To get to 19 Highland Ave in Montclair, NJ, follow the directions of its famous owner, Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
The famous Yankees catcher and manager and his wife, Carmen Berra, bought this New Jersey colonial in 1974, after Carmen fell in love with the 3-story spiral staircase.
Like the MLB legend, the 1902 home is full of surprises. There is a double-sided wood-burning fireplace, beautiful wood paneling, a tiny closet-sized darkroom on the third floor, an artist’s studio, views of New York City and a little covered porch off to the side.
As the Berras raised their three sons, and then later welcomed almost a dozen grandchildren, the home was the center of family life — the site of Easters, graduation celebrations and family birthday parties.
“It was a very celebratory home, very loving. And it’s gorgeous,” said Julie Kemps-Rowley of Keller-Williams-NJ Metro Group, who has the listing. “I hope someone who purchases it will have the same type of memories … It has a really nice feeling to it. It’s a feeling of how happy it was there.”
Carmen Berra died March 7, so the family decided to sell their home. For the listing price, they chose a tribute to their dad’s jersey number, No. 8, and listed the 6-bedroom, 3.25-bath residence at $888,000.
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