Friday, October 6, 2017

Why Live in New Providence?

Why New Providence?

I just listing this amazing home with an incredible history in New Providence. New Providence has always been known for its schools and access to NYC trains, but a couple of years ago NJ Monthly rated it the number one school in New Jersey, displacing the multi-year winner--Millburn. They keep playing with the methodology of ranking and, as a result, the ranking moves around; however, New Providence continues to be one of the top rated school systems in New Jersey.

Then this year, New Providence was awarded the distinction of being a School District of Character in Feb 2017:

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – It is all about character, not only in the New Providence schools, but also in the community at large. This was the core theme as the district administration, staff, students, parents and community members celebrated for New Providence School District being named as one of the four National Districts of Character.

Topping this off, New Providence was just Ranked as Eighth Best Place to Live by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Aug 2017:
The news is out, the borough is ranked the eighth best place to live in New Jersey according to New Jersey Monthly’s newly published list of the Garden State’s Top 100 Towns.

So Why New Providence?

New Providence is part of Union County, offering lower taxes than similarly priced homes in Essex County but still a very commutable location for NYC workplaces.
According to NJ Monthly:
Chart rank: 8 (2015: 69) a noticeably higher ranking.
Median home price: $586,250
Change since 2014: +6.6%
Average days on market: 44
High school rank, 2016: 13

Why It’s Hot: Commuters who land in this 3.65-square-mile borough enjoy two train stations and a growing downtown that adds to its appeal. Not too long ago the downtown offered nothing but banks and nail salons. Now there is a Starbucks and a Chipotle as well as many other well known restaurants.

Neighborhoods: New Providence shares the leafy and welcoming Murray Hill community, longtime home of Bell Labs (now part of Nokia), with neighboring Berkeley Heights. Other desirable neighborhoods include West Summit and Tall Oaks. Buyers are flocking to each to avoid the higher-prices for homes in nearby Summit and Chatham.

Fun Fact: Numerous branches of Salt Brook carve their way through the borough, join near the center of town and flow into the Passaic River. More than 9 percent of the acreage in New Providence is permanently protected, publicly owned parkland.

Looking to live here, look no further as this amazing home at 1049 Springfield Avenue, was just listed:


Only a 1/4 mile walk to New Providence Mid-Town Direct train station.

Less than 1/2 mile walk to downtown which now has a Starbucks!

The House itself

This house in particular was formerly know as The Parsonage House and as such offers many historic features and amenities, as follows:

For starters, the property sits at a higher elevation than all surrounding homes, giving it amazing stature.
Additionally, as with old traditions, the house has a 52" wide front doors (making it much easier to move the Sub Zero and 8 burner Viking Range into the home) that were deemed a reflection of the more important the person the bigger the front door. The idyllic front porch offers a ceiling painted sky blue, customarily done to give you the setting as if you are looking at the sky while sitting on your front porch.
Furthermore, Strafford Farms, a previous owner of the house, then developed the area now know as The Pine Way in 1947. A bucolic winding way with pine trees and no above ground electric (no wires nor poles) on Pine Way making it a most desirable neighborhood.

More specific features and benefits:

American Chestnut stairs and molding.
Western Red Cedars planted in patio for a private surrounding in addition along side the driveway.
Southern Yellow Pine floors.
September 2014 installation of new upgraded Williamson(Weil-McLain) 175 BTU natural gas boiler, radiator steam heat resulting in energy efficiency and lower heating bills.
September 2017 new Honeywell thermostat installed.
September 2014 installation of new 50 gallon AOSmith electric hot water heater.
September 2017, 2 new installed 1/2 hp sump pumps with outside discharge. Preventative maintenance.
September 2017 2 and 3 floor blown insulation and third floor caulking. Energy efficiency advantage.
September 2017 both chimneys flashed.
September 2017 Shower and tub drains snaked. Bathroom sinks drained and new trap installed 2 nd floor sink.
Anderson series 400 replacement windows in both bathrooms.
Marvin replacement windows above kitchen sink.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Good Homes

Union County Homes

Selling a New Providence, Summit, Springfield, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, Westfield area home involves many steps and having an experienced Berkeley Heights/New Providence New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Union County— Berkeley Heights, Summit, New Providence, Westfield , Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Springfield, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Springfield,/Mountainside/Berkeley Heights/Summit/New Providence/Westfield New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate. Our www.unioncountyproperties.com brings us several new buyers every day which helps us sell our Union County Listings for more money and in less time.

As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers

I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.

As your Springfield, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, Summit, New Providence, Westfield /Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

The Mark Slade Homes Team has closed over $175 million and 450 transactions in the following towns:
Maplewood, South Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Hoboken, Jersey City, Essex Fells, West Orange, Roseland, North Caldwell, Caldwell, West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Verona, Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Westfield, Cranford, Union, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Kenilworth, Rahway, Roselle, East Hanover, Florham Park, Chatham, Madison, Morristown, Wayne, North Haledon, Lincoln Park, Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.
For Buyers we are ABR certified which allows us to consistently help our buyers find the right homes while making sure the process is managed successfully to get you to the closing table where you will get the keys to your new kingdom.
For Sellers we have a cutting edge, tech savvy, strategy ( www.sladesells.com ) that enables our sellers to benefit from an average price paid for their properties that was 3.2% more than the average agent from the same MLS in the same towns. This effectively “reduces” the cost of selling by slightly more than half the typical transaction cost for our clients.
Need to Sell and Buy at the same time? We pride ourselves on making this as smooth a move as possible for our clients!
We are trained by Otteau Valuation Group to conduct an Advanced Comparable Analysis ( www.advancedcma.com ) when trying to best understand the value of a property at any given time.
Our team is comprised of premier local experts to assist you with all your real estate needs in Essex, Union, Morris counties as well as some Hudson, some Passaic and some Middlesex. Whether you are a First Time Home Buyer, a current home owner needing more space or an empty nester looking to downsize, we have successfully helped our clients with over 275 closed transactions while maintaining the highest levels of service with integrity.
We own and operate 7 Websites, including one site dedicated solely to our luxury listings (we are CLHMS certified). We also own and operate 30 town-specific Open House sites, thus blanketing the area with information for thirsty buyers. Lastly, we own and utilize over a dozen Social Media sites and pages as well as 353 domains to provide quick-find solutions and answers for our clients. Our clients love us because we make the home buying and selling process as easy as possible.
We are a 24/7 responsive team. We are also a Team that GIVES BACK to over a dozen charities and organizations.

Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews http://search.goodhomesforgoodpeople.com/index.cfm?action=newsearchsession&search_mode=form&primarysearchtype=active&searchtype=city&state=NJ&single_family=y&min_price=0&max_price=1000000000&county=Essex&city=West%20Orange%20Township&resetform=1/lewellyn

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