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West Essex Market Report for June 2019

The real estate market is a fluctuant being, ever-changing and evolving over time. It can be beneficial to review the state of the market to see whether or not local areas are appreciating in value. Many Realtors use monthly market reports to gauge the quality and quantity of homes on the market which can directly influence the sale of your property. This is a snapshot of the market during the month of June 2019 from a few towns in West Essex. These statistics include the purchase price, selling price, days-on-market, yearly trends and more. All of the information included was taken directly from the GSMLS.

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  • West Orange June 2019 Report
  • Verona June 2019 Report
  • South Orange June 2019 Report
  • Montclair June 2019 Report
  • Maplewood June 2019 Report

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Waste Removal Essex County

West Essex Waste Removal Guide

Recycling and proper disposal of waste and rubbish are excellent ways for everyone to help maintain a clean and eco-friendly community. There are certain rules that explain which items can and cannot be recycled depending on the county or township that you live in. Every town in Essex county has their own methods for when, where and how refuse, bulk waste and hazardous materials can be disposed of. Some towns will operate around a schedule to pick up waste on certain days, whereas other towns require you to drop off your waste at predetermined locations. The Essex County Utilities Authority (ECUA) determines the classification of what can and cannot be dropped off at these locations. For specific information, you can review their guidelines here. However, it is important to review your town’s specific regulations for bulk waste, refuse and recycling removal. Most towns will break their waste down into specific groups such as electronics, bulk items, hazardous materials, scrap metal, oils, leaves, Christmas trees and shredded paper, among other materials. In some cases, towns can be fined for misuse of disposal methods. For example, the Township of Verona can be fined whenever there is garbage found inside one of their disposable leaf bags. Linked below are town web pages that delve into the details of each township’s specific regulations and pickup schedules. Be sure to monitor these pages to be up to date on your town’s rules and timetables. For more information, we recommend reaching out to your township’s designated officials in charge of waste management. Their information can be found on their respective township websites. Every measure taken to ensure a cleaner community is worth the effort. Let’s keep the Garden State green!

Review Your Town’s Guidelines Here

Maplewood

South Orange

West Orange

Verona

Montclair

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Kerry Metzger

Agent Spotlight: Q&A with Kerry Metzger

Hearth Realty Group is a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of the area’s top service-focused local experts. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. Learn more about what sets our agents apart with our weekly Q&A agent spotlights. Our first featured agent is a veteran of the the real estate industry in West Essex and 2015 Realtor of the Year, Kerry Metzger. 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your brand. Where did you grow up? What are your hobbies? How did you get into real estate? How long have you been an agent?

Kerry: I grew up in Montclair and have lived in Verona for 20 years. I was very involved with the Verona High School Band Parent Association and I was on the board of the baseball parent club. I am also on the board of directors for the West Essex Out of the Darkness Walk. I was also on the board of directors of the West Essex Board of Realtors.

I have been a realtor for 17 years and a broker/sales agent for 2 years. I originally worked for an independently owned Prudential office that later became a part of Prudential New Jersey Properties and then Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. I am excited to be working for an independent company again that is driven by customer service and commitment to the local community. 

I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and love using that experience in staging homes.  Before real estate I managed restaurants and had a baking business. The customer service skills and management experience has translated well into real estate. 

Are there any specific markets that you specialize in?

Kerry: I cover all of northern NJ and work with a wide spectrum of clients from first time home buyers to commercial investors, contractors and property management.

What makes your brand special or unique? More specifically, why should clients choose you for their real estate needs?

Kerry: My goal is to provide the best customer service possible to every client. I offer staging services and have a staff of movers and excellent relationships with all types of contractors whom I know and trust to assist with any needs. Being an independent company gives us the flexibility to create an experience that is specific to each client. 

Do you have any advice for first time home buyers?

Kerry: Determine what you are comfortable paying monthly for a mortgage while still being able to save and have some extra money for enjoyment and stick to that number. There is nothing worse than being stressed out about being able to make ends meet. 

Do you have any closing statements for the readers?

Kerry: Hearth Realty Group is a collaborative company, we support each other to be able to provide an exceptional experience for every client. We have pride in our work, our dedication to our communities and having a high professional standard.

Click here to get in contact with Kerry!

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Maplewoodstock 2019

Maplewoodstock 2019

There are many local music festivals in North Jersey but a few of them stand apart as the crown jewels of the bunch. Maplewoodstock stands tall as one of the longest running and most successful local festivals in the area. Named after the iconic Woodstock festival from the summer of 1969, Maplewoodstock will be celebrating their 16th year of music this July 2019. With an eclectic pool of local musicians and a few national acts, Maplewoodstock aims to continue their legacy and provide a top-notch lineup for the community to enjoy. They have had their stage graced by many excellent artists over the years such as Rusted Root, The Wailers, Josh Ritter, Third World, Los Lobos, Ruthie Foster, The Hip Abduction, Railroad Earth, NRBQ, Maya Azucena, Nicole Atkins & many more! Beyond the music, there will be a wide variety of local artists and food vendors present to make the festival experience even more magical. Hearth is a proud supporter of this year’s Elks Lodge Beer Garden!

This year’s Maplewoodstock will be held in its standard location at Memorial Field (580 Valley St, Maplewood, NJ 07040) on Saturday July 13th and Sunday the 14th beginning at noon both days. Saturday’s lineup will be headlined by Antibalas and Sunday will be closed out by Turkuaz. The full lineup with set times can be found in the links below along with the event’s Facebook, Twitter and official website. Be sure to check in with their socials and event pages for updates and general information.

Saturday’s Lineup
Sunday’s Lineup

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds Secret Concert at Hearth

Saturday night concert-goers made their way to the Hearth Realty Group office at 460 Bloomfield Ave in Verona, a venue revealed to them only shortly before the show, to see live music from three local musicians. This event, hosted by real estate agent Marika Autrand, was organized by Sofar Sounds, an international platform that strives to bring the magic back to live music by facilitating secret gigs and intimate concerts in unique venues worldwide.

Marika first went to a Sofar Sounds show in Montclair in April, and loved the intimacy of seeing live music in a cozy space with a group of only fifteen to thirty other concert-goers, along with the mystery of a secret gig at a location only disclosed shortly before the event. (Sofar guests at first only see the town the show is in and get more details about the location as the concert approaches). Seeing Sofar Sounds as a kind of Air BnB for concerts connecting local musicians with local venues willing to host, Marika immediately knew she wanted to host a Sofar show and was excited to bring one to Verona. A large group gathered at the Hearth office for music from indie singer-songwriter and comedian Evie Joy, the duo Visen, and singer-songwriter Rory D’Lasnow. Guests enjoyed the talented musicians and relaxed vibe as well as being able to talk and joke around with the musicians and hear stories about the songs.

Check out Sofar Sounds Official Website and the artists Evie JoyVisen, and Rory D’Lasnow!

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Verona Summer Concert Series 2019

Verona Summer Concert Series 2019

This summer, The Township of Verona will be celebrating its 15th year of the Verona Summer Concert Series! Every Wednesday from July 10th to July 31st there will be live musical performances beginning at 7pm at the Civic Center, located at 600 Bloomfield Ave in Verona. With performances from New Power Soul, Beginnings, Jobananno & Godsons and Garden State Radio, there are bound to be acts for everyone to enjoy! Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs to sit back, relax and enjoy a plethora of food options from a variety of local food trucks. What better way to welcome the summer months than by spending time outside with friends and family enjoying local music and local food! Hearth proudly sponsors this spectacular event that helps make Verona such a wonderful place to live. Be sure to stop by our Hearth table on July 17th, we’ll be hosting a raffle and handing out some giveaways! In the event of inclement weather, check the Township’s social media accounts for cancellations, updates and information. See you all this summer!

Verona Township Official…
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Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

West Orange Food Truck Festival 2019

3rd Annual West Orange Food Truck Festival

This 4th of July will mark the 3rd annual West Orange Food Truck Festival! In attendance will be some of the most delicious mobile eateries in the area such as…

  • The Little Sicilian Food Truck: featuring the flavors of Palermo Italy’s world-renowned street food
  • Carnivale Donut Bar: featuring their “Over The Top” Milkshakes with chocolate-coated rims and a warm donut on top
  • The Guac Spot: featuring all sorts of decadent tacos, rice bowls and burritos
  • Angry Archie’s: specializing in jumbo lump crab cakes and lobster rolls

…and much much more!

The full roster of food trucks can be found on the official Facebook event here. The festivities will be in full swing from 3pm – 9pm at the West Orange High School between the soccer and baseball fields. There will be plenty of parking and a great view of the fireworks that evening. So come celebrate the 4th of July with good friends, great food and the wonderful community of West Orange!

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.

Restaurants in Montclair NJ

Five Must-Try Restaurants in Montclair

Many people in northern New Jersey flock to Montclair because if its beautiful downtown, endless entertainment options and wide variety of eateries. Bloomfield Ave in particular is at the epicenter of the nightlife scene and is home to all kinds of different restaurants and bars. It seems as though you can find anything from Brazilian to Japanese to Cuban all grouped together in a cluster of just a few city blocks! Here are some of our personal favorites from downtown Montclair — in no particular order of course.

1. Ani Ramen: This Japanese noodle house is known for its delicious variety of ramen options and excellent array of appetizers. Ramen has been a major food craze over the last few years but Ani Ramen stands apart from the pack as a top-tier and competitively priced option. Although the menu isn’t gigantic, it doesn’t have to be. The main focus is ramen, which is at its core a Japanese soup with ramen noodles, homemade broth and a variety of proteins and vegetables. There are also delicious vegetarian options for those who prefer it. Before you order your big bowl of ramen, we suggest trying one of the buns as an appetizer! Ani Ramen can get very crowded because of their outstanding reputation, so be sure to arrive early. Ani Ramen is a BYOB establishment so feel free to show up with your favorite wine or beer. They also have locations in Jersey City and Summit. Visit their official website here.

2. Cuban Pete’s: A local fan favorite, Cuban Pete’s is one of the busiest restaurants in all of Montclair. Their menu boasts a ton of classic Cuban dishes and a variety of tapas to suit all types of palettes. They’re also very well known for their decadent non-alcoholic sangrias, just remember, this restaurant is BYOB, so bring your own bottle of wine to add to it. The decor and ambiance has a distinct island vibe which makes for a very fun dining experience. From the paella to the churrasco, you simply can’t go wrong at Cuban Pete’s. Visit their website here.

3. Salute Brick Oven Bistro: Northern New Jersey could be considered one of the best places in all of America for Italian cuisine, it’s just our style, but Salute stands apart. This Italian bistro offers both classic and modern dishes for a more adventurous dining experience or a timeless Itlalian staple. Inspired by dishes that would be found in Tuscany or Umbria, this establishment is true to form and wholeheartedly embodies the flavors and textures of Italy itself. As with many restaurants in Montclair, diners are encouraged to bring their favorite bottle of wine from home to enjoy with their meal. To learn more, feel free to visit their official website here.

4. Noches de Colombia: You may have heard of Noches de Colombia before, seeing as they have 22 restaurants across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Their abundance of establishments should be considered a testament to how excellent their food really is. Noches de Colombia is, as you might have guessed, a Colombian restaurant with delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options. At any time of day, Noches is a fantastic spot to grab a meal with large portions for a good price. They also offer everything from iced coffee to a wide assortment of amazing fresh juices and lemonades. Visit their website here to learn more.

5. Samba Montclair: Most people assume that dining at a Brazillian restaurant means you’ll be dining at a rodizio, which is actually just their version of a steakhouse. Samba is a fantastic glimpse into the world of Brazilian food outside of rodizios. Known for their homestyle Brazilian fare and rustic atmosphere, Samba is a delight and an excellent change of pace. They offer different menus for brunch, lunch and dinner with many fragrant and mouth-watering options for all palettes to enjoy. Learn more about their history and dining options by visiting their website here.

Montclair has countless other amazing restaurants to try but we hope this list has given you a few locations to start with on your culinary adventure. We hope to see you around town soon!

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.

Downtown South Orange

A Brief History of South Orange

The Township of South Orange Village, or South Orange for short, traces its history back to colonial America in the mid-1600s. Settlers traveling from Connecticut landed on the shores of the Passaic River and purchased the land known today as Newark from the Lenni Lenape Indians. After about a decade, the settlers decided to expand their territory and purchased a new swath of land just west of Newark which encompassed all of the Oranges as well as many other modern-day townships. Having been settled since before the Revolutionary War, this land has seen the birth of America first hand and actively played its part by creating the first primitive roadways in the early 1700’s. These roadways would eventually be used regularly by George Washington and his troops during the American Revolution. These roadways are now modern-day thoroughfares such as South Orange Avenue, Main Street and Ridgewood Road. South Orange would be officially incorporated as its own township in 1869.

Modern day South Orange is just as vital to Northern New Jersey as it was in the colonial era. Many people flock to this area of New Jersey because of its rich history, charm and proximity to major cities such as Newark or New York City. It is common for many people who work in the city to commute home to the suburbs, this makes towns along the train line such as South Orange and Maplewood highly sought after. Many homes for sale in South Orange are so close to public transportation that you can walk to or from the stations within minutes! South Orange is also the home of Seton Hall University which was established in 1856 and is one of the most prestigious schools in the state. Seton Hall helps to give South Orange a fun college town appeal with great bars and venues to visit year-round.

The public-school system in South Orange has programs for children of all ages from preschool through high school. Many of the educational facilities are shared with the neighboring township of Maplewood where the shared high school, Columbia, is located. Columbia has been ranked the #6 best college-prep high school in Essex County with bountiful extracurricular activities and AP courses available for all students.

South Orange is also widely known for its appreciation and commitment to furthering the arts. The town has its own performing arts center, SOPAC, which features plays, musicals, poetry and live music events year-round. The South Orange Village Center also hosts live music in the downtown area during the summer months that features a plethora of local artists from across the state. Many urbanites moving from Brooklyn or Manhattan tend to settle in South Orange because of its connection to the arts and it’s safe neighborhoods which also give you quick access to the city and all of the entertainment options available there. If you are looking to move to a fun, charming and comfortable new neighborhood, South Orange is definitely a place to check out! You can view homes for sale in South Orange here.

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.

The Suite Spot: South Orange

The Suite Spot: South Orange

New Business Alert!

The Suite Spot of Livingston and Montclair will be opening its third location in beautiful downtown South Orange. The Suite Spot is a rentable venue suited for small to medium sized events such as graduation parties, baby showers, birthday parties, bar or bat mitzvahs and more. The company currently has two event spaces, their Montclair location holds up to 75 guests and their Livingston location holds up to 150 guests. Both locations have access to parking lots and street parking for all of your friends and family. The Suite Spot also offers media packages that cover professional DJs, live sound and live videos. They also offer a variety of services such as event planning, catering, photography, videography, florists, graphic designs and more!

Their South Orange location is scheduled to open this summer. Let’s all welcome The Suite Spot to South Orange! Follow the link below to view their packages, rates and contact information.

Official Website

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.