Real Estate

Owner Who is Selling Dixiedale Farm to Developer: "I wanted to keep it as a farm"

b378e7b1c81781131f45_DSCN7991.JPG
Betsie Holt Haar, who inherited Dixiedale Farm from her uncle, Sam Averett, attended the Chatham Township Planning Board meeting on Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham
ce68aaf0e73b374834f2_DSCN7988.JPG
Nicole Hagner, chair of the Chatham Township Planning Board, meets Betsie Holt Haar, who was a surprise spectator at the meeting held Monday night Credits: TAP Chatham
d94f9bdb2aa8b9703022_DSCN7987.JPG
Matthew Haar and Betsie Holt Haar, owners of the Dixiedale Farm property, talk with representatives of Sterling Properties after planning board meeting on Monday Credits: TAP Chatham
b378e7b1c81781131f45_DSCN7991.JPG

CHATHAM, NJ - Betsie Holt Haar, the owner of the Dixiedale Farm property, was an anonymous spectator at the Chatham Township Planning Board meeting on Monday night, listening to the talk of the pending sale to Sterling Properties - the hot topic of discussion. 

"I loved it," Haar said after the meeting. "I loved the civic discussion and hearing what people had to say."

The deal to sell the Christmas Tree farm located between Hillside Avenue and River Road to developer Sterling Properties, in partnership with Sun Homes, would call for 25 duplexes to be built on the 30-plus acre property, preserve the mansion, add four other units and a clubhouse. The duplexes planned are projected to sell for $1.2 to $1.5 million each.

Sign Up for E-News

The planning board voted, 8-0, to recommend that the Chatham Township Committee rezone the Dixiedale property from single-family to multi-family use. While the residents of Hillside Avenue and Chatham Glen/Sutton Woods townhomes voiced concern about traffic and density that will come from the development, Haar offered that it could be a lot worse.

"Toll Brothers kept calling me," Haar said. "They wanted to build 500 houses. One developer said 500 houses, builders remedy. I couldn't do that to Chatham. I wanted to keep it as a farm, but I couldn't do it."

Haar, who now lives in Pennington, was born in Summit's Overlook Hospital and lived in Chatham until she was one. She inherited the property from her uncle, Sam Averett, when he died in 2012.

"We didn't want to have a big development," Matthew Haar, her husband, said. "What we wanted was a classic development with a lot of open space. People objecting and saying it will become a high density area don't understand that if single-family homes were built, the density would be much worse.

"This developer plants mature trees. It's going to be beautiful."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e54353bd68f7785329f6_donate-blood

Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

ESL PROGRAM ENROLLING NOW!

The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

Spending More Per Pupil Doesn’t Guarantee Additional or Enhanced Success

April 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the April 16th Board of Education meeting, Board member Sal Arnuk stated: “I am ashamed to see the district at the bottom of the list in per-pupil spending.”  On the contrary, Board member Arnuk should be exceedingly proud of how our Board of Education is able to consistently be ranked as the top school district in our state at the cost it currently spends per ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Talks AMEX, GE and Amazon Earnings, Stock Outlook

April 22, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business AM discussing several upcoming pivotal earnings and possible market reactions:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

​​​​For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management ...