Californians seeking homes will read this and weep. It’s got a 2-story barn! It’s got a pond! Hand-hewn beams! In yesterday’s NY Times Sunday paper. I couldn’t get the photo to come up (it’s definitely not the one at the top of the article), but here’s the realtor’s pitch:
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.
WHAT: A three-bedroom one-and-a-half-bath stone house
HOW MUCH: $679,000
SIZE: 2,610 square feet (according to tax records)
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $260.15
INDOORS: The house’s oldest sections were built in 1730 and 1820, and retain nearly all their original features, including wide-plank pumpkin pine floors, hand-hewn wood beams and exposed stone walls. The kitchen and bathrooms were renovated in 2006. There are three original fireplaces, one decorative and two wood-burning. In addition to stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops, the kitchen has an old beehive baking oven.
Bedrooms are upstairs. The master has an en-suite bathroom. The second floor also features a den.
SETTING: Washington Township is in Morris County, 55 miles from New York City. Parts of the area are on the National Register of Historic Places. The region has many stone houses dating back to the 18th century. This house, built in 1730, is on over seven and a half acres. Neighboring properties tend to be two to three acres. Grocery shopping and other amenities are in Hackettstown, a 10-minute drive.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property is a mix of clear and wooded land, with a pond and two-story barn. There are poplar, cherry, pear and walnut trees.
TAXES: $11,193 a year
CONTACT: Virginia Harpell and Doris Ju, Turpin Real Estate (973) 650-1637; turpinrealtors.com