Today, Phil Read catches up with Jersey’s land hunters, including a few in Montclair. From the Star Ledger…
They are land hunters, on the prowl. Poring over tax maps to eyeball a hot prospect. Getting behind the wheel to scout for the next acquisition. Knocking on doors, hoping to find an owner in the mood to sell.
Denis Orloff knows the terrain.
“It’s getting harder and harder to find any place to build in this town,” said Orloff, who is building two five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot houses on Montclair’s Valley Road. That deal came after he got a tip. He found the seller, quickly, and started talking.
“While I was making a deal and shaking his hand … his phone was ringing off the hook,” Orloff said. “It was unbelievable. I got that one by the skin of my teeth.”
The two homes above, set way off Valley Road and forming a little enclave that seems carved out from land situated near another cul-de-sac, Victoria Terrace (off of Park Street) can be seen here on the website of architect Jonathan Perlstein of Oasis Architecture. From a distance, the homes appear way more in keeping with Montclair than what we’ve seen of late. And opposed to Crisco’s “let’s pack in as many as we can” strategy, there are just two.
Also mentioned in the article are the folks who built these two homes. The one on Walnut Street is still on the market for $1,695,000.