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New List Reveals NJ School Districts With Best Teachers In 2018

Classroom Photo

Now's a good time to find out how your local teachers stack up against others — especially if you're sending your children to school for the first time.

Niche.com has recently released its annual rankings of the 100 New Jersey school districts with the best teachers. According to Niche, the best teachers in New Jersey are at West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell, which also finished in 22nd place nationwide.

The ranking was based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio and the Niche Academics Grade for the district. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

According to Niche, these are the 100 school districts with the best teachers in New Jersey (nationally ranked in top 100 is in parenthesis):

  1. West Essex Regional School District, North Caldwell (#22 nationally)
  2. Millburn Township Schools, Millburn (#23 nationally)
  3. Glen Ridge Public Schools, Glen Ridge (#59 nationally)
  4. Princeton Public Schools, Princeton (#62 nationally)
  5. Mountain Lakes School District, Mountain Lakes (#72 nationally)
  6. Berkeley Heights Public Schools, Berkeley Heights (#91 nationally)
  7. The School District of the Chathams, Chatham (#93 nationally)
  8. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, West Windsor
  9. Montclair Public Schools, Montclair
  10. Pompton Lakes School District, Pompton Lakes...

Entertainer's Paradise: 10 Pond View, Montville

10 Pond View Front View Of Home

Nestled in the prestigious "Pond" section of Montville, this spectacular estate is ideally situated on 1.54 manicured acres offering resort-like accommodations and every entertaining convenience. Accessed by a winding circular drive surrounded by lush specimen plantings, this 7 bedroom residence beautifully showcases impeccable attention to architectural detail including a focal front turret, custom millwork, grand yet welcoming spaces, flexible floor plan, 4 car garage with parking court accessed via a porte cochere, 7 handsome fireplaces and a private apartment with separate entrance, living room, bedroom, full second kitchen and laundry -- the perfect in-law or guest quarters. Boasting an expansive rear patio and breathtaking pool, vacationing away from home will be a distant memory.

7 Bedrooms, 6 Full Baths & 2 Powder Rooms, 4 car garage, 7 fireplaces, grand open spaces, soaring ceilings, custom moldings and hardwood flooring throughout, high-tech systems, whole-house generator, spectacular 1.54 acre property with heated in-ground salt water pool, spa and so much more. Vacationing away from home will be a distant memory.

For more information visit www.10PondView.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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Modern Masterpiece: 83 Pleasantville Road, New Vernon

83 Pleasantville Road Front View Of Home

Leave the ordinary behind and aspire for nothing less than this breathtaking architectural masterpiece. Custom designed and recently renovated from top to bottom with only the finest materials, this exclusive 5 bedroom residence on three acres is truly one of a kind in the heart of New Vernon. As you drive up the long private drive, the home creates a commanding presence and does not disappoint. Boasting an open concept floor plan with soaring ceilings, new walls of windows and a center atrium with Japanese Garden, it is a home perfectly designed for today's modern lifestyle. Another compelling reason for living in New Vernon? Real estate taxes for this home were $16,400 in 2017, less than half when compared with surrounding towns for a similarly sized home.

5 Bedrooms, 4.1 Baths, 4 Car Garage, expansive property, modern open concept floor plan, soaring ceilings, center atriums, ultra-sophisticated finishes, luxurious Porcelanosa baths, stunning Gourmet Kitchen by Pedini, an enviable Master Suite with nearby Study and sophisticated systems.

For more information visit www.83Pleasantville.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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New Jersey Claims Two Spots In 2017's Top Priciest Zip Codes In The US

Ranking the priciest zip codes in the US based on closed home sales

It’s December which means it’s time for our annual report on the 100 most expensive zip codes in the United States. We consider our report to be the most accurate benchmark of the country’s most exclusive areas as we are the only publisher who is analyzing closed sales prices and not asking prices. This allows us to avoid presenting inflated prices that are the result of luxury listings lingering longer on the market and which are frequently the subject of hefty price cuts. Conversely, in some highly competitive markets like Silicon Valley and San Francisco where bidding wars are the norm, average asking prices may be lower than what people end up paying to own a coveted piece of real estate.

Sagaponack’s 11962 loses its title as the priciest zip code, slides to 15th spot

After winning the title of most expensive zip code in the US two years in a row, Sagaponack’s 11962 lost to Atherton in 2017. The exclusive Hamptons community dropped all the way to 15th position, mainly due to more sales recorded at lower price points, which slashed its median sale price in half. In 2017, Sagaponack’s median sale price was $2,819,000, while the barrier for entry in the top 10 is $3 million.

Sagaponack was also outranked by two neighboring zip codes – 11976 in Water Mill and 11975 in Wainscott, which broke into the top 10 in 2017, each climbing 7 spots from last year and reshuffling the top 10 as the only new entries.

With Sagaponack out of the picture, the top 3 positions are now claimed by zip codes from three different states: California, New York, and Florida. The nation’s priciest zip codes feature very different housing markets: Atherton’s...

Clarence Manor: 16 Pond View, Montville

16 Pond View Front View Of Home

Welcome to Clarence Manor, designed by renowned WESKetch Architecture and modeled after the Thomas Kinkade painting "Beyond Summer Gate". Awaiting visitors at the end of a long gated drive and circular parking court, this spectacular estate creates a commanding presence and promises no less. Elegantly framed by sprawling lush lawns and specimen plantings on nearly 6 tranquil acres, this 7-bedroom residence beautifully showcases impeccable attention to detail at every turn. Serenity abounds as you lounge by the breathtaking pool with cabana and 60' underground slide, while inside sophisticated systems add to the home's cachet including a Crestron automation system, radiant and hydronic heating and state-of-the-art home theater. A heated six-car garage is de rigueur for the automobile aficionado.

7 Bedrooms, 7 full & 3 half baths, 6 car garage, 4 fireplaces, grand open spaces, soaring ceilings, custom moldings and Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring throughout, dramatic floating staircase, high-tech systems, state-of-the-art theater, whole-house generator, spectacular 5.66 acre property with heated in-ground salt water pool and so much more. Vacationing away from home will be a distant memory.

For more information visit www.16PondView.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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Modern Masterpiece: 12 Ferndale Road, Short Hills

12 Ferndale Road Front View Of Home

Leave the ordinary behind and aspire for nothing less than this breathtaking architectural masterpiece. Custom designed by Simonian Rosenbaum Architects, this exclusive 7 bedroom residence on nearly an acre is truly one of a kind in the heart of Old Short Hills just blocks to NJ Transit Hoboken and NYC trains. As you enter the parking court the home creates a commanding presence and does not disappoint. Boasting a truly open concept floor plan with soaring ceilings and walls of windows, it is a home perfectly designed for today's modern lifestyle. Private en-suite baths, ultra-luxurious finishes, spectacular Wine Room in the stunning Gourmet Kitchen, an enviable first-floor Master Suite with nearby Study, Control4 automation and sophisticated multi-zone HVAC systems with sumptuous radiant heat in many rooms.

7 Bedrooms, 7.2 Baths, 3 Car Garage, modern open concept floor plan, soaring ceilings, expansive property, Control4 home automation system and so much more.

For more information visit www.12Ferndale.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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South Orange Wins Hot Town Showdown

South Orange Downtown

After four weeks of voting, South Orange is the winner of New Jersey Monthly’s Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Markets.

From the outset, South Orange blew the doors off the competition, consistently coming in first overall in every round. That trend continued into the Championship Round, when it defeated runner-up New Providence.

A historic village boasting diverse architecture, myriad shops and restaurants, a commuter train and a top-notch performing arts center, South Orange is a magnet for young buyers who want the culture of places like Brooklyn, Jersey City and Hoboken without the cost. The Essex County town is also home to Seton Hall University, one of the oldest diocesan universities in the country. With a lively downtown and affordable homes, South Orange can truly boast of being the hottest town in New Jersey.

The bracket-style competition started with 16 contenders on August 29. New Jersey Monthly picked the 16 towns in the competition based on factors like rising home prices, and time spent on the market when homes are up for sale. We also sought input from real-estate professionals—and we listened to the “buzz” in the marketplace. Each week throughout September, we cut the field in half, based on your votes.

For more information on beautiful South Orange contact Tony Verducci...

Scenic Grandeur: 45 Bailey Hollow Road, Morris Township

45 Bailey Hollow Road View Of Home

Through a private gated entrance, this residence awaits visitors at the end of a long drive and circular parking court, creating a commanding presence and promising no less, elegantly framed by sprawling lush lawns embellished with lush perennials and specimen plantings. Tranquility abounds in this glorious retreat, set on over 5 lush acres with breathtaking winter views backing to the nearly 2000 acre Morristown National Historical Park (Jockey Hollow). This architectural masterpiece is spectacular, offering unparalleled comfort to both its occupants and guests, making vacations a distant memory.

From the two story great room to the breathtaking chef's kitchen to the expansive lower level with home theater and wine cellar to the striking bluestone patio, this remarkable home offers grand spaces yet peace and solitude from today's hectic lifestyle, all just a few blocks from downtown Morristown and NJ Transit trains. Updated systems add to the home's cachet, the enjoyment of which is uninterrupted via a whole house generator.

4 Bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half baths, 3 car garage, 2 fireplaces, grand open spaces, soaring ceilings, custom moldings, high-tech systems, 1800 bottle wine cellar, media room, Crestron music system, whole-house generator, breathtaking property and so much more.

For more information visit www.45BaileyHollow.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220....

Classic Elegance: 62 Western Drive, Short Hills

62 Western Drive Front View Of Home

Ideally nestled on 0.68 prime acres in the heart of Old Short Hills, this completely renovated home is absolutely stunning offering the perfect alternative to new construction. With architectural interest at every turn and striking moldings that cannot be replicated, this home creates a commanding presence and offers no less.

With 7 generously sized bedrooms, chef's kitchen with professional appliances, large center island and light-filled breakfast room, circular drive and intimate rear deck, this home is sure to please. The beautifully finished walk-out lower level is a delightful surprise, boasting an exercise room, recreation room, large bonus room for a future media room or wine cellar and an in-law suite with kitchenette, bedroom and bath. Don't settle for ordinary when you can live extraordinarily.

7 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 2 car garage, 3 fireplaces, grand open spaces, soaring ceilings, custom moldings and hardwood in most spaces, Guest suite with kitchenette, Kohler natural gas generator, spectacular 0.68 acre property with private deck and so much more.

For more information visit www.62WesternDrive.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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Sophisticated Grandeur: 20 Adams Avenue, Short Hills

20 Adams Avenue Front Photo

Sophisticated grandeur and understated elegance coincide at this spectacular one-acre estate, perfectly nestled in a park-like setting offering complete privacy and resort-like accommodations on one of the most desirable streets in Short Hills. Showcasing a stunning design by renowned Hiland Hall Turner Architects, this newer construction home abounds with bright light-filled rooms, flexible floor plan, generous proportions, impeccable attention to detail and quality levels so exceptional that nearly every other home pales in comparison.

Wine enthusiasts will appreciate two wine cellars surrounding a fireside tasting room, while the expansive wood paneled library will appeal to the literary connoisseur. Sophisticated systems add to the home's cachet, all uninterrupted via a built-in backup generator.

5 Bedrooms, 4 Full & 3 Half baths, 3 car garage, 5 wood-burning fireplaces, grand open spaces, soaring ceilings, jaw-dropping spiral staircase, custom moldings and hardwood flooring, wood-paneled library, high-tech systems, 2000 bottle wine cellar with tasting room, whole-house generator, spectacular 1.01 acre property and so much more. 

For more information visit www.20AdamsAvenue.com or contact Tony Verducci at 973.477.2220.

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