Yes, a brook does run through it, down from the Montclair Golf Course and all the way into Verona Park. Brookdale has a lot of green space and not as many houses as other neighborhoods in Verona. Brookdale Avenue School has the fewest number of students of Verona’s four elementary schools (Laning, Forest and F.N. Brown are the others), and two decades ago it had so few that the town almost closed the school and sold the building. Principal Richard Rampolla now runs the school, which is one of two in Verona two offer Spanish beginning in the first grade.
What kind of homes can you find in near Brookdale school? Everything from a starter condo to a tudor mansion, with capes, bungalows and colonials in between. And if you want to own a piece of Verona history, this is the neighborhood to shop in: The home that once belonged to the man who donated the land for Verona Park is now on the market. Here’s what’s available in the neighborhood now from low to high:
18 Green Acres Drive: One bed, one bath condo. Second floor. $174,495.
18 Green Acres Drive: One bed, one bath condo. First floor. $174,500.
353 Bloomfield Avenue, Apt. 155: Two bed, one bath condo. Second floor. $225,000.
53 Mt. Prospect Ave.: Three beds, one and a half baths. Detached garage, golf course view. $335,000.
27 Lakeview Place: Four beds, two baths. Fixer-upper on Verona Park. $359,900.
10 Douglas Place: Three beds, one bath. Dead-end street. $374,000.
86 Sunset Avenue: Three beds, two baths. Renovated kitchen. $439,000.
14 Manor Road: Four beds, one bath. Historic home on Verona Park. $450,000.
74 Sunset Avenue: Four beds, one and a half baths. Front porch, finished basement. $530,000.
75 Mt. Prospect Avenue: Five beds, three and a half baths. Stately. $565,000.
11 Stonewood Parkway: Three beds, three baths. Solarium with lap pool. $599,900.
111 Park Avenue: Three beds, two baths. Deck, patio steps from park. $629,900.
112 Park Avenue: Four beds, two full and two half baths. Updated Craftsman bungalow. $859,000.
64 Afterglow Avenue: Four beds, three full and one half baths. Screened porch, nanny suite. $859,000.
25 Gordon Place: Four beds, three full and one half baths. Expanded Tudor. $995,000.