A Crown View Townhouse
A Crown View townhouse is back on the market. I just re-listed 1091 Smith Manor Blvd at Crown View in West Orange NJ. This is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath stand alone townhome with some nice custom touches.
The kitchen has a center island, the family room has a built in wet bar, the Master Bedroom has a gas fireplace and the 3rd bedroom closet has been turned into a home office carroll.
The Crown View Community
Crown View is a very unique condominium complex. There is both an 8 story condo apartment building (179 units) and individual stand alone luxury townhomes (100 units). It cradles a lake with walking/jogging trails alongside as well as having tennis courts and an outdoor pool. There is a decidedly warm community feeling and the complex is pet friendly. Access is by a 24/7 Concierge at it’s gated entry for this upscale condominium.
There’s a bit of history here too because it’s built on part of what was the Orange Quarry where bluestone was mined. The townhomes here are all stand alone so it’s really like having your own house with concierge services. Exterior maintenance takes care of all grounds and snow removal includes shoveling your front steps and walk.
West Orange Values
Bergen County residents will be surprised to find that this townhouse is half or less of what it would cost there. Property taxes are higher but that doesn’t make up for the cost difference. I used to travel to West Orange in the 80’s and 90’s watching all of the condominium development that was going on then. When I have buyers who want a townhouse but can’t afford northern New Jersey pricing, I take them for a ride here.
Taxes are higher in Essex County but prices are lower. Because of this, values are better. I sold this townhouse to the present owner while we were looking in Bergen County. Explaining that their money would go further, we checked out the many developments off of Prospect Avenue. There are several and some are gated communities like this one. They were amazed at the difference.
The cost of a similar townhome in Bergen County at the time was nearly double. Mortgage costs would have been $300,000 more or around $1,500 per month. Taxes came to $300 more per month in West Orange. This was a no brainer.
My buyers worked in Madison and Rochelle Park. Highway systems in New Jersey are so great that the commute to work for both was good. As a result, they opted to buy at Crown View. I am allowed to disclose that the only reason they are leaving is because one of them is now working in Philadelphia. That’s not an easy commute.
Because of this a Crown View townhouse is back on the market. Pricing is at $419,000. Call me at 201-741-8490 if you’d like to take a look. This is a great complex and a terrific townhome. I love living in Bergen County because it has so much to offer. It is sometimes better for you elsewhere. I know how to guide you to where it’s best for you. Get in touch with me when you’re ready.