When customers tell me they need more property because of their passion for gardening I will now be able to say, “size doesn’t matter.”
Sunday morning I took out a family to preview 8 properties in the towns of South Orange and Maplewood where lots tend to be small since these towns are so within 20 miles of New York City. With their two beautiful tow headed pre-school age children, we explored 8 homes. That means putting the kids into their car seats and taking them a total of 16 times–no small feat. The very last house scheduled on the tour was on Salter Place in Maplewood, NJ. Salter Place is within a neighborhood locally known as “Golf Island.” It’s really more of a peninsula than an island and is surrounded by a private golf course. It is an extremely popular area for it’s natural beauty and it’s incredible proximity to the Maplewood Village. It is literally just 2 block to the train station – making it an ideal enclave for NYC commuters.
The house was listed with the description “featured in an upcoming episode of Sold on the Spot on HG TV.” So with much anticipation and expectation we climbed the steps to enter what seemed from the outside to be a modest looking colonial painted a bright blue hue.
As we explored the house we noticed the beautiful hardwood floors, ribbon molding, nice furnishings, an updated kitchen – with little to no room to eat in and while no one wanted to say it, we were all thinking it’s a perfectly nice home- but didn’t deserve to appear in a television show.
On our way out, we went to inspect the detached 2 car garage. And that’s when we were all quite literally blown away. The back door of the garage was open and framed a very large, meticulously landscaped garden. We were drawn to the doorway (like Alice in Wonderland) and slowly walked through it. We were all struck by the vignettes that were so carefully and lovingly crafted. None of us could speak we were so taken aback. The current owners’ love for gardening made us all feel as if we were transported to a different place on earth… not just 2 blocks from the Midtown Direct train line.
What makes this garden stand out is that it is more landscape architecture than a traditional garden. There are about 8 smaller gardens each with its own look and feel. In one garden you find a mix of Ferns and Hostas because these varieties like shade and the location is shady.
In another garden you will see a combination of Hydrangea and other sun loving plantings.
Each garden bed is bordered by stone – and even the stone is varied. A large square patio with over size furniture and brightly colored pillows adds a nice dimension. , There are also nice architectural details and accessories like a white picket fence with a classic garden gate and trellis as well as a gazebo.
It is such an enchanting environment that it is hardly believable that you walk 2 blocks, hop on the train and arrive in Midtown Manhattan in 30 minutes. Now I can’t wait to the see the episode on HG TV.