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THE KLARA PROJECT #3 - The Design Process Begins - My Home Away from Home

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (221)

As the crew worked on building the new retaining wall and constructing the new patio outside, I was busy coming up with the new layout for the inside.  When I design I always think of function first.  How a space will be used and how can it be used to it's greatest potential are the questions I constantly ask myself. Functionality first, then the aesthetics. Our lives, our jobs, can be difficult and while it's great to come home to a beautiful house, imagine if it was...

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THE KLARA PROJECT - Part 2 The Great Wall - Battling My Frienemies...

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (102)

In the towns that I work in trying to buy an investment property is a challenge. There are many, many people out there who are looking to renovate and resell houses. Some of them are very good (these are my "frienemies"), some not so good and there are some that never should be allowed to work on a house again. I once left a broker open house distraught and physically ill having seen what a "flipper" had done to a great home. Unfortunately in my business I often find myself saying to clie...

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THE KLARA PROJECT - Part 1 Finding Klara

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (104)

As Realtor who specializes in home design and renovation planning, I'm always on the look out for investment properties for my investor clients.  And as a total house geek, I love finding poor, old, dilapidated homes to rescue and fix up. If you were to ask me what's my one passion, the one thing that drives me, it would be that...the desire to bring new life to a dead house.  I scower the internet daily looking for opportunities and one day last summer I found what would be my next...

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The Story of Rosie, Part 2. The Living room, Dining room and Kitchen

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (108)

From the minute I walked into Rosie, I felt that the interior of this home could be amazing.  Yes there were potential issues to deal with, as with any abandoned home, but I knew there was nothing that we couldn't over come, even with our budget.  The living room was great.  Lots of light, lots of space.  The walls and floor w...

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The Story of Rosie, A Whole House Renovation Part 1 The Exterior

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM

This house was an abandoned bank owned property when I first came across it. And It was love at first sight! I pictured her as an English rose cottage, surrounded by rose bushes and white picket trellises.  I instantly named her Rosie.

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The Condo Renovation Part 2

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (105)

Once I had the condo emptied of all it's contents, it took 3 truck loads, it was time to make it beautiful.

I had the carpet steam cleaned.  Then the painters came in and gave the entire place a fresh coat of paint. I picked one of my favorite colors, Wickham Gray.  With it's soft gray/blue tones, it makes you feel as if you're up in the...

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Posted on February 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (5)

I've been asked by an Estate Executor to sell a condo located a half block from the heart of downtown Maplewood.  This is a fabulous property for anyone looking to sell their large family home, downsize, and stay in the area.  This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, is easily maintained, yet still big enough for visitors and sleepover guests.  Situated at 14 Highland Place, you're within walking distance to shops, restaurants and the train to NYC. 

But before I could ...

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Posted on December 4, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (101)

I sold this house to really fun couple a few years back.  When circumstances came up and they needed to relocate, they asked me to sell their house for them.  This house is a fabulous house to entertain in.  I had been to a number of Brazilian barbecues, Halloween parties and social gatherings at the house and alw...

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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (100)

The Spring buying season came early this year as Buyers rushed to grab the best homes off the market just after the Holidays. My gorgeous renovation on Tichenor in South Orange, which got a lot of love and attention but no offers for 6 six weeks, suddenly had multi-offers! A good part of that is because the inventory for houses is extremely low compared to past years. Even as a steady stream of homes have been coming onto the market every week, every week ...

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Get the Look: Tudor Style

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (99)

Here in the townships of South Orange and Maplewood we are truly fortunate in that we have a rich diversity of architecture.  On any given street you can find a mixed bag of home styles.  From Victorian to Ranch, Modern to Contemporary and the Colonial with all it's sub-styles, Side-Hall, Dutch a...

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