Colgate-Palmolive campus set for redevelopment

via – After more than 60 years, the former Morris Township/Morristown site of the Colgate-Palmolive company will make way for mixed-use redevelopment.

Whippany-based JMF Properties acquired the property and plans both residential and retail uses for the 64-acre site, including a 150,000-square-foot shopping center, 143 townhomes and 60 rental units.

The majority of the development will be located in Morris Township, with an additional phase situated in Morristown.

“As the owner of a very large parcel with potential impact on multiple towns, Colgate-Palmolive required a developer with extensive knowledge of the municipalities affected by the development,” Colgate-Palmolive Global Facilities Vice President Robert Dietz said. “Additionally, it was critical to identify a developer with experience in building residential and commercial real estate, and one that had a thorough understanding of the redevelopment process.”

JMF has razed all the existing buildings on the property and hopes to break ground this spring. FULL ARTICLE

38 Units Above Ground Floor Retail Space Proposed

morristown-real-estate-development-45-morris-streetOver the last decade, like many other communities across the state, Morristown has experienced a surge in residential and commercial development, particularly in its downtown area close to the Morristown Green. The community, which is the county seat of Morris County, is known for its wide variety of shops and restaurants, historical attractions, walkability, and transportation access, which has prompted many from across the state and the world to relocate there.

From the Century 21 department store on the Green to Colombian bakeries along Speedwell Avenue to the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on South Street, there is a lot to see and do despite the town’s relatively small size. Now, another new mixed-use development is being proposed for the community.

According to records from the Morris County Planning Board, the latest project could be built next to the Grasshopper Off The Green pub and restaurant at 45 Morris Street, at the corner of Wilmot Street. The proposal calls for the structure to contain 38 residential units along with retail space, and for the structure to be five stories tall. “The number of proposed parking spaces is fewer than the number of proposed apartment units,” the records state.

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The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Renting Your First Home

how-to-rent-your-first-apartment-2-768x512Renting a property isn’t always as straightforward as you might think, and there are several important considerations when starting your search for somewhere to live. Some dos and don’ts are worth observing:

Don’t rush – it’s tempting to jump at the chance of renting a property you really like the look of, but take your time and go through the following dos and don’ts carefully.

Do check the location is right for you – is the property in the best location to meet your needs? How close is it to your workplace? How good are transport links? Are the amenities you desire within easy reach?

Research the neighborhood as far as you can. Use a map resource such as this one to start, then ideally visit it and take a thorough look round and check out the whereabouts of amenities.

Do set a budget – rentals obviously vary by type of property, location and by specific area. You may have to budget for higher rentals if you have to – or simply want to – live in a specific part of the country. For example, San Francisco or New York would be at the higher end of the scale.

To get a feel for rentals by area and types of property available check out online resources. For example, if you’re looking in the Houston area you can use a resource such as ForRent to search for suitable properties in this thriving Texan city.

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Development In Morristown: Something Old, Something New

morristown-nj-real-estate-development-1285x840via Jersey Digs – One of the oldest towns in New Jersey has become the poster child for “smart growth” and with the continued shift towards walkable living being desired, the military capital of the American Revolution is adding some modern housing to its historic landscape.

Morristown, just over 18,000 people and about 40 miles from NYC, is undeniably farther removed from the region’s urban core than other growing downtowns. However, it does feature direct train service to Penn Station, which helped their population grow by almost 15% during the 1990s.

State officials took notice, designating Morristown as of one of New Jersey’s first “transit villages” back in 1999. Those efforts, along with a revamped zoning code and a few redevelopment plans, have jolted life and development into areas near South Street, the town’s main drag.

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More millennials buying homes without parents’ help

2017-01-11_10-49-39Younger homeowners are increasingly buying first homes, without the Bank of Mom and Dad.

Sometimes they go it alone out of a desire for independence; sometimes it’s a reflection of their parents’ financial realities. Whatever the reason, area real estate agents say the trend speaks well of millennial homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials were the largest generation of homebuyers in 2015 at 35 percent, and 67 percent of them were first-timers. The association’s 2016 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” report notes that the second-most popular way for first-time buyers to finance their down payment was a gift from a relative or friend, at 24 percent – a drop from 27 percent in 2015. (Savings was the preferred choice among 76 percent of respondents.)

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Convenience, Townhome-Style Living & Resident Referrals Driving Leasing Success at #Estling Village in #Denville

Estling Village Exterior 1As dozens of residents gathered in the Estling Village clubhouse recently to collect their new summer beach towels and mingle with their fellow neighbors, it was the latest example of the new community’s successful transition to a vibrant, neighborhood setting.  Gone were the signs of new construction activity, replaced instead by Welcome mats, street life and human interaction.

More than 80% of Estling Village’s 100 residences are now leased, breathing life into a community that draws on desirable townhome-style designs, forward-thinking amenities and an ultra-convenient location within walking distance of the Denville Train Station and vibrant downtown to foster an intimate-but-robust lifestyle experience.  Community events like the recent beach towel get-together, a pet-friendly Puppy Social and daily use of Estling Village’s amenities and beautifully-landscaped grounds reflect an environment where social engagement is encouraged and embraced.

“This was our vision all along, to create a transit-oriented development that was both convenient as well as a true neighborhood atmosphere,” says Joe Forgione, Founder of JMF Properties.  “To see our residents enjoying all that the community has to offer is extremely rewarding.  In fact, they’ve become our best ambassadors as a significant number of homes have been leased based on referrals from our residents, as well as from residents and merchants from throughout Denville.”  Continue reading

Upscale Morris County Living Delivers Sales at Legacy of Mountain Lakes

The uniqueness and allure of Morris County living has translated into nearly 90% of the 47 upscale townhomes at Legacy of Mountain Lakes now sold.

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Rising demand and a limited inventory of available residences has created a strong push from homebuyers to join the luxury suburban community and receive all that make living in this prestigious Morris County Borough so attractive. The sales velocity at Legacy reflects the widespread appeal of Mountain Lakes, which has long drawn residents to its award-winning school district, pristine northwest New Jersey setting, wealth of outdoor recreation and prime location less than an hour to Manhattan and ten minutes to the shops, restaurants, nightlife and culture of historic Morristown.

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“Legacy of Mountain Lakes provides a level of sophistication, comfort and contemporary living only a brand new home can provide,” says David Hornblass, a principal of the community’s developer HornRock Properties. “It’s the perfect residential address for young families and couples who want to receive the charm and exclusivity of Mountain Lakes’ small town environment in an upscale townhome with all the latest design trends and finishes. Buyers have fully embraced this unique opportunity.”

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Estling Village in Denville to Host Public Grand Opening

Estling Village, the new luxury townhome-style rental community located just a short walk from the Denville Train Station and vibrant downtown, will officially grand open to the public during a three-day celebration on April 29 through May 1.

Prospective residents will enjoy tours of the community’s two model homes, elegant clubhouse and scenic grounds while learning about special grand opening incentives.

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The opening celebration follows a strong preview period which resulted in more than 40 percent of the community’s 100 residences already leased, according to JMF Properties, which specializes in transit-oriented development throughout the region. A number of residents have already moved in and are enjoying their beautiful new homes and this ultra-convenient location.

“The interest in Estling Village and the sought-after lifestyle it offers has been building since we first announced our plans for this well-located property near mass transit and downtown Denville’s shops and restaurants,” said Joe Forgione, the founder and principal of JMF Properties Group. “To see that interest advance to leases and resident activity is both exciting and rewarding. We’re delighted to now be at the point in the development process where we can officially Grand Open the community and fully showcase the Estling Village lifestyle.”

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JMF Properties created six distinct single-level and multi-story floor plans for Estling Village that range from 965 to 1,296 square feet of living space. Both one- and two-bedroom layouts with up to 2-half baths are offered, including a den/library available in select homes. Monthly rents start from $1,900 for one-bedroom floor plans and $2,100 for two-bedroom residences.

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Morristown’s Downtown is Tops!

2015-09-10_11-16-25This month’s issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine names Morristown’s Downtown as their pick for “Favorite Downtown”.

Joanna Buffum reports on the social heart of our town:

The Morristown Green, established in 1715, is the heart of downtown, and adjacent South Street its main artery. You’ll find Revolutionary War landmarks throughout town and a National Historic Park, Jockey Hollow, where Washington’s troops shivered through the frigid winter of 1780, just to the south.
By day, South Street draws the local lunch crowd; at night, the area booms with out-of-towners who mingle at such watering holes as Sona Thirteen, Iron Bar,Grasshopper, Tashmoo, Hops and the Famished Frog.

The downtown is so walkable, the Morristown-based Seeing Eye has used it as a living classroom for guide dogs and their blind companions for more than 50 years. Jim Kutsch, president and CEO of the Seeing Eye, and his wife Ginger, are both blind and happily call Morristown home. The “no car, two-dog family” walks everywhere. “I really haven’t been able to do so much on foot since I was on a university campus,” says Kutsch.

Morristown has a proud history of caring for the needy. Downtown includes numerous soup kitchens and the historic Market Street Mission shelter, established in 1889.