Heidi Katz, a professional and single mother, woke up in the five-bedroom Colonial in Livingston where she lived with her daughter Steffanie, 17, and uttered two words to herself: “I’m done.”
Ms. Katz was “done” with all of the work it took maintain and keep up a large home. She had elected to stay in her home these past 12 years, so Steffanie could continue to attend school in Livingston. But now that Steffanie was only a year away from entering college, she wanted something with less upkeep. She wanted a home she could enjoy, not a home that added to her workload, and daily stress.
“I didn’t want to keep up with the maintenance of a large house any longer, so I considered moving into a townhouse community,” Ms. Katz said. “The problem was I didn’t like any of the layouts of the townhomes I saw. The rooms felt too narrow and closed off. But then I walked into a townhouse at Vizcaya and experienced a design that had flow and an open floor plan. I said ‘This is the place for me. This feels like home.’ My daughter walked in behind me and said ‘this is it mom, we’re moving here.’”
Now Ms. Katz enjoys a maintenance-free lifestyle at Vizcaya. Snow removal, landscaping and home repair issues are all taken care of for her, giving her more time to relax in her finished basement or on one of her two outdoor decks. She can take a short walk to the heated indoor pool, fitness center, saunas, steam rooms and massage rooms. In the summer, the heated outdoor pool will be just steps from her door and tennis courts and beautiful, landscaped gardens will be easily accessible.
“Everyone who has visited me thinks it is gorgeous,” said Ms. Katz, who moved to Vizcaya in September. “Once you mention to someone that you live at Vizcaya, they are very impressed. Vizcaya has a reputation of being an exclusive, luxurious and beautiful place to live.”
Ms. Katz’s residence is a four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with a two-car garage. With 2,895 square feet of living space, she finds it even more spacious than a private home. Ms. Katz, who works from home, set up a large home office and had plenty of room for interior luxuries such as a wet bar and a full finished basement, that is a great extra entertainment area for her family and friends.
“Everyone here is very friendly and the service is exceptional,” Ms. Katz said. “The people who work here can’t do enough to help you.”
The townhomes at Vizcaya are located on scenic cul-de-sacs on the north end of the luxury residential community. The 46 residences offer residents a chance to be a part of the exclusive Vizcaya community, but also offer the tranquility of a private home.
A majestic, two-story marble foyer greets residents and guests as they enter the townhomes. The main floor features a stunning gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook, spacious living room and elegant dining room. Upstairs, four large, comfortable bedrooms are highlighted by an exceptional master suite. The spacious master suite features two walk-in closets, a dressing area, a sitting area and an oversize master bath with shower, separate soaking tub and dual sinks. The finished basement is a customizable space that many residents use to install a wet bar, wine cellar, home movie theater or game room. Elevators are available for easy access to all floors.
Located in beautiful West Orange, Vizcaya offers residents one of New Jersey’s most desired zip codes. Restaurants, local shops, boutiques, beautiful parks and entertainment are all at Vizcaya’s doorstep. The acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse and the Short Hills Mall are both a short drive away. The South Mountain Reservation and Turtle Back Zoo are just around the corner. Recreational opportunities abound with municipal and county parks, private and public golf courses, and preserved natural woodlands found throughout the picturesque 12 mile town.
Manhattan is a short 30-minute car ride away, while New Jersey Transit rail stations are nearby in Millburn and South Orange.
Vizcaya residents enjoy amenities and white glove services that are second to none. In addition to the spa, both heated pools, saunas, steam rooms, massage rooms, fitness center, yoga/aerobics room, tennis court and gardens, residents enjoy complimentary valet parking and 24-hour access to a concierge, who can help residents with dry cleaning, getting their cars washed and other chores.
Ms. Katz said she feels she made the right choice.
“Vizcaya is a wonderful place to live,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
The Townhomes at Vizcaya are priced from $799,990. Homebuyers interested in touring one can call (973) 325-6712 or visit Vizcaya’s website at www.vizcayanj.com. The Sales Center is open daily by appointment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., six days a week (closed on Thursday).