Ridgewood, NJ Real Estate Blog

As the stereotype goes, millennials are enchanted by city life. The cosmopolitan appeal combined with the convenience, style, and culture of urban living is hard to resist and plenty of data shows that young people have been straying away from the suburbs and small towns, hoping to take advantage of all a metropolis can offer. They're notoriously recognized for evading car and home ownership, marriage, and the white picket fence for as long as possible. However, the advantages of investing in suburban and small town areas are extensive—many people simply haven't realized it yet. If you're a millennial considering moving to residential suburbia or a beautiful village like Ridgewood, you're on the right track. Need some convincing? Here are 5 fantastic

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Granite countertops, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances have gone from beautiful, groundbreaking trends to defaults of any home built or upgraded after 2005. But in a world where this combination of materials has become an essential in any home, what has happened to the customized kitchen, the one that stands out? It might be easy to dismiss this concept as being tacky since the granite-wood-steel package has monopolized the realm of kitchen decor, but homeowners are quickly tiring of the uniformity. We're told to avoid personalization in order to sell our homes, but that doesn't mean your kitchen can't be luxurious in a way that's anything but standard. Here are 3 ways to boost the style and elegance of your kitchen and make it stand out —

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Ridgewood is often called a "bedroom community" of New York City due to its proximity to the heart of Manhattan. But the phrase all too often calls to mind unsavory ideas of "commuter towns": residents who are always flustered and on-the-go, living situations that were settled on as a result of being unable to afford enough space in the city. Frankly, commuter towns sound boring. And "bedroom community" sounds as though the only time spent there is spent sleeping. None of the above apply to Ridgewood. That's why we want to highlight 3 reasons you should choose Ridgewood, whether or not you have the option to live in the city.

It's Perfect For Families

If you have a large family or are considering having children, there's nowhere better than

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Whether you work from home on a regular basis or you simply need a place to shield out distraction so you can focus on projects, reading, or studying, a home office is an essential. Forget a bedroom desk; bedrooms should be designated for relaxing and unwinding. You don't want your sleep to be disrupted by the huge stack of papers that sit dauntingly in your peripheral vision. Working in the kitchen or dining room isn't ideal either, as these spaces can easily become overwhelmed with work-related clutter and it's hard to stay organized in such multi-use areas. Clearing your documents up to set the table and moving them back afterwards can quickly become tiring — and messy.

You don't necessarily need a spare room to create your perfect home office, but

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With just over a month of summer left, it's time to squeeze in those home repair and maintenance projects you've either been putting off or haven't gotten around to yet. Hopefully you've been taking the time to enjoy summer staples such as garden parties and open air lounging — and taking advantage of all Ridgewood has to offer. But while the days are still long, make sure to check up on your home to ensure that it's all prepped and primed to stay in top shape for another full year. If you're not sure where to start, use this handy agenda of 4 home maintenance items to cross of the list before the leaves turn and it's time to pull out the sweaters again. Then, you can relax and enjoy the balmy days knowing that your handiwork is done!

Just Paint Your

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Homes in Ridgewood are known for their stately appeal. The houses' "bones" already do all the work for you, leaving you with a beautiful base to work with. Still, many of us dream of lavish additions to complement these stunning architectural masterpieces — though we may think they take much more effort than they actually do. If you want to make your home feel grander, more regal, all it takes are a few simple elements. Here are 4 elegant ways to make you feel as though you just stepped into a prestigious manor the moment you walk in your door.

Books — More Books!

A home library brings to mind extensive renovations, the repurposing of an entire room, and impossibly high ceilings which prompt you to use a ladder in order to reach the top shelf. But

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Those who have lived in Ridgewood for any significant period of time know its secrets. We know why living here is so special and so coveted; why those who have resided in some truly world-class destinations still strive to call our village "home". As a newcomer or prospective resident, or perhaps someone who has relocated to the city and is considering coming back, you might need a little convincing. Ridgewood is known to be sophisticated and charming, but many specifics beyond that remain just shy of the public eye. That's where we can help. We've put together this list of 8 golden reasons why Ridgewood residents love their community — and why you will too.

We're A Village, And It Shows

Being a village means that Ridgewood is even more friendly and

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If you're a Ridgewood resident and you feel like getting active this week (or the next), your options are extensive. Ridgewood might be relatively small, but that doesn't mean that you can't get your fair share of physical activity without straying too far from the village. You have plenty of green space to explore on foot or by bike, stunning waterways to cool down by, and beautiful safe roads to run through. In addition to all this, the community is always rich with organized activities and events that allow you to get out of your home and start moving. If you have a surplus of energy but you're stuck on ideas for where to start, here are 6 ideas to help you get started.

Take A Dip

Head over to the beautiful and historic Graydon Pool or to the

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In this week's edition of Tarvin Archives, we feature a listing from June 1989 of a classic Dutch Colonial home located on beautiful Fairmount Road. This stunning home is tucked into an alcove of leafy trees and greenery; this privacy is in part what sets Ridgewood homes apart. The listing is labeled with the tagline "might as well be new". This showcases exactly how the home combines all the elements of a traditional Dutch Colonial with the freshness and brightness of any contemporary home.

It's hard to believe this was posted over 27 years ago and that 1989 represents the 18 year mark from Tarvin's founding in 1971. Over these past 45 years, Tarvin Realtors has seen plenty of change, including being joined by new members of the family and

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Neighbors. They can drive us crazy or save the day. People tend to have a lot of mixed feelings about neighbors; the more we're able to afford, the further away we move from them. We roll our eyes at them when we hear the lawnmower at 7 AM on a Sunday, but we're always happy to ask them to keep an eye on the house while we're on vacation. Through the good and the bad, neighbors are an essential piece of the suburban living puzzle and like with anything else, we should make the most of their presence. They can become steadfast and lifelong friends, good babysitters, and assets to neighborhood safety. Creating strong relationships with neighbors can sometimes seem like a burden — you might rather cut that lawnside chat short on your way in the door after

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