6 Bedroom Victorian Home - located just outside of NYC!
House • South Orange NJ United States
3 Car spaces
1 Car available
Exchange types accepted
Non-Reciprocal & Globe
Listed January 2019
*25 minute direct train to mid-town Manhattan NYC!
*Lively town with many shops, restaurants, theaters
*Large historic home with in-ground pool
Our home in South Orange, New Jersey is just a short ride from midtown Manhattan, New York City. It dates to the 1880's and is a key property on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Although just a 25 minute train ride from Manhattan, NYC, the property has a private in-ground pool and garden area.
Our home was recently redecorated in a mid-century modern style, while respecting and highlighting the Victorian architecture.
Our first floor includes a library, dining room, living room, kitchen, and formal entry hall. There is a large kitchen with a custom designed french Lacanche Range, marble countertops, a butlers pantry with wine fridge and an eat-in breakfast nook. The second floor has three bedrooms. The master bedroom with a queen bed and full bath is on this floor along with a queen guest room and a third bedroom with a queen size bed. There is also a recently renovated full hall bath.
The third floor has three bedrooms, each with a full-size bed. The third floor also has its own bathroom, with a shower and claw-foot tub.
The front of our house has a deep wrap around porch that is a wonderful spot to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. The porch is furnished with outdoor furniture and a double porch swing.
The gardener will come once per week to care for the yard and a cleaning/maid service is available to assist you.
The vehicle available for exchange includes a BMW x3.
The outdoor garden area includes a private in-ground pool with chaise lounges, a dining area and an outdoor grill.
We also have a basement level one bedroom apartment with a separate entrance at the rear of the house that can be made available for non-simultaneous exchanges.
Our house is 3 stories, requiring quite a bit of stair climbing.
We also have a basement level one bedroom apartment with a separate entrance at the rear of the house that can be made available for non-simultaneous exchanges. We have quite a bit of flexibility in accommodations -- just ask!
High Speed Internet
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Covered porch / verandah
EV Home Charger
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Dates of Availability
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We live in a New York City suburban town that allows for easy access to Manhattan as well as the New Jersey beach areas. Our town has many nice shops, a theater, a beer garden, several pubs and cafes, many nice restaurants and several art galleries. We are a short walk or quick drive to a commuter train that will take you to midtown Manhattan, NYC within 25 minutes. During the summer months, you can also drive and spend a pleasant day at the New Jersey beach shore to enjoy the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also possible to take trips to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, or Boston.
Getting to my home
We are 9 blocks from the South Orange mid-town direct New Jersey transit train station. This is a direct train line to Penn Station, mid-town Manhattan, NYC. We are 20 minutes from Newark (EWR) airport.
Newark airport is a 15-20 minute drive from our home.
NYC is best reaches by train. We can also Include a vehicle in the exchange for travel around NJ or to points further away.
Map of Approximate Location
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We are just back from our exchange with Jennifer and Jerry. We left a part of ourselves in this beautiful house thanks to the friendly welcome we received. Communication was easy and friendly from the first contact. We were supposed to occupy the guest apartment but Jennifer and Jerry were away on a trip and offered us their beautiful home. Everything was done to make us feel well. Thanks to all the advices Jen left for us we enjoyed NYC area very easily. South Orange is a great town, very quiet and perfectly situated to reach Manhattan by commuter train. The house is really amazing, comfy and welcoming, very spacious and very well equipped. the surroundings are beautiful and we had the surprise of seing two deers in the garden one evening !
Jen and Jerry, thank you so much, NY was one of my dream, you made my dream come true and in a more beautiful way than expected. Thank you for the lovely presents you left for us, they are now in our house in Normandy, lovely souvenir of our friends from South Orange. Sadly we didn't met but I really hope it will be possible in the future. You are more than welcome when you want at home ! Normandy is waiting for you.
It is difficult to find the right words in English to express our happiness to have exchanged with you. Thank you so much
Jen and Jerry's home is spectacular. It is large and spacious and the kitchen is amazing! We stayed there with my daughter who was studying at UCONN and my niece who was studying at Penn State, because it was "in the middle". We did a lot of cooking and laughing and we walked into town to a few times for dinner. Really a wonderful memory for us.
Jen and Jerry were amazing hosts. Jen insisted on picking us up from the airport and they insisted we use their car to pick up my daughter at UCONN. Their generosity is unparalleled! We also spent our first evening with them having a glass of wine and just chatting about life. One of the best parts of home exchanging.
We hope out paths cross again with Jen and Jerry!
Jen and Jerry stayed at our home on Cape Cod for two weeks in June 2020 during the pandemic. We had a housekeeper come in after each exchange so that the house was properly sanitized. This is the first time in 20 exchanges that our housekeeper called to ask if we had guests or not because she couldn't tell they were there when she arrived!
Obviously during the pandemic Jen's family spent a lot of time at the house - cooking and relaxing. Our housekeeper is very particular and doesn't hesitate to let us know if something is amiss, so clearly they were perfect guests! They even restocked the toilet paper and paper towels which wasn't an easy task last June.
Our conversations pre-exchange were lovely and we would highly recommend them as exchange partners. They are welcome back any time!
We had the pleasure of hosting Corinne and Jef in our home. From the very beginning they were very easy to communicate with. They were very accommodating of our dates and kept in touch throughout the process. Our home was left immaculate when they departed and they were kind enough to leave us lovely gifts. Our only regret is that they visited while we were traveling so we weren’t able to meet in person. Although we have never met face to face I feel that they are both already friends and we would love the opportunity to meet again one day - this time face to face! What a privilege it was to host them!
What a wonderful stay we had on the Cape! Laurie and Gary’s home was perfect for our family. The location could not have been lovelier and the house is immaculate and super comfortable. Laurie has thought of everything for a great stay and a trip to the beach. The town of Chatham is quaint and charming with a huge choice of restaurants and bars. The beach is literally right around the corner. After close to 40 exchanges we found Laurie's communication and hospitality top notch and their home to be one of the most relaxing exchanges we’ve ever had. Highly recommended experienced exchangers!!!
Jerry and I (Jen) are both attorneys. Jerry works in a private firm handling various civil matters and I am employed as a Child Advocate. We have three older children, Chloe who is 26 years old, Patrick who is 24 years old and Katie who is 21 years old. We have had many very successful home exchanges (France, Ireland (3x), Spain, Costa Rica (2x), Arizona, West Virginia, Seattle, British Columbia, Florida (3x), Martinique, Iceland, South Africa) as well as hospitality exchanges (Costa Rica, Spain, Croatia and France, USA multiple times) and are looking forward to the opportunity to arrange our next exchange soon. We have thoroughly enjoyed all of our past exchanges and are adventurous and resourceful travelers.
We are always seeking our next exchange! We can always be tempted by unique and interesting locations!
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