Maplewood-South Orange NJ Holds Celebrity Event

The Maplewood-South Orange NJ Adult School recently announced that it would hold a celebrity storytelling event at the evening of November 4, with featured performances by Tony Award winners, Norbert Leo Butz and Faith Prince. Michele Federer, from the original cast of Wicked, was also scheduled to perform.images-1

Butz is a Maplewood local who has won Tony Awards for his work in two Broadway shows — Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He is currently starring in the Broadway production Big Fish. His real-life partner, Federer, not only appeared in Wicked, but also had a role in the television series, Smash. Prince, currently working on the new Broadway production of Annie, won a Tony Award for her work in Guys and Dolls. She has received Tony nominations for three other performances, as well.  Tickets for Celebrity Readings are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.  Buy tickets here: www.ssreg.com/som/classes/classes.asp?catID=2287 or by calling (973) 378-7620.

This is just one of many special events that make Maplewood Township a great place to live. With community centers, concerts, parks and an annual outdoor art show, Maplewood residents never run out of arts and cultural opportunities. In addition, the public schools in the Maplewood area boast small classroom sizes, high SAT scores and a rate of 91 percent of students choosing to further their education after graduation. Add to all of this a small town atmosphere with tranquil streets and an easy commute to the big cities, and you have a place you would be proud to call home.

If you’ve been dreaming of making Maplewood your home, contact me. As a resident of Maplewood and an area real estate expert, I would love to be a part of that dream.

 

Prices Up for Maplewood/South Orange NJ Homes

Prices are up for Maplewood/South Orange NJ Homes!  We saw a significant rise in home prices this past Spring.  Much of that rise was due to low mortgage interest rates and competition.   With less homes on the market and more buyers vying for them, many homes had multiple bids, therefore driving prices up.   The List to Sales Price Ratio for Maplewood was 98% in March of this year compared to 101% this August, 2013! South Orange homes saw a big increase as well from 94% in March of this year to 99% this past August, 2013.  If you’re thinking of selling your home, now is a great time!

Consider these prices, which are current as of the date of this post.16 Park Rd, Maplewood NJ

In Maplewood, median list price last September 2012 was $369,000 compared to $379,500 this September 2013.   Prices are continuing to go up.  After showing several peaks and valleys throughout the past few years, median sales prices rose 2% in the past year from average sales price of $460,612 in September of 2012 to to $528,100 this September, 2013.

As of this post, there are currently 80 Active Maplewood listings, compared to 73 available homes in South Orange.  Maplewood currently has 50 homes under contract and 32  in South Orange.

Median rents have increased by 27 percent to $2,300, driving many former renters to consider buying a home. This is just one of the reasons that Maplewood real estate is becoming a sellers market.  Rental rates have actual dropped by over 9 percent over the past year to $2,100. However, this is still high enough to make many renters consider buying a new home.

If you’re considering buying or selling your Maplewood/South Orange home, or just want more information about the housing market, please feel free to contact me for a no obligation consultation.

J. Kennedy

Joanna Kennedy Helped me buy a home

Highly Recommended! – Barbara was the best part of our home buying process. She understood what we wanted, advised us without ever pushing us, shared her knowledge with us, and was always on top of everything so we never had a worry with her around.
After looking at 50+ houses in total, she was also very patient, never making us feel that we had to settle and that the right house would be out there for us, which it was.
Overall, We are extremely happy that we had Barbara working with us to find our perfect house, and highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy (or sell) a house.

M. Boyer

We recommend Barbara because she is professional, very efficient, personable and most important, she listened to us. Our (South Orange) house was up for sale for 6 months before we contacted Barbara and when it went into her hands it sold in 6 days. Her advise was invaluable and her knowledge exceeded requirements in all areas. Barbara promised results and delivered results. She took us through every aspect of selling our home even when it wasn’t in her venue. We will always be indebted to her and our only regret is that we didn’t use Barbara in our first attempt to sell our home. hTanks so much, Barbara.
Peter and Mary Boyer

South Orange NJ Home Sales, February 2013

Address LP Style BR TBT SP DOM
609 W. South Orange Ave $160,000 Hi-Rise 1 2 $150,000 14
609 South Orange Ave* $249,000 One Floor Unit 2 2.1 $223,000 16
327 Centre St* $269,900 Colonial 5 3.2 $269,900 69
17-25 Church St Unit 7* $287,000 Multi Floor Unit 2 2.1 $282,000 94
45 Mews Ln* $349,900 Multi Floor Unit 2 2.1 $310,000 98
326 Meeker St* $374,000 Colonial 3 2.2 $345,000 70
450 PROSPECT ST* $399,990 Colonial, Victorian 6 3.1 $326,000 407
310 W End Rd* $579,000 Colonial 4 3.2 $568,000 81
17 Franklin Ter* $595,000 Tudor 3 2.1 $562,500 12
138 TURRELL AVENUE $639,000 Ranch 4 2.1 $595,000 93

This data is taken from the Garden State MLS and is reliable but not guaranteed.

Average Days on Market:  96   Average List To Sales Price Ratio:  93%

Average List Price:  $515,338   Average Sales Price:  $337,378

 Month

#Active Listings

Avg. LP # Sold Listings Avg. SP Avg.
DOM
SP/LP
Feb,2013 107 $515,338 9 $337,378 96 93%
Jan,2013 106 $483,782 12 $674,502 49 95%
Dec,2012 115 $509,572 13 $601,329 107 96%
Nov,2012 124 $516,102 10 $468,750 96 96%
Oct,2012 128 $522,060 14 $467,714 131 96%
Sep,2012 121 $494,960 10 $419,590 69 94%
Aug,2012 116 $486,619 29 $531,124 70 97%
Jul,2012 124 $508,998 19 $509,301 57 97%
Jun,2012 139 $507,038 22 $613,289 48 98%
May,2012 156 $512,315 15 $464,340 46 99%
Apr,2012 137 $534,765 18 $477,256 60 95%
Mar,2012 132 $516,475 8 $477,294 141 94%

Maplewood NJ Home Sales, February 2013

Address LP Style BR TBT SP DOM
19 BERKLEY ST* $269,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $260,000 54
8 Marion Pl* $287,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $277,000 39
20 Overlook Ter* $288,000 Colonial 3 1 $288,000 9
204 Lexington Ave* $295,000 Colonial 3 3 $290,000 21
87 Boyden Ave* $299,999 Cape Cod 3 1.1 $293,900 106
716-720 Valley St* $349,999 Cape Cod 4 3 $325,000 72
46-48 Garfield Pl* $439,000 Ranch 5 2.2 $410,000 128
32 Elberta Rd* $469,000 Colonial 3 1.2 $449,000 27
387 Elmwood Ave* $479,900 Colonial, Tudor 4 1.1 $480,000 54
22 Girard Pl* $485,000 Colonial 4 2.1 $463,500 101
48 KENSINGTON TERRACE $548,000 Colonial 4 2.1 $530,000 135
3 Sunset Ter* $549,000 Colonial 3 2.1 $520,000 69
102 Maplewood Ave* $559,000 Colonial 4 2.1 $541,700 54
20 Arcularius Ter* $625,000 Colonial 4 2.2 $625,000 34
57 Woodland Rd* $682,900 Colonial 5 3.1 $711,000 17
10 Collinwood Rd* $749,000 Colonial 4 3.1 $749,000 26
20 Hickory Dr* $850,000 Victorian 6 3.1 $803,209 164

This data is taken from the Garden State MLS and is reliable but not guaranteed.

Average Days on Market:   68  Average List to Sales Price Ratio:  97%

Average List Price:  $412,033    Average Sales Price:  $482,894

 Month

# Active Listings

Avg. LP # Sold Listings Avg. SP Avg.
DOM
SP/LP
Feb,2013 115 $412,033 16 $482,894 68 97%
Jan,2013 117 $394,033 21 $382,143 77 98%
Dec,2012 119 $372,567 18 $480,533 112 97%
Nov,2012 147 $395,749 16 $420,475 38 99%
Oct,2012 164 $384,827 14 $417,671 91 98%
Sep,2012 174 $385,050 17 $460,612 57 99%
Aug,2012 162 $364,470 39 $558,340 65 98%
Jul,2012 172 $372,192 25 $475,733 55 98%
Jun,2012 182 $382,352 36 $503,581 47 99%
May,2012 198 $399,709 20 $427,355 41 99%
Apr,2012 191 $401,572 17 $510,559 32 99%
Mar,2012 193 $410,086 17 $359,333 83 95%

Maplewood NJ Columbia High School Ranks High

Maplewood, NJ Columbia High School Ranks High this year – in the TOP 15%.

Along with the price of a new Maplewood, NJ house and the taxes,the quality of the local school district is a key
consideration in deciding where to buy. For a parent, or a young couple planning on a family, it might veryScreen Shot 2013-03-07 at 1.54.00 PM
well be the most important factor of all.

In September 2012, on the basis of its academic excellence and student achievement, N.J. Monthly Magazine generated Maplewood, NJ’s Columbia High School#47 out of all the high schools in the State of New Jersey.  Small classes of 20-25 students, and a selection of over 140 courses to choose from, are the key to Columbia’s success. And it shows. The high school boasts average S.A.T. scores that are not only higher than the state average, but exceed the national average as well. For those kids on the fast track toward college, Columbia offers 21 Advanced Placement courses and can proudly point to an 85% passing rate on AP exams.

Columbia’s core curriculum focuses on 5 academic major subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages.   After the required courses in each are completed, students are free to choose from among the scores of college-level electives that are available and for which college credit can be earned. Also required for graduation is one year of fine and performing arts and one year of practical arts. Fine arts courses range from animation, photography, film making, design, to chorale, orchestra and theatre, to name only a
few, while the practical art course offerings include business, finance and technology.

Academics are only one part of the picture at Columbia. The high school can proudly point to over 50 extracurricular activities that relate to its academic and athletic offerings. Among the more exceptional activities are the school newspaper, The Columbian, which was named Most Outstanding High School Newspaper by the Scholastic Press Association in 2012, and the school literary magazine, Guildscript, which received an Excellent ranking award from the National Council of Teachers of English. The school has its own television broadcasting station, which provides hands-on experience to students in the TV Production courses as well as daily programming to the local communities. Clubs devoted to everything from music, theatre, chess, Shakespeare, Magic, Italian, Astronomy keep students interest after school. There is even a Robotics, formed in 2011, which
has already won state titles in competition.

Nothing is more important than the education of your children. The school district that you live in will have a tremendous impact on their future.

If you want more information on schools or real estate in Maplewood/South Orange NJ,  visit my website.

Maplewood, NJ Columbia High School is just one of the reasons to consider purchasing a home in Maplewood or South Orange New Jersey.

 

Glen Ridge NJ Home Sales, January 2013

Address LP Style BR TBT SP DOM
2 Midland Ave* $345,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $335,000 57
45 Woodland Ave* $549,000 Colonial 6 2.1 $537,500 23
45 Douglas Rd* $1,150,000 Colonial 6 3.1 $1,100,000 68

This data is taken from the Garden State MLS and is reliable but not guaranteed.

Average Days on Market:  49    List to Sales Price Ratio:  97%

Average List Price:  $576,395   Average Sales Price:  $657,500

Month # Active Listings Avg. LP # Sold Listings Avg. SP Avg.
DOM
SP/LP
Jan,2013 28 $576,395 3 $657,500 49 97%
Dec,2012 30 $602,972 8 $465,125 51 101%
Nov,2012 31 $567,750 15 $426,600 72 97%
Oct,2012 45 $550,390 5 $685,600 65 99%
Sep,2012 47 $572,035 10 $367,550 97 98%
Aug,2012 44 $540,612 18 $587,497 38 102%
Jul,2012 60 $510,483 18 $610,097 24 103%
Jun,2012 63 $518,111 16 $565,031 51 102%
May,2012 67 $512,155 11 $541,909 74 99%
Apr,2012 50 $482,496 6 $586,500 32 100%
Mar,2012 48 $467,846 7 $316,000 99 96%
Feb,2012 46 $466,072 7 $508,500 53 98%

Montclair NJ Home Sales, January 2013

Address LP Style BR TBT SP DOM
10 CRESTMONT RD 6H $119,000 Hi-Rise 1 1 $113,000 611
530 Valley Rd Apt C004b* $140,000 One Floor Unit 0 1 $135,000 17
16 FOREST ST C6202* $195,000 One Floor Unit 1 1 $189,000 92
530 Valley Rd Apt C001x* $199,900 One Floor Unit 1 1 $182,500 125
530 Valley Rd Apt C007d* $217,000 Hi-Rise 1 1 $230,000 32
36 Nishuane Rd* $269,000 Split Level 4 1.1 $250,000 69
5 ROOSEVELT PL 6A $299,000 Hi-Rise, One Floor Unit 2 2 $304,000 52
54 Overlook Rd* $379,000 Colonial 4 1.1 $376,500 37
314 Linden Ave* $399,000 Colonial 3 3.1 $436,000 17
58 James St* $399,900 Ranch 2 1.1 $399,900 12
244 Christopher St* $595,000 Colonial 6 2.1 $570,000 23
15 Vera Pl* $739,000 Colonial 6 3.1 $730,000 19
356 PARK STREET $749,000 See Remarks, Victorian 7 4.1 $720,000 44
244 Highland Ave* $769,000 Custom Home, Raised Ranch 3 3 $750,000 30
4 KIPS Ridge $789,000 Tudor, Townhouse-End Unit 3 4.1 $750,000 204
224 Christopher St* $979,000 Colonial 7 4.1 $950,000 74
40 Lloyd Road $1,075,000 Tudor 7 5.2 $980,000 123
88 S MOUNTAIN AVE* $1,300,000 Carriage House, Colonial 14 8.1 $1,187,500 261
4 Nicholas Ave* $199,000 Cape Cod 3 2 $215,000 85
50 Maple Ave* $209,000 Cape Cod 2 1 $200,000 37
24 Hutton Ave Unit 55 $225,000 One Floor Unit 3 2 $225,000 181
203 Smith Manor Blvd* $225,000 Contemporary, Hi-Rise, One Floor Unit 2 2 $215,000 36
178 Marion Dr* $228,000 Townhouse-Interior 2 2.1 $230,000 36
27 Whitman Street $250,000 Ranch 2 2 $250,000 227
29 Gilbert Pl* $262,311 Colonial 5 2.1 $250,100 15
99 Gregory Ave $279,000 Raised Ranch 4 3.1 $205,110 3
81 Lowell Ave* $285,000 Ranch 3 2.1 $267,500 28
28 Blackburne Ter* $310,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $300,000 162
11 Dogwood Rd* $314,000 Colonial 3 2 $305,500 84
10 Dogwood Rd* $329,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $319,000 20
12 Fowler Dr* $345,900 Townhouse-Interior 3 2.1 $330,000 88
10 Knutsen Dr* $349,000 Townhouse-End Unit 3 2.1 $346,000 78
1091 Smith Manor Blvd* $359,900 Townhouse-End Unit 3 2.1 $338,700 131
9 Rock Spring Ave* $385,000 Split Level 4 2.1 $371,000 116
28 Davey Dr* $415,000 Townhouse-End Unit 4 2.1 $379,000 46
21 Currey Ln $449,000 Townhouse-End Unit 4 3.1 $420,000 48
17 Tenney Rd* $450,000 Bi-Level 4 3 $430,000 70
10 WADAMS CT ASHWOOD $715,000 Colonial 4 3.1 $715,000 0

This data is taken from the Garden State MLS and is reliable but not guaranteed.

Average Days on Market:   102   Average List to Sales Price:  96%

Average List Price:   $554,343    Average Sales Price: $514,078

Month # Active Listings Avg. LP # Sold Listings Avg. SP Avg.
DOM
SP/LP
Jan,2013 121 $554,343 18 $514,078 102 96%
Dec,2012 119 $570,279 32 $584,058 81 97%
Nov,2012 137 $597,127 24 $549,790 62 99%
Oct,2012 169 $604,654 19 $362,332 78 97%
Sep,2012 164 $599,872 16 $554,625 49 101%
Aug,2012 157 $556,383 64 $645,502 62 98%
Jul,2012 194 $557,421 37 $559,323 56 101%
Jun,2012 210 $546,752 46 $665,977 92 99%
May,2012 215 $563,090 27 $524,530 97 98%
Apr,2012 209 $540,345 18 $536,615 96 98%
Mar,2012 219 $533,173 15 $683,267 106 95%
Feb,2012 214 $505,804 14 $585,251 96 96%

West Orange NJ Home Sales, January 2013

Address LP Style BR TBT SP DOM
4 Nicholas Ave* $199,000 Cape Cod 3 2 $215,000 85
50 Maple Ave* $209,000 Cape Cod 2 1 $200,000 37
24 Hutton Ave Unit 55 $225,000 One Floor Unit 3 2 $225,000 181
203 Smith Manor Blvd* $225,000 Contemporary, Hi-Rise, One Floor Unit 2 2 $215,000 36
178 Marion Dr* $228,000 Townhouse-Interior 2 2.1 $230,000 36
27 Whitman Street $250,000 Ranch 2 2 $250,000 227
29 Gilbert Pl* $262,311 Colonial 5 2.1 $250,100 15
99 Gregory Ave $279,000 Raised Ranch 4 3.1 $205,110 3
81 Lowell Ave* $285,000 Ranch 3 2.1 $267,500 28
28 Blackburne Ter* $310,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $300,000 162
11 Dogwood Rd* $314,000 Colonial 3 2 $305,500 84
10 Dogwood Rd* $329,000 Colonial 3 1.1 $319,000 20
12 Fowler Dr* $345,900 Townhouse-Interior 3 2.1 $330,000 88
10 Knutsen Dr* $349,000 Townhouse-End Unit 3 2.1 $346,000 78
1091 Smith Manor Blvd* $359,900 Townhouse-End Unit 3 2.1 $338,700 131
9 Rock Spring Ave* $385,000 Split Level 4 2.1 $371,000 116
28 Davey Dr* $415,000 Townhouse-End Unit 4 2.1 $379,000 46
21 Currey Ln $449,000 Townhouse-End Unit 4 3.1 $420,000 48
17 Tenney Rd* $450,000 Bi-Level 4 3 $430,000 70
10 WADAMS CT ASHWOOD $715,000 Colonial 4 3.1 $715,000 0

This data is taken from the Garden State MLS and is reliable but not guaranteed.

Average Days on Market:   71   Average List to Sales Price:  96%

Average List Price:    $394,884   Average Sales Price:  $328,201

Month # Active Listings Avg. LP # Sold Listings Avg. SP Avg.
DOM
SP/LP
Jan,2013 285 $394,884 17 $328,201 71 96%
Dec,2012 315 $408,485 33 $319,424 114 95%
Nov,2012 352 $405,901 30 $341,092 107 95%
Oct,2012 388 $414,308 42 $339,181 96 96%
Sep,2012 393 $408,040 36 $334,731 98 96%
Aug,2012 413 $409,415 51 $319,480 85 97%
Jul,2012 420 $418,765 47 $339,781 86 98%
Jun,2012 456 $401,916 47 $341,431 78 96%
May,2012 468 $389,163 33 $350,848 90 95%
Apr,2012 460 $390,107 28 $354,173 129 92%
Mar,2012 429 $386,267 28 $295,420 103 96%
Feb,2012 429 $393,148 18 $333,219 126 95%