Sunday, January 27, 2008

Moving to River Vale New Jersey?











Moving to River Vale New Jersey? If you're moving to River Vale New Jersey, there are many things we think you'll be pleased to learn. The town of River Vale in Bergen County New Jersey has a population of under 10,000 residents and is known as the "Garden Spot" of the Pascack Valley. The green lawns are plenty and if Golf is your pleasure, well River Vale has some of the best Courses with three to chose from!


The two main roads in the town are River Vale Road and Westwood Avenue and they intersect to form the sleepy town center known as the "Four Corners". River Vale was recently named by Money Magazine as number 29 on their list of the top 100 towns to live in America. Looking for a town that has everything a family could want? Money Magazine awarded River Vale three A+ marks in the categories of Ease of Living, Leisure/Arts and Safety.



This tiny town is rich in history and big on community feel. Some things you'd like to know about the town are the organizations such as Residents for a better River Vale, a civic organization that, through fund raising, offers the community additional social and economic support. Events are available to residents like a Farmers Market, Holiday Breakfast with Santa, Back to School with Dignity, Kids Care Finger Printing, Pet Care and a Senior Dinner. Other such events like an annual Garage Sale is dedicated to helping neighbors. This event gives neighbors a chance to meet and spend time together. The non-profit organization has volunteers that give their time to help others who may need assistance. River Vale doesn't leave any of it's residents out and even has a Senior Friendship Club.


The beautifully renovated public River Vale Library, is located on River Vale Road and offers residents a truly special place to go and learn. A Memorial Ball Field and Ampitheater which hosts movies under the stars in the summer is just some of what goes on nearby on River Vale Road. Summertime fun for everyone with Concerts and movies as well as Ball Games!



A lovely Veteran's Memorial Park was constructed for residents to reflect and pay tribute and honor the men and woman from River Vale who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Plenty of outdoor sports and fun for all is available close to home. The town center business district offers convenient shops and eateries as well as a brand new Bank.




The River Vale Schools are dedicated to setting high standards of education. Two elementary schools (K-5)accommodate children on the north and south ends of town with a middle school (6-8) located in the middle of town. While River Vale students join Hillsdale students to attend the highly rated Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale.
The Holdrum Middle School as well as Roberge elementary were both recently beautifully renovated.

For the commuter the Rockland Buses, NJ Transit Lines and neighboring Westwood Train Station with the Pascack Valley Train Line offer opportunities for travel to NYC.



Downtown River Vale has undergone a revitalization with their 100 year celebration when they dedicated the town clock located at the Four Corners in 2006'.






When driving through the town of River Vale, you'll get a sense that the residents really care about their little community! And they really do!


Moving to River Vale New Jersey? Call your Pascack Valley experts, Lisa & Bob Hammerstein at (201)218-6802 or visit us on our website at www.HammersTeam.com. We'll be happy to answer any questions if you're Moving to River Vale New Jersey or any of the Pascack Valley towns in Bergen County New Jersey.


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Friday, January 25, 2008

Emerson New Jersey - The "Family" Town

Welcome to Emerson
The sign reads Welcome To Emerson! The picuresque Suburban Community of Emerson with it's closely knit population has coined the phrase "The Family Town". Just like the neighboring communities of the Pascack Valley, Emerson's center revolves around it's transportation link to NYC with a quaint train station.Emerson Train Station If the train doesn't take you to your destination, Buses are available on the Main routes.
The small town sits sandwiched between two Golf Courses rendering it one of the most picturesque towns in Bergen County. Golfers can find Hackensack Country Club on the Soldier Hill side of town while the Emerson Golf Club borders the picturesque Oradell Resevoir.
Emerson, NJ Golf Club
Emerson High School Sign
The tight knit community takes great pride in offering the children of the town a wonderful school system and sports program.
Grammar school begins with Pre-K and goes to 2nd grade at the Memorial School while 3rd - 6th graders attend the Patrick M. Villano. The Jr./Sr. High School runs from 7th through to 12th grade.
There is a beautiful recreation park for residents to enjoy marked by the borough's 100th Birthday.
Emerson Bicentennial Park
The Borough of Emerson has embarked on a Revitalization of the Business District and is slated to open a Stop and Shop and building has begun. There is also a Senior Housing Complex recently completed.
Emerson, NJ Borough Hall








Here is an example of an Emerson Home sold by the HammersTeam!
Emerson, NJ Home Sold












For more details on homes and local information about the town of Emerson, call Lisa and Bob! Check back here often for updates to our Blog!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Moving to Hillsdale New Jersey?

Moving to Hillsdale New Jersey? We just Sold a Hillsdale Home to a family and they were quite excited about the prospect of moving into their new Hillsdale residence. When a Buyer purchases a home in an area they are not familiar with, there are many things to consider. The following are some important considerations when re-locating to a new area like the quaint Norman Rockwell-like town of Hillsdale New Jersey.
Commuters may be concerned about public transportation. In the center of the town of Hillsdale, commuters will be happy to find the Pascack Valley Train Line as well as New Jersey Transit Buses on Broadway in Westwood and neighboring Rockland County Coach Buses to The Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Station in New York City. Should you arrive at the train early, you can pop into either the Starbucks on Broadway for a cup of their famous Joe or Ronnie's Hot Bagels for a tasty bite to start your day off right!

A New Hillsdale Homeownerwith pre-school age children will want to consider the availability of Day Care. Loving Touch Nursery School located at 365 Broadway across the street from the Shop Rite in Hillsdale offers many programs for pre-school children. Call (201)722-8500 to schedule a visit to the facility. Or a private school at 460 Hillsdale Avenue in Hillsdale - St. John's Academy offers Pre-K through 8th grade classes. Call them at (201)664-6364 for information.

The Hillsdale Schools are highly rated with three elementary schools and the top rated Pascack Valley High School which recently completed renovations bringing the school benefits to new heights!





The borough has a bustling downtown Hillsdale Business District and a Hillsdale Homeowner will be delighted to find the many conveniences offered close to their new home. Hillsdale homeowners will find a super Shop Rite on Broadway or the specialty King's market in the plaza on Hillsdale Avenue in the center of town. And yes, there's even a 7-11 on Hillsdale Avenue that we remember from back in our own school days!

The town of Hillsdale offers park benches at the town center where the Hillsdale Veteran's Memorial Park resides and hosts events such as the Sun Dial Garden Club plant sale. On Memorial Day 07' the Hillsdale Historic Preservation Committee invited residents for an open house to see a bit of old Hillsdale at the Hillsdale Historic Victorian Train Station. If you want to really enjoy some fun, it's a short ride or walk to the Hillsdale Beechwood Park. Here Hillsdale homeowners will find a great gathering place for the entire family. In the Summer the town hosts events at the Beechwood Park on Hillsdale Avenue such as Baseball under the Lights and a Summer Concert series in July - bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the live entertainment under the stars. Hillsdale Town Day in September is chocked full of fun for the family with Hot Dogs, Pony Rides and live music.


When evening falls and the adult community comes out to kick back and relax, there's a Hillsdale Nightlife with Restaurants like the popular and nostalgic Cornerstone located on Broadway directly across from the Hillsdale Train Station. You'll feel like you just took a giant step back in time to an old English style pub from the turn of the century. A fun feature is the flashing traffic lights that go off each time a train goes through the Hillsdale Train station.

Although the evening atmosphere appeals to adults, families are welcome here as well. The atmosphere is fun and the eats are mm.... mm....good!


If you're moving to the town of Hillsdale New Jersey you'll soon find the town has something to offer everyone. Recreation is abundant and available throughout the community with sports, fitness and there's even a popular Senior's Club for the 50 plus who like to go on trips, have luncheons and just enjoy life! One of the more popular family functions offered is the Hillsdale Stonybrook Swim Club with resident membership rates.

The Swim Club offers Olympic sized pool as well as kiddie pool, snack bar, showers, clubhouse, playground, swim activities and lessons too! For the book enthusiast, the Hillsdale Public Library was recently renovated and is a great place to just go and enjoy some quiet time. Currently celebrating their 110th anniversary with a community project based on collecting memories in the form of stories and pictures. Once they have collected enough, memories will be shared on the Library website and a permanent hardcover book will be published.


So if you or someone you know is planning a Move in the near future, call your Pascack Valley experts, Lisa & Bob Hammerstein at (201)218-6802 or visit us on our website at http://www.hammersteam.com/. We'll help you if you're Moving to Hillsdale New Jersey or any of the Pascack Valley towns in Bergen County New Jersey.



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Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Best Places To Live In The Pascack Valley



As many people know by now, the town of River Vale in the Pascack Valley area of Bergen County, New Jersey was named by Money Magazine as one of the Best Places To Live In America. In the Money Magazine article, it listed the specific traits that each of the towns offered in order to make their top 100 list. Having both grown up in the Pascack Valley, our own personal knowledge of the towns that comprise the Pascack Valley is deeply planted in our own roots there. Click here to read more......















The Money Magazine article specifically focused on smaller towns with a population of below 50,000. These towns would offer the following list of criteria in order to make their top 100 List, as stated by Money Magazine:


We're here to announce that all the towns of the Pascack Valley hold these same characteristics. The best feature of all is that one can find all the benefits of a short drive to the excitement of New York City in a country setting found in our beautiful Suburban Pascack Valley in Bergen County, New Jersey. Back in 2004' the town of Hillsdale was featured in a similar style by the New York Times. Find that article by clicking on the following link:


Hillsdale in the New York Times


Click on this link to visit our website and view more photos of what makes all of these towns the Best Places To Live In The Pascack Valley!




If you've been searching for the Best Places To Live In The Pascack Valley, give us a call at (201)218-6802. We're you're Pascack Valley Real Estate Resource and we're at "Your Service"!


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Pascack Valley Real Estate>>Renovating to Sell? Ways To Increase Home Value



Pascack Valley Real Estate>>Renovating to Sell? Ways To Increase Home Value might be easier than you think.



If you live in the Pascack Valley area of Bergen County, New Jersey and are considering selling your home but wonder if renovating to Sell is wise, consider this Home Improvement Advice.




As full time Pascack Valley Real Estate professionals, we like to refer to a more cost effective solution to renovating as enhancing your home's potential or doing a "Tickle-Up"!



When meeting with Sellers to discuss getting their home prepared to list,homeowners have asked us for our advice on if we think they would make more money on their home if they renovated. If you are concerned about the possibility of over-improving your home, you should always call in a Pascack Valley Realtor to discuss market conditions.



If you plan to remain in your home long enough to enjoy renovations, then by all means do what your budget will allow and then enjoy! But depending on your specific situation, there are more cost effective ways to earn top dollar for your home.



Start by putting yourself in the Buyer's shoes. Look at your home through the eyes of a stranger. Starting from the beginning, some ideas for doing a "Tickle-Up" could be as simple as taking these steps:





  1. Clean & Wash until it sparkles!


  2. De-clutter & put items you don't use in storage


  3. Paint and touch up whatever looks dull or worn - walls, trim, doors, etc.


  4. Freshen grout in bathrooms with tile cleaning products & fill in worn grout.


  5. Freshen up the landscaping by trimming and adding annuals.


  6. Re-arrange furniture to give rooms the most space possible.


If you own Pascack Valley Real Estate and wonder if Renovating to Sell is the answer, call us for more ideas on Ways to Increase Home Value. We're your Pascack Valley Real Estate Resource and we are the Team that is on your side and at "Your Service"!



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