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Aug. 12, 2018

Cherry Hill Public Schools 2018-2019 Calendar

The Cherry Hill Public Schools 2018-2019 Calendar has been released.  Check out the school calendar this year! 

The dates below have been revised as of 6/28/18.

September (15 Student Days)

3  Labor Day

4  Full Day Teacher in-service

5  Students report - 1st Day Early Dismissal - Elementary Only

10,11  Schools Closed

19  Schools Closed

October (22 Student Days)

8  Full Day Teacher in-service

November (18 Student Days)

8,9 NJEA Convention

21  Early Dismissal Students & Staff

22, 23  Thanksgiving Recess

December (18 Student Days)

TBD  Early Dismissal ES & MS Conferences

24-31  Winter Recess

January (21 Student Days)

1  Winter Recess

21  Martin Luther King's Birthday

February (18 Student Days) 

15  Full Day Teacher in-service

18  Presidents' Day

March (20 Student Days)

27  Memorial Day

April (16 Student Days)

19-26 Spring Break

May (22 Student Days)

27 Memorial Day

June (15 Student Days)

TBD  Graduation - East

TBD  Granduation - West

21  Last Day of School

24 Full Day Teacher in-service (FLEX DAY)

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Last three days of school are early dismissal for elementary & middle schools. Schools will provide the details.

Early Dismissal Times: Grades Pre-K 5: 1pm; Grades 6-8: 12:15pm; Grades 9-12: 11:45 am.

182 Student Days/ 187 Teacher Days

Inclement Weather Make Up Days:

Feb 15th

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March 15th

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Posted in Cherry Hill
May 3, 2018

Cherry Hill Neighborhoods

Cherry Hill is a popular, family-friendly South Jersey township located a mere 15 minutes from Philadelphia. It is considered the commercial hub of the South Jersey region, and boasts thriving business, shopping, and dining centers. Cherry Hill neighborhoods encompass an attractive selection of homes, with the most expensive priced well into the multi million dollar range.

There is no shortage of notable community attractions when it comes to Cherry Hill. For starters,  Cherry Hill Mall offers an impressive multitude of dining and shopping options. It was one of the East Coast's first enclosed malls, and the area's top destination for fine eating and upscale shops, as well as special events.

In the mood for outdoor recreation? Croft Farm National Recreation Trail delivers in spades. Its interconnected system of trails extends over 1.45 miles, and is located on an eighteenth century farmstead designated in the National Register of Historic Places.

When it comes to kid-centric entertainment, Garden State Discovery Museum does not disappoint. One of South Jersey's largest family attractions, the museum includes tons of interactive exhibits and activities that kids love. It's also the perfect place to host a birthday party.

For more adult oriented entertainment, head over to the Wine Room, where visitors get to use professional winery equipment, including old school Italian wine presses. Needless to say, there is an exquisite range of quality wines to sample.

A wide variety of community amenities, well maintained neighborhoods, and convenient location combine to make Cherry Hill one of South Jersey's most desirable places to live. Below, you can learn about the neighborhoods that make up this popular South Jersey town.

Cherry Hill Estates

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Spacious single family homes in good condition are characteristic of Cherry Hill Estates.

If you are looking for a quiet neighborhood with reasonably priced, yet spacious homes, Cherry Hill Estates might be an ideal choice. This quiet residential subdivision is located in the northwestern part of Cherry Hill. Surrounded by densely grown, mature trees, residents enjoy a nice sense of seclusion from nearby, non-residential areas. Homes for sale start at around $170,000, with the most expensive listed for well above $300,000. Though Cherry Hill Estates includes hundreds of homes spread over 72 acres, only a few are for sale at any given time. A typical home here includes ample square footage, a spacious yard, multi car garage, and plenty of rooms, making it a great value.

Woodcrest

woodcrest cherry hill home

Impressive, architecturally detailed homes like this are characteristic of Woodcrest Cherry Hill.

Woodcrest impresses with its large array of unique single family homes. It is one of Cherry Hill's more desirable places to live, and includes both affordable and higher priced homes. While the occasional property might list for below $200,000, it is usually a condo or townhome. Prices for single family homes start at around $240,000, with the most expensive listing for $640,000 and above. At higher price ranges, one finds exquisitely maintained homes with expertly landscaped lawns and brimming with architectural flourishes. The neighborhood is conveniently located in the southernmost part of Cherry Hill, providing easy access to Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, as well as the New Jersey Turnpike

April 25, 2018

Holiday Village in Mt Laurel

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The clubhouse serves as the community's focal point, bringing residents together for a variety of social activities throughout the year.

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Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel is a popular active adult community set in a placid region of South Jersey's Burlington County. Construction began in 1990, and continued until 2001. It is conveniently located next to two major highways, and within easy reach of many entertainment, shopping, dining, and recreation options.

holiday village single family home

Mt. Laurel is brimming with natural wooded areas, making for a beautiful setting that Holiday Village residents cherish.

Homes for sale in Holiday Village include condos, patio homes, and carriage homes. Low home owner maintenance fees cover various amenities, along with landscaping of common areas. The well cared for grounds include plenty of open natural space, and feature various fishing ponds periodically stocked with new fish. 

holiday village single family home

Single family homes in this South Jersey active adult community are cozy and well maintained.

Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel Amenities

Most amenities for Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel are centered around its popular clubhouse. It offers a wide array of activities, catering to varied interests. For fitness and exercise, there are ample rooms with regularly scheduled aerobics classes. Meanwhile, a vibrant arts and crafts room engages residents with creative activities. Painting classes and crafting clubs are the two most popular. Over in the games room, residents gather to shoot pool, play cards, and enjoy various board games. Those in the mood for quiet can enjoy the library and computer room, which includes multiple work stations. When it comes to big gatherings, the ballroom offers an ideal location for parties, special events, and dinner banquets.

holiday village clubhouse tennis courts

Residents enjoy tennis and other sports courtesy of the Holiday Village clubhouse.

We've covered plenty of indoor activities, but what about the outdoors? Holiday Village does not let down with its many outdoor recreational opportunities. For starters, one can get a great aerobic workout with a few games of tennis. In the mood for some friendly competition? Enjoy a game of bocce ball or shuffleboard with friends, family, and neighbors. If you are in the mood to relax, there is a large pool and outdoor patio. It's a great place to take in some sun on warm days, which happen to be plentiful in Mount Laurel.

holiday village single family home

The pool serves a perfect place for summer gatherings and sunny relaxation.

Holiday Village Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel offers three types of property for sale - single family carriage homes and patio homes, and condos. These are only available when a current owner decides to sell. The last units originally for sale date back to 2001. Considering the popularity of this Mt. Laurel active adult community, it's not surprising to see for sale units quickly taken off the market by eager buyers. 

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One of the neighborhood's more attractive homes, with a freshly painted exterior.

All Holiday Village patio homes have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with eat in kitchens, walk in closets for the master bedrooms, and full sized baths. Additional, more exclusive features include fireplaces and patios with sliding doors. Square footage ranges from 1,300 to 1,550.  Many of the homes have patios surrounding by wooded areas, providing extra privacy. 

holiday village patio home

Most home are surrounded by lush lawns and other greenery.

Carriage homes offer a bit more variety, with eight models to choose from, and two types of exterior architectural styles. Every model includes a master suite, full bath, and some even have second floor loft areas. Garages come in one car and two car sizes. Meanwhile, square footage ranges from 1,200 to over 1,800. Among the property types found at Holiday Vilage in Mt. Laurel, carriage homes have the lowest home association fees. 

holiday village carriage home

Snowy days give the neighborhood a picturesque look.

Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel Surrounding Area

Located in South Jersey's ever growing Burlington County, Holiday Village places residents close to several major roads, including I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

Just a short drive away, one finds several shopping and dining centers. These include Cherry Hill Mall in beautiful Cherry Hill, the Moorestown Mall with over 90 stores, and Center City Philadelphia with its myriad shops, restaurants, and services. 

Looking to take a day trip and see where the road takes you? There are plenty of worthwhile destinations in virtually every direction. For a day of wholesome escape and natural wonder, one can visit the Philadelphia Zoo or Camden Aquarium. Looking for something a bit grander to explore? You can drive to any of these major cities: New York City, Washington, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Cape May, and Ocean City. 

Convenient Location, Easy Lifestyle

Home buyers looking for an affordable and convenient South Jersey active adult community should seriously consider Holiday Village in Mt. Laurel. Well maintained homes, reasonable prices, low maintenance fees, and an ideal location make it a highly attractive 55+ community. Additionally, the neighborhood's ever popular clubhouse provides a wealth of activities and events throughout the year. Whether it's a communal bbq, or a summer pool party, or an indoor concert, there is always something fun to do.

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Posted in Mount Laurel
April 5, 2018

Best Places to Live in South Jersey

South Jersey refers to the southern part of the state between the lower Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean. Most of it, if not all, is considered part of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We've picked out the best places to live in South Jersey based on housing prices, employment, crime rates, education, and other important factors. If you are new to the area, or moving from one part of South Jersey to another, we highly recommend checking out these neighborhoods.

Cherry Hill

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Cherry blossoms decorate Chapel Avenue, an iconic Cherry Hill street.

With its high performing schools, affordable homes, and low crime rates, Cherry Hill is a fantastic place to raise a family. It is also affordable, with median home prices at $217,000 as of 2016. These days, it is rare to find places in South Jersey offering both affordable housing and high living standards. By this measure, Cherry Hill is certainly a rare find.

Though the township feels very much like a suburb, and is situated only 10 miles from Philadelphia, it retains much open space. For starters, there is the two mile stretch of Chapel Avenue, lined with seasonally flowering trees. Not to mention an impressive 50 parks. Among them, the very popular and dog-friendly Cooper River Park, popularly known as 'Pooch Park'. 

If you are looking for an authentic cherry pie experience in Cherry Hill, head over to Springdale Farms, a local landmark offering fresh baked goods and just-picked homegrown fruit. 

With its reasonably priced homes, tranquil neighborhoods, great schools, and local community attractions, Cherry Hill truly is one of the best places to live in South Jersey.

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Cinnaminson

Cinnaminson Single Family Home

Cinnaminson features many well-maintained single family homes with beautiful landscaping.

Cinnaminson, an eastern suburb of Philadelphia, is a family-friendly town of close-knit neighbors and independent businesses. Locals pride themselves on an effective education system and a well-regarded local government that strives to create economic opportunities for all. New businesses receive a warm welcome, and can expect long-term support from a thriving community. Cinnaminson real estate consists mostly of single family homes, with a good selection of condos and townhomes. Home prices vary considerably. The most inexpensive homes can be found for under $100,000. One the other end of the spectrum, one finds expansive single family homes priced well above $500,000.

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Collingswood

collingswood two story home

This two story Collingswood home features large windows and an overall unique style.

When it comes to small town living in South Jersey, it's difficult to surpass a place like Collingswood. With its population at just under 14,000, residents need not worry about the stresses of living in the middle of a major metropolitan area.

This is not to say that Collingswood is in the middle of nowhere. Quite the opposite. It is located only a few minutes from Philadelphia. The city can be easily reached via the PATCO Speedline as well as nearby highways. One can live in a small town, and at the same time enjoy everything the big city has to offer.

Though known as a quiet small town, Collingswood features a lively main street full of popular restaurants, artisan shops, art galleries, coffee shops, and so much more. Moreover, many special events, activities, and promotions occur throughout the year. Some of the most notable include holiday festivals, a renown farmer's market, cruise nights, and an arts and crafts festival where residents can let their creativity soar.

As a town that is committed to being 'green', Collingswood has set aside over 100 acres of open space for residents to enjoy. Most of this open space is concentrated into the highly visited Knight Park, Cooper River Park, and Newton Lake Park. Within the parks, one encounters ample playgrounds, winding nature trails, event stages, kayak rentals, and many other opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. 

Real estate for sale in Collingswood ranges in price from below $100,000 to above $600,000, making it one of South Jersey's more affordable places to live. Almost all properties in this town are single family, with a few townhomes spread throughout. If you are looking for a quiet place with a small town feel, while still being within easy reach of the city, Collingswood may be an ideal choice for you. 

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Delran

Two Story Home in Delran

An upscale single family home in a quiet Delran neighborhood.

Derlan covers 7.2 square miles where the Delaware River intersects the Rancocas Creek in Burlington County. Incorporated in 1880, the population stood at 16,896 as of the 2010 census. Its welcoming residents, many businesses, and varied recreational opportunities make it one of the best places to live in South Jersey. With over 450 acres of preserved open space, it's an ideal place for nature lovers and anyone who enjoys being outdoors. Single family homes dominate the Derlan Township real estate market. The most desirable single family homes sell for $400,000 to upwards of $600,000. One can also find affordable condo and townhome options for under $100,000.

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Haddonfield

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The South Jersey neighborhood of Haddonfield exudes small town charm with its tree-lined streets and independent shops.

There are many reasons Haddonfield is one of the best places to live in South Jersey. As a matter of fact, it is also considered one of the best places to live in the Delaware Valley. For starters, Haddonfield is conveniently close to both the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges, making it very easy to get in and out of. Second, it features a charming array of independent coffeehouses, sidewalk cafes, fine dining restaurants, artisan shops, and enchanting art galleries. Notably, yet unsurprisingly, Courier Post readers have voted it the best South Jersey shopping area year after year.

Haddonfield sits in the northern region of Camden County, NJ just south of Cherry Hill. It is easy to reach via multiple transit options, including PATCO Speedline and New Jersey Transit. The town includes 4,635 lovingly preserved households, and about 12,000 residents. With a history that dates back to 1682, Haddonfield is rich with culture and tradition. Home prices vary widely from below $100,000, to $3,000,000 and above.

Haddonfield was first incorporated as a South Jersey borough in 1875, and is run by a Commission form of government. This means voters elect Commissioners every four years. After each election, the new commissioners select one of themselves to serve as town Mayor, who is considered the borough's chief executive.

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Haddon Heights

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Large comfortable houses are abundant in the South Jersey neighborhood of Haddon Heights.

Haddon Heights is a charming small town located a mere six miles from the Liberty Bell. With a population of approximately 7,500, it is only half as large as Haddonfield and Collingswood, thought it packs twice as much personality. It is the only place left in South Jersey with its original freight station and trains, which travel to Beesley's Point on a daily basis.

The town's history dates back to 1890, when it was planned as a new town along the railroad line to Atlantic City. The White Horse Pike, now an office district, was its central avenue. Spacious Princess Anne four squares and colonial revival houses were built to appeal to the middle class. In particular, those seeking life outside the bustling city. By 1904, Haddon Heights finally became large enough to incorporate as a borough.

One of the main factors that makes Haddon Heights one of the best places to live in South Jersey is its relatively affordable real estate. Home prices start at around $150,000, and go up to about $650,000. All properties are single family, with plenty of space - both inside and out - for the whole family. Each has a personality all its own and something unique to offer.

When asked why they enjoy living in Haddon Heights, several items come up again and again. For one, the town includes five elementary schools a high school that children still walk to - an uncommon site in this day and age. Second, residents cite the town's two block main street, Station Avenue, as a central attraction. It includes an old fashioned grocery store, a florist, photographer, tailor, children's shop, gift shops, and much more.

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Maple Shade

Affordable Home in Maple Shade

Affordable single family homes are easy to find in the Maple Shade neighborhood of South Jersey.

Maple Shade is a small town of friendly people and affordable housing. Though established as a residential community, is retains a strong business presence and various commercial centers. As a result of this residential and commercial mix, residents enjoy a broad set of amenities unique to the neighborhood. The town is governed by a five-member council, who are elected every four years by the town at large. Real estate prices range from under $100,000 to just under $400,000.

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Marlton

Upscale Home in Marlton

Large single family home in one of Marlton's more upscale neighborhoods.

With its popular local eateries, beautiful parks, busy shopping centers, and varied housing options, Marlton has emerged as one of the best places to live in South Jersey. Nestled in Burlington County, the town feels like an oasis in contrast to nearby Philadelphia and Wilmington. Residents get to enjoy the Marlton Farmers Market from May to October. It brings together the top produce from local producers, along with all sorts of specialty and artisan products. While Marlton real estate includes a good mix of single family homes, condos, and townhomes. Prices start below $100,000 and go upwards of $800,000.

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Medford

Large Medford Single Family Home

Medford boasts a large array of spacious, well-maintained single family properties.

Upon arriving at Medford, it does not take long to realize what makes the community so unique. It is decorated with ponds and lakes, and many of the town's housing developments are built around them. There is an outdoorsy feel to Medford. It's not just the water either, it's also the pines, the log cabins, and the generally lush vegetation. Another draw is the Medford school system, whose schools feed into the Lenape Regional High School District. Home prices in this popular South Jersey neighborhood range from below $100,000 to over $2,000,000. However, it's difficult to find anything under $200,000, especially as the area grows in popularity.

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Moorestown

Moorestown Luxury Home

Luxury estates such as this are common in Moorestown's more upscale areas.

It's difficult to know where to begin when it comes to Moorestown. From its high performing schools, to its open green spaces, to its pristine neighborhoods, there is no shortage of things to appreciate about this beautiful town. Impressively, Money magazine name it the country's best place to live back in 2005. It was also named South Jersey's best town in NJ Monthly's 2013 list of best places to live.

It's rare to find a place that combines modernity and tradition the way Moorestown does. Along tree-lined Main Street, shoppers enjoy dozens of independent shops, galleries, antique stores, and restaurants. Meanwhile, a bit further away, one finds national retailers and eateries.

Even more notable than its exceptional shopping and dining, Moorestown features large swathes of open space. In fact, its Deparment of Parks and Recreation boasts nearly 700 acres of open space across nine expansive parks.

While affordable housing can still be found, Moorestown is known for its more affluent offerings. The most expensive homes are priced well into the multi-million dollar range.

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Mount Laurel

Mount Laurel Single Family Home

Mount Laurel is well known for its many impressive single family homes.

Mount Laurel Township covers a 22 square mile area, with a population of approximately 42,000. This popular area is 80% built out, with the residential population expected to max out at around 45,000. Notable community features include eight elementary schools, three major retirement communities, and many top south South Jersey employers. 

Rowan at Burlington County College, a 112 acre campus which opened in 1995, quickly became the most popular in the region. Not only is it conveniently close to Route 38 and I-295, it also gives students access to the town's thriving business community. 

The single-family homes, condos, and townhomes that make up this suburban community range greatly in price. The most affordable properties sell for under $100,000. Meanwhile, the most expensive go for upwards of $1,000,000. Most properties fall between the $150,000 and $400,000 range. Past $400,000, one begins to encounter exquisite single family homes on meticulously landscaped lots. Whether seeking a started home, or looking to upgrade, Mount Laurel has something to offer. 

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Riverton

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One of Riverton's more impressive single family homes, it features many custom architectural details.

The history of Riverton goes back to 1851, when ten Philadelphians identified it as an ideal site to build summer homes for their families, while remaining close to the city. They commissioned architect Samuel Sloan for the job. The original village encompassed 120 acres of land, including a seawall and landscaping along the river.

For 100 years from its founding, a clause prohibited any permanent structures along the riverbank. Instead, the area was used to stage celebrations, concerts, and all sorts of community events. Today, the town's main events have moved to Memorial Park. At over 12 acres, the park provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Golf enthusiasts will love Riverton Country Club. Founded in 1900, it's one of the country's first. In addition to a challenging 18-hole course, it boasts a bowling alley, tennis courts, swimming pools, fine dining, and event rooms.

Over the years, Riverton has seen the emergence of a small but thriving business district. Its offices, shops, restaurants, and services help bring the community to life in a place of common gathering.

Riverton real estate starts at around $100,000, with a few properties listed even lower. The most expensive properties list for upwards of $500,000, with some exceeding $600,000. These more upscale properties come with many modern upgrades, along with custom architectural and design features.

With its unique riverside location, vast open park, and unique single family homes, Riverton truly is one of South Jersey's best places to live.

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March 31, 2018

Haddon Heights Real Estate - Homes For Sale & Neighborhood Information

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Haddon Heights is a popular borough in Camden County, NJ with friendly, old school charm and placid residential neighborhoods. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population stood at 7,473. It was originally incorporated on March 2, 1904, from parts of the now-defunct Centre Township and parts of Haddon Township. It is named after Elizabeth Haddon, one of the area's early settlers. Haddon Heights real estate consists mostly of single family homes, with a smaller portion of condos and townhomes.

Haddon Heights Real Estate - Single Family

A beautiful and well maintained single family home in Haddon Heights.

Haddon Heights is considered a very desirable place to live. As a matter of fact, New Jersey Monthly ranked it as the 98th best place to live in New Jersey, and the second best place to live in South Jersey, second only to Moorestown Township. Moreoever, it's listed among the 'Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia' by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Haddon Heights Real Estate

Haddon Heights real estate consists almost exclusively of single family homes. Prices vary considerably. The least expensive homes start at around $150,000. On the opposite end, the most expensive properties list for upwards of $600,000. Whether one is looking for a starter home, or looking to upgrade, or even invest, Haddon Heights presents some interesting opportunities.

Stately Multi-Story Haddon Heights Property

A stately multi-story property in Haddon Heights.

Haddon Heights Upscale Homes

Starting around the $500,000 range, one encounters Haddon Height's most impressive and attractive single family homes. While they vary in style and other features, they also share many commonalities. Most notably, plenty of living space, ample yards, 3 to 5 or more bedrooms, and plenty of custom upgrades. Popular architectural styles include colonial, brick rancher, victorian, and American four square style.

Haddon Heights Upscale Home

Another of Haddon Height's more upscale homes.

Haddon Heights Affordable Homes

For those interested in more affordable real estate, Haddon Heights is certainly a good place to look. The most modestly priced properties, below $200,000, are mainly condos, duplexes, and townhomes. They are typically well-maintained, with enough space for an individual, couple, or small family. If you are looking for affordable housing in a desirable neighborhood, it's difficult to beat Haddon Heights.

Haddon Heights Affordable Home

Haddon Heights offers good options when it comes to affordable single family homes.

If attached properties do not satisfy your housing needs, but you still need something affordable, Haddon Heights offers a good selection of single family homes in low to mid price ranges. These consists of charming single and two story homes with enough space for a medium or small family.

Exploring the Neighborhood

Haddon Heights is a South Jersey treasure with its small town feeling and laid back ambiance. It is the only town left in South Jersey where its original passenger and freight station and freight trains still travel daily to Beesley's Point. Despite retaining its small town atmosphere, Haddon Heights residents enjoy proximity to many popular points of interest. These include the PATCO Speedline and Center City Philadelphia the Liberty Bell among others.

Haddon Heights Town Center and Train Tracks

Haddon Heights exhibits old school charm with its traditional train station.

The town center is where the neighborhood's charm truly comes to live. It consists of a two block main street that includes an old fashioned grocery store, a florist, photographer, tailor, children's shop, gift shops, and so much more. Popular dining options include Elements, Anthony's Ristorante, and Kunkel's Steak and Seafood.

Haddon Heights Natural Surroundings

The neighborhood is surrounded by natural beauty.

Your Haddon Heights Homes Expert

As a long-time resident and highly experienced South Jersey Realtor, Jerry Mac is initimately familiar with homes for sale in Haddon Heights, NJ. He has helped home buyers and sellers throughout Haddon Heights and surrounding areas. Please get in touch for a free consultation, and to discuss your South Jersey real estate goals.

April 17, 2015

Firehouse Gallery Brings Art to Burlington County Homes

Do art near Burlington County homes.Families living in Burlington County homes can provide many different opportunities for their children’s summertime activities. One of the most popular options for families who have a deep appreciation for art and beauty is the Firehouse Gallery’s Summer Camp in Bordentown, NJ. The Gallery is a Victorian structure originally built in 1886 and is one of the area’s oldest firehouses. It was purchased by Juanita Crosby in 1969 and underwent major renovations. Mr. Gibbons bought it in 1994. In 2003 he made even more improvements to the teaching and living spaces within the building, and from 1994 until 2004 it hosted many exhibitions of local and international artists. Poetry and music events, including some evenings of opera, rounded out the Firehouse Gallery’s contribution to the local community’s art scene.

As Mr. Gibbons’ artwork began to grow in popularity he made the Gallery a studio dedicated to showcasing his artwork in 2005. However, Burlington County homes continue to benefit from his teaching expertise through the summer programs the Gallery provides for children. Often additional classes are offered during the winter months as well. The Firehouse Gallery expanded its business into the publishing world in 2010 with the printing of “The Art Student’s Workbook” as well as others. The Workbook is often on Amazon’s top 100 Art instruction books. It’s a collection of Gibbons’ worksheets, lessons, and supplemental information that he has used in his teaching since 1991. To find out more information about the Gallery and the learning options it provides visit their website at the FirehouseGallery.com, or call 609-298-3742.

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April 16, 2015

Camden County Property Owners Find Fresh Produce at Springdale Farms

Get produce on Camden County property.In the township of Cherry Hill, NJ there is a special Camden County property that has been providing fresh produce to customers since it was purchased by Alan Ebert when he finished his time in the Navy in 1949. Now Springdale Farms is Cherry Hill’s last working farm. It attracts hundreds of people every week from the surrounding areas. The yearning for freshly made pies, cakes, and other pastries baked right on the premises, and the desire for the taste of home-grown produce draws people from all walks of life. Chefs from local restaurants buy their fresh fruits and vegetables there, which makes Springdale Farms one of the primary farms involved in the “Farm to Fork” program set up by the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association.

In 1931, the Farm was not the only Camden County property with owners living the farming lifestyle. In fact there were 82 farms in the Cherry Hill area alone. Now Springdale Farms preserves this traditional lifestyle in order to make its “fruits” available to today’s modern families. Visiting the Farm has become a tradition for many people, with customers beginning their summer activities with the Farm’s annual “Pick-Your-Own Strawberries” promotion, and then returning from the middle of September through October to pick out pumpkins. As the seasons change, so do the attractions at Springdale Farms. For more information about the Farm and its seasonal activities and hours, visit their website at SpringdaleFarms.com, or call 856-424-8674.

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April 15, 2015

Explore the History of Gloucester County

Learn the history of Gloucester County real estate.Gloucester County real estate is full of opportunities to explore the area’s rich history. The Gloucester County Historical Society exists to facilitate this exploration for families, whether they are full of youthful enthusiasm, or more relaxed in their mature years. Their motto is, “Unlocking our past by preserving and sharing our collections for the benefit of present and future generations.” The Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House Museum is one of the primary examples of how they have encouraged historical preservation in the area. The Museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. On the last Sunday of each month, it opens at 2:00pm and doesn’t close until 5:00pm. It is also possible to book a private tour outside of the regular hours. The Museum advises visitors to call ahead in cases of inclement weather to be sure that they are open.

Since the Museum is located on Gloucester County real estate, their current exhibit is called, “Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions,” and it will run through the 6th of January 2016. This exhibit features ladies’ fashions during the time period covered by the popular series, “Downton Abbey,” including dresses dating from 1910 through the 1930s, and several wedding gowns. Every kind of accessory imaginable is also on display. In the military room there are now multiple World War I memorabilia exhibits that correspond to the same Downton series timeline. Everything from original WWI posters to examples of technology of the time, is on display for visitors to see. Admission is always free for members, but for non-members there is a $5.00 fee. While there is a $1.00 fee for children who are 6 to 18 years of age, those who are younger than 6 are free. For more information about all the Museum has to offer visit their website, or call 856-848-8531.

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