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Dan, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

Looking for colonial houses in LV

Asked by Dan, San Francisco, CA Wed May 27, 2009

My family is going to move to NJ by Sep. I heard Livingston is a nice community but I were unable to find a colonial single family house in ~700k. Why dose LV has a lot of split or bi-level houses but short of colonials?

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Hi Dan
Welcome to Livingston - almost!!! That's quite a big move for you and your family.

There are a number of colonials in Livingston - it just depends on what's currently available. A brand new listing just came out this week in the Forest Park section of town , on Tanger Drive, listed at $799,000 - it is a center hall colonial in a beautiful neighborhood. There are several colonial-styled homes in lower and higher price ranges, too.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me so I can discuss the various options with you. I can arrange to alert you as soon as other colonials are listed. When you come to town, an area tour would be very helpful so you can get a sense of what Livingston, as well as the surrounding towns, offer.

I look forward to helping you in any way I can. i have lived in this area my entire life, so I can answer any questions you might have from a personal, as well as professional standpoint.

Best wishes with your upcoming move!

Prudential New Jersey Properties
Livingston, NJ
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
Hey Dan,

I am a realtor here in Livingston, NJ and came across your Post. I work for Weichert Realtors in Livingston. I live here myself. There are some colonials here and lots of other styles also. I would love to talk with you more about what you are looking for. Livingston has alot to offer people as well as other towns, but each town is unique. E-mail me at rstern@weichert.com. Let me know what you are looking for and lets see if we can make the transition smooth for you.

Hope you are enjoying the San Francisco weather. I used to live in San Ramon in the 1990's and the whole area is beautiful there.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Robert C Stern
Weichert Realtors - Livingston
Cell: (201)-618-0975
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
Hi Dan, the style of the homes in Livingston largely reflects the time of development. Colonials are abundant in New Jersey though and there great communities where you can find the style of home you like and many positive community attributes. I'm guessing that commuting to the city is a priority?

Other communities I'd suggest in addition to those already mentioned - and be excited to explore with you - are Westfield (very urban/suburban feel, great downtown, train station in town) and neighboring Scotch Plains (Union County) Morristown, Chatham (very hot town - won't be much in this price point - I know because I'm working with buyers looking in all of these communities), Long Hill, Berkeley Heights, New Providence (Morris County - all have train stations in town) Moving on to Somerset County which is beautiful and loaded with commuters, more open space, commute a bit longer but very, very doable - Watchung, Warren, Basking Ridge (train station and bus station)

You can find loads of information at my website http://www.feenick.com about Somerset County. I am working actively with buyers - most of whom have found me right here on Trulia - in all of the communities I mentioned. I am also an accredited Weichert Relocation agent.

Please reach out to me via Trulia or you can contact me directly at jeanne@feenick.com.

I'm attaching a sampling of colonials in your price point in some of the communities I mentioned:

Jeannie Feenick
"Unwavering Commitment to Service"
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 9, 2009
Hi Dan-

Some other towns you should investigate are Montclair and Glen Ridge. We have Colonials galore as well as Victorians, Tudors, Georgians, etc. I would say most of the housing stock are Colonials in these two towns and you can easily find homes in your price range. Both towns are on the train line as well and a closer commute to NYC than some of the other towns mentioned.

If you would like information on Montclair, Glen Ridge or other neighboring towns and what they have to offer, I would be happy to speak with you and send you a packet of materials.

Please call or email me if you would like my help.


Sloan Berman
Schweppe Burgdorff ERA Realtors
973-509-3970 office
862-368-4963 cell
Web Reference: http://www.burgdorff.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
Hi Dan,

Both Carol & Tracy give great advice. I myself transferred to NJ about 3 years ago from Los Angeles. My husband was originally from Brooklyn & his family now resides in CT. So as you can probably guess we got a lot of pressure to move to NY & CT, however, I did a lot of research and found NJ to be the best place for us.

Like you, we were fond of older homes especially Colonial & Tudor homes. We ended up with a Tudor Style home in Maplewood NJ, we have been very happy here and there is a midtown direct train that takes my husband to NYC in less than 30 minutes, so if you are looking for a commute to NYC and a Colonial Style home, the great towns where you will find many Colonial Homes in your price range, with good schools & trains are South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, and Summit. Livingston is a beautiful town with great schools and a fine downtown, altough as mentioned earlier, it has more Bi-Level, Split-Level & Ranch Style Homes.

The towns of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Chatham & Madison are all towns with a lot to offer.

I would be better able to assess your needs with more information about what your specific needs are. I'd be delighted to discuss your options with you. Feel free to give me a call at 973-570-0388 or e-mail me at acalvosa@weichert.com.

I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes for you and your family on your new adventure!
Web Reference: http://angelcalvosa.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
Hi Dan,

Sounds like you have already done some research. Livingston is a great town, I live there for 18 years. The builders style of homes many years back were Split, Bilevels and Ranch. Not to say that there are not Colonials in town. There are and they are usually built more recently. I have found that the center hall colonial is the most popular style with buyers. You need to have an agent that works in the area and that can keep a watchful eye on the homes entering the market in Livingston. You may consider the towns mentioned by the previous agent and also the towns of Chatham, Madison, Berkeley Heights and New Providence. These town have lots and lots of colonials. I do not know your specific needs, family size, will you commute to NYC, need to get to the airport for business travel, are size of property and school systems important?

If I can help you with making this an easy transistion , please call or email me directly. You can visit my website for helpful links to town information or certainly email me specific requests. I will respond to you immediately.

Good luck and welcome to New Jersey!!

Carol Eisenstein
Prudential New Jersey Properties
email carol.eisenstein@prudentialnewjersey.com
website http://prudentialnewjersey.com/carol.eisenstein
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
Hi Dan! I am so excited for you and your family. One of my current clients just moved from CA to NJ as well. And, we spent a great deal of time discussing the various towns in the area and the differing home types in each town. The make up of the housing stock depends largely on when the town was developed. I agree with your assessment. Livingston is a great town and a great community. But, when I think of Colonials, I think of Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn, possibly Summit. And, in your price range you have MANY options. I would be happy to discuss your family's new home (and new town) wants and needs in more detail with you at your convenience. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.


eMail: TracyFreeman@kw.com
Mobile: 917.604.5735
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 28, 2009
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