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How is real estate in Bergen County is a question I’m asked more often than I can count.  Everyone, it seems, wants to know how the market is doing.  This is especially true at the start of a new year.

Let’s use the best data source, the New Jersey MLS, and the most popular residential purchase, the single family home.

Bergen County Overall

  • 3% More Sales
  • 1% Appreciation
  • Marketing Time is Flat
  • Lower rates brought out buyers

One word explains 2019 – stable.  Bergen County overall had 3% more sales (6,921 to 7,121 or +200) with 7/10 of 1%  appreciation.  The average sales price went up by $4,264 from $600,349 to $604,613.  The median sales price was stable too; it rose from $495,000 to $497,000.

While we sold more homes with low inventory, buyers were not over paying.  The message is clear:  There has to be value for a buyer to act.  As a result, the law of supply and demand is limited.  Just because there aren’t enough homes does not mean prices will skyrocket.

The time it took to market a home was pretty flat too at 61 to 59.7 days.  It’s been running at 2 months for the past few years.

What did change in 2019 is mortgage rates.  They lowered as you moved further into the year.  As a result, many buyers jumped off the fence and into home ownership.  Thus 3% more sales in 2019.

The bottom line is a stable and solid real estate market.  This is positive for everyone.

Real Estate Market Segments

Let’s break things down to different parts of the market so you can see how your market did.  Homes up through $250,000 were eliminated because almost every one was either a foreclosure, short sale or in need of major renovation.  Most were purchased by investors.  These houses are rarely purchased by non-investors because they need major renovations.

  • $250-500,000
  • $500-$1 million
  • $1-1.5 million
  • 1.5-2 million
  • 2-3 million
  • $3 million+

Most of the market is at $250,000 – $1 million or 88% of all sales.  $250-500,000 has most of the 1st time buyers.  These 3,442 sales represent 48% of the market. Not far behind is $500,000 – $1 million with 2,858 sales for 40% of the market.  Both groups have 4% more sales and virtually no change elsewhere..

Once you cross the $1 million mark, things drop off dramatically.

  • $1-1.5 million = 429 sales or 6%
  • $1.5 – 2 million = 109 sales or 1.5%
  • $2-3 million = 53 or 1% (rounded off)
  • $3 million+ = 24 or .5% (rounded off)

For this upper tier group, things were flat until you reach $3 million and up.  Then we see major positive changes.

The high end luxury home made a major come back in 2019.  Homeowners adjusted to the market and houses sold.  For years this market has languished due to, in my humble view, ridiculous asking prices and poor marketing.  While luxury sellers can wait out a market, the same is true for their buyers.  And they do wait.  Only when a luxury buyer sees value will a home be sold.  Rampant over pricing especially when you get to $2 million and up created a terrible stall in the market.  2019 changed that.

$3 million+ sold 44% quicker (226.3 to 127 days) with a 20% rise in the average sales price ($3,722,000 to $4,516,712).  Impressive is an understatement.

How Is Real Estate in Bergen County

So how is real estate in Bergen County going to do this year?

Most home buyers will continue to have a tough time in 2019 because of very low inventory.  First time buyers in the $250-500,000 price range will almost always have to deal with multiple bid situations.  The $500,000 – $1 million group will see this often.  In spite of low inventory, if a home is poorly marketed it will not do well.  Over pricing is the most critical mistake a seller can make always and in this market, extremely so.  Buyers facing a tough market should get their ducks in order so they present themselves in the strongest possible way to a seller.

2020 will be another great year for residential sales.  Nothing dramatic expected; 2020 should be a repeat of 2019.  Mortgage rates should stay pretty much the same with maybe a half point up tick by year’s end but that’s still awfully low.  This is all stable and stability is very very good.

I have comprehensive information for home buyers and home owners on my website.  You can call or text me at 201-741-8490 (or barbara@bergencountyhomes.com if you prefer).  Let me know your thoughts – I’d appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things to do this weekend in Bergen County are many and varied.  While the December holidays are nearly upon us, there’s more to do than just shopping.  Take a look and enjoy yourself!

  • bergen county winter wonderlandBergen County’s Winter Wonderland

This is the 4th year in a row that Bergen County has it’s wildly popular Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park in Paramus.  This has become a major event here and opened last weekend.  There is a beginner and regular outdoor ice skating rink (you can rent skates for $10), unlimited carousel and train rides, Santa’s Dome where you meet Santa and Mrs Claus, unlimited access to the zoon and all sorts of other activities for children plus a heated area too.  Food trucks will be there and there’s a beer garden.  This Saturday is the tree lighting at 6:30 pm.  Disability Day is Dec 12th, Menorah lighting is Dec 22nd and Kwanza is celebrated Dec 23rd.  There is a schedule of times and dates.  Tickets from age 4 to 65 are $15 each.

Shirah Winter Concert in Tenafly JCC on the Palisades

.  The Shirah Winter Concert celebrating Chanukah happens this Sunday at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.  From 3 through 4:30 you will hear beautiful music in Hebrew and English celebrating the Festival of Lights.  Open to the public, it’s $16 for members and $20 for non members.  A reception follows too.

This concert is by the Thurnauer School of Music at the JCC.  It has become one of the premier music schools in the NYC area.  They put on 120 concerts annually.  Check out their Facebook page.

SantaSanta Saturday in Fort Lee

Come to Fort Lee this Saturday from 1-3 pm to meet Santa and enjoy Christmas fun.  The Business District Alliance of Fort Lee is hosting this annual treat at the Richard & Catherine Nest Adult Activity Center located on 319 Main Street.  Get your picture taken with Santa, listen to carolers and enjoy hot cocoa plus cookies and candy canes.  Bring your entire family so you can take a group photo with Santa!

Bergen County Players in Oradell  bergen county players

The Bergen County Players has a new musical play opening this weekend.  Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure opens Friday and runs through Dec 22nd on weekends.  This features music by the Beatles and works for both children and adults.  Get your tickets before they’re sold out!

I’ve written before about this terrific live theater group along with others.  We are so lucky to have so many excellent live theater options in Bergen County.

Model Train Shows

Don’t forget about model trains.  Every Christmas season model train clubs open their doors to the public.  While it’s a great fund raising event for the clubs, it’s also so much fun for everyone.

There’s also the Bronx Botanical Garden.  While in New York City, it’s actually a short drive from Bergen County.  Every year they put on a fantastic model train display that’s become an annual tradition for many folks.  Go to my article on local model train shows that I just published.  I have a list of local shows and links to the BBG’s from now through December.  These holiday model train shows are held on weekends.  This was an annual ritual for me when my son was a little boy.

nutcracker balletNew Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker

What could be more traditional than the Nutcracker ballet?  Go this weekend to the Bergen County Performing Arts Center for a real holiday treat.  The New Jersey Ballet is an outstanding ballet company that has been recognized for it’s excellence many times over it’s long history.  This world class company is notable for the fact that they leave their home and bring the beauty of ballet dance all over NJ.  The nutcracker is a must and Bergen Pac is doing something very special on Sunday.

From 12 noon to 1 pm there will be an instrument petting zoo.  This is an opportunity to touch, see and experience a variety of musical instruments.  What could be cooler than that?  Then you take your seat and see the Nutcracker Ballet.  Tickets are still available for this weekend but they’re going fast. 

Holiday Parades

Here’s something for you to check out by going to your own town’s website.  This weekend many towns are having a holiday parade to boost their local business districts.  These are always fun experiences for children and adults alike.  Often this is accompanied at night by a Christmas tree lighting and later on you’ll find Menorah lightings as well.

Meet Me in St Louis

Because it’s the 75th anniversary of this classic and much beloved film, there are special screenings for the public on only 2 days.  You can go to a movie theater to see this wonderful movie with Judy Garland on Sunday the 8th at 1pm or 4pm at the AMC Garden State 16 movie theater at Westfield’s Garden State Plaza.

This is the film where Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was introduced.  Most of us will also remember Clang Clang Went the Trolley.  So take your family to see one of Hollywood’s best just the way your grandparents saw it in 1944.  If you can’t make it on Sunday, the other date is Wednesday the 11th.  Meet Me in St Louis probably will never have a screening like this again for at least another 25 years so don’t miss it.

Go out and have fun this weekend!  There’s plenty of options as you can see.  Need more information?  Text or call me at 201-741-8490

 

 

 

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holiday train showsHoliday model train shows begin this weekend.  I took my son to all the shows when he was a little boy.  We went all over New Jersey and had a lot of fun.  Children especially get a kick out of seeing these shows and adults have fun too.  Here are some for you beginning this weekend.

North Haledon

Let’s begin just outside of Bergen County in North Haledon NJ.  This is where you’ll find the Garden State Model Railway Club open house.  This club began in 1953 and this is their 62nd open house.  It runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5.  They are located at 572 Mountain Road in North Haledon, NJ.  They also have open houses the next 2 weekends in December on Saturdays and Sundays.  It’s $6 for adults and kids 12 and under are free (when accompanied by an adult).

Carlstadt

Because it’s name is the New York Society of Model Engineers you wouldn’t expect it in New Jersey.  Believe it or not, it’s located at 341 Hoboken Road in Carlstadt NJ.  This is another great model train club.  They have their exhibitions open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 beginning this weekend.  They continue every weekend through December.  Adults pay $4, children from 5-11 with 4 and under free.  To learn more about this club, go to the New York Society of Model Engineers website.

Mahwah

Beginning this Friday night from 6-8 pm and every Friday through December 20th, you can see the Donald Cooper Model Railroad in action. Weekends on Saturday and Sunday it’s open from 1-4 pm.  Located in the Mahwah museum, it’s free for children and museum members.  Other adults pay $5 each.  There’s a special guest coming December 20th from -7:30 pm.  Santa Claus is making an appearance then!  The museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah.

Bronx Botanical Garden

While it’s not in New Jersey, The Bronx is not all that far away either.  Time it right and you’re there 20 minutes past the George Washington Bridge.  Their Holiday Train Show has been a New York holiday tradition for decades.  This is a professionally designed model train show that highlights iconic New York City places.  Because it’s so popular with adults as well as children, they have evenings just for adults.  Bar Car Nights are a beautiful and unique way to spend a holiday evening.  This show is on now through January 26th weekdays and weekends.

Model train shows are part of the holiday season.  New Jersey club shows are more geared to families and less expensive than what you’ll find in the Bronx.  If you’d like to know about other holiday model train shows further out in New Jersey, text or call me at 201-741-8490.

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The Right AttorneyThe right attorney is the attorney who is best for you.  You think an attorney is lousy because it’s simply not the right match for you and your needs.  There are, of course, lousy attorneys.  Just like lousy real estate agents, lousy painters, lousy teachers etc etc etc.  When you are buying a home or selling a home, choosing the wrong attorney can be catastrophic.  Let me explain why.  I’ll start with how you find one.

Why You Find Lousy Attorneys

Begin with trust.  Who do you trust to give you an attorney recommendation?

Some folks don’t trust their agent.  Be honest.  You know who you are.  I have a question for you:  Why are you working with anyone you don’t trust?  It doesn’t matter if it’s a Realtor or a doctor.  Why would you do that?  Find another agent.

You trust your family.  Uncle Joe is an attorney – he’ll do it for free.  Dad has a friend who’ll do it cheap because you’re his son or daughter.  This is so often a mistake.  Why?  Because Uncle Joe or Dad’s friend doesn’t do residential real estate.  It’s like asking a neurosurgeon to operate on a shattered leg.  They’re both surgeons but in totally different fields.

You trust your friends.  They bought a house recently so you ask them who they used.  They give you their attorney’s name and number.  You pick up the phone, dial the number and hire that attorney.  Because you didn’t check thoroughly, you find out later that it’s a bad match.

Shopping Online Surfing The Web

We shop for everything online.  It’s fun, efficient and allows us to do things in the middle of the night.  As a result, shopping for an attorney online makes sense.

You do a Google search, you check out Yelp, Martindale etc.  I have news for you; this does not work.  You can never verify the truthfulness of people who post reviews.  Gushing reviews might be from friends or relatives.  Bad reviews can come from people who no one can satisfy.

Right now I have a simple condo apartment sale. It should have closed 2 weeks ago.  My buyer is anxious to close as is the seller for valid reasons.  December is my buyer’s busiest month.  The seller is carrying the expense of a vacant condo.

The problem is the seller’s attorney.  He is a bankruptcy attorney who litigates in court.  It makes no sense at all to hire a bankruptcy attorney for a condo sale.  Why would anyone pick a bankruptcy attorney to sell a condo?  Because he’s a friend doing a favor.  Oh did I forget to tell you that this guy has a high rating on the web for real estate transactions?

The Right AttorneyNew York is not New Jersey

While Bergen County is next to New York City, it does not mean we are the same place.  New York and New Jersey are 2 separate States with 2 different sets of laws and regulations.  Residential real estate is practiced very differently in each State.  Since we are next to each other, some attorneys are licensed in both.  This does not mean that they know what they’re doing in both areas.

To add to this, the practice of residential sales can be widely different from one part of the same State to another.  Consider this as well – environmental issues in one area may not be the same in another.  This is also true of housing styles, construction methods and a myriad of other things.  Stick to a local attorney who knows what’s going on locally as well as the local housing inventory.

Lousy Attorneys Don’t Really Exist

Lousy attorneys don’t really exist.  If you choose the wrong person for any job, the result will be poor at best.  It’s really a matter of how you choose an attorney.  Choose wisely and you’ll get the right attorney.  Make a bad choice, however, and results will be disastrous.

The most important part of a transaction is the contract.  The attorney you choose to represent you is so very important.  I wrote about this in the Buyers section of my website.   You’ll also find great information in another blog article I wrote on this last year.

I hope this was helpful for you.  If you’d like the names of some great real estate attorneys or have questions, text or call me at 201-741-8490

 

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Fannie MaeNew multi family requirements were just announced by Fannie Mae.  This is going to make it harder to purchase a 1-4 family home.  Because Fannie Mae guidelines are now stricter, everyone needs to know about it.  I consider this a strong signal.

1-4 Family Homes

Let’s begin with the fact that a 1-4 family home is residential property.  Because it’s residential property, you mortgage it the same way as a house if you live in it.  While income producing, if it’s your primary residence then no problem.  Additionally you get credit for the rent coming in.

Banks compute 75% of the monthly rent as additional qualifying income for an owner occupier.  Let’s say you’re buying a 2 family home to live in and the rental income is $1,000.  Here’s how it works out:

75% of $1,000 = $750     $500 = $100,000 mortgage   $500 divided by $750 = $150,000 mortgage

Because banks give you credit for rental income, you can spend more and get a better property.

New Multi Family Requirements

Fannie Mae just put out a bulletin that changed the world for 1-4 family buyers.  This takes effect in 2 weeks for all new residential multi family mortgage applications.  Buyers must document a history of on time mortgage or rent payments for where they live right now.  I believe it is going to be for 1 year but adjustments can still be made.  Nothing is 100% certain until it goes into effect.  What is certain is the requirement to prove you’ve been paying your mortgage or rent responsibly.

1st Time Home Buyers

New Multi Family Requirements

Rick Casatelli

I discussed this with Rick Casatelli of Weichert Financial.  Rick feels that this applies to many 1st time home buyers.  Rick explained that a good number live with family to save up for a down payment.  As a result, they don’t pay rent which means they no longer qualify to buy a multi family home.

Rick feels that Fannie Mae is reacting to what they’ve experienced.  He said it’s likely that buyers used rental income to stretch themselves too thin.  Rick guessed that an unusually high foreclosure rate made Fannie react.

Rick is conservative.  He doesn’t push people to their limit.  I agree completely; this is the right way to go.  It’s our job to get you a property that you can afford.

The Bottom Line

New Multi Family Requirements

If you want to buy a multi family home as your first purchase, things have changed.  While you might be living with your family to save, you no longer qualify to buy one.  I know this is frustrating but understand why it’s being done.

Fannie Mae is watching the market carefully.  No one wants another crash.  Trouble started, Fannie saw it and is putting a lid on it.  They are keeping the market healthy and solid.  This is positive for everyone whether you are an owner, seller or buyer.

Questions?  Text or call me at 201-741-8490.

 

 

 

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5 Sandburg Court is a glorious townhouse in the exclusive community of The Courts at Glenpointe.  Glenpointe is a small complex.  As a result  you may not know about it.  Allow me to tell you all about it.

Glenpointe

Glenpointe is an ambitious project created in the early 1980’s by Alfred Sanzari.  It incorporates 3 separate sections –

  1. The Glenpointe Hotel,
  2. Glenpointe office complex
  3. The Courts at Glenpointe  town home community

Located within the office complex is the Glenpointe Spa & Fitness Center .  I’ve always  considered this to be one of the nicest public fitness spas in Bergen County.  

This was conceived as a high end development.  It continues to be so to this day.  The Glenpointe Hotel hosts many local major 5 Sandburg Ctevents both corporate and private.  There is a really nice wine bar and Italian restaurant too.

You’ll find the Courts at Glenpointe tucked away in the back end.  It’s a very private setting as a result.  We enter through a guarded gate giving you 24/7 security.  Driving through the complex you’ll appreciate the pretty landscaping and pin neat condition.  This is a well maintained complex.  Features include a swimming pool, tennis courts and dog run.

Convenient Location

Glenpointe’s location is ideal for traveling anywhere in this region.  It’s a 5-15 minute drive to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Routes 80 and 4.  Additionally the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan is 15 minutes by car.  Because public transportation is essential to NYC, NJ Transit has an express bus stop within walking distance.  The airport is only 30 minutes by car.

5 Sandburg Court5 Sandburg Court

5 Sandburg Court is big, updated, modern and upscale townhouse.  Space is very impressive since there is over 2,300 square feet.  Because the style is contemporary, entertaining areas are large, open rooms framed by soaring vaulted ceilings with tremendous ambient light.  Upstairs you’ll find a truly amazing Master Suite with both double and walk in closets and unbelievable dimensions.  The Master Bath includes an oversized whirlpool tub, stall shower and sauna.

Beautifully updated, the kitchen and baths shine with high end materials and finishes.  You’ll find wood floors throughout from parquet floors on the main level to new hardwood upstairs.  To top it it off is your own private elevator.  This runs from the garage up to the 2nd floor bedrooms.

5 Sandburg Court is a terrific townhouse with great space, sophisticated design and wonderful updates.  It’s a commanding value in the market because it’s priced at $400,000.  Text or call me at 201-741-8490 to see this fabulous home.

 

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home inspection reportHome inspection issues for buyers are huge.  You hire a home inspector to uncover problems so you don’t buy the money pit.

Why It’s Stressful

Let’s step back a minute and consider this:  Buying a home is stressful.  I work very hard at preparing my customers but it’s still an anxious as well as exciting time.  Everyone knows that purchasing “big ticket” items comes with anxiety.  It’s worse when you buy a home due to it’s cost.

Here’s something else too – the process.  There’s so many aspects to learn that you never come across in your daily life.

The key to it all is preparation.  I spent a lot of time creating the Buyers section of my website.  If you go through it, you’ll be fully educated and properly prepared.  As a result, your stress level will be cut in half or more.

Be Prepared And Win

You need to be fully prepared for your home inspection too.  I believe that you should line up a home inspector early on.  What usually happens is that when Attorney Review concludes, you’re told to get the house inspected that weekend.  You haven’t even started to look for an inspector in most cases.

Research home inspectors and find one even before you find the house.  Timing is important too.  The sales contract gives you enough time to get the inspector you want.  Don’t be pressured into the 1st inspector who’s to available.

The Home Inspection inspection issues for buyers

You may have questions about some things – bring those questions along with you.  Only ask them when the inspector is at that part of the house.  If you rattle off all your questions at once, your inspector will be focused on answers and thrown off track.

Always stay with your inspector as he goes through the house.  You learn a lot and you’ll think of even more questions.

When an inspector finds problems, don’t panic.  It took a lot of searching and work on your part to find this house.  You love it so don’t lose it because everyone you know is telling you horror stories.  Do things right.  Get contractors in to evaluate and talk to your attorney.  Cancel the sale if what the inspector finds is truly too much to deal with.

When I represent a buyer, I actually hope termites are found without damage.  Every home for hundreds (if not thousands) of miles around gets termites.  Sellers must treat for termites.  If the little beasts are found and no harm’s done, you’re ahead.

Conclusion

Home inspection issues for buyers can be handled.  Try to keep your emotions in check.  When problems are found, evaluate them thoroughly and then make a decision.  You can proceed, negotiate concessions from the seller or cancel the contract.  Discuss this with your attorney.  If you need the name of some good inspectors or more advice, text or call me at 201-741-8490

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inspection issues for sellersThere are ways to handle home inspection issues for sellers so both sides win.  While there are times when inspection issues do create insurmountable problems, this is a rare occurrence.  Why is it, then, that so many contracts fail due to home inspection issues?

Going On The Market For Sale

We start with where it begins – when you put you home on the market for sale.  You’ve removed clutter, staged it, manicured your exterior and hired cleaners.  I bring in professionals to do photos, a video tour, a floor plan and create brochures plus a website for your house.

Most people think you’re ready to go now.  Not really because you haven’t considered your home’s condition.

How A Home Inspector Looks At Things

Buyers evaluate the condition of a house through their home inspection.  Most sellers live in the house fixing things when something breaks.  That’s not how a home inspector sees things.  Inspectors will fail something even if it’s working simply because it’s older.  money pit

As a result, when an owner receives a buyer’s home inspection requests (sometimes the inspection report too), it’s often a shock and personally insulting.  You are upset and angry.  The buyer is demanding because that wonderful house they were buying is reduced to a money pit.

Do you think this is a good atmosphere for negotiating to a fair place for both sides?  It’s not of course.

Avoid Inspection Issues for Sellers

This is why I always recommend a pre-listing home inspection.  You’ll catch issues that you can fix now and fix for less. Since  fixing is often less than what a buyer imagines and/or demands you save a lot by doing this.

Home Warranties also pay for themselves.  Because home inspectors fail, for example, a furnace that’s working but old, you need this.  A home warranty costs a fraction of the cost of a new furnace.  Warranties are how you win by giving your buyer protection and peace of mind.

Preparation is the key to a successful house sale.  Sellers prepare best with a pre-listing inspection and home warranty.  You prepared how the house shows with cleaning, organizing, staging etc.  Prepare how the home’s condition displays with a pre-listing inspection and a home warranty.  This is exactly how you win with home inspection issues.

If you need advice on this, the names of good home inspectors or want a home warranty brochure, just text or call me at 201-741-8490

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van saun county park playgroundVan Saun Park in Paramus NJ is one of Bergen County’s most popular County Parks.  It’s big at 146 acres and gives you a wide variety of things to do.  Because it’s a County Park there is something for everyone.  I go there often with my dog Mickey.  We take long walks through the park and it’s always a wonderful experience.  Here’s what this terrific park has to offer you:

Children, Playgrounds, Pony Rides, Carousel & A Train

Parents bring their children to the extensive playground where they climb, swing, run, slide and more.  There’s even a special section engineered for handicapped children and those in wheelchairs.

Pony rides are another attraction for children.  Bergen County has pony rides for a small fee at Van Saun Park from May through most of October.   From 10 am through 5 pm there is also a wonderful carousel complete with corny music and flashing lights.  Children love trains and Van Saun has a great miniature train that choo choo’s along not far from the carousel and zoo. 

Bergen County Zoological Park

Van Saun is the location for the Bergen County Zoo.  You can find information about the park on the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo website and on Bergen County’s website as well.  If you go to the County’s website, you’ll find the fee schedule for the train and pony rides as well.  Because of our winters, all of these are open around mid April and close by the end of October or, weather permitting, mid November.

Bergen County’s Zoological Park has a lot going on.  There are events all year long and they keep adding animals every year.  For Halloween they have their annual Zoo Boo which just closed.  These events are geared towards children for fun and education too.

Bergen County Zoological ParkFishing, Picnics, Baseball, Soccer and Fairs

You’ll find a large pond at the southern end of the park where you can fish or just stroll by.  Additionally there are baseball or softball fields, picnic tables all over, a soccer field and several times during spring and summer fairs.  The fairs occupy one of the large parking lots with all sorts of rides and food trucks.

When I walk through the park with my dog, I often see large family gatherings barbecuing food and just enjoying being together.  Some people set up volley ball nets others picnic near the children’s playground and others just stay away from it all.  There are as many options as you’d like to have a barbecue in the park.

George Washington

There’s also a bit of history in this park.  New Jersey was one of the original 13 Colonies and there were major battles all throughout Bergen County during the Revolution.  When General George Washington was retreating against the British on his way to crossing the Delaware at Fort Lee.  In fact, there’s a museum about this in Fort Lee.  Van Saun has a spring where Washington is said to have stopped and had a drink of water.  There is a beautiful, peaceful walk created here which you do not want to miss when you visit the Van Saun County Park.

Dogs Love Van Saun Too

Bring your dog to Van Saun Park but only on a leash.  I take my dog, Mickey, all the time and he has so much fun sniffing all Pony Rideover and meeting children who give him tons of attention.  There’s also a dog run in Van Saun where your pup can play with other dogs.  There is a big and small dog section so no matter the size, this dog park works for you.

Go to Van Saun County Park this weekend.  Because it’s location is near the center of Bergen County, it’s really convenient.  You can enter off of Forest Ave or Continental Ave.  Either way, just come and enjoy this wonderful park.

If you’d like more information about Van Saun or any one of our terrific parks, text or call me at 201-741-8490.

 

 

 

 

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I just listed this 1 bedroom Mediterranean North coop for sale today.  If you don’t know about coops, go to my article about this type of residence.  Let’s start with an introduction to Mediterranean North.

Mediterranean Tower North

Med North is what most of call it but it’s really Mediterranean Tower North.  There’s actually 3 towers:  Med North, Med South and Med West.  All were coop hi rise buildings until Med South (next to Med North) became a condominium a few years ago.  Because Mediterranean North is so close to the George Washington Bridge, it’s very convenient to the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Complex.  As a result, there’s actually a jitney bus service just for people who work there.  Med North Coop

This is a large hi rise building with all the luxury amenities you’d expect from 24/7 concierge services and door men to a play yard for children.  It is a self managed building with a fully staffed office just off of the lobby entrance.  The lobby, hallways and elevators were recently upgraded so this building has a decidedly elegant ambiance.

Because owners thought it was unfair to bundle all services together, several years ago some of the amenities became a la carte so to speak.  As a result, only those members who want to use the outdoor swimming pool facilities pay a nominal fee.  The same goes for the health club.  Everyone has to include a basic cable charge of $68 in their monthly maintenance; you can add on additional cable options at your own expense.

Med North has always been a prestigious address.  While it is a large building with 483 apartments, it is also an intimate community where people find new lifelong friends.  Check out their website for more details.

Mediterranean North Coop23 D at 2100 Linwood Ave

My listing has just been completely painted, professionally cleaned and all wall to wall carpet replaced.  It’s a top floor apartment on the 23rd floor facing west with truly amazing views of the mountains.  Facing west has a great advantage – sunlight.  Tons of sunlight pour into this coop unit nearly all day.

There is one large, open space for a living room/dining room area.  This opens to the enclosed terrace which you’ll enjoy from spring through fall.

Because storage is always an issue with apartments, Med North was designed with a solution.  Closets are large and many.  They are so big that I can’t imagine you’ll need more.

The kitchen is square shaped which gives you more room than the typical apartment aisle kitchen.  The feeling is open, bright and spacious.  Location is so convenient too.  While you’re near the floor laundry room and elevator, the apartment is very quiet.

Parking  Mediterranean North Co-op

Parking is always a concern for hi rise building shoppers.  While parking spaces don’t stay with a unit when it’s sold, there are spaces available at a monthly fee of $60 for outside or $75 for indoor.  You can also have overnight guest parking for $10 per night.  Just make arrangements with the management office in advance.

Price and Maintenance Costs

23 D is on the market for $139,000.  Maintenance is $1,064.28  This includes the basic cable cost of $68 monthly, gas, water (cold and hot), taxes and the underlying mortgage.  Basically everything except electric.

Med North Fort LeeTo see this fresh and bright Mediterranean North coop for sale just call me at 201-741-8490.  I don’t expect it to be on the market for long before it finds a buyer.  Med North is very popular and this is a nice unit that’s an affordable entry to Fort Lee NJ.