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Attending an Open House in the Tenafly, New Jersey Area

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

While technology is getting better every day, you can only spend so much time online searching for homes before taking the plunge and touring them in person. A website is not going to tell you about barking dogs in the neighborhood, or a flight path over the house of your dreams. Attending an open house in the Tenafly, New Jersey area is the perfect way for a homeowner or first-time buyer to get the true feel of a home, neighborhood, and surrounding community. Tami Rapaport’s team of real estate experts host many open houses throughout the Tenafly area and are ready to answer your questions about homes and home buying.

Why Attend an Open House?

Sure, it’s easy to look at homes via the internet but attending an open house will give you the opportunity to interact with an experienced real estate agent and ask important questions like: What are the schools like in the area? What improvements have been made to the home? Is there water damage? You will also be able to “kick the tires” and check for wear and tear and inspect the foundation before you commit.

Potential home buyers can also learn about other properties listed by the real estate agent and inquire about taking a tour. Other benefits include helping a buyer narrow down their list of selections and decide which qualities they like best. Granite counters might sound nice on paper, but they might not reasonable for your cooking style. Attending an open house is also a fun way to check out homes with no pressure to commit.

An open house is a great way to meet and interact with real estate agents if you haven’t already chosen one. You can develop a rapport, ask questions, learn more about their experience and share with them the kind of home you’re looking to buy.

How to Find an Open House

There are many ways to find listings when you plan on attending an open house in the Tenafly, NJ area. You can do a random Google search, check listings on Craig’s List or go to the website of a trusted real estate agent like Tami Rapaport. Tami’s Open House web page has up-to-date listings of open houses not only in Tenafly but the rest of Bergen County, New Jersey. You can search by neighborhood and date to get information homes before you head out the door.

While they may seem impersonal to the inexperienced home buyer, attending an open house is a great way to tour a home without feeling rushed, compare notes on other homes, and get information from qualified real estate agents.

Talk with Tami Rapaport’s well-qualified team about attending an open house and how they can help you find the home of your dreams.

East Hill Custom Colonial built in 2004 with quality craftsmanship and exquisite architectural design. Listing price is $1,290,000. Call Tami Rapaport for more info at 201-227-2045

Tenafly's east hill- exceptional contemporary colonial with open floor plan

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Check out the unique architectural layout of this Tribeca loft style home in suburban Tenafly.

Contact Tami Rapaport 201-227-2045

Looking for a beautiful home on 100x221 flat property on a cul-de-sac?

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

      

This may be the home for you! Desirable Country Club section of Tenafly. Newly renovated kitchen and baths, beautiful deep property. Call Robin Baker 201-913-3868 or 201-227-2045

Tenafly High School: One of the Best in the State

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Tenafly, New Jersey boasts some of the most popular real estate in the region, and its award-winning school system plays a big part in Tenafly’s attractiveness. Regularly recognized as one of the best overall school systems in the state, Tenafly High School in 2012 was named the #3 public high school in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly and was ranked as the #168 high school in the United States by Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

With average class sizes of 17.7, an average student/faculty ratio of 11.2, and superior student test performance, Tenafly High School has received numerous awards over the years from both local and national sources. In 2010, and 2008, New Jersey Monthly magazine also previously rated Tenafly High School the #3 high school in New Jersey. In 2007, Newsweek ranked it #2 in the Garden State. In 2005, the school received the Blue Ribbon School Award from the Department of Education. It was one of only 38 public schools in the nation to receive the award that year.

The accolades are well deserved. In addition to its low student/teacher ratio, small class sizes, and high test scores, Tenafly annually graduates 97.4% of its students, and nearly 90% of its faculty members hold either masters or doctorate degrees.

THS also offers its students a wide variety of opportunities to excel. There’s the award-winning debate team, the state championship tennis teams, and a highly successful theater program that turned out one of the stars of the popular television show Glee. Tenafly High School also fields highly competitive hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, and football squads.

The Tenafly school district also operates four elementary schools and one middle school. The schools are all recognized as superior schools with award-winning academic, extracurricular, and sports programs, including the number one middle school orchestra in the country. For more information about Tenafly’s schools, visit the district website.

Tenafly Railroad Station

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Built in 1872 and opened for service in 1874, the High Victorian Gothic style Tenafly railroad station began its life as a rail station and later served trolley passengers. A debt of gratitude is owed to George Huyler who not only donated the station’s land but also paid one third of the construction expenses. The other two thirds of the costs were borne in equal measure by the Northern Railroad of New Jersey and local citizens.

Daniel T. Atwood was the architect for the well-loved station, which almost 80 years later, in 1963, came under the ownership of the borough. More recently, in 1994, thanks to funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust and the city of Tenafly, the station was restored and has become a point of pride once more. Today, the station no longer serves rail or trolley passengers – instead, it serves hungry diners as a quaint café.

Those who look closely will find a marker established by the Bergen County Historical Society on Piermont Road. The Marker – one among a series established by the Historical Society – is adjacent to the train tracks and opposite Huyler Park. In addition to its local prominence, the Tenafly railroad station is listed in both the New Jersey and United States Registers of Historic Places. It is also included in the Historic American Buildings Survey Inventory.

For those who enjoy exploring local and regional history, the Tenafly railroad station isn’t the only historical site to visit in the area! In fact, you can spend a delightful day (including lunch at the café, of course) by touring the eight other historical markers found within a mile. Here is a list of these markers with approximate distances from the station:

  • British & Hessian Invasion (~ 0.3 miles)
  • Roelof Westervelt House (~ 0.3 miles)
  • Everett – Dunn House (~ 0.4 miles)
  • The Christie-Parsels House (~ 0.6 miles)
  • English Neighborhood Union School (~ 0.9 miles)
  • Cap’t John Huyler’s Farm (~ 0.9 miles)
  • Huyler’s Landing Road (~ 1.1 miles)
  • African American Baptist Church Cemetery (~ 1.1 miles)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Declared a national landmark in 1975, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Tenafly, NJ was home to America’s leading force for women’s rights and suffrage. Located in the heart of Tenafly’s two historic districts, it was in this home that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, wrote the first volume of the History of Women’s Suffrage, 1881-1885.

This two-story home is most noted for its Victorian architecture and front porch styled in a Greek revival tradition. It was in this home on Highwood Avenue that Stanton was most active in her efforts to gain voting rights for women. And it was during this historic time when Stanton and Anthony made a failed, but much talked about effort to vote in the 1880 Tenafly elections. Stanton said in her letters she enjoyed muddling the election officials and watching the town’s reaction to her brave act. Stanton, Anthony and fellow feminists formed the National Women’s Suffrage Association in 1869 and fought to gain equal rights for African Americans and women. Sadly, Stanton never lived to see out her efforts as she died in 1902, 18 years before women were granted the right to vote.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is one of many historic homes in Tenafly which adds to the town’s charm and livability. Other homes include the Roelof Westervelt House, the Christie-Parsels House, The Sickels-Melbourne House along Knoll Road and the Demarest-Lyle House along West Clinton Avenue. All of these homes are privately owned not available for tours, however, those seeking to learn more about Tenafly’s history can visit the Theodore Roosevelt Monument in downtown Tenafly’s Roosevelt Common. This landmark carved of limestone honors the nation’s 26th president with carved animals and benches. Or, take a walk by the water to enjoy the natural setting of The Palisades. It was here that the Palisades Interstate Park was created to prevent open-pit mining and further quarrying of this natural area.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is a national historic landmark and is placed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is marked with a historic plaque.

Tenafly Independence Day Celebration

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Experience history and celebrate America’s Independence this year at Tenafly’s annual 4th of July celebration.

Tenafly is a quaint community located in New Jersey’s Bergen County filled with historic houses and neighborhoods which celebrates its rich local culture and history. Tenafly’s population is an eclectic mix of long-time residents and growing families who have moved from New York City into quieter, more suburban settings. Tenafly has two historic districts filled with historic homes that require permission from the city before changes to the inside or outside are made. Tenafly’s most notable historic residents include suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and band leader Glenn Miller.

The 2012 Independence Day festivities in Tenafly are sure to be one of North Jersey’s memorable events. This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1st so families and all residents can enjoy the day without worrying about having to leave early. In the event of rain, the festivities will be moved to Wednesday, July 4th and the fireworks moved to Tuesday, July 3rd.

Independence Day festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. in the center of town in Roosevelt Commons. There will be a variety of local vendors selling gifts and unique household items along with food vendors, rides for the kids, games, contests and much, much more. At 3 p.m. there will be a skateboard demonstration at Tenafly Skate Park.

Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. behind Tenafly High School on Columbus Drive. The opening festivities give you and your family plenty of time to browse for one-of-a-kind gifts, toys, or clothing at one of the many unique shops in downtown Tenafly. Not interested in shopping? Take a tour of one of the many historic homes or enjoy a meal at the historic Tenafly Railroad Station while waiting for the fireworks to begin.

In addition to its Independence Day Celebration, Tenafly hosts a variety of summer activities including art shows, car shows and local folk music festivals. Come and find out why so many people are drawn to Tenafly’s peaceful setting at this year’s annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 2nd in Roosevelt Commons!

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