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Opportunity Knocks In Cranford NJ!! 629 Lincoln Park E For Sale

Open House 2/26/17 1-4pm

629 Lincoln Park E, Cranford



Opportunity knocks with this rare find: an exceptionally spacious 4-bed/2.5-bath colonial on a quiet street close to everything Cranford has to offer! The first floor boasts a roomy entry foyer; huge living room; formal dining room with built-ins; extra-large eat-in kitchen with center island, pantry, and sunny breakfast nook; family room with beautiful wood-burning fireplace; and powder room. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite with large full bath and walk-in closet, three additional oversized bedrooms, and a second full bath. Laundry and storage space are located in the full basement with high ceilings, which has the potential to be finished. You’ll be thrilled with the ample closets throughout the home, 2-zone heating and cooling,   two-car garage, and welcoming deck overlooking the private backyard. With close proximity to downtown Cranford, NYC transportation, and major highways, this terrific home simply awaits your finishing touches!


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This Gorgeous Westfield Home Just Sold!

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Congratulations to my clients Jim and Christina on the closing of their GORGEOUS new home in Westfield, NJ! cTalk about curb appeal–this Tudor style home is a stunner from every angle. The interior doesn’t disappoint either, with the character of an old home meshing beautifully with modern updates and spacious additions, including a gourmet cook’s kitchen. With four large bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, first-floor laundry, dedicated office space, finished basement parklike property, and an unbeatable location close to top schools and Downtown Westfield … would you believe this dream home sold for less than $1 million and never hit the MLS? It pays to have a realtor who is searching EVERYWHERE for the perfect home for you!

There are more wonderful homes on the market right now that will fit your budget! You can search for properties directly on this site… check out the search tool on the right! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to be the FIRST to know about homes that will be available soon!

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Patio According to some studies, homeowners could see up to a 75 percent return on investment for the addition of a patio or deck to their property. cAnd a 2016 “Consumer Reports” article suggests that adding a patio or deck could boost the sale price of your home by 3-5 percent! Besides the added monetary value, a deck or patio can provide years of enjoyment and extra entertainment space for any homeowner.

I caught up with Nikki and Jeff Murale of Westfield, who completely renovated their patio this summer and have already been enjoying every square inch of it. I asked Nikki why they decided to expand the patio, and she replied: “We both grew up in homes with fairly small backyards. So when we bought our home with a relatively nice size yard, we knew from day one that we would renovate it someday.  The existing patio was in good condition, but since we both have large families and like to entertain for family, friends and neighbors, expanding the patio seemed like a natural choice for our lifestyle.”

img_0359The Murales’ original patio was a basic stamped concrete square, not large enough for their entertaining goals. Achieving those goals was a multi-step process, which started with years of contemplation and then coming up with their own patio design, which a contractor then implemented. According to Nikki: “The existing concrete patio was ripped out and the yard was graded. A much larger patio made out of paving stones including a border and inlay around the perimeter was installed. We installed a retaining wall including a curved sitting wall, flanked by two lighted pillars, which not only provides function but gives a cohesive look to the patio space. The final touch was installing an outside kitchen/bar, which was customized around our existing equipment of a grill, refrigerated prep table, and beverage refrigerator. The end result is exactly how we envisioned it would be.”

As you can see from the photos, the patio combines beauty with spaciousness and functionality, and the area has truly become an outdoor room. Up next will be the landscaping aspect of the Murales’ backyard. Nikki said, “Landscaping is what we’re calling Phase II, which is scheduled to begin in this month. We’ve been advised by many that the best and safest time to plant trees is in the fall. Future landscaping concept includes trees bordering the entire backyard for privacy as well as beautifying the space. We also plan on planting some small shrubs and dwarf trees on the area where the patio ends and the grass begins. Finally, we intend to start a small vegetable garden for our children to tend to – their idea so it’s their baby!”

Nikki has some valuable advice for those who are considering similar renovations to their property: “The beauty is in the details. Give long and careful consideration on how you plan to use the space. Make it your own. Consider the placement of the grill in relation to where the dining table is, the distance of the kitchen to the sliding doors and the outside entrance point, the flow of the space, etc. To take a small patio and convert it into an outdoor entertaining area that feels like an extension of the house takes time to plan and think through. We found this was best accomplished while sitting outside having cocktails with a sketch pad next to us. So crack open a bottle of wine and let the ideas flow! We are so happy that we did.”

I can’t wait to see the Murales’ patio in the spring with the added landscaping in bloom! I have no doubt that they’ve added value to their already beautiful home, and now they can enjoy it all the more with their kids, their extended family, and their lucky friends!

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Westfield NJ Housing Stats for August 2016 as per GSMLS


Here are some of the housing *stats for Westfield for the month of August:

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Want to know how the housing market is faring in the Cranford-Westfield Area? I have all the information at my fingertips–just fill out the contact form and tell us which towns you’d like to get details about, and I’ll e-mail you a comprehensive list of how many houses sold in the previous month, what price they sold for, and more!


Broker of Record: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Harold Maxwell) 908-233-0065
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*Information as per GSMLS for the period of 8/1/16-8/31/16


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Open House 8/28 1-4pm 5 Bedroom Westfield Colonial!

646 Fourth Ave Westfield

646 Fourth Ave Westfield


This beautiful 5-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath classic Westfield colonial (646 Fourth Ave) has all the charm and character of an older home combined with stylish updates and spacious additions for today’s buyer. The recently painted exterior oozes curb appeal, while a rocking-chair front porch welcomes you home. Inside you’ll find exquisite woodwork, from the gorgeous chestnut columns to the timeless hardwood floors with inlays. A large living room opens into the dining room with exposed beams. The bright kitchen has been updated with butcher block countertops and stainless steel appliances. Just off the kitchen is a cozy breakfast nook that opens onto a welcoming deck. The first floor continues with a fabulous expansion that includes a powder room, an expansive master suite (currently being used as family room) with gas fireplace and cedar-lined closet, and a gorgeous en suite full bathroom. This could easily become an in-law suite.
Four more bedrooms and a full bath are located on the second floor, and the huge walk-up attic offers limitless possibilities for expansion. The living space continues on the lower level with a massive recreation room featuring hardwood floors and high ceilings, which opens onto the picture-perfect patio and fully fenced yard with lush, level lawn. A generous mud room and an oversized unfinished storage and laundry area complete the lower level.

With its convenient location close to NYC transportation, downtown, and schools, this home has everything you’re looking for and is priced to sell at $609,000.


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Sneak Peak of an AMAZING Cranford Colonial! Coming Soon!

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This beautiful Cranford Colonial home was built in approximately 1907 and features all the charm of yesterday with the modern amenities of today! It offers three bright and airy bedrooms, one full bath and one half bath, a beautifully updated kitchen, and so much more. You will love sitting on the gracious open front porch which is perfect for sipping lemonade!



This property will be available for showings beginning on Thursday, April 28, 2016, and is priced at $525,000. Public Open House scheduled May 1 from 1-4pm. 505 Orange Ave, Cranford


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You Will LOVE This Cranford Home! Open House Sunday 4/10 1-4pm

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PRICED AT $500,000












16 Wadsworth TerrWell maintained Home located on beautiful tree lined dead end street * Spacious Rooms, hardwood floors, gas heat, central air, on gorgeous serene lot with patio *Ideally located to Bloomingdale and  Orange Avenue Schools, Cranford Outdoor Pool, Parks and Playgrounds, Downtown Shops & Restaurants, NY Bus & Train Commuter Transportation * Bring your personal touches and make this home your own * Not A Flood Zone* New roof 2013, new steps retaining wall 2012, New Sump Pump and drainage system 2012, New furnace 2013, New Water Heater 2015, Basement renovation 2012, renovated family and powder room 2013, landscaping 2013, new propane generator.

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Charming Cranford Colonial For Sale! Open House 4/3/16 1-4pm

31 Elmora Ave Cranford

Are you looking for a home in Cranford? LOOK NO FURTHER! Charm and character abound in this beautiful 4 br 1.5 bath home with loads of curb appeal and a great flow for entertaining. The huge living room with woodburning fireplace and custom built ins and the formal dining room are filled with light. Gleaming hardwood floors, original wood trim, arches, and built ins add to the warmth andstyle of this home. The eat in kitchen offers an adorable arched nook. The second floor offers three spacious bedrooms and the main bath. You will LOVE the charm of the master bedroom with it’s separate sitting area! The third floor offers a fourth bedroom and ample storage. The partially finished basement is where you will find the rec room, laundry, and utility room. This lovely home sits on a corner lot with landscaping that affords privacy and serenity. Priced to sell at $525,000!

Come enjoy all that Cranford has to offer!

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Westfield NJ’s “Deck The Halls Holiday House Tour” December 6, 2014

If you love beautiful holiday decorations as well as interesting architecture, then you won’t want Westfield Holiday House Tourto miss the Deck the Halls Holiday House Tour on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Westfield.

This special event is held every four years by the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield. Who are they, you ask? Why, only the supremely talented volunteer gardeners who painstaikingly maintain all of these gardens: the northside of the Train Station, the Miller Cory House, the Shadowlawn Pocket Park, and the Claire Brownwell Wildflower Garden at the Reeve House (site of the Westfield Historical Society). Their hard work keeps our town looking gorgeous!

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Four unique Westfield homes will be featured in the Holiday House tour, including a classic 1906 colonial where you’ll find a Christmas tree trimmed with ornaments made from old newspaper clippings; and a very interesting newer construction “green” home with low environmental impact. All of the halls will be decked in Christmas finery by the Rake and Hoe team, led by club president Karen Jolley-Gates, and the handmade tree ornaments will be for sale.

photo 3 photo 1photo 4 In addition to the homes on the tour, there will be a gift boutique held simultaneously at the Methodist Church on East Broad, where you can shop for one-of-a-kind items created by the Garden Club, from boxwood topiaries to birdhouses to candy wreaths and much more.

Purchase tickets for the tour at the following locations: Baron’s drugstore, Williams Nursery, Christoffer’s florist, and Coldwell Banker’s Central Ave location. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 the day of. Please note that the home tour is for ages 12 and up only.

For more information visit www.rakeandhoe.org or call 908-233-5125.

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The Cranford Junior Woman’s Club’s 24th Annual “Home For The Holidays House Tour”



The Cranford Junior Woman’s Club has announced its 24th annual “Home for the Holidays House Tour.”  This much anticipated event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8th, and is expected to be as great of a success as the past years’ events have been.  The self-guided tour has become a treasured part of the town’s Christmas tradition. Thanks to the generosity of local homeowners, businesses, organizations, and individuals, the tour will consist of  four of the finest homes in Cranford, a historic church, and even a secret garden!  And all of them will be beautifully adorned for the holidays.  In addition, the wonderful Madrigal Choir will be there to entertain and to help put everyone into the holiday spirit. The hospitality house will be offering tastes from various Cranford restaurants and some yummy baked goodies, and the Cranford Junior Woman’s Club boutique will also have items available for sale.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit Project Home of Cranford, as well as other local charities.  This is such a great event, and such a wonderful way to relax into the holiday season! Advance tickets are $25 each, and are available at Cranford local businesses Augusta Mae, Back to Nature Health Foods, the Cranford Public Library, the UPS Store, and Periwinkles. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at CranfordJWC.com. Tickets WILL be available on the day of the tour at$30 each, ready for purchase at Hanson House at 38 Springfield Avenue.  Come on out and get into the holiday spirit, and maybe pick up a few good ideas for decorating your OWN home for the holidays!

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