Escape pick of the week

Buy this (under-$450,000) Maplewood house and you can start the next school year in the suburbs

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | May 5, 2017 - 8:59AM 

As New York City dwellers, we're big fans of curb appeal for suburban houses (the better to fuel fantasies of big-city escapes). This $429,000 four-bedroom, three-bath in Maplewood, New Jersey presents such an adorable front we couldn't help but be drawn in. And yes, you read that price right. (Even the taxes—$8,258 in 2016—aren't as bad as we anticipated, either, with New Jersey being notorious for its high property levies.)

The colonial-style house appears recently renovated (all appliances in the kitchen are new and stainless steel—we even eye a sticker on the oven), and the first-floor living spaces have an open and modern look. Three bedrooms are on the second floor, and there's a fourth on the top/attic floor.

The only downsides we can glimpse are that there doesn't appear to be a lot of acreage (the photo of the deck and no photo of the backyard seems to confirm this theory), and two out of the three bathrooms are half-baths. That said, this is a great starter home which will very likely feel like a palace compared to your current apartment. Plus, it has a front porch and a driveway. Does your walk-up have that?

It also happens to be in the ever-popular suburban town of Maplewood, New Jersey. The New York Times recently argued that if Brooklyn were a suburb, it would be Maplewood (although to be fair, they said pretty much the same thing about Westchester's River Towns.)

The reason Maplewood is so popular with ex-Brooklynites and ex-Manhattanites is because the public schools are strong, and the town has charming mom-and-pop style restaurants, bars, and cultural offerings. It takes about 40 minutes by train to get into Manhattan.



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