FORMER BERGEN COUNTY RENTERS ESCAPE THE HUSTLE-AND-BUSTLE WITH BRAND NEW CONDO AT THE M AT ENGLEWOOD SOUTH

The peaceful, yet ultra-convenient location of The M at Englewood South created the perfect environment for Sylvia Hong and her husband, Seung Jae Choi.

The couple, who had been renting an apartment in a more congested Bergen County neighborhood, decided it was time to purchase their first home and set out to find a residence in a less hectic community, but still near all they’d grown to love in the area.

“We were living in a very busy location and wanted a home away from the hustle-and-bustle,” Ms. Hong says.  “At the same time, we also wanted to remain close to the many shops and restaurants we had grown accustom to.”

The couple began looking at condominium and townhome communities near Bergen County’s Hudson River waterfront.  Their search wasn’t long thanks to the good fortune of having a friend who had been living at The M at Englewood South, a brand new collection of upscale condominium homes just off Route 4.

“The M at Englewood South was attractive for several reasons,” Sylvia added.  “First and foremost  the location was away from the commotion of more populated Bergen County neighborhoods, but still just a short drive to our favorite retail, dining and entertainment.  We also loved that it was a new construction community.  And the pet-friendly neighborhood is perfect for my dog.”

The M at Englewood South has been a popular choice for many first-time homebuyers.  The community provides the kind of luxury residences, neighborhood environment and incredible affordable prices that single-professionals and young couples seek when moving up from rental homes.

Two bedroom homes at The M at Englewood South are priced from the mid-$400,000s.  There’s also creative financing available that offers a special 3% downpayment, meaning a well-appointed condominium can be purchased with an initial deposit as low as $13,000.

“We’re also offering a limited-time incentive that provides up to $20,000 off the price of a two-bedroom home,” says Ellie Kim, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and sales agent at The M at Englewood South.

More than 75% of its condominiums at The M at Englewood South are now sold.  Residences feature open living spaces, sumptuous bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens with maple cabinetry, under-counter lighting and granite countertops, large laundry areas with side-by-side General Electric washers and dryers, and large walk-in closets. There is also oak hardwood flooring throughout the living area and ceramic tile flooring in the entry hall and kitchen.

The community provides all the lifestyle attributes that today’s young homebuyer desires with recreational amenities including a resort-inspired pool and sundeck.  Opening Memorial Day weekend, the pool has unquestionably cemented its status as a social center with scores of residents gathering to unwind and socialize during summer months.  There’s also a resident’s clubroom with catering kitchen for large parties and entertaining.  What’s more, residents receive a one year membership at The Gym, a 40,000 SF state-of-the-art fitness center located at 20 Nordhoff Place.

“Our location minutes from the George Washington Bridge also provides easy access to the business and entertainment centers of Manhattan,” Ms. Kim says.  “A shuttle service is provided from the community to the nearby NJ Transit bus stop which offers convenient public transportation service into New York City.  For those that prefer using their personal vehicle, a parking space is included in the purchase price in The M’s enclosed parking garage.”

For more information on The M at Englewood South and to view our new fully-furnished model homes, visit www.LiveAtTheM.com or call 201-982-7306.

About The Marketing Directors:

The Marketing Directors is a development advisory and master property marketing and sales force that works exclusively on behalf of owners and builders of new homes. Headquartered in New York, with offices and sales teams active around North America, The Marketing Directors is known for its success in selling and leasing homes at prices that help its clients achieve their goals for each development. In its 30+ year history, The Marketing Directors has helped its clients successfully sell-out more than 1,000 new developments across the country – more than any other marketing firm. It is headed by founder Adrienne Albert and Jacqueline Urgo.

More information can be found on the company website: www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com

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BALAM Dance Theatre Presents “Poetry Moves”

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Carlos Fittante in Rhythm Bird, a Balinese/modern dance fusion piece. Photo Credit: Julie Lemberger Photography

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), a non-profit professional dance theatre company, returns to New Jersey to premiere its new Out & About series program, Poetry Moves, created in honor of National Poetry Month to spotlight various modalities of poetic communication.  This entertaining, family friendly program will be presented in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the Fort Lee Public Library, located at 320 Main Street, on Sunday, April 30 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

The library is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the library building on Hoym Street.  For directions and further information, contact the Fort Lee Public Library at 201-592-3615. Continue reading

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20 BEST EASTER WREATH IDEAS

2017-03-28_13-35-13Eggs, blooms and vibrant colors abound as Easter arrives in all of its springtime splendor. Welcome the holiday by adorning your home with a cheerful wreath that celebrates the season.

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Homes under $400,000 in short supply

2017-04-03_12-04-28Laura and Dennis Hill found the perfect starter home in Oradell, made an offer, and began planning how they’d decorate every room. “I loved this house,” says Laura Hill, a 27-year-old teacher.

But other buyers loved it even more – or at least were willing to pay more – and the Hills lost out. “I was devastated,” Laura Hill recalls. It was the first of four unsuccessful bidding wars the Hills fought, before finally buying a Maywood Cape Cod for $365,000.

The Hills’ experience reflects the reality facing buyers in the under-$400,000 market in North Jersey: There is a lot of competition for a small number of properties.

“Anything under $400,000 is going very quickly in Bergen County,” says Mary Beth Nappi of Liberty 100 Real Estate in Waldwick. “Sometimes, by the time of the open house, there are already several offers.” Agents tell of open houses crowded with potential buyers, and buyers bidding $20,000 or even $30,000 over the asking price – and still being shut out.

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The M at Englewood South Stands Out in Tight Housing Market with Affordable Pricing and Special 3% Downpayment Program

M-PoolShot-2 MBENGLEWOOD, NJ – The recently-released February report of existing home sales by the National Association of Realtors paints a challenging picture for budget-conscience first-time homebuyers. According to the monthly data, low inventory and strong competition have increased home values and reduced the number of affordable purchasing opportunities found throughout much of the region.

In areas such as Bergen and Hudson Counties, where high prices already stretch the budget of young couples and single-professionals, the tightening housing market could delay the dream of ownership for many.

“There’s a large number of young buyers looking to move up from pricey rentals and purchase a home in close proximity to Manhattan,” says Steven Luzzi, Senior Loan Officer at Hoboken-based HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.  “Unfortunately, the resale home market in northern New Jersey and New York City doesn’t present a lot of opportunity.”

Yet, even with the supply of affordable resale homes short, there’s still great deals to be had, Mr. Luzzi points out.  New home communities are stepping in to fill the gap with attractive pricing and innovative financing programs that make the ownership dream a reality.

“Buyers are turning to new construction for-sale communities in the immediate suburbs of Manhattan to find a home to call their own,” he continues.  “The market-driven price structure at these developments, along with loan programs designed to fit their needs, allow them to purchase and stay within budget.”

To help bring ownership further within reach for its younger clients, HomeBridge Financial, offers financing plans that lower the initial downpayment and make monthly obligations comparable to what they’ve been paying in rent.  For example, at The M at Englewood South, an upscale Bergen County condominium with great access into Manhattan, HomeBridge Financial offers a special 3% downpayment program.  Paired with prices starting from the mid-$400,000s for a two-bedroom home, the program means young couples and single-professionals can savor the pride of ownership at The M at Englewood South with an initial deposit as low as $13,000. Continue reading

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10 Design Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere This Year

design-trends-try-2017The Spring season is the perfect time to reinvigorate any and all areas of your life that you wish, especially when it comes to your most cherished space: your home! If you are feeling that your interior space is becoming a little bit old, outdated, or just generally in need of a solid design makeover, it may be time to consider trying out some of the latest up-and-coming 2017 decor trends. Read on as we have gathered the 10 chicest selections that are sure to make a fashion-forward statement all year long.

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Vibrant Living Environment at The M at Englewood South has Homeowners Feeling Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day

M-Entrance 2MBENGLEWOOD, NJ – Homeowners at The M at Englewood South have much to feel lucky about this St. Patrick’s Day, topped by owning an upscale condominium in a vibrant environment that conveys the charm and ease of an urban center.

Situated just minutes from the everyday services and exciting shopping, entertainment and dining of downtown Englewood, the 125-home neighborhood has quickly become one of Bergen County’s most popular residential destinations for young couples and single-professionals seeking affordability and access to many lifestyle components.  John Kelly, a former renter who purchased at The M at Englewood South, exemplifies how the community appeals to the first-time buyer looking for a high level of convenience.

“The M provides a great location,” he says.  “We’re in close proximity to downtown Englewood, Paramus, the shopping and services of Bergen County, New York City, as well as all major highways.”

Two well-known restaurants — Panera Bread and Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza – lie near the community’s entrance on Route 4.  Two miles away, downtown Englewood offers more than 300 stores and restaurants.   Its bustling streets blend historic storefronts with modern buildings and retail outlets, including Shop Rite, Capital One Bank, Chipotle, Victoria’s Secret, Group USA, The Children’s Place, and eateries such as Cassies, La Cumbia and 50’s era Baumgart’s cafe.  It’s also home to the Bergen Performing Arts Center, where an extensive list of popular musicians and performers take the stage every year.

For Cecilia Liu, a homeowner who moved to The M at Englewood South from nearby Ft. Lee, the easy access to the wealth of shops and cultural and entertainment opportunities she was accustomed to was a big draw.

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TWO-BEDROOM MODEL HOME AT THE M AT ENGLEWOOD SOUTH

“I’m not only close to New York City, but I’m also right by the many shops on Routes 4 and 17,” she said.  “Additionally, I can easily access many of the restaurants and cultural venues I’ve grown to love, including dining in downtown Englewood or shows at the nearby Bergen PAC.”

Many of the homebuyers at The M at Englewood South are young professionals who work in Manhattan, making its location less than 4 miles to the George Washington Bridge a perfect fit.   The M provides a shuttle service to the nearby NJ Transit bus stop with service into New York City.

“I love the fact there’s such easy access to New York City, especially considering I still commute to Midtown daily,” commented Bryan Forbes, who escaped New York City’s skyrocketing apartment pricing and purchased at The M.

The community itself provides all the attributes that today’s young homebuyer desires.  With on-site social and recreational amenities and a maintenance-free environment, there’s plenty of time for residents to enjoy leisure activities.

For Lauren DeMarco, who moved up at The M from a West New York apartment, the amenities are a great complement to the brand new condominiums at the community.  “I love the parking, elevator and pool,” she says. “The fact that cable and Internet are included in my considerably low maintenance fee is a significant factor. It’s perfect for my lifestyle.”

Ms. DeMarco is not the only homeowner who has fallen in love with the resort-inspired pool and sundeck at The M at Englewood South.  Opening Memorial Day weekend, the outdoor amenity has unquestionably cemented its status as a social center with scores of residents gathering to unwind and socialize during summer months.  There’s also a resident’s clubroom with catering kitchen for large parties and entertaining.  What’s more, residents receive a one year membership at The Gym, a 40,000 SF state-of-the-art fitness center located at 20 Nordhoff Place.

While lifestyle and location are major reasons for purchasing at The M at Englewood South, the driving force behind the sales success is its luxury homes and outstanding pricing.  Two-bedroom condominiums at The M at Englewood South start from the mid-$400,000s.  Adding to the community’s affordability are special limited-time incentives that provide $20,000 off the price of a two-bedroom residence.  There’s also an innovative 97% financing program that creates a low initial down payment.

Residences range in size from 755 to 1,499 square feet and feature an open living space, sumptuous bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens with maple cabinetry, under-counter lighting and granite countertops, large laundry areas with side-by-side General Electric washers and dryers, and large walk-in closets. There is also oak hardwood flooring throughout the living area and ceramic tile flooring in the entry hall and kitchen. A parking space in The M’s enclosed garage is included in the purchase price.

“These are open and functional floorplans that provide plenty of living space and appeal to a wide range of buyers, whether it’s a young couple purchasing their first home or an empty-nester looking to scale down from a single-family residence,” says Elli Kim, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and sales agent at The M at Englewood South.

The M at Englewood South is located at 1104 Riverview Avenue. For more information and to view new fully-furnished model homes, visit www.LiveAtTheM.com or call 201-982-7306.

About The Marketing Directors:

The Marketing Directors is a development advisory and master property marketing and sales force that works exclusively on behalf of owners and builders of new homes. Headquartered in New York, with offices and sales teams active around North America, The Marketing Directors is known for its success in selling and leasing homes at prices that help its clients achieve their goals for each development. In its 30+ year history, The Marketing Directors has helped its clients successfully sell-out more than 1,000 new developments across the country – more than any other marketing firm. It is headed by founder Adrienne Albert and Jacqueline Urgo.

More information can be found on the company website: www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com

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The Community Chest to Celebrate Spring With Gala Gathering

2017-03-08_10-18-04Master of Ceremonies Lori Stokes, Co-Anchor of Eye Witness News ABC TV, will officiate the annual fundraising gala. Purchase tickets today.

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly, will hold the 2017 Annual Spring Gathering on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. The annual event will take place at the Knickerbocker Country Club, located at 188 Knickerbocker Road, in Tenafly, New Jersey.

With the motto “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”, The Chest’s mission is to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit the people of eastern Bergen County in New Jersey. The event’s net proceeds will go to meet the pressing issues of people in need in these communities. Continue reading

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Make the Most of your Space

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These small space decorating ideas, storage solutions, and smart finds will help you maximize each square foot, regardless of the size of your house.

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New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Bring the Family to the Opera Begins in March

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New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera presents AIDA on April 23, 2017 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. Photo Credit: Marilyn Monsanto

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), resumes in March the Bring the Family to the Opera initiative. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully staged performances of grand opera as the composer intended. On March 9, 10, and 11, the program’s first special ticket rate goes on sale to see Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless work AIDA on April 23, 2017. The opera performs at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

“Verismo Opera provides once again the highly successful Bring the Family to the Opera. This program gives parents an opportunity to introduce their children to live opera and classical music presented on the stage with the complete cast in period costumes. We want children and their families to enjoy and experience high quality, affordable operatic performances,” said opera legend Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Continue reading

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