Tour Beautifully Decorated Short Hills Homes to Start the Holidays

Short Hills homes are decorated for the holidays.Get ready to start the holiday season with a tour of some of the most beautiful Short Hills homes. On Saturday, December 5th, members of the Short Hills Garden Club will open their elegant houses from 2 to 6 p.m. for tours as part of the Twilight Holiday House Tour. Five houses of different architectural styles will be part of the tour. These Short Hills homes have been decorated to celebrate the holiday season. You’ll be inspired to start the holidays in a spirit of giving and community. Musicians from Millburn High School will add to the festive feeling with a selection of holiday music.

Those who live in Short Hills and beyond are also invited to the holiday tea, which will take place at the Short Hills Club from 2 to 4 p.m. on December 5th. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and petit fours. Tickets for the tea are $20 and must be purchased by November 21st.

Tickets for the tour are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the tour. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local charities. Visit Short Hills Garden Club to purchase tickets and get more information about where to pick them up and where to meet to begin the tour.

Halloween Parade Near Your Maplewood Home in the Village

Trick or treat near your Maplewood home.Those who call Maplewood home are invited to attend the Maplewood Village Halloween Parade. This beloved tradition is returning to the area this year. All families are sure to have a safe and great time. Come on out the day before Halloween on Friday, October 30th from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m. Families are invited to go trick-or-treating at the businesses located in Maplewood Village between Baker Street and Durand Road. The road will be closed for safety, so consider taking the train to the Maplewood Train Station. There will be no parking allowed on Maplewood Avenue and in the Ricalton Square parking lot after 1 pm, so plan accordingly if you need to be out that day.

All Maplewood real estate owners can thank the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event, as well as the businesses located in Maplewood Village for participating this year. In addition to trick-or-treating there will also be entertainment and a costume contest for the little ones. This is expected to be a very popular event with hundreds of people planning to come out for the festivities. Maplewood home owners and all other interested families are invited to visit the Maplewood community calendar to find out more about this event.

Kids Who Live in Millburn Celebrate Halloween in Style

Kids who live in Millburn celebrate Halloween.Taylor Park sets the scene for the 65th annual Millburn Fire Department Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In celebration of Halloween, the Millburn community gathers together once again for Fall fun and family activities. Come out from your Millburn home, and watch the yearly Halloween parade delighting in the sights and sounds of this spooktacular event. Enjoy searching for the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, take a hayride and experience farm equipment hands on, plus much more! Pre-registration by October 20th for the kiddo is required to receive a food coupon. This historic event has become an autumn family tradition that no one wants to miss.

Calling all pint sized ghouls and goblins, superheroes, cuddly critters, and story book characters who live in Millburn. It’s time to Trick-Or-Treat in Downtown. Preschool aged children in costume on October 30th from 12 to 2 p.m. will be welcomed into Downtown shops and given a small treat in celebration of the fall holiday. Parents who live in Millburn homes will be pleased and relieved at this safe Halloween Trick-Or-Treat opportunity, and their children will be thrilled with their Halloween surprises. When strolling along the downtown streets, look for the orange jack-o-lantern flyer in the window of participating venues. Click here for an example of the flyer.

Get Advance Tickets Near Short Hills Homes for Far Hills Race Meeting

Short Hills homes are near horse racing.There is still time to get deeply discounted advance tickets to the 95th annual Far Hills Race Meeting. Advance tickets cost $100 a person, with $30 for parking and are available until October 16th. Tickets purchased on Saturday, October 17th, the day of the race, will be $200 with $30 for parking. Racing enthusiasts from Short Hills homes can find tickets at two locations, the Kings Super Market at 778 Morris Turnpike or Peapack-Gladstone Bank at 54 Morris Turnpike. Maplewood real estate owners don’t have to go far, either, with tickets available at the Kings Super Market located at 159 Maplewood Avenue.

This historic day of racing takes place at Moorland Farm, where the race has been run since 1916. The prestigious Grand National Steeplechase is always the highlight of the Far Hills Race Meeting. Friends and neighbors from Short Hills homes and the metropolitan New York area gather to cheer on their favorite jockeys and catch up with the latest tale gating trends! Bring a picnic, and plan your transportation in advance.


The Far Hills Race Meeting began as a way for the local fox hunting club to thank the farmers who allowed the club to race on their property. That tradition of giving back to the community continues. The beneficiary of the race is the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, New Jersey. Its Steeplechase Cancer Center is one of the top centers in the nation.

Learn more about the history of the race and read spectators guidelines and policies at Far Hills Race Meeting.

Pay Attention to Design to Attract Millennial Home Buyers

Attract millennial home buyers to your Millburn-Short Hills home.One of the most exciting parts of my job is getting to help first time buyers find their dream home. Lately I’ve had a lot of millennial home buyers, members of that famous (or infamous) generation. They’ve been so much fun to work with. Many of them are moving out of the city, searching for an authentic, rooted community like we have in the Millburn-Short Hills area.

These young people are hard-working and savvy. They also value modern aesthetics and eclectic design. It’s important for baby boomer home sellers to keep this in mind if they want to attract millennial home buyers and get top dollar for their homes. Social media networks like Pinterest and Instagram make it easy for users to develop a strong sense of what’s trending in the design world. Many millennials are plugged in to these networks. Spending some time perusing the most popular users can be a great place to start to get an idea of what millennials are looking for in a Millburn-Short Hills home.

Many home sellers invest in new paint and even new flooring in order to get a better selling price. If you’re planning on doing these improvements anyway, hire an interior designer for a consultation to plan a sleek, modern concept for the house. Highlighting architectural elements like crown moulding with paint, or floor to ceiling windows with dramatic window treatments don’t cost a lot but create great impact. These are the kind of fine details that my millennial clients love.

Many of my younger clients are also avid cooks. They love trying new recipes and entertaining. A kitchen that looks a little worn down and dreary will get a quick facelift by painting the cabinets a warm white or calm gray. With a neutral background, even avocado green appliances can look edgy and hip.

Furniture is another element to consider if you want to attract millennials. Mixing modern furniture and pops of color in a historical house is considered on-trend right now. Talk with your designer about where to incorporate decorative pillows or statement artwork to update the feel of you house. Hiring a staging company might be a good plan, too. They are experts in current design trends and can bring in furniture temporarily to change the look.

When selling your house, keep in mind that you want the buyers to be able to imagine their life in the house. Learning the taste of the younger generation and incorporating it where possible will make it easier for 30-somethings to picture living and working in the house.

New “Know Before You Owe” Rule Takes Effect in October

Learn about the Know Before You Owe rule.A new mortgage rule goes into effect in early October. The rule, called “Know Before You Owe”, is designed to protect buyers from surprises at closing. In response to the housing crisis, Congress directed the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFBP) to come up with easier to understand forms. Under the old system, home buyers received four different forms disclosing the terms of the loan and closing costs. These contained overlapping information, complicated wording, and often resulted in confusion. Under Know Before You Owe, consumers are given only two forms: the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure. All costs and fees are laid out in an easy-to-read format.

For people considering buying or selling Short Hills or Maplewood homes, this is an important change. Consumers are more educated than ever about the nature of the mortgage debt they are taking on, and, in some circumstances, they can walk away from a deal that won’t work for them. Home buyers are given three days to look over and understand the new forms, whereas the old rules required that the forms be given on the day of the signing.

Home buyers and sellers need to be aware of this three day rule, since it can affect move-in dates. If interest rates go up by more than an eighth of a percent during the three-day period, or if other fees increase, the three day period starts over and new documentation is required. People working on a tight schedule need to get to the negotiating table early, and cash buyers may have an advantage over those who need a loan. It will no longer be possible to make last-minute changes to loans.

Overall, the new rules will help a lot of consumers to understand this momentous financial decision better. Be sure to visit the CFPB webpage explaining the new forms.

Booklovers’ Favorite Maplewood Real Estate: Words Bookstore

Maplewood real estate owners go to the bookstore.Bookworms reading in Maplewood homes can take a short drive to Words Bookstore for their next great read or to see a favored author speak. With a vast and diverse supply of books covering the store, Woods Bookstore is not only dedicated to providing a large variety of reading material to its customers, but is also committed to the Maplewood community as a whole as well.

The mission for this small, independent bookstore is to promote learning to those craving knowledge, with an emphasis on helping those with special needs. Unique activities geared towards special needs youth are often held at this comfortable space of Maplewood real estate, and Words Bookstore welcomes and encourages special needs adolescents with employment options. Saturday storytime is held for all little readers and their parents with staff led stories. On occasion a nationally recognized children’s author may stop in to do the storytime read.

Knowing that everyone wants to save a dollar or two, Words Bookstore offers customers living in and around Maplewood real estate discounts for book clubs and Frequent Buyer’s Club gift cards. Words Bookstore is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, so anytime is a great time to select an intriguing new book and settle into a story. Visit Words Bookstore online to see the events calendar and to learn about their partnership with Kobo e-books.

LIVE in Millburn: Quality Theater at Paper Mill Playhouse

Live in Millburn and go to the theater.Theater buffs who live in Millburn don’t have far to travel for incredible performances with the Paper Mill Playhouse located at 22 Brookside Drive. When the actors step on stage they are immediately able to engage the audience with their intimate character portrayals of some of the most beloved characters in professional theater. With a long history of commitment to producing quality shows, the Paper Mill Playhouse has put on dozens of one top ranked performances over the years. They performed the American premiere of the 25th Anniversary of Les Miserables in 2000, and more recently the world premiere of Newsies. The sophistication of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s line up and the grandeur of the venue itself saves patrons who live in Millburn real estate a trip to Broadway to see the best plays and musicals.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is also dedicated to bringing the theater to all who live in Millburn by promoting artistic education. Classes are available for youth and adults to improve on their acting skills and dramatic flair. The Broadway Show Choir provides free tutoring for 16 to 22 year-olds successfully securing spots. There is also youth theater programs and autism-friendly children’s theatre productions. The Paper Mill Playhouse lists their upcoming shows and available opportunities for art education on their website.

A Taste of France Near Your Maplewood NJ Home at Lorena’s

Maplewood NJ home owners eat at Lorena'sMaplewood, New Jersey is home to some of the best eateries in New Jersey. One little gem locals frequent is Lorena’s, one of the top restaurants in the US according to OpenTable. The great choice in restaurants, bars and music venues is just one of the reasons investing in Maplewood NJ real estate is a great choice. Your Maplewood NJ home will retain its value because of places like Lorena’s – great food, low-key elegant atmosphere and local pride.

Lorena’s is overseen by Chef Humberto Campos Jr. and – according to Zagat – offers “sublime” cuisine that’s close to “perfect”. The restaurant works with local organic and sustainable farmers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to prepare thoughtful, healthy, delicious cuisine.

A popular first course celebrating truffles is the Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Mint, Truffle Crème, Brioche and Truffle Oil. One of the most popular main courses is the Pistachio and Dijon Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb, with Sauteed Greens, Bell Peppers, Cipollini, Polenta Cake and Rosemary Scented Lamb Jus.

Maplewood NJ home owners often plan celebrations at Lorena’s – the restaurant is the pride and joy of the community and a hub for elegant parties and events. Expect to spend between $60-$70 per person. Gift cards are available in $50 increments. For reservations and directions, visit Lorena’s online. Bon appétite!

Gourmets From Millburn Homes Love Moonshine Supper Club

Gourmets from Millburn homes love the Supper Club.The Moonshine Supper Club can be found in a piece of Millburn real estate at 55 Main Street with a dramatic bi-level space and unique atmosphere. Since it’s opening in November of 2011, Moonshine has been bringing Contemporary American cooking to their guests with a modern flair and great finesse. They have taken the concept of comfort food and updated it for the 21st century.

Gourmets in Millburn homes have the opportunity to experience the retro-modern atmosphere of The Moonshine Supper Club for brunch, lunch, or dinner. There are a variety of options for private events as well. Visitors will enjoy mouth-watering meals, like the unbelievably tender short ribs. After being slow-braised in Burgundy and veal stock, they are soaked overnight before being warmed to serve. The amazing gnocchi with truffles is served with veal-and-truffle meatballs, covered in a mushroom and sherry sauce.

Providing many options for guests ensures that there is something for everyone’s palate. The dishes are not only a treat for the tastebuds, they are beautiful to behold as well. The full banquet menu is available online, as are the regular menus so guests can plan their meal beforehand. Reservations are recommended from Thursday through Saturday so that visitors can be sure a table is available. With so many amazing meal options and excellent cocktails waiting for them, those living in Millburn homes are invited to go enjoy the Moonshine’s delicious new vision of classic dishes today!

To learn more about this modern supper club, visit their website at, or call 973-218-6042.