301 Academy St, South Orange, NJ, $729,000 AVAILABLE!

Blog / Vanessa's Listings / May 30, 2017

Welcome to this beautifully cared for 6 BR/ 3.1 BA Victorian with renovated kitchen, wrap around porch, deck, and CAC, all within steps to downtown and train to NYC! The 1st floor features lg open rooms, an eat-in kitchen w/ granite countertops & SS appliances, and a powder room. Perfect for entertaining & family gatherings. The 2nd fl has 4 BRs and a spa-like bath w/ deep soaking tub and stall shower. On the 3rd fl, you’ll find a perfect au pair suite and home office. Down in the finished basement there is another full bath, rec room, and wet bar. Ideal for playroom or media room! Outside there’s a deck w/ grill and fenced in landscaped yard. The details and modern amenities abound throughout this home!

 6 Bedrooms

 3.1 Bathroom

South Mountain Elementary/ South Orange Middle School/ Columbia High School
2016 Taxes: $17,234

2017 Reassessment: $617,000


  1.  Gorgeous/huge kitchen with heated floors, two large refrigerators, custom cabinetry,
    breakfast nook and Wolf stove
  2. Master bathroom with rain shower and full soaking tub
  3. Finished basement with full wet bar
  4. 11 minute walk to the train station and downtown South Orange
  5. Big fenced in backyard with large deck (and a professional grill!)
  6. Tons of thoughtful storage on every floor of the home plus an attic
  7. Renovated to maintain the integrity of colonial finishes (eg moulding, etc.)
  8. 6 bedrooms! (or 4 bedrooms, home office and art/hobby studio)
  9. House is freshly painted, deck recently stained and new landscaping (all within the last 6
  10. State of the art appliances and wired for top service providers


Dear Future 301 Academy Homeowner,

Three years ago, we were in your shoes. Back in 2014, we were City dwellers juggling work and family life in a stereotypical, cookie-cutter two bedroom apartment with our third child on the way longing for a little thing called space— but not just any space. In order to uproot ourselves from our security blanket of 10+ years of life in New York City, we made our list of must haves: easy commute, a home with charm and character that also has been recently renovated and a community that provides opportunities for our children to thrive in their own personal interests and friendships. Easy, right? Let the house hunting begin!

After weeks of searching and being physically, and quite frankly emotionally, exhausted we agreed to visit one more house before calling it quits. Our realtor drove us down the winding roads of Scotland and Prospect, down Fifth Street, onto tree covered Academy Street. We immediately gasped at the welcoming wrap around porch that would soon be utilized as the perfect setting for summer night glasses of wine in the rocking chairs and the beautiful colonial features carefully preserved from it’s original construction back in 1912. Walking through the front door instantly felt like we arrived home— the inviting staircase, the abundance of natural light and the sneak peek of kitchen that begs even the most novice of chefs to channel their inner Julia Childs.

The actual house is literally everything we could have hoped for (original crown moldings, unbelievably thought-out storage spaces and a lovely backyard) and everything we never knew we always wanted in a house (wait, heated kitchen floors and a bathtub our kids can literally swim laps in) but what about the commute? 4 minute walk to a singular express train that takes only 35 minutes to midtown Manhattan. Check!

Our final and most important item on our ‘must have’ list was meaningful opportunities for our young children. This home is zoned for South Mountain Elementary School, and for the past year, we’ve hadthe pleasure and peace of mind knowing our child is receiving a well-rounded, nurturing and challenging education at the South Mountain Annex just a drive up South Orange Avenue. Our preschooler is thriving at Alpine Montessori in Millburn only 8 minutes away and connecting with other mothers through SOMa Families (on Facebook and meetup.com) provides us and our toddler with numerous daily playgroups and an invaluable parenting resource chalk-full of hundreds of local parents.

The fact is, if we didn’t need to relocate for work, there is no way (zero, zilch, nada) we would even remotely consider selling this home. Our toddler took his first steps right in the middle of this living room. The dining room has been elaborately decorated for nearly every single holiday and filled with dinner parties, laughter and home made meals. Our preschooler learned to use his scooter, donned in his beloved Star Wars helmet, up and down the sidewalks of Academy Street. Singing swells the second floor every morning as our kindergartner gets ready for school.
We love this home.

We know you’ll love it too.
The Current 301 Academy Homeowners



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Vanessa Pollock

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