ROXBURY, N.J. – Most local real estate agents can tell you what houses are for sale in Roxbury. Ted Miller can probably tell you what was there before the houses were built.
Miller, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, grew up in the township and has watched it change from bucolic to bustling. The son of a local Realtor, Miller said his roots in Roxbury might explain why he loves his career; he has a feel for each of Roxbury’s six communities and an appreciation of their history and future.
Miller graduated from Roxbury High School in 1986 and saw the township change radically in the following decades.
“I grew up in Lower Berkshire Valley, which is very different from the rest of Roxbury,” he said. “I lived on a dirt road with horses next to me. It feels like Sussex County but you’re five minutes away from Route 80. My dad still lives there. I've owned my current home in Succasunna for 16 years and I love it there. It's so convenient. Everything I need is only a mile or two away."
Miller, whose father was a Little League coach, remembers playing on ball fields – such as those near St. Therese Church in Succasunna – that are long gone. “When I was in high school, the carnival was actually held on what is now the Roxbury Mall,” he said.
Being in real estate, Miller is happy about the way Roxbury has blossomed and proud he’s been at the forefront of finding great locations for people in the growing municipality.
“There are so many great reasons why people would want to move into our town,” he offered. "The music program is unparalleled. I know there are families that have chosen to live in Roxbury for that reason alone."
He sees many other positive changes being made in his hometown as well. "Both my daughters play softball and the three new fields in Landing are absolutely beautiful. And that's allowing them make upgrades to the Horseshoe Lake complex which will allow even more sports to be played there."
He's also excited to see what the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is doing with the restoration of the historic Lake Hopatcong Train Station on Landing Road.
"That building will always hold a special place in my heart," Miller said. "My father used to own it when it was our real estate office. It's where I started my career and where I met my wife, Debbie, when she came in looking for an apartment to rent. I can't wait until it's finished and I can take my family to see it."
His love for the township, and deep knowledge of its neighborhoods, helps Miller match buyers with sellers. “In a nutshell, there’s always a perfect buyer for every house,” he said. “If I'm working with the sellers, my job is to find that person. When I'm helping buyers with their search, my knowledge of the town can be really helpful to them when they're deciding where they want to live.”
Both buyers and sellers can be sure of one thing: Miller will be around to see them through. Teresa and Bob Bolger hired Miller to help them sell their Roxbury house after another Realtor couldn't.
"We were having a lot of difficulty selling our home in New Jersey and we had to relocate quickly to Virginia, so we left everything in Ted's hands," said Teresa. "We had a difficult time with a previous Realtor and working with Ted was fabulous. He went above and beyond in everything he did for us."
She said Miller found someone to rent their house until it sold. He supervised contractors they brought in to make upgrades. He represented them when potential buyers did walk-throughs.
"No matter what we asked of this man, it was never a problem," Teresa said. "I've never seen a Realtor go so far out of the way for a client. We not just clients now, we're friends."
Miller said he loves Roxbury. “This is the place where I grew up," he explained. "I raised my family here. My kids love it. It’s a great town. I’ve spent a quarter-century building my business here and there’s no way we would be looking to move anywhere else.”