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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.

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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...

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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