Ridgewood, NJ Real Estate Blog

Winter may have fallen on us here in Bergen County but we can’t let the cooler weather keep us cooped up inside indefinitely. We aren’t bears - so sleeping all winter isn’t an option; we still need to get outside and continue on with our lives. The holiday season is a great time for familes and friends to get together, and what better way to spend some time together than to bundle up, throw on a scarf and enjoy the state’s beautiful natural environment. We present to you the top parks in Bergen County just waiting to be discovered and explored by you and your family this season.

Ramapo Mountain State Park

This state park takes up upwards of 4,268 square miles near Mahwah, New Jersey. The rugged forest area contains 30 miles of trails of varying

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We've all made them. And we're all equally guilty of breaking them at some point. Sometimes we'll even shamelessly cross out the last digit of the year in question and will simply change it to the next digit, leaving the rest of the list intact. It's almost like cheating, and too often people will ask "what's the point?" and give up altogether.

Change your unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Drink less ("quit drinking forever" being the popular variation of this among college kids). Spend more time with _____. Spend less money on _____. File taxes on time, this time. And the list goes on.

Although well-intentioned and noble, goals that comprise our New Year's resolutions can oftentimes feel a bit daunting or nearly impossible.

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With less than a fortnight to go before Christmas and soon New Year's Eve, people's day planners are sure to fill up exponentially. Everywhere you look, everyone will be scurrying to get everything done before the 2014 cut-off date, when the entire year's events slips away from our grasp into the nethers of our memory. Some people love the Holiday craze (oftentimes descending into frenzy and, sometimes, chaos), while other people want nothing more than to close their eyes and wake up in 2015 with fresh smiles on their faces.

One thing we can all agree on is that the Holidays in Bergen County and elsewhere in the world are all about rituals. Year in and year out we go through the familiar time-tested rituals: shopping for last minute gifts in dizzyingly

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Located in northern New Jersey, Franklin Lakes is an upscale suburb in Bergen County. Developed in 1922, Franklin Lakes originally began as a rural area, but has since matured into a prosperous community with a charming atmosphere. Only an hour away from downtown Manhattan, Franklin Lakes, NJ real estate is especially attractive for commuters, providing them with a quiet, picturesque home away from the city, with easy access to New York. With a population nearing 11,000 residents, the charming elegance of the community combined with its scenic natural beauty attracts home buyers looking for a looking for an exceptional quality of life.

Franklin Lakes, NJ Real Estate

The community of Franklin Lakes is primarily made up of secluded residential

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10 ways to save money on your heating bill this winterWe all like to save a bit of money, but on the other side of things, you can’t shiver your way through the winter, either. Luckily, there is a middle ground. You can stay warm while keeping those heating costs under control at the same time. The key is keeping the heat that you have inside your home and using the heating equipment you have, efficiently. By following these simply, easy-to-follow tips, you will see your heating bill drop noticeably without spending an arm or a leg.

10) Replace worn or torn weather-stripping – This is an easy way to let heat escape your home. Weather-stripping is what helps your doors and windows keep a tight seal, keeping your heat in and the cold outdoor elements out.

9) Adjust your doors threshold – Related to the

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nj winter survival tipsLike it or not, it’s just about time to pull out the parka and make sure the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts are safely tucked away, out of sight. The winter is coming whether you or your house is ready for it. So, it’s in your best interest to your home, and yourself, to be ready for the coming onslaught. Unfortunately, you are going to be spending a lot more time in doors in the coming season, so here are some tips to make sure your home, and more importantly you, survive the coming New Jersey Winter.

10 – Seal up your home. In the winter, cold air and moisture is the enemy. Make sure to fix any peeling siding, and that any insulation around windows and doorways isn’t cracked or worn away. It’s much easier to take care of this kind of issue before the

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turkey drive ridgewoodThanksgiving is a time of year when we all get a chance to really take a step back and realize what is important in life. Many of us let the frantic pace of everyday life distract us from how fortunate we really are to have what we have. Unfortunately, there are many families as fortunate. They aren’t in a position to provide the same feast that many of us take for granted for their families. But, you can help! This weekend the Community Food Bank of New Jersey is hosting its annual Holiday Food and Turkey Drive. The Food Bank has made is made it easier than ever to help those less fortunate living within our neighborhood and they'll be at the United Methodist Church in Ridgewood on Sunday, November 23rd between 11 and 1. Here’s how you can help:

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The borough of Allendale is located in New Jersey's Bergen County. With a population of approximately 6,600 people, the expansive areas of open space in Allendale make the town unique in New Jersey's most populated county. Allendale prides itself in its small-town charm, friendly community and sense of history. Allendale, NJ real estate offers residents wide open spaces, beautiful family homes, excellent school, and plenty of recreational activities throughout the community.

Allendale Town Gems

Allendale is well-known for its vast amount of open space and scenic natural features. Celery Farm is a particular pride of Allendale, featuring over 107 acres of nature preserve, which, as its name indicates, used to be a celery farm. The preserve is also a

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curb appeal tips for selling your homeSelling your home can be a stressful endeavor, but there are certain things you can do to improve the value of your home and set yourself up for a quick sale. When prospective buyers arrive at your house, the first thing they see is the exterior. You'll want to ensure that your home looks clean, inviting and uncluttered. Homes with high curb appeal are able to command higher prices and often take less time to sell.

As the famous quote goes, "you'll never get a second chance to make a first impression", so make sure your home puts its best face forward with these curb appeal (on a budget) tips.

1) Wash The Windows

Having clean windows can add a certain sparkle to your home. Remember that you need to wash both the interior, and the exterior, or

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ridgewood nj factsNumbers are a fascinating way to get a quick glimpse into the heart of our beloved town.

So what do the numbers 2,595,000 \ 25,352 \ 8,551 \ 1894 \ 250 \ 62.9-42.1 \ 40 \ 26 \ 20 \ 15 \ 15 \ 12 \ 10 and mean to Ridgewood? Take a guess and then check out the list below for some interesting facts about Ridgewood, NJ.

2,595,000

The price of the most expensive Ridgewood home for sale currently listed. Stunning, upscale homes aren't hard to find in Ridgewood, yet the luxury housing market remains one of the more affordable in the nation. Complete with coffered ceilings, multiple built-in fireplaces and heated floors, this listing is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary.

25,352

The population of Ridgewood, according to a US Consensus

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