New York Times Bestselling Author Dorothea Benton Frank lists her $3.35M estate with Sam Joseph

September 2018- New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank listed her $3.35M opulent Tudor residence located in Montclair, New Jersey with Sam Joseph, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair office. “Highwall” is a magnificent 21 room, 7-bedroom, 6 full bath and 2 powder room rock-faced ashlar and brick 1928 English Manor estate.

This well-known author enjoyed this grand and stately home secluded on 1.22 private acres with a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline and adjacent to Eagle Rock Reservation for more than 30 years. Dorothea has written all 19 books in this historic and elegant house. Ms. Frank’s latest novel, BY INVITATION ONLY, was released this May.

This luxurious and private property, designed by renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, is one of the finest examples of this style in Montclair, the Township known for its thriving art community and famous residents. Dorothea takes great pride in the fact that she kept the historic details of this fine home intact.

Examples of the unique and distinctive features are 6 fireplaces, beamed, coffered and plaster rosette ceilings, bespoke walnut and oak woodwork, an outstanding library with a balcony of bookcases and a wet bar, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar with terracotta cooling shelves and a tasting room, and a lower level billiards room with adobe fireplace. Although it retains historical authenticity, it is tastefully updated for today’s lifestyle with a gourmet kitchen with two dishwashers, four new baths, master bedroom suite with his/hers full baths, dressing room, and walk-in closets. This well-appointed estate also includes a fully contained 3-room apartment with a kitchenette that is ideal for au pair or servants quarters.

Ms. Frank can be inspired gazing out the windows of her “Jungle Room” overlooking the professionally landscaped yard or acquire creativity while meditating in the garden beside the koi fishpond. She is fond of entertaining her guests in the Gunite pool and on her patio with a built-in bar and outdoor kitchen. Whether serving up a game of tennis or a delectable poolside dinner, she could always delight her guests by having the ordinary be extraordinary in this remarkable home.

If you are interested in seeing this outstanding estate, contact Sam Joseph here, call his private cell at 917 359-8990 or email samueliamarealtor@gmail.com.

September 2018- New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank listed her $3.35M opulent Tudor residence located in Montclair, New Jersey with Sam Joseph, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair office. “Highwall” is a magnificent 21 room, 7-bedroom, 6 full bath and 2 powder room rock-faced ashlar and brick 1928 English Manor estate.

This well-known author enjoyed this grand and stately home secluded on 1.22 private acres with a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline and adjacent to Eagle Rock Reservation for more than 30 years. Dorothea has written all 19 books in this historic and elegant house. Ms. Frank’s latest novel, BY INVITATION ONLY, was released this May.

This luxurious and private property, designed by renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, is one of the finest examples of this style in Montclair, the Township known for its thriving art comm

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 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 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.