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It’s a classic conundrum, one that has vexed renters and homeowners alike for ages: do you dig your heels in and keep living the city life, or plan your escape to the suburbs? Do you trade an easy commute and a vibrant dining scene for more space and better value? It can be an agonizing decision – but it doesn’t have to be. What if we told you there was a place where you could have everything you want from a suburban home without sacrificing the things you love about the urban lifestyle?
At The Brownstones, a 10-unit townhouse development in Caldwell, you can truly have it all. Bloomfield Avenue is just one block away, giving you easy access to the restaurant and retail row that runs through Caldwell and the neighboring towns of Montclair and Verona. As for your commute, you can get to the city in about an hour via NJ Transit, with numerous bus and train options to take you there. Rather drive? Thanks to The Brownstones’ location just three miles away from the junction of Interstates 80 and 280, you can get to the city in about 45 minutes, and to Jersey City or Hoboken in less than 40. Montclair, Upper Montclair, Harrison, and Newark are all easily accessible via train as well.
You’ll be able to get more enjoyment out of your lifestyle thanks to the great value these 2800 sq. ft., four-story homes represent. Listed between $525,000 and $549,000, these new construction residences come out to roughly $175 per square foot. Compare that to an average of $700-800 per square foot in Hoboken or downtown Jersey City and just ask yourself: what would you do with all that extra cash in your pocket?
You can take advantage of the area’s spectacular lineup of restaurants, a collection of eateries that rivals what you’ll find in Hoboken or Jersey City. Start your day with a Dutch Baby at The Original Pancake House, or a classic BEC at the Caldwell Diner. For lunch, grab a burger at Central, coastal Mexican cuisine at Fat Fish Taco, or a slice of pizza from Tony D’s. At dinnertime, Nori Sushi Gallery, Ariane Kitchen & Bar, and Xunta Tapas España offer a diverse dining array. You can raise a glass at local bars like the historic Cloverleaf Tavern and Tierney’s Tavern, as well as Tierney’s Copperhouse, and Tavern 292.
The two-bedroom, two-full plus two-half bath homes feature luxury amenities and a remarkable floor plan that takes full advantage of their space. On the first floor is a one-car garage, a half bath, and a flexible space perfect for a den, gym, or a home office. The second floor boasts an open layout that incorporates the living/dining area, complete with bay window, custom wainscoting, and gas fireplace, and a spacious chef’s kitchen equipped with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinets. Sliding doors open to a deck that runs the width of the house. There’s a second half bath here as well.
Climb up the stairs to the third floor, and you’ll find two bedrooms: the master, with a custom walk-in closet and full bath, and a second bedroom with a bay window and its own double-door closet. Off the hallway are a second full bath and a laundry room.
The entire 4th-floor is a massive bonus area, which could be used as a playroom, movie room, den, guest room, studio or study. Finishes and features include a vaulted ceiling with recessed shelving, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, crown moldings, and pendant lights.
The Brownstones are located close to the historic 41-acre Grover Cleveland Park, the oldest in western Essex County, boasting heavy woods, three acres of waterways, jogging trails, a baseball diamond, and lighted tennis courts. Also nearby are the Cedar Street and Westville Avenue pools, and the Caldwell Free Public Library. A well-loved local tradition, the Crane Park’s Gazebo Concert Series features free live music from talented cover and tribute bands every summer between June and August. Far from a sleepy suburb, Caldwell and its environs will never leave you at a loss for things to do.
The Brownstones are a great choice whether you’re looking for a clean commute to the city or a suburban respite from it. Phase one recently sold out and now phase two has just four units left. It’s also still early enough to customize your kitchen and bathrooms. Plus, the award-winning developer, C. A. Vacchiano & Sons, is offering $5,000 in buyer closing credits, making The Brownstones an even better value.
Find out more about The Brownstones by contacting Darren Giordano of Keller Williams City Life at 201-723-3300 or [email protected].
Official Website: The Brownstones at Caldwell
Open House: This Sunday, Sunday 4/23 from 1-3pm.
10 Central Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006