Goldilocks would feel right at home at 117 Roland! More than meets the eye, you’ll find so much about it to make it “just right.” The natural light flooding the entire house puts you in a great mood from coffee to cocktails. Warm hardwood floors, picture molding, & original glass knobs seamlessly mix with the renovated kitchen & baths, central air, & new windows throughout. The extensive list of updates covers every nearly element of this home–from structural (waterproofing, chimney repairs, new sewer stack) to mechanicals (electrical panel, water heater) to exterior (removed vinyl siding & replaced/repaired every shingle, new roof, fencing, repaved driveway, landscaping in front & back) to cosmetic (fresh paint inside & out, wallpaper). Spacious primary bedroom with walk-in closet, 3 additional bedrooms, office, den, & finished basement offer so many spaces for working & relaxing. 2 full baths plus 1st floor powder. Large Trex deck, paver patio, & fully fenced deep, lush yard are perfect for entertaining, gardening, & more! This home has been carefully updated & maintained & ready for its new owners. Situated just a few streets from the South Orange/Maplewood town line, 0.7 miles from downtown South Orange & train, this home enjoys all of the benefits of both towns. Minutes from the town pool, Farmer’s Mkt, & so many outdoor activities in the warmer months & Flood’s Hill sledding in the winter. No need for a car to go to the grocery, gym, CVS, schools, and so much more. Owner is licensed RE Salesperson.
117 Roland Home Improvements
2013 Refinished hardwood floors
2015 Installed french drains, new sump pump
2015 Renovated basement (including adding full bath & updating laundry room)
2016 Installed stainless steel heating flue and repointed chimney
2016 Installed new fence
2017 Installed new shed
2017 Outfitted office with custom Container Store Elph shelving/desks
2019 Installed new sewer stack from basement to 3rd floor (plumbing prepared for 3rd floor bathroom)
2019 Installed all new windows throughout (transferable lifetime warranty)
2019 Renovated kitchen and replaced all appliances (including addition of powder room)
2019 Renovated main bath
2019 Renovated front entry porch
2019 Built new front steps
2019 Removed vinyl siding, replaced or repaired cedar shingles and repainted entire exterior
2019 Installed new storm doors in front and side, new back door
2019 Installed all new gutters
2019 Designed and installed entirely new landscaping
2019 Installed Tesla car charger
2020 Replaced water heater
2020 Installed completely new roof
2020 Updated electrical panel
2020 Replaced most electrical and plumbing throughout home
2020 Installed Yard 2 Kitchen garden beds with irrigation on digital timer
2020 Built new Trex deck
2020 Installed new patio
2020 Installed 2-zone central air by Custom Air
2020 Installed Ring doorbell and Nest thermostats
2022 Resurfaced driveway
2023 Painted entired interior
2023 Installed new light fixtures
When we moved to 117 Roland Ave 10 years ago, we saw a lot of potential in this solid, charming house and we leave it having realized so many of our dreams for this beautiful home. We’ve renovated and upgraded nearly every inch of the house and lot–inside and out, top to bottom (please see the extensive list of improvements!)–while preserving the original features that make it so special.
Every day, we wake up to glorious natural light throughout the house. We get the day started in our thoughtfully renovated kitchen. We love to cook and entertain and the open kitchen/dining room space was designed for easy every day use and ideal flow for guests. During the pandemic, we expanded our living space to the outdoors and built a large Trex deck that has been the scene for many backyard parties and makes an ideal stage for live music! We added front and back drop zones and first floor powder room to make these occasions even easier. The garden, installed by Yard 2 Kitchen, set up with timed irrigation and filled with rich compost, provides loads of herbs and veggies throughout the year!
Three bedrooms on the second floor and an office outfitted with Container Store Elph products give everyone their own space. A large primary bedroom and walk-in closet on the top floor (”plumbed” for a bathroom) is a bright, welcome retreat.
The “Snug” is a cozy space for a family room, office, and many other uses. The finished basement has been a terrific rec room, guest area, and exercise space. The laundry space is not dreary and the “Costco room” and storage closet are designed to make the best use of every nook.
Adding central air was a game changer that makes the summer months totally tolerable. In the winter months, the fireplace makes the living room our favorite gathering spot.
In addition to the house and yard, the most special benefit of 117 Roland is the neighborhood and location. We have the best street with the most amazing neighbors–it is truly difficult to leave!! We watch each others pets, remove snow for each other, and enjoy fabulous block parties.
We regularly walk to Stop & Shop, CVS, Blink, Buy Rite Liquors, all of the downtown restaurants and stores, and the train. Our kids attended the SOMSD schools and were able to walk to South Orange Middle School and Columbia High School. We will truly miss this incredible community as we move onto our next chapter and are so excited for the next owners to enjoy all that we have and more!