158 Academy St South Orange – $425,000 – Available!

Blog / Vanessa's Listings / June 14, 2017

This updated 3 bedroom, 1.1 bath colonial, just a stone’s throw to train station & village is a must see. Hardwood floors & plenty of storage throughout. Close to schools, pool, and parks! Watch the sunsets from the open front porch. The open floor layout of the first floor flows easily through to the large patio out back. Perfect for entertaining large groups or intimate gatherings. The kitchen has been updated with quartz countertops, garbage disposal, & SS appliances. Plenty of windows on the 2nd floor gives you tree-top views while letting in tons of light. The front bedroom features a walk-in closet that could double as a bonus room. Plenty of storage in the large unfinished basement or finish it off adding a rec room or home office. Street parking permit required by SO township.

3 Bedrooms

 1.1 Bathroom

South Mountain Elementary

2016 Taxes: $11,173

2017 Assessment: $367,000



  1. Close to EVERYTHING (train, village, all three zoned schools, pool, sledding…everything!).
  2. Updated eat-in kitchen with quartz counters, garbage disposal, and all-new stainless
  3. Open-concept living area flows out to big patio and yard for casual entertaining.
  4. Low-maintenance landscaping with perennial garden and shade trees in front and back.
  5. Breezy open front porch for watching sunsets or rainstorms or just admiring the daffodils.
  6. Comfy 2nd floor bedrooms with lots of windows and tree-top views.
  7. Front bedroom has exposed brick and a large windowed walk-in closet that can double as
    a bonus room.
  8. Beautifully refinished oak hardwood floors throughout.
  9. Oodles of storage in the attic and basement.
  10. Underground power lines so the house doesn’t lose power in storms, even Sandy!


Dear Future Homeowners of 158 Academy Street,

You are going to make such wonderful memories in this sweet home! When we moved from Brooklyn to South Orange over a decade ago, we were newlyweds excited to find a house so close to the city that allowed us to enjoy the “best of both worlds”. In the years since, we have built a family and a community of neighbors and colleagues here that we think might not have been possible anywhere else, all while easily maintaining careers and friends in NYC. Door-to-door, our commute to midtown actually turned out to be shorter from 158 Academy than it was from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn!

Living so close to the town center, we’ve loved taking advantage of everything the village has to offer with just a short walk. Head out the front door and in a few blocks you can be at any number of restaurants, movies or theater at SOPAC, the pool, or the sledding hill. It’s an easy stroll to the annual Seton Village food truck fair, summer concerts, and movies at Floods Hill, art exhibits at The Baird, adult night at the pool, or any number of other awesome town events.

You will also enjoy relaxing at home on the front porch or grilling on the back patio. We had fun upgrading the kitchen with conveniences like the garbage disposal and quartz countertops. When you have guests over, you’ll appreciate having an open flow in the downstairs area and the comfort of a powder room right off the kitchen. We like that all the bedrooms and full bath are on the upper level for additional privacy (and when our kids went to bed, the party could continue downstairs without disturbing them!). Over the years, we made different uses of the front bedroom – it’s been a guest room, a playroom, and a TV lounge. Since the closet is so big, it worked as an office and then a baby-changing room.

Coming from the city and juggling jobs and family, we really appreciate how easy the landscaping at the house is to maintain while still lovely to look at and with plenty to do for those times we wanted to play in the garden. The daffodils pop up right as winter turns to spring and then the hydrangeas and lavender bloom as the weather warms toward summer. With barely any mowing or watering to do, we could enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of constant upkeep.

We are sorry to say goodbye to this home but excited that someone else will get to enjoy all the house has to offer, along with the perks of being so close to the village.

Best wishes! 

The Current Owners of 158 Academy Street




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Vanessa Pollock

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