Brigitte Blume Van Note was born in China to a Russian mother and a German father who worked as a chemist. When forced to leave China in the late 1940's, the family made their way to Montclair, NJ, where they established deep roots that are still significant today.
Brigitte attended Grove Street Elementary School, George Inness Junior High School and Montclair High School and then went to college with her Montclair friend, Carol Rhodes, at the University of North Carolina. Following graduation she married James Van Note and they raised two sons, Jim and Ryan, in Montclair.
In 1979, Brigitte and Carol joined Joanne Egan and Associates as Real Estate agents. After learning the ropes and honing their skills, they decided it was time to start their own agency. Rhodes, Van Note & Company, REALTORSÂ® was officially established in 1985. Three decades later, as one of the leading real estate agencies in suburban Essex County, Rhodes Van Note was merged with Halstead Property. â€œI am sincerely happy that we have joined forces with this well-known, highly-regarded and independent agency," Brigitte said. "I look forward with optimism to the depth, and breadth of the technology that Halstead will provide to the Rhodes Van Note Team."
Brigitte is known for her winning smile and friendly manner, which help account for her impressive record in facilitating both the buying and selling of homes. "With my sons, Jim Van Note and Ryan Van Note, renovating old homes and building new homes has become a real passion," Brigitte explained. Starting in 1973, The Van Notes have completed over 40 homes and are responsible for building and/or renovating some of the most beautiful residences in Montclair... perhaps you live in one of them!