floors and stunning floor-to-ceiling fireplace. A formal dining room connects to the totally updated kitchen with modern cabinetry, 6-burner stainless steel stove, sleek granite countertops, and recessed lighting. Enjoy your morning coffee in the adorable sun room that opens onto an expansive patio perfect for entertaining. Two bedrooms and a full bath complete the first floor. The second floor boasts two large bedrooms (one with walk-in closet), a full bath, and ample storage space. The full basement offers opportunities for expanded living space and includes a bathroom and laundry area. With central air, an oversized attached garage, great closet space, professional landscaping, and a wonderful location close to schools and the town pool, all you need to do is unpack your bags! 

*This property is exclusively listed for $575,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Westfield West Office 908-233-0065 

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Cranford/Westfield NJ Area Market Activity April 2017

The Spring Market is in FULL FORCE, and the activity in our local towns is brisk! Let me know if you would like a No Obligation Market Analysis of your home!  I would be happy to help!

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The Gift of Heart Failure

Westfield’s Dan Weiniger Publishes a New Book: The Gift of Heart Failure

I’ve always admired people who are able to see the glass as half full even amid adversity. My friend, and Westfield’s eternal optimist, Dan Weiniger will inspire you with his newly published book The Gift of Heart Failure, in which he shares his hard-earned lessons on how to turn obstacles into opportunities.

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Many of you might know Dan from his successful local business Home Video Studio (http://www.homevideostudio.com), which I’ve used myself and highly recommend! Having already endured a quintuple bypass earlier in life, Dan suffered another nearly fatal heart attack two years ago. Doctors declared that his heart was 80% dead, and he had extensive surgery in which an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) was implanted to keep his heart functioning while he awaits a heart transplant. His friend Doug Lynch helped to raise almost $9,000 to install a whole-house generator in Dan’s home to ensure that his LVAD will function even in power outages.

After recovering from that heart attack, Dan began volunteering for the NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. He started speaking at events, like the Heart Fair Symposium, and soon he felt compelled to get his story down on paper to spread the word to more people. About a year ago he began writing the draft for The Gift of Heart Failure. Dan said, “The words just poured out of me. I didn’t even know what I would do after finishing the book. I just thought my experiences might help anyone through anything by showing the value of having the right perspective.”

Dan didn’t write his book in the traditional way of putting pen to paper. He said, “I seem to write best when I’m driving in the car alone, dictating into my phone, and then later going back into the studio and writing. Talking allows for freer flow of thinking. You go places you never imagine.”

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In The Gift of Heart Failure, Dan discusses 12 tools to help you to accept any situation in life, no matter how seemingly insurmountable. Among those tools are appreciating the little things in life, developing an insatiable curiosity, being kind, and turbocharging your enthusiasm. You’ll have to read the book to find out the other tools! Along the way you’ll be uplifted by Dan’s humor, truth, and endless encouragement. Rumor has it, you will not be able to put the book down (and aren’t those the best kind?).

 

You can order The Gift of Heart Failure on Amazon as a paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Heart-Failure-Fundamentals-Opportunities/dp/0692877320/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1493053073&sr=8-1

And it’s also available for the Kindle: 

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Follow Dan on Facebook @TheGiftOfHeartFailure, and stay tuned for local book signings with the big-hearted (pun intended!) man himself. Dan will be donating a portion of the proceeds of his book sales to the NJ Sharing Network and other organizations.  

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