5 Things City Slickers Can Find in New Jersey’s Suburbs

You promised yourself you’d never move to the suburbs. Sure, elements of apartment living are less than ideal, but fourth-floor walk-ups and piles of your roommate’s dirty dishes look better in the glow of city lights…until one day they don’t.

Perhaps you’ve recently settled down, found out you’re expecting, or maybe you’ve simply grown tired of collecting quarters to use at the laundromat. For whatever reason, you find yourself dreaming of joining the upwardly mobile masses leaving their apartments in Hoboken, Jersey City, New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens for the peace and quiet of New Jersey’s suburbs.

Suburbia is not the land of Jello molds that popular culture would have you believe. NJ towns, like Glen Ridge, Montclair, and South Orange, are home to people just like you and they’ve brought the best aspects of city life with them. Presenting five things city slickers can find in NJ’s suburbs.

5 Things City Slickers Can Find in New Jersey’s Suburbs

 

Grade A School Districts

If you’re looking to move to accommodate your growing family, look no further than Essex County, NJ. It boasts some of the country’s best school districts.

City slicker hubs, Maplewood and South Orange, are sister towns with a shared school system to boot. The MaSo, or SoMa school district (depending on which town you live in) serves 6,800 students in nine schools: six elementary, two middle and one high school. Those with children enrolled appreciate the district’s commitment to “maximizing community expertise and resources”. The South Orange-Maplewood school system has secured a 7/10 rating on ranking website, GreatSchools.org.

With an equal satisfaction rating, Montclair’s school district is another grade A option. The magnet school system features specialty schools, including a high school for the performing arts.(More on Montclair’s artistic sensibilities later!)

A smaller student body and a 9/10 score on GreatSchools.org push the Glen Ridge school district to the top of the heap. Glen Ridge students’ SAT scores are consistently higher than the state average. One year saw 576 in reading, 579 in math and 562 in writing, compared with state averages of 496, 518 and 494. While you’re looking at Essex County homes, you may want to prioritize ones with large backyards. We see graduation parties in your future!

 

Quick Commute to NYC

Though your heart may no longer be in NYC, your job probably is. While Manhattan is accessible from virtually any part of northern NJ, the commute from select Essex County neighborhoods is especially short.

NJ Transit’s Montclair-Boonton line runs through both Montclair and Glen Ridge. South Orange is serviced by the Morristown line. Each starting point will have you at Penn Station in 30-40 minutes. In Glen Ridge, Montclair, and South Orange, it is easy to travel for business as well as for pleasure. Feel like a weekend stroll along the Hoboken waterfront? A trip to the Mile Square City takes just a few minutes by train.

 

Arts and Entertainment

If your idea of weekend fun is a cultural experience, you’ll be pleased to know that Montclair provides plenty.

Founded in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) offers a carousel of exhibits that showcase American and Native American art. From galas to pottery camp, the museum’s calendar is chock full of events and classes for art enthusiasts of all ages.

Perhaps you prefer performance to portraits.Take in live entertainment at Montclair’s historic Wellmont Theater. Everyone from burlesque star, Dita Von Teese, to alt rock band, MGMT, have graced the Wellmont’s stage. The intimate and beautiful venue is just a stone’s throw away from some of NJ’s best restaurants. Hire a sitter, enjoy dinner and a show at the Wellmont and make it home in time to kiss the kids goodnight.

 

Culinary Delights

The show is at the Wellmont, but where is dinner? If you like Cuban food, Montclair’s Cuban Pete’s is a lot of fun. Featuring both new wave and traditional dishes like churrasco, Cuban Pete’s menu can’t be beat. Cuban Pete’s is especially cool in the summer. BYOB, the restaurant offers an array of fruity sangrias that waiters are happy to mix with whichever wine you’d like. As if that weren’t reason enough to head to Cuban Pete’s, the restaurant’s outdoor area boasts a waterfall and a walkway fit for a FOMO inducing photo op.

Raymond’s is another popular Montclair destination. The bistro cooks up classic American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think pancakes, macaroni and cheese and warm apple pie. Just like Mom used to make (only better!).

Montclair is not the only NJ suburb with exciting dining options. Glen Ridge hotspot, Fitzgerald’s 1928, serves up a retro atmosphere, old school cocktails and juicy steaks all week long.

The food scene in South Orange reflects the village’s diversity. Located a few blocks from the South Orange train station, Walia Ethiopian Restaurant is a great place to unwind after a long day at the office.

In the mood for Mexican? Also in South Orange, Tito’s Burritos & Wings offers its namesake dishes and so much more, including gluten free and vegetarian options. Tito’s extensive menu, friendly atmosphere and fair prices make it an ideal spot for socializing. This only a sampler of Essex County’s amazing food scene!

 

Rich History

If you’re considering a future in one of the aforementioned NJ suburbs, you may be interested in learning about their past.

Upon entering South Orange, you are greeted by a sign that reads, “Welcome to the Village of South Orange, Settled in 1680”. The village is one of the United States’ first and goes to great lengths to preserve its quaint charm. Even longtime residents can’t help but marvel at the spired firehouse and gaslight lined streets.

 

Montclair is filled with grand, colonial-style homes that evoke a bygone era, but the beauty of its history goes beyond architecture. At the dawn of the 20th century, Irish, Germans, Italians, Scandinavians and other European immigrants settled in Montclair, where they were welcomed by a cohort of Caucasians from New England as well as recent African American arrivals from the South. Montclair’s legacy of inclusion attracts a progressive crowd. Civil rights leader, Benjamin Chavis Jr., moved to Montclair from Harlem in the 1970s.

Boasting stellar school districts, rich histories and a variety of cultural and culinary attractions, Glen Ridge, Montclair and South Orange are three NJ suburbs that help city dwellers like yourself ease into the next chapter of their lives. If you still miss Manhattan, it’s only a few minutes away!             

Sam Joseph, the number one realtor in Glen Ridge, Montclair and the Essex County area has brought the American dream into reality for countless NJ families. Contact or call Sam at 917 359 8990 and see what he can do for you!

Sam Joseph’s 257 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange Listing Chosen in NJ.com Article to represent $1M homes in Essex County

Sam Joseph’s recently updated 4,320 square foot Tudor-style home listed in South Orange at 257 North Ridgewood Road was chosen to represent homes for sale in Essex County in an article on NJ.com entitled “What $1M buys you in real estate in each of N.J.’s 21 counties” written by Joseph Atmonavage of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Read the article here.

Near all the outstanding amenities South Orange has to offer, a thriving downtown with restaurants, SOPAC, town pool and tennis courts, this five bedroom and four-bath gem has gleaming original hardwood floors and unique stained glass windows imported from Europe.

 

Featuring a master bedroom with ensuite full bath and sitting room, this home definitely has all the amenities.

 

Give Sam a call or text today for a private showing. 917-359-8990

Sam Joseph Featured on Front Page of Sunday Star Ledger

Montclair, NJ, October 24, 2017

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, the Sunday Star Ledger, the largest circulated newspaper in the state of New Jersey, featured a story on the front page about Sam Joseph, Realtor® Associate and Luxury Home Specialist at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair office. It also appeared on nj.com, New Jersey’s largest online newspaper. The article’s author was Joseph Atmonavage and was entitled, “(Sur) real estate sales are his stock in trade”.

Explaining how Joseph has represented a number of CEOs and celebrities with his creative approach to marketing a listing, the article provides some examples of his unusual and at times, unorthodox, Realtor® Open Houses. For instance, at the Castlewood Castle in Llewellyn Park when he hosted a live jousting match. Or when he promoted a turkey give away and then procured a handler and live turkeys to strut on the front yard of one of his listings. Or the time he hired Cirque du Soleil players to perform. And let’s not forget the memorable West Orange home he transformed into Daddy Warbucks’ house from “Annie” complete with Broadway friends to be at the Open.

Watch Sam Joseph setting up a joust at Castlewood in Llewelyn Park, West Orange


Well known by Essex County realtors for his theatrics, “Realtors come to see what I am going to do next, “says Joseph, they are usually not disappointed.

Sam sets up a Realtor Open House with an “I Love Lucy” theme

“It’s always a party,” one realtor remarked at his latest open house where the theme was back to school. Brown bag lunches of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were given out along with an apple and school supplies.

Sam serves lunch in gold boxes and hides a 1927 uncirculated $20 gold piece in one!

If you haven’t come to one of Sam Joseph’s “(Sur) real” Realtor® Open Houses, then you are definitely missing out.

To read more about Sam’s background and how he went from Harvey Nichol’s window director to Macy’s Herald Square creative director, creating the world-famous window displays, too, as one client put it in 2016, “Simply…The KING of real estate in Essex County…”, click here.

Sam Joseph Ranked At #14 On New Jersey Social Media List

MONTCLAIR, NJ – June 27, 2017 – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties congratulates Sam Joseph, sales associate in the Montclair Office, on ranking number 14 on Property Spark’s Top 20 New Jersey Real Estate Agents on Social Media list for 2017.

Property Spark researched and gathered data on hundreds of New Jersey real estate professionals’ social media channels to create this elite list. Quality of content, engagement, and number of followers were the main areas of focus. Sam has an exceptional amount of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and continues to see growth and understands the importance of social media in the real estate industry.

Once the Vice President and Creative Director of Macy’s Herald Square in New York City where he was responsible for the Flagship Store’s world famous holiday windows and annual flower show, Sam is a luxury home specialist who combines more than a decade in real estate with 15 years’ experience in decorating and design, uniquely positioning him to help clients style and stage their homes for maximum value. In 2007 and 2008, the HGTV show, “Bought and Sold,” featured Sam as a Luxury Home Specialist and focused on his upscale listings and celebrity clientele.

Since 1992, Sam has been a resident of Montclair, South Orange and Glen Ridge where he has lovingly restored the two prominent homes in which he lived. Throughout his real estate career, he has specialized in the luxury markets of Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Montclair, South Orange, Westfield, and West Orange. As a result of his success, Sam was named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties’ Pinnacle Group—the company’s annual ranking of its top teams and agents throughout northern and central New Jersey—and ranked at number one companywide for 2015 and 2016.

Follow Sam and learn more about Montclair real estate:

Twitter: @SamJosephRealtr

Instagram: @samjosephrealtor

Facebook: Sam Joseph Realtor

For more information on buying or selling a home, contact Sam Joseph at the Montclair Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, 695 Bloomfield Ave in Montclair, at (973) 744-5544 or (917) 359-8990 and by email, Sam.Joseph@BHHSNJ.com.

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About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is an independently owned and operated real estate company and affiliate member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. Serving northern and central New Jersey with more than 700 sales associates in 21 offices, the full-service residential and commercial brokerage perennially ranks among the nation’s top 100 brokerages for sales volume and offers residential resale, new construction, luxury collection, rental and commercial properties as well as relocation, mortgage, title and home warranty services. For more information, visit www.bhhsnj.com or contact the corporate office in Somerset, New Jersey at 800-LIVE-IN-NJ (800-548-3466).

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Sam Joseph Receives Multiple Realtor® Awards

2016 was a banner year for Sam Joseph of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair office.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced that Sam Joseph achieved the 2016 Annual Chairman’s Circle – Diamond Award. This prestigious national achievement is awarded to individual sales professionals that have achieved an outstanding sales record and is the highest level that can be attained by an agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Sam has also attained the New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence®-Platinum Sales Award for 2016,  the 4th year in a row.

Joseph has also been awarded the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Pinnacle Award for #1 Agent Companywide in addition to the President’s Award. He was also awarded this honor for 2015.

And 2017 is starting off well also. Joseph received a letter from Gino Blefari, Chief Executive Officer for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, informing him that he has been ranked #61 for Total Gross Commission Income out of more than 43,000 network sales professionals in the first quarter of 2017.

Sam Joseph, a Luxury Collection Specialist, specializes in the Glen Ridge, Montclair, Maplewood, South Orange, and Llewellyn Park, West Orange markets. Since 1992, Sam has lived in South Orange, Glen Ridge, and Montclair which provides him a unique perspective on marketing homes in these communities or assisting buyers to purchase.

In 2007 & 2008, the HGTV show “Bought and Sold” featured Sam as a Luxury Home Specialist and focused on his upscale listings and celebrity clientele.

Sam has more than fifteen years of experience in decorating and design, which makes him uniquely talented as a REALTOR®. Sellers benefit from his design expertise, which helps them style and stage their homes for maximum value. As Vice President & Creative Director of Macy’s Herald Square NYC, Sam was responsible for the Flagship Store’s world famous Holiday Windows and annual Flower Show. Previously Sam was Window Director for London based Harvey Nichols where his windows created quite the buzz when depicting the royal family in its world-famous windows.

Sam Joseph and the “Titanic House” in Glen Ridge

There’s a very interesting home in Glen Ridge with a long history, reaching back to 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic. 138 Ridgewood Avenue, formerly owned by Sam Joseph, Luxury Home Specialist and Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Montclair office, is the home known in town as the “Titanic House.”

“I purchased the home with no knowledge that it was originally built and owned by Henry Blank, a survivor of the Titanic. I was drawn to the Georgian style architecture and the home’s fine details.”

The April issue of Gaslamp, the Glen Ridge Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, tells the story of Henry Blank, a very successful jewelry manufacturer in Newark. He traveled often to Europe, to meet with watch movement manufacturers and stone dealers. He embarked on one of those trips on board the ill-fated Titanic’s maiden voyage. He was on the first lifeboat that left the ship and thus survived. Most of his European purchases went down with the ship, but he was able to remove some valuables.

In later years, Blank was vilified for having been one of the men on a lifeboat when so many women and children had perished. He often defended himself against those who spoke ill of him; as he explained what happened, he was chosen to enter lifeboat #7. Every woman and child in that area of the ship was encouraged to board the lifeboat. But there were not enough woman and children to fill it. Many woman refused to leave without their husbands. Of the 65 openings in lifeboat #7, only 20 were occupied. The crew then turned to the men to find oarsman, and Henry was chosen.

After being informed about the history of this unique mansion, Sam began to collect memorabilia from Henry Blank and the Titanic. He has a letter composed by Henry on his company’s letterhead thanking Lieutenant Samuel Meyerowitz, 5th Precinct, Newark for his kind telegram congratulating him on his survival.

He also has Blank’s pocket watch and his cigar knife, both engraved with his initials, which Henry had in his possession on the Titanic. The watch is a C. H. MEYLAN, Brassus. Charles-Henri Meylan was a highly esteemed and eminent watchmaker who worked in both Switzerland and America. He manufactured his own line of watches and also collaborated with the American Waltham Watch Co. Meylan held three American patents which protected his innovative repeater designs which were used in the rare Waltham repeaters.

Sam Joseph specializes in Glen Ridge properties and is very aware of it’s unique history. Call him today if you are interested in selling or purchasing in this gas lite community.

Sam Joseph Awarded NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence 2016-Platinum Award and Chairman’s Diamond Award

Montclair

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is proud to announce that Sam Joseph, a Sales Associate with their affiliate New Jersey Properties, has achieved the 2016 Annual Chairman’s Circle – Diamond Award. This is the highest level that can be achieved by an individual real estate sales professional at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Sam has also been awarded the NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Sales Award, 2016-Platinum. This is the 4th year in a row that he has received this award.

Joseph has also been awarded the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Pinnacle Award for #1 Agent Companywide – 2015 in addition to the President’s Award.

Sam Joseph, a Luxury Collection Specialist, specializes in the Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Montclair, South Orange, and Llewellyn Park, West Orange markets. Since 1992, Sam has lived in South Orange, Glen Ridge, and Montclair which provides him a unique perspective on marketing homes in these communities.

In 2007 & 2008, the HGTV show “Bought and Sold” featured Sam as a Luxury Home Specialist and focused on his upscale listings and celebrity clientele.

Sam has more than fifteen years of experience in decorating and design, which makes him uniquely talented as a REALTOR®. Sellers benefit from his design expertise, which helps them style and stage their homes for maximum value. As Vice President & Creative Director of Macy’s Herald Square NYC, Sam was responsible for the Flagship Store’s world famous Holiday Windows and annual Flower Show. Previously Sam was Window Director for London based Harvey Nichols where his windows created quite the buzz when depicting the royal family in its world-famous windows.

Sam Joseph’s Listing “Landmore” On NBC’s “Open House” TV Show This Sunday

Somerset, NJ April 29, 2016 – Sam Joseph, REALTOR® Associate and Luxury Collection Specialist with the Montclair Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties will present a tour of his listing at ‘Landmore’—a national historic property at 10 Lynwood Way in West Orange—on NBC4NY “Open House,” this Sunday, May 1, at 8:30 AM. This morning show, hosted by Sara Gore, discusses the hottest homes on the market, everything there is to know about stylish living, and interior design tips from the experts.

During the tour, Joseph speaks about the beauty of Llewellyn Park, America’s first planned community and considered among the most desirable neighborhoods in Essex County. This magnificent estate, designed by Delano and Aldrich and built in 1930, was once owned by Governor Charles Edison, the son of Thomas Edison. With seven bedrooms, five full and three half baths, the 2,000+bottle wine cellar, conservatory and sprawling grounds, ‘Landmore’ is the epitome of elegance and presents a rare opportunity in today’s market to own a historically significant home.

“Sam Joseph is a luxury marketing specialist whose expertise and results-driven strategy are in constant demand among today’s most discerning buyers and sellers,” noted Chris Brown, General Sales Manager at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties. “Having ‘Landmore’ featured on NBC’s ‘Open House’ was another defining example of the level at which Sam markets his listings and services his clients.”

Be sure to tune in to see this truly one of kind mansion!

To experience ‘Landmore’ at Llewellyn Park, visit http://www.tourfactory.com/305769.

For more detailed information, visit www.10LynwoodWayWestOrangenj.com

Read more on NJ.com →

For further details or to arrange a private tour, call or text Sam Joseph at 917 359 8990 or at the Montclair Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, 695 Bloomfield Ave in Montclair, at 973 744 5544.

Sam Joseph’s Listing at “Landmore”, former home of the son of Thomas Edison & NJ Governor, Featured in Star Ledger

Sam Joseph’s listing at 10 Lynwood Way, “Landmore”, was featured on NJ.com and on the front page of the Home Section of the Star Ledger.

Located in prestigious Llewellyn Park, it was built in 1930 by Delano and Aldrich for Charles Edison, who was the president of his father’s corporation, which he ran until it was sold in 1959. 10 years later Charles was a one-term New Jersey governor. It is now on the market for $5.9 million.

Charles arranged to have transferred to his new mansion the contents of his father’s private office and it has been sold to subsequent owners. The contents of this museum is not included in the sale of the home and are negotiated separately.

“And nobody can see it,” Sam Joseph says, “but the owner of this house.”

The room is equipped with an original Edison electrical system. The office ‘museum’ houses such items as Edison’s desk, dictaphone, typewriter, papers, photographs, a factory time clock and even his cup of cigars. The floorboards were taken from Thomas’s office and installed with the original copper nails. Copper would not interfere with his experiments he conducted.

This beautiful historically significant home with an elevator has 7 bedrooms, 5.3 baths and is more than 10,000 square feet. It includes 9 fireplaces, a 2,000+ bottle wine cellar, grand library, conservatory, and flower-cutting room. On the grounds of this 6-acre estate, there is a pool, tennis court and barn.

One of the most endearing features on its sprawling grounds is a child’s miniature stone castle along with a child-size Bugatti. There’s even a child-sized tow-truck for when the Bugatti breaks down!

Sam Joseph Mentioned in New York Times Real Estate Section Article About Glen Ridge

Sam Joseph, a Luxury Home Specialist Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, was mentioned in an article that the New York Times Real Estate Section published online on November 16, 2016.

Entitled, Glen Ridge, N.J.: Neighborly and Close to Midtown”  it describes the lifestyle in this suburban town, where over 90% has been declared a historic district. With a 35 minute commute by train to New York Penn Station and outstanding schools, this 1.5-square-mile Essex County Borough of approximately 7,500 vintage homes and gaslit streets borders East Orange to the south and is between the busier Township of Montclair and Borough of Bloomfield.

Joseph’s unique condominium development, Lofts in the Glen, was one of the listings featured in the article. The Lofts in the Glen feature an opportunity to live the metropolitan loft lifestyle in the suburbs. With their all-brick warehouse-style buildings and units with high ceilings, industrial features, and modern open floor plans, these uniquely constructed condominiums can provide you that cosmopolitan feel in a suburban setting.