Iris Lurie's blog

How Much Value Does a Treehouse Add to Your Property?

Who knows?  Probably zero.  Treehouses don't really have anything to do with the value of your property, but every little kid would beg their mom and dad to buy the house with the great yard and treehouse, right?

What kid doesn't want a clubhouse?  Their own private retreat where they can let their imaginations fly.  Even better yet, one that's nestled in the trees. Boy or girl, every kid loves a tree house . . . and building one could be a great summer project for a child to participate in with mom and dad.

It doesn't need to be elaborate.  You can build a treehouse out of scraps of wood and other materials that you can easily get your hands on for nothing or next to nothing.  Of course, you need to have a plan of some sort, some basic carpentry skills and the right tools.  You also need to have a yard that is private enough so as not to offend or disturb the neighbors.  

Here is a link to get you inspired.  There are some really fun ideas here.  No special talent required.

Manhattan Real Estate Prices at Record Highs

Can't afford to live in Manhattan?  

Many of the communities here in Central Jersey are a convenient commute to the city, and offer affordable housing, great amenities and a desirable lifestyle.  

According to the article below, the average sale price for a Manhattan apartment hit $1,872,000 in the second quarter, which is an all-time high, and co-ops, which make up the majority of Manhattan real estate market, averaged $1.5 million.

Manhattan real estate prices hit record - The average sales price for a Manhattan apartment hit an all-time record, according to data from Douglas Elliman. [Real Estate CNBC]

Jersey Shore Events For the Holiday Weekend

Heading to the Jersey Shore this weekend?  So many activities for the holiday weekend!  Here are a few resources to help you find all your favorite events and start working on your plan.  

From all of us to all of you . . . have a safe and happy holiday!


Best of New Jersey:

New Jersey Monthly:

Visit New Jersey:

How about a little patriotic music from one of New Jersey's favorite guys . . . from 30 years ago . . . might give you chills.

Photographic Journey of Longstreet Farm in Holmdel NJ

We have so many interesting and historic places in Central New Jersey!  

Here is a video of a photographic journey of Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, NJ, by photographer Matt Denton of Be Scene Innovative Media. It is very well done.  

National Real Estate Market Update May 2015

The news is all good for the real estate industry, which is good for homeowners, home buyers, and the general economy. 
Existing home sales, new home building and sales, and pending contracts are all on the rise.  Watch the video and get all the details.