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Cool Listings, New Jersey

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This seven-bedroom home on 16-acres in Harding Township, NJ, doesn’t look much like the typical country estate. Asking $4,975,000, the 14,000-square-foot home was designed by Gwathmey Siegel, the renowned architecture firm behind the renovation of the Guggenheim Museum. The firm is known for the late 20th-century modern style showcased in the curves and colors of this striking residence at 75 Sand Spring Road. When you’re finished marveling at the house, you’ll find plenty to do within, where there’s a full recreation room, a well-appointed gym, and a half-court basketball court. Also on the property: a guest cottage, a pool, and a lighted tennis court.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, New Jersey

Photo credit: Rivers Gate Productions for Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

The three-bedroom home on a wooded lot at 1 Cross Way may look unassuming, but the property, listed for $1,599,000, has a celebrity secret. The home is the former guest house for the Whitney Houston estate in Mendham, New Jersey. The current owners bought the property from Houston, who was born in Newark, in 2010 and kept her recording studio just as it was. The space is ready for another life as a music studio, or as a stellar soundproofed home office.

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Cool Listings, New Jersey

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This classic brick home at 807 Boulevard East in Weehawken, N.J. looks like a stately suburban home on the outside, but when you’re inside this $3,499,000 residence, Manhattan skyline and water views from nearly every room offer a rare treat for the eyes. A home theater, a gym, a three-car garage and four bedrooms add even more modern value to the historic package.

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Cool Listings, New Jersey

Image courtesy of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

The understated estate on beautifully landscaped grounds at 12 Battle Road overlooking Princeton University’s Graduate College anchors one of the town’s finest residential streets. It’s an address befitting the home’s original owner, George B. McClellan, Jr., former congressman and the 93rd mayor of New York City. The three-story house (plus a one-bedroom apartment atop the home’s three-car garage), on the market for $3.5 million, strikes a balance between magnificent historic details–like the same marble tiles used in Grand Central Station in the entry hall–and livable 21st-century luxury.

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New Jersey, Policy

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

Nearly three months after Governor Cuomo mandated face masks be worn in outdoor public spaces in New York, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has finally done the same. Murphy did mandate face masks be worn indoors back in April, but it wasn’t until an appearance this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he said he’ll be signing an executive order today. “They’ve been strongly recommended out-of-doors. We’re gonna turn that up a notch today… If you can’t socially distance, it’s gonna be required.” His announcement comes

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New Jersey, Policy

Photo of Asbury Park commercial district by Acroterion via Wikimedia Commons

In his press conference yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that his state was looking to enter stage two of its reopening on Monday, June 15. On this date, outdoor dining and limited in-store retail would begin, with hair salons and barbershops following on the 22nd and youth summer programs in early July. This second stage would also phase in museums and libraries, as well as limited capacity at gyms and in-person government services such as motor vehicles.

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New Jersey, Policy

New Jersey will start reopening on Monday

By Dana Schulz, Wed, May 13, 2020

Photo of Jersey City by Bruce Emmerling from Pixabay

In his press conference on Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy announced that as of 6:00 am on Monday, May 18, New Jersey would begin its reopening process by allowing the restart of non-essential construction, non-essential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup only, and drive-through and drive-in events to operate under social distancing guidelines. This is quite similar to what is allowed under New York’s first phase of reopening, however, NJ’s northern neighbor New York City is still not at that point. “The data we are seeing gives us confidence that we can begin the careful and responsible restart of our economy to get people back to work and to begin to set the stage for the steps to come,” Murphy said.

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Events, New Jersey

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

Photo by Acroterion via Wikimedia Commons

Since Bruce Springsteen got his start at the Jersey Shore music venue in the ’70s (launching “the house that Springsteen built“), The Stone Pony has been a trailblazer in the music scene. Though the venue hosts big-name acts today, what’s set the Pony apart over the years is its commitment to local artists and up-and-comers. And they’re not letting coronavirus stop this. As reported by the Asbury Park Press, The Stone Pony is hosting “a curated live stream lineup of Jersey Shore musicians and national faves, all regulars at the venue.”

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New Jersey, Places to Stay

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In the late 19th century, Atlantic City began its heydey as a booming resort town thanks to a new railroad connection. To attract prospective real estate investors and tourists, inventor James V. Lafferty received a patent to build a giant elephant statue in nearby Margate. Completed in 1881, Lucy the Elephant stood 65 feet tall (six stories) and weighed 90 tons. After a preservation battle in 1969, Lucy was restored in the ’70s and has continued to be a spectacle for locals and vacationers alike. The 138-year-old attraction has even caught the attention of Airbnb, who announced that they’ll be offering three overnight stays inside Lucy. The lucky Lucy fans will pay $138 (the same number as her age) for a stay on either March 17, 18, or 19.

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Big SNOW, American Dream Mall, indoor ski, meadowlands

Images courtesy of Big SNOW

New Jersey’s three-million-square-foot American Dream mega-mall has added another attraction to its phased opening: a 16-story, climate-controlled indoor ski slope. Big SNOW is the first of its kind in North America and aims to make it easier for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes. The location offers equipment rentals, lessons, private coaching, children’s programs, and private events.

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