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NJ Flower and Garden Show Feb 13-16

The 12th Annual New Jersey Flower and Garden Show will be held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison on February 13th through 16th.

There will be dozens of top local landscaping companies showcasing how they would design a backyard in New Jersey and the professionals will be available for consultation. 

 

 

The beautiful display gardens will inspire you to begin planning your own garden for the spring. There are seminars to attend and a Great Garden Marketplace to begin your preparations. 

 

The Garden Club of New Jersey hosts a Standard Flower Show which is incredible. There is also a Container Challenge that isn’t unlike the Iron Chef cooking television competition.

On the last day of the show, from 5 to 6 pm, selected plant materials and garden accessories will be offered for sale from the show.

If you’ve never been to the show, it’s incredibly fun. These photos are from last year’s show. Buy your tickets here.

6 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

Planning a little something extra special for Valentine’s Day? Here are 6 weekend getaways within 100 miles of Union County.

Atlantic City and Mystic, Connecticut

If your idea of a romantic getaway includes casinos and nightlife, Atlantic City or Mystic might be for you.

Atlantic City boasts casinos like the Trump Taj Mahal, Harrah’s, Caesars, and the Borgata as well as exotic shows every evening. Visitors can take advantage of a host of amenities from a seashell massage to upscale dining to outlet shopping. There are dozens of hotels along the waterfront and even more B&B’s to choose from.

Mystic is only an hour or two away and is a well-known visitors spot because of the beautiful Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. There are several dozen B&B’s and hotels in the area and two major casinos – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun – are within a 30 minute drive.  Performances, fine dining and shopping are some of the biggest attractions.

       

Poconos

The Poconos has long been a favorite for romantic getaways. Featuring 150 lakes, dozens of B&Bs and hotels, and beautiful scenery, the Poconos is also famous for its quaint historical towns. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will find plenty to do, as will the fireplace snugglers.

Hudson Valley 

The wineries of the Hudson Valley are a great getaway. There are 25 wineries, each offering tastings all day. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will love it here, as will hikers and antique lovers. There are dozens of hotels and B&Bs to choose from and many wonderful restaurants.

Cape May

Cape May is the Nation’s oldest seashore resort and is famous for its lovely homes and charming B&Bs. If you love quaint towns, antiquing, and luxurious spas, this may be the weekend for you. There are dining and hotel/B&B specials for Valentine’s Day. Some visitors are lured by the ghost tours as Cape May claims to be one of the most haunted places in NJ.

New Hope

Just over the Delaware River is beautiful New Hope, PA, an artsy village surrounded by rolling hills and giant forests. Fun shopping in local craft galleries and cute shops, great dining, and charming hotels are all within a 2 hours drive.

 

Valentine’s Day with your sweetie within 100 miles of home – what more could a Jersey Girl ask for?

Groundhog’s Forecast for NJ

Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is about 300 miles west of Union County and is the home of Punxsutawney Phil. Phil was burrowed inside his heated simulated tree trunk this morning when he was rudely awakened and pulled out into the limelight where crowds had gathered to hear his prognostications about the future of local weather.

Groundhog Day is the midpoint between the Winter Solstice, December 21, and the Spring Equinox, March 21. Early Christians called this day Candlemas Day and people would light blessed candles in their windows to ward off the darkness of winter. 

Fair weather on Groundhog Day, so that a groundhog could see its shadow, is a warning of a stormy second half of the winter. 

Clymer H. Freas was the city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper in 1887. He was inspired by a group of local hunters who held a groundhog hunt every year and created the story of Punxsatawney Phil being an official weather forecaster. If Phil sees his shadow, the story goes, he snuggles back into his burrow for six more weeks of winter, but if he doesn’t see his shadow he foretells an early spring.

So what does Phil say?

Punxsatawney Phil did indeed see his shadow today, so the groundhog’s prediction is 6 more weeks of winter! Don’t put away your shovels and scarves just yet!

 

Last Year’s Results

Buying Super Bowl Tickets

Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford will be the site of this year’s Super Bowl and all of New Jersey is abuzz. Our Giants and our Jets have let us down….again…..but we’re still excited about hosting the big game and all of the hoopla that surrounds it.

If you’re still looking to buy tickets, they start at $3000 and get as high as $15,000 per seat (50 yard line, 1st level) with minimal availability on Ticketmaster. On StubHub, there are seats as low as $2500 and go up to $970,000 (Commissioner’s Club Suite, row 2). Those are prices as of today, January 11th but StubHub predicts that prices are most likely to go down as kickoff gets closer.

The teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl may influence price as we get closer to the game. If the Patriots get in, lots of New England fans may flood the New York/New Jersey area demanding tickets and prices could go up fast.

The weather may have an impact as well. This year’s Super Bowl is the first outdoor cold weather Super Bowl and a blizzard or cold spell could keep fans away.

With prices like these, can the average person afford to attend the Super Bowl? One man from New Brunswick, Josh Finkelman, is suing the NFL, claiming that the ticket price is unfair to the public. Finkelman claims that the NFL is guilty of price gouging since only 1% of the available seats are being sold to the general public at face value – that’s about 8000 seats. Low supply drives up prices, he claims.

What do you think? Would you spend a month’s mortgage, or a year’s mortgage, on tickets to see the Super Bowl in person, or are you happier in your climate controlled living room?

 

Super Bowl Preparations in NJ

Getting to the Super Bowl

Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Union County!

Fun Facts you might not know about Union County:

  • Union County is the 7th most populous county in NJ.
  • The per capita income of Union County is the 119th highest in the Country and the 8th highest in the State.
  • Union County pays the second highest property taxes of all US counties.
  • Union County is the 15th most densely populated county in the US and 3rd densest in NJ.
  • Union County is governed by an elected 9 member Board of Chosen Freeholders who serve 3 year terms.
  • The Union County seal is the only seal in the US that depicts the murder of a woman.
  • The commute from Union County to New York City is an easy one.

 

 

When you’re ready to buy or sell a home in Union County, call us!

What’s going on in the Springfield, NJ Real Estate Market?

The Township of Springfield, NJ, is home to nearly 16,000 people and is the home of Baltrusol Golf Club. It is also the location of the Battle of Springfield which was the last battle of the Revolutionary War.

 

Homes in Springfield are selling more quickly now as compared to last year. The average home that sold in Springfield in November sold after only 51 days, much faster than the 111 days it took to sell a home a year ago. 

 

 

 

Prices in Springfield are also rising. The average home that sold in Springfield in November sold for $389,931, compared to an average price of $366,856 in 2012.

 

 

 

There are currently 78 homes offered for sale. This is the lowest inventory Springfield has held for over 2 years. Sales continue to be brisk with 16 homes sold in November compared to 12 in October and an average of 16 per month over the summer. To see a complete list of all homes offered for sale in Springfield, NJ, please click here.

 

 

f you have a home in Springfield that you’d like to sell, contact us for a free comparative market analysis!

 

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The Real Estate Market Report – Mountainside, NJ

The Borough of Mountainside in Union County was ranked number 44 on NJ Monthly’s Best Places to Live, and almost 7000 people live there.

There are currently 35 homes offered for sale in Mountainside, much fewer than the average of 52 homes offered through the summer. To browse the homes currently listed for sale, please click here. Seven homes were sold in November, about half as many as were sold in August.

 

The average home that sold in Mountainside in November was sold for $437,429. Over the summer, the average home sale price was $535,687 and the average home sale so far in 2013 has been $571,818. The average home sale in Mountainside in 2012 was about 10% lower at $527,600.

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Mountainside or the surrounding area, please see a complete list of homes at www.WayneZuhl.com. If you’re planning to sell your Mountainside home, please call us at 908-917-4189 for a free comparative market analysis of your home.

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Open House today – 1937 Arbor Lane in Union, NJ

 

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1937 Arbor Lane in Union, NJ

1937 Arbor Lane

Come and see this BEAUTIFUL 5 bedroom, 2.1 bath home. This home features custom hardwood flooring, fireplace, fenced in yard, covered deck, partly finished basement, and a huge eat in kitchen.  It has an in-law suite which features a living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a full bath.  Living here you’ll have easy access to the Garden State Parkway, Routes 22 and 78 as well as the New Jersey Turnpike.

This home is listed for only $329,000.  Come by and take a look!

 

To see photos and descriptions of all of the homes currently offered for sale in Union, please click here.

If you’re considering selling your Union home, call us today for a free comparative market analysis of your home.

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55 Things to do in NJ this summer

We’ve lived in NJ our whole lives, and have spent many summers wandering the ins and outs of all the great things NJ has to offer. This summer, try something you’ve never done before. Here are 55 ideas – let us know which ones you pick!
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What to do in the Garden this weekend!

Good news! This weekend is the day that Burpee says is the average date of last frost here in Union County, NJ! That doesn’t mean, of course, that we’re out of the woods yet, but odds are that your plants will be fine outside now. Plants may need to be covered if a frost is forecast, so pay attention to the weatherman for at least another few weeks!

What can you plant in the garden? This week, it’s safe to directly sow the following seeds into the ground:

  • arugula
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • broccoli raab
  • brussel sprouts
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • endive
  • kale
  • leeks
  • onions
  • peas
  • salad greens
  • spinach
  • radish
  • turnips

If you want to grow eggplant, tomatoes, or peppers this year, it’s time to start the seeeds indoors if you haven’t already. It’s also time to get the planting beds ready for those vegetables!

Happy Gardening!

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