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Damien, Home Buyer in 10469

I'm looking at purchasing a 2 bedroom townhome in Verona or West Orange because Montclair is out of my price

Asked by Damien, 10469 Tue Mar 4, 2008

range. What are the differences between both areas? Also, how desirable is Verona in comparison to the other towns in Essex County?

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Verona and West Orange border each other and the park is lovely. West Orange is just much bigger with a much larger school system. Verona does not have that many condo complex's nor does Montclair. West Orange has the most to offer as far as variety is concerned in price ranges from $350-550,000 being the most common. Livingston offers condos. Have you ever considered Montville which offers country living, lots of spacious condos and low taxes in Morris County and access to major highways.
I can send you community reports on all of the towns mentioned as well as a Home Market Report for each and this might help you decide. I also have a townhome in West Orange in The Highlands which is a lovely community with beautiful golf course vista right off of Oval Road in West Orange. It has a beautiful location backing onto extensive woodlands.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
Hi Damien,

Verona was one of the hottest towns during the run up in prices from 2002-2005. It is a very nice place to live. However, there are not too many townhomes there, so you are more likely to find something in West Orange in a townhome.

West Orange is a much larger town, with many areas differing in density, mix of land uses, etc. There are some very nice townhouse complexes there.

Here is a link on my blog to all active listings and closed sales for 2 bedroom townhomes in West Orange & Verona:


If you have any further questions, contact me via my website, and good luck!

1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 4, 2008
This question was asked 3 1/2 years ago. I'm assuming by now Damien is either a homeowner or has moved on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 27, 2011
Montclair, Verona, and West Orange each have different features to offer their residents. Montclair has several train stations with direct access to NYC and a variety of restaurants and shopping which allow a resident the freedom to eat at a different venue every nght. Verona has a small town feel, a school system consistently ranked 30% in the state. West Orange is diverse with neighborhoods that are very different from each other within the city itself.

When shopping for a townhome you need to evaluate how the taxes and the maintenance fees of the townhome community are going to affect the price you can spend on the townhome. Also pay attention to assessments the homeowners are paying or are scheduled to pay and any additional issues that will affect financing options.

If you would like more information about specific complexes; I specialize in condominium (townhome)purchases and sales. I can go over the various options you have depending on what your needs are. I can be contacted by cell (862-226-9497) or email (luciagagnon@msn.com)
Web Reference: http://www.SellwithLu.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 27, 2011

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John Falco
FHA Home Inspections, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 11, 2010
We just listed a 2 bedroom Townhome in Caldwell on the Verona border. I don't know if you have found something yet, but if not please give us a call.

Bob Bolcar
The Cross Keys Team at ReMax Village Square
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 23, 2010

In actuality, it's 20 months since Damien asked his original question (Tuesday, March 4, 2008). Hopefully by now he has bought his new townhome.

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
973-992-6363 ext 116 office
973-715-1158 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 11, 2009
It is now 5 months later and we know nothing of what Damien thinks of our comments. That's a shame. There are some nice units in Montclair now- is $199,000 too much?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 10, 2009
My opinion, check out Verona or West Orange for sure. However, don't discount Montclair yet as prices are falling. Look for homes that have been on the market for a long time. Try finding 5 homes you could see yourself living in and make offers. We have had a lot of success with this technique. Our agents are very experienced in handling the dreaded short sales also, so if you are interested in making a deal, let us know and we can look into short sale listings and check status with the bank/owner.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 21, 2009
WO taxes are now higher than MTC or Verona, differing with my colleagues here. Your situation and goals for a home, should come into play. Schools? Verona wins. Choices? WO because it s bigger. For Long term value and Q of L , Montclair. 5 train stops important to commuters. Desirable is like attitude. What is it exactly? Can you put some tangible descriptors on it?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 18, 2009
Hi damien!
Verona and west Orange are both lovely towns. However, they're not exactly Montclair. I fyou're looking for a town similar to Montclair - bustling, hip downtown with restaurants, movies and shops, easy commute to Manhattan via Midtown Direct train, then you might want to look into South Orange. Very similar to Montclair in architecture and community. There are a number of new (and slightly older) townhouses and condos. If you are interested in exploring this option , please feel free to call or email me.
Daria Knarvik
Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct Realty
(973) 704-6718 cell
(973) 913-8005 office direct
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 17, 2008
HI Damien!
Verona and West Orange are lovely towns, but not really comparable to Montclair. If you are looking for a town like Montclair - sophisticated, hip, great downtown with movies, restaurants, boutiques, a great commute to the city via Midtown direct train - then you might want to consider South Orange or even Maplewood. Very similar in feel and lifestyle, but a bit less pricey and the taxes are cheaper. I do have a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo a block from train/downtown on the market now for $349,000. Email me and I'llbe happy to show it to you.
Daria Knarvik
Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct Realty
(973) 704-6718 cell
(973) 913-8005 office direct
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Hi Damian,

I am not sure what is your search status at this point and I hope that you have made a purchase in either Verona or West Orange.
The reason I am writing is that after reading your question again I wonder if you really checked all your options in Montclair. I recently helped Andy (another Trulia home seaker) and we checked a townhome located right by the train station and close to town. It was 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. It was priced very similarly to the townhomes in West Orange. If by chance you are still seeking, please contact us for more information about the Montclair Townhome market. No obligation required.

Karen Abramson (917) 294-0356
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2008
I have a lovely three-bedroom townhome in West Orange at the Highlands. This townhome has the best location within the development because it is right on a lovely, private wooded greenbelt. It's really close to the club house and there are lovely vistas of the golf course - a plus over other condo communities. It shows beautifully with mostly neutral colors . Four levels of living with a finished basement, eat-in kitchen, bonus loft over looking living room, central air, central vac - the owners are willing to look at lower offers. It is currently listed for $449,900 - please contact me for a flyer if you are interested and I will e-mail it to you.
It is a pleasure to be of service.
Sandra Bolcar
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 24, 2008
If you would like to see a Market Snapshot of Verona and West Orange, please connect below. This also offers community and school reports plus an overview of list vs. sales prices plus days on market.
Sandra Bolcar
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2008
Verona is a very much desired town, as is West Orange. Verona's taxes can be a little on the higher side. What is your price range? Verona and West Orange are both my marketplace. I'd be happy to send you some listings of available townhouses - just shoot me an email or give me a call.
Good Luck!

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Prudential NJ Properties
973-228-1000 ext 132
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 4, 2008
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