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Montclair, New Jersey, is a great spot for New Yorkers in search of suburban digs, thanks in part to its four thriving areas (Montclair Center, Walnut, Watchung, and Upper Montclair), which are full of restaurants, farmers markets, boutiques. This transplant writes in the New York Times that Montclair is a "city person’s suburb." She points out that it has some 85 restaurants and no fast-food chains. It's also (naturally) filled with fellow ex-NYers. If you're making the move from Brooklyn, you're even more likely to meet people from your former neighborhood there.
The town also has large, gorgeous houses. Average prices in Montclair are around $750,000-$800,000—and you usually get four bedrooms and a large yard for that figure, which is about the average asking price for a NYC one bedroom. (For more on Montclair, or Maplewood and Glen Ridge, two other Essex County towns that are also very popular with former New Yorkers, check out Brick Underground's article on why these three suburban areas are tops for ex-New Yorkers.) The commute, on the other hand, can be a drag.
If you've set your sights on the suburbs of Montclair, consider this lovely four-bedroom, two-bath prewar house at 14 Lasalle Rd., now on the market for $779,990.
The house has a lovely front porch.
The open concept kitchen was added in 2009 and is outfitted with granite countertops, a Viking six-burner stove, two dishwashers, and an island with a bar sink installed.
There's a cozy-looking living room with a stone fireplace.
And a dining room flanked by massive windows.
It looks like the master bedroom has a little nook with space for a desk.
Two additional bedrooms look like they get quite a bit of light.
Here's one of the baths.
And the fourth bedroom, which has a fun little sleeping space.
The second bath has a tub,
The finished basement would make for a nice family room or home office.
And there's a lush-looking backyard with a bluestone patio.
The property is less than an hour's drive from the city. You can also take NJ Transit's Morris and Essex Line to Newark, then take the Montclair-Boonton Line to Mountain Ave.
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