153 Oakview Ave. Maplewood – SOLD!

153 Oakview Ave. Maplewood – SOLD!

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There’s something so warm and welcoming about this beautifully maintained and updated Maplewood colonial. As soon as you take in the charming curb appeal and see the expansive green space of Maplecrest Park just to your right, you’ll breathe a sigh of contentment. Upon entering, you’ll be able to imagine warm days in the screened in porch and cold days by the fire in the super cozy family room. You’ll envision dinner parties and holidays in the bright dining room and everyday meals in the sweet breakfast nook. You’ll enjoy cooking in the kitchen while soaking in the sun and backyard view. And the basement! It’s the quintessential rec area, with a fabulous bar and plenty of space to keep everyone entertained! Each of the four bedrooms has ample space for rest and relaxation. And who wouldn’t want a primary bedroom with an en suite and two closets. Even with all of this space, there’s room to grow, if you need. The unfinished 3rd floor has room for 1-2 more rooms and is ready for another bathroom as well. There’s a jitney stop down the block and every convenience on Springfield Ave.

Seller Letter

Dear Future Homeowners,

For the last 20 years, we’ve enjoyed calling this lovely center-hall colonial at 153 Oakview our home. It’s been a wonderful place to raise a family, with a neighborhood and community to match.

We had seen (what felt like) a hundred houses in Maplewood, before finding 153 and we immediately knew it was something special. The center-hall layout creates great flow to the house with each room on the first floor feeling defined, yet wide open. The bedrooms are all generously sized, even with furnishings and big beds, and allow everyone to have their own space for schoolwork, work calls, or quiet time (very useful these last two years!). The large living room is an inviting area to read, watch tv, entertain, or just enjoy the woodburning fireplace on a cold night. The kitchen has been a focal point in the house as our family loves to cook, almost as much as we love to eat. With plenty of room to prepare your grandest meals, it’s a very functional and efficient space. The full-size basement is a huge bonus and has hosted many family movie nights, wine tastings, board game marathons, and plenty of kid’s sleepover parties. The back patio is a great place to grill and eat alfresco or gather ‘round the firepit and count fireflies in the summer months. The screened-in side porch is a cozy place to gather and offers a little more protection from the elements. The backyard has plenty of room to play with the dog, throw a ball around, or just enjoy the shade from two of Oakview Avenue’s famed oak trees.

The “extended backyard” of Maplecrest Park is right next door and has all you could ask for with a large playground, softball/baseball fields, tennis courts, and skate park. It’s also home to “Movies Under the Stars” screenings for kids, live music concert series, and a variety of little league action. The paths around the park are a favorite place for dog walkers, joggers, and kids on skates/scooters/bikes.

A twenty-minute walk down Oakview Avenue leads you straight to Maplewood Town Hall, Memorial Park, and the Maplewood Train Station (the jitney stop for the train is just 5 minutes from the house). Memorial Park is a great open space in town to enjoy sledding on snow days, Memorial Day duck races, 4th of July festivities with fireworks, and the famous Maplewoodstock concert weekend. Just across the train station is downtown Maplewood with a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Seasonal events in town include Dicken’s Village with the holiday tree lighting, and the massive Halloween Parade is not to be missed. In the summertime, the Maplewood Pool is the place to be and is just a 10-minute walk through Maplecrest Park.  Also walkable within 5 minutes is the Hilton Library, Walgreens, and 7-11 (when you gotta have a Slurpee).  Tuscan Elementary School, Maplewood Middle School, and Columbia High School have also been walked regularly by our kids through their school days.  They’ve also enjoyed the proximity of numerous friends’ houses in the neighborhood for endless playdates, bike rides, or walking groups (to school).

This neck of Oakview Avenue is a generous, diverse, and openhearted neighborhood. We’re sure that you’ll find 153 as comfortable and welcoming as we have and turn this lovely house into your wonderful home.

Sincerely,

The Current Homeowners

Features & Improvements

List of Improvements since 2002:

  • Kitchen renovation
    • Wall-Window to breakfast nook
    • Stripped/painted cabinets
    • Updated stove from electric to gas
    • Updated flooring, backsplash, countertops
    • Replaced window over sink and back door
    • Painted Kitchen and Breakfast Nook
  • Powder Room renovation
    • Gutted to studs/joists
    • New tile flooring/walls/wainscoting
    • Updated plumbing
    • Installed new sink, toilet and fixtures
  • Living Room Renovation
    • Gutted to studs
    • New insulation, sheetrock, crown molding, and baseboard trim
    • New windows and side door to porch
    • Demo/rebuild fireplace with reclaimed barnwood mantel and stone that matches front of house
    • Wood floors refinished (as well as into Breakfast Nook)
  • Dining room
    • Fresh paint
  • Side Porch Renovation
    • Removed old screens and framework to posts
    • Built, painted, and installed new framework and screen door
    • Screened in all framework
  • Basement
    • Added carpeting down the stairs and majority of “finished” side
    • Tiled floor by back Bilco cellar door, bar and ½ bath
    • Added base trim around wood walls
    • Refinished ceiling and wall of ½ bath
    • Painted floor and walls of storage side of basement
    • Built workbench/storage rack
  • Bedrooms
    • Stripped wallpaper and painted
    • Wood floors refinished
    • Closet systems installed
  • Front hall, Stairs and Hallway
    • Stripped wallpaper and painted
    • Wood floors refinished
  • Second Floor Bathroom Renovation
    • Gutted to studs
    • New tile flooring, walls, plumbing, tub, toilet, sink/vanity, lights/exhaust fan
  • Back Yard
    • Stone paver patio with lower firepit level
    • Natural gas line for outdoor grill
    • Landscaping beds with Belgian Block border at driveway
  • Front Yard
    • Landscaping front beds
    • In-ground sprinkler system with 3 zones (1. Front beds, 2. Left front lawn, 3. Right front lawn)
    • Renovated front walkway
    • Installed new front lamp post
    • Belgian block border along driveway
  • General House
    • Exterior painting
    • Front yard oil tank removed (clean)
    • New above ground tanks in basement
    • New steam heat oil furnace
    • Replaced hot water heater
    • Full roof replacement with new gutters and leaders
    • Updated light fixtures in Kitchen, Breakfast Nook, Dining Room, Front Hall, Living Room, and Bedrooms
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