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I’m a Walkability Advocate!

IMG_5284 2I love this piece in Slate’s design blog. It’s the story of a guy who felt so strongly about the benefits of walking that he started his own guerrilla campaign to encourage people to walk more.

The Slate bloggers write, “Although 41 percent of all trips made in the United States are 1 mile or less, fewer than 10 percent of all trips are made by walking or biking.”

They go on to say that the wayfinding signs that this guy developed – signs that tell people how many minutes it takes to walk or bike to popular local destinations – have become prototypes for pilot programs in other cities, used by community organizations, city planners and “walkability advocates.”

Walkability Advocate! I didn’t even realize there was a term for someone like me!

Yes, I can tell you how long it takes to walk from anywhere to anywhere else here in Montclair. Because that’s why most of us come here… so we have the choice of leaving our cars behind.

But you don’t need me with you when you’re out and about. Montclair installed its own award-winning pedestrian  wayfinding system downtown a couple of years ago.

Don’t worry, we won’t look at homes together on foot – there’s too much to see. But I promise you, I’ll always make sure you have a full grasp of the wonderful walkability that awaits you here.

 

Another Reason to Move to Montclair: Montclair Film Festival Hosts Richard Gere!

mff2015_poster-663x1024Even though the Montclair Film Festival is a relative newcomer to town (premiering, as it were, only a few years ago) it fits so seamlessly into the culture and sensibility of Montclair, it feels like it’s been a part of the town forever. Each year, local venues turn over their auditoriums to accommodate the week-long film event and people show up in droves. Last year, I took a day off of work to see three films, walking from one venue to the next.

Besides having the opportunity to see great films (and the excuse to do so mid-week!), the festival creates an even livelier than usual vibe in the community – you can feel the excitement and energy everywhere you turn. They just announced this year’s guest panels, which will include conversations with Richard Gere (moderated by Stephen Colbert), Stanley Nelson, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Kopple, Jonathan Alter, and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Montclair Film Festival 2015 takes place May 1-10; tickets go on sale mid-April. You can attend screenings as a member or non-member. It’s just one of the many draws of the Montclair area – a Sundance all our own!

If you want to talk movies, or houses, or how great it is to live in a walkable suburb, please do not hesitate to call me: 973-809-5277

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Montclair, NJ Wins Main Street Award!

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Montclair Center

Well, this is big news: Montclair Center has been named one of three award-winning “Main Streets” of 2015 by the National Main Street Center! According to its website, “The Great American Main Street Award winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit.”

Award winners distinguish themselves by their success in preserving the historic nature of the area while still making it vital, vibrant and appealing to the community. I don’t think anyone here is surprised that Montclair has been recognized for that particular feat. Whether it’s the cobblestone charm of Church Street or the grandeur of a Masonic temple turned day spa, most of us continually marvel at the beauty that surrounds us here. This video, created by Notice Pictures, is a truly lovely tribute to all that is magical about our walkable suburb. If it piques your interest and you’d like to hear me wax poetic about Montclair, I’m always ready to oblige.

 

Tax Appeals Due April 1 !!

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I pride myself on being with my clients for the long haul. Not just showing properties and taking someone through the sale, but also helping them get acclimated to the town. The schools, the arts scene, the night life, the outdoor recreation – this area has so much to offer (truly SO MUCH) that I often feel like I get to know some of my clients better after they’re settled in and they call on me for info.

This time of year is especially busy as the market starts to explode with listings, and also as the deadline looms for filing tax appeals. Many of my clients call on me for comps – one of the many factors involved in filing an appeal. The deadline for filing is April 1.

I’m also happy to talk to my clients about what kind of improvements will yield the best return when it’s time to sell. Some folks worry that they’re asking me for too much extra customer service. Hardly. In fact, that’s what I’ve built my reputation on!

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I was born and raised in New York City. Every Sunday, we walked from our neighborhood near the U.N. to the Museum of Modern Art. Undoubtedly, this influenced my love for walkable places. But it also influenced me in other ways. My dad, an engineer, loved art, and we… MORE >>

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I’m a Walkability Advocate!

I love this piece in Slate’s design blog. It’s the story of a guy who felt so strongly about the benefits of walking that he started his own guerrilla campaign to encourage people to walk more. The Slate bloggers write, “Although 41 percent of all trips made in the United … read full post >>

 -- April 16, 2015