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IN ITS OWN PARK-LIKE GROVE... insulates us from noise and cold, and cools us in summer

Secluded for privacy: ON THE LEFT, an 8'x30' deck, flanked next by the 11'x30' sun-porch guest room, a 12'x20'Dining Room, 12'x12'kitchen & 6'x12' bath, the 19'x27' Living room, & finally the 2 story Library Tower with a large foyer.

What we started with 60 years ago...

In 1953 this 2-story hunting lodge sat on the hill in the sun, with a trellis of concord grapes filling our nostrils. There were only shrubs and Locust saplings covering the meadow, and you could see all the way to the top of Schooley's Mountain.

Garden view, Dining Room

12'x20',wrap-around end windows-(thermal); HWD floors gleam. This is our favorite place to dally, after breakfast or lunch, watching wild life; after dinner, conversation goes on for hours. It is a pleasant place to be.

A RELAXING COUNTRY-ENGLISH LIVING ROOM...

A great place for a party, with a crackling fire. 12'ceilings with hand-hewn beams, gleamimg floors, thermal windows, fan-light.

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE COZY LIVING ROOM...

'A corner of the spacious 19'x27'fieldstone lined room; w/huge fieldstone, wood-burning fireplace. ceiling fan with lights, built-ins, ...more.

North Bedroom

Partial view, 11'x22', golden oak floor. 3 huge closets, 5 Anderson windows w/storms & screens, A.C., TV, Attic Fan; Light and bright, & views of the green world around.

Spacious South Bedroom, partial view...

11'x22', golden oak floor (under the carpet)- 3 huge closets, plus a lovely private balcony for sunning, (with teak lounge etc., umbrella, flag & pole, etc.)

Many places to sit in the garden.

We love our flowers and animals, and the relaxing atmosphere that calls for a hammock in the sun.

Library; 3000 vol. cap; 4 drop-down desk areas...

9'x 14'; shelved from top to bottom; AC, Fan with lights; multiple light sources, electric heat; thermal window; door with lock.

Sunny kitchen corner

12'x12', Efficient Galley type, butcher block & granite pattern formica counters, left, white formica counters, right; stainless steel sink, newish dishwasher & gas range, frig; built in coffee and spices cupboard; 2 corner base- cupboards with revolving shelves. More.

The "NECESSARY ROOM" (porch guestroom suite)

The glassed walls bring the outdoors in; the 20' of cushioned benches hold all our Christmas decorations now, but would be useful for much other storage. The glass topped table and armchairs make a pleasnat lunch spot.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

THIS IS A CHEERFUL HOUSE; READY TO CELEBRATE ALL YOUR CHERISHED OCCASIONS. EVERYONE ENJOYS VISITING HERE!

The stone wall garden- and our specimen Exebury Azalea..

The garden is not a lot of work. Over 50 years we have put so many perennials and specimen trees and shrubs in it that we only have to rake it in the fall, put in some replacement bulbs (you always lose a few) and in the spring. rake it again, and set in our border annuals.

FOYER. 9'X14', ITALIAN TILE FLOOR..

large cedar lined closet, 2 triangular closets for golf clubs or? Handmade 6 lt. chandelier, switches inside and out, thermal windows, both doors double lock.

An elegant southern entry to...

foyer/music room; & to L. R.; light switches in and out for inner candelabra and outer sconce; custom designed overdoor decor; exterior electric outlets, wrought iron safety railings.

THE SPACIOUS SUNNY OFFICE HAS STORAGE

For plenty of supplies, plus a hanging closet if a young person would like to use it as an auxiliary BR. Thermal window, radiator, bookshelves; Hdwd.floor.

IN ITS OWN PARK-LIKE GROVE... insulates us from noise and cold, and cools us in summer

Secluded for privacy: ON THE LEFT, an 8'x30' deck, flanked next by the 11'x30' sun-porch guest room, a 12'x20'Dining Room, 12'x12'kitchen & 6'x12' bath, the 19'x27' Living room, & finally the 2 story Library Tower with a large foyer.

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1879 Dutch Colonial

500,000; make an offer; many extras...
Bedrooms 3
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 0
Heated Sq. Ft. 2,550
Stories 2.0
Acres 1.8
Lot Size
400+'x175' plus
Property Taxes
$ 8,868
Assessed Tax Value
Valuation varied:
MLS No. 3331893

A REMARKABLE 2-STORY HOME HAS ...

miraculously evolved from the 1879, hip-roofed cottage and the painstaking integration of 20th C. additions, nestled in beautiful natural surroundings amid a park of (now) mature trees, perennial gardens,and specimen shrubs. Come to see how comfortable it is & easy to maintain. Make an appointment now to see this one-of-a-kind home.

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 IN ITS OWN PARK-LIKE GROVE... insulates us from noise and cold, and cools us in summer
IN ITS OWN PARK-LIKE GROVE... insulates us from noise and cold, and cools us in summer
Secluded for privacy: ON THE LEFT, an 8'x30' deck, flanked next by the 11'x30' sun-porch guest room, a 12'x20'Dining Room, 12'x12'kitchen & 6'x12' bath, the 19'x27' Living room, & finally the 2 story Library Tower with a large foyer.
What we started with 60 years ago...
What we started with 60 years ago...
In 1953 this 2-story hunting lodge sat on the hill in the sun, with a trellis of concord grapes filling our nostrils. There were only shrubs and Locust saplings covering the meadow, and you could see all the way to the top of Schooley's Mountain.
 Garden view, Dining Room
Garden view, Dining Room
12'x20',wrap-around end windows-(thermal); HWD floors gleam. This is our favorite place to dally, after breakfast or lunch, watching wild life; after dinner, conversation goes on for hours. It is a pleasant place to be.
A RELAXING COUNTRY-ENGLISH LIVING ROOM...
A RELAXING COUNTRY-ENGLISH LIVING ROOM...
A great place for a party, with a crackling fire. 12'ceilings with hand-hewn beams, gleamimg floors, thermal windows, fan-light.

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE COZY LIVING ROOM...
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE COZY LIVING ROOM...
'A corner of the spacious 19'x27'fieldstone lined room; w/huge fieldstone, wood-burning fireplace. ceiling fan with lights, built-ins, ...more.
North Bedroom
North Bedroom
Partial view, 11'x22', golden oak floor. 3 huge closets, 5 Anderson windows w/storms & screens, A.C., TV, Attic Fan; Light and bright, & views of the green world around.
Spacious South Bedroom, partial view...
Spacious South Bedroom, partial view...
11'x22', golden oak floor (under the carpet)- 3 huge closets, plus a lovely private balcony for sunning, (with teak lounge etc., umbrella, flag & pole, etc.)

 Many places to sit in the garden.
Many places to sit in the garden.
We love our flowers and animals, and the relaxing atmosphere that calls for a hammock in the sun.
 Library; 3000 vol. cap; 4  drop-down desk areas...
Library; 3000 vol. cap; 4 drop-down desk areas...
9'x 14'; shelved from top to bottom; AC, Fan with lights; multiple light sources, electric heat; thermal window; door with lock.
 Sunny kitchen corner
Sunny kitchen corner
12'x12', Efficient Galley type, butcher block & granite pattern formica counters, left, white formica counters, right; stainless steel sink, newish dishwasher & gas range, frig; built in coffee and spices cupboard; 2 corner base- cupboards with revolving shelves. More.

The
The "NECESSARY ROOM" (porch guestroom suite)
The glassed walls bring the outdoors in; the 20' of cushioned benches hold all our Christmas decorations now, but would be useful for much other storage. The glass topped table and armchairs make a pleasnat lunch spot.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !
THIS IS A CHEERFUL HOUSE; READY TO CELEBRATE ALL YOUR CHERISHED OCCASIONS. EVERYONE ENJOYS VISITING HERE!
The stone wall garden-   and our specimen Exebury Azalea..
The stone wall garden- and our specimen Exebury Azalea..
The garden is not a lot of work. Over 50 years we have put so many perennials and specimen trees and shrubs in it that we only have to rake it in the fall, put in some replacement bulbs (you always lose a few) and in the spring. rake it again, and set in our border annuals.

 FOYER. 9'X14', ITALIAN TILE FLOOR..
FOYER. 9'X14', ITALIAN TILE FLOOR..
large cedar lined closet, 2 triangular closets for golf clubs or? Handmade 6 lt. chandelier, switches inside and out, thermal windows, both doors double lock.
An elegant southern entry to...
An elegant southern entry to...
foyer/music room; & to L. R.; light switches in and out for inner candelabra and outer sconce; custom designed overdoor decor; exterior electric outlets, wrought iron safety railings.
 THE SPACIOUS  SUNNY OFFICE HAS STORAGE
THE SPACIOUS SUNNY OFFICE HAS STORAGE
For plenty of supplies, plus a hanging closet if a young person would like to use it as an auxiliary BR. Thermal window, radiator, bookshelves; Hdwd.floor.

Like This Listing?

Agent Contact Information

Showings by appointment only:
Patricia "Patti" Rusak,
COLDWELL BANKER,
CELL; 973-886-0407
patti.rusak@cbmoves.com


(please E-mail with subject "re: oldhouses" or it may go unanswered; paddeewag@earthlink.net )


Patricia Howard, owner;

Fax: 862-345-3003; Patti Rusak

for more information on property details e-mail Patricia Howard.

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HILL-TOP HAVEN (There is a lot of text, but you will find it helpful.}

THERE IS A LOT OF BANG FOR THE BUCK; READ CAREFULLY:
FEATURES: 11 Rooms (ALPHABETICALLY)
AC, 3 window units
Large Attic Fan
Built-in CD Nook,radio, in Living Room
Built in China Cupboard in Dining Room
Ceiling Fans- 4
Carbon monoxide detector -1
Dry basement, Front Loading Washer & Dryer, craft area
Easy commute to NYC
Field-stone LR walls
Field-stone woodburning Fireplaces,2,
Fire extinguishers- 4
Fresh Paint, Downstairs Bath & closet
Fuel Tank, in-house oil tank
Foyer/ Mudroom, cedar closet
Floors,all hardwood except porch,(vinyl; Kit & bath (slate)
Garage; 3 car capacity carport, shelved, curtained.
Library, 3000 Vol; 4 desks, electronic, AC,; Ceil.Fan,
Many extras
Many perennials, specimen trees, hand-built rock walls.
Newish Well Pump
New firebox in Furnace,
New on-demand hot-water heater,
New 1000 gal. septic tank;
Propane tank for Gas Range
Outbuildings-5
Smoke detectors-3
1.793 acres
1st.floor bath; Italian Tiled walls; 6"closet, New commode
1st. floor guest room, w/SEPARATE ENTRANCES.
2nd. floor bath, new commode


In 1953, WE WERE INTRIGUED W/THE 2-STORY STONE-(inside-&-out) Cottage,-“hunting lodge”; w/ 12’ceiling LR., hand-hewn 12’x 2” exposed beams, basement, wood floors, 6 windows down, 2 entry doors, two fireplaces, 2 bedrooms, 1 closet, 1 bath, up); plus "3 ac. w/a VIEW"!
THAT'S WHAT WAS ADVERTISED! (IT was really 1.793 ac.)

(SEE THE OLD 1953 PHOTO JUST UNDER THE LARGE PHOTO above of THE EXISTING HOUSE today.) It was under $10,000. which I could afford.

THE BANK INSISTED we first install an oil-hot-water heating system, with baseboard radiation down, and radiators up, in order to get a $6500.00 mortgage! (My required appearance before the full board of the bank, dressed in my New York best, furnished the Secretary with some not so subtle amusement, and me with one of my life's best family stories.)

ALL THOSE YEARS AGO I RESOlVED to make of the little stone cottage a home I could be proud of. And I have.
Today it is a perfect small country estate. The meadows and locust saplings have grown into a screen of 100' trees. The open sky view toward Schooley's Mountain was blurred by new growth; the farmland between it and Long Valley reverted to nature without hindrance.

A GARDENING FRIEND WHO WAS A MASON, made all the demarking walls, helped me learn the rudiments of gardening, so that 100's of bulbs and perennials surround this unique light-filled stone- and-frame 2-story "cottage", & the many pleasant places to sit "al fresco" to enjoy it.
IT NOW CONTAINS 11 ROOMS; (3 bedrooms{plus}, 2 full baths, a "Wow" of a living room, a delightful dining room with a view. an efficient Galley kitchen, pleasant porch/guest room, with a deck and a patio,(for food prep)JUST OUTSIDE.)
A 2-story entrance tower with a large italian tiled foyer includes a cedar-lined closet down and a 3000 volume library, up. Hardwood floors gleam thruout. The bedrooms are set up as 2-,two room suites; the 2 adjacent rooms have either a balcony or a fireplace. There is another full bath. and 16 very useful closets.

OUTDOORS THERE IS A OPEN, BUT SHELTERED, 3 car carport, shelved; useful for a summer party, reunion, garage sale, & storage, etc. A spacious gallery/studio (12'x20') offers a private work space for an artist.4 smaller structures provide space for gardening, carpentry and other equipment. And there is plenty of space to relocate them.

THERE IS A FULL BASEMENT, with newish front-loading washer & dryer. There are counters for folding and for the sewing machine and for the ironing board. And plenty of space for crafts and gift wrapping. The furnace, with its new firebox, and the "on demand" water heater, both new- have saved me money.
All the old original windows and several doors have been replaced; All the roofing in good condition and all the small buildings recently re-roofed. It is warm in winter and cool in summer; cooled with fans and A.C's where needed.

There is also space for a profit making business. WE HAD An INTERESTING SHOWROOM at 225 Fifth Ave, NYC, and our home office was here, ready to retire to, when we downsized in 1983. We had showroom space, storage areas, and plenty of room for car parking.

The large carport allows space for working on repairs, crafts, tools and supplies. Any number of at-home enterprises would be at home here.

ONE INTERESTING tHING IS THE EFFECT it has on new visitors all our days here: each has had the same reaction. When they get to the top of the hill and they see it in its gardens or snow, they always go "WOW"and when they walk into the Living room, they go "WOW1" again.But the most precious is the fun of living here all these years.

I never have had to envy any richer friend because no matter how much they've spent they can't create a similar effect. It is truly a one-of-a kind home, with still things YOU CAN do that will make it your own. THIS IS NOT JUST HYPERBOLE1 I hate to leave it!

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to see it for your self and think how great it would be to have a lovely, VERSATILE home this easy and economical-to-maintain.

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES & RECAP: This is too good a deal to pass up...

ESSENTIAL INFO: THIS REALLY IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY to buy a lot for less...

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ: Location! Location! Location! Is still the best standard. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALWAYS ENHANCE THE HOUSE BUT YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE LOCATION!!!
Disguised as a second or country home; this very NON-COOKIE-CUTTER hilltop “SMALL ESTATE" of almost 2 acres, w/an 1879 2-story, 11 room, stone-cottage core, is totally integrated w/in a Frame/shingle-surrounding structure, w/a Library-tower,- 5 ADDITIONS, (1961- 2009); and 2 fireplaces. Every room has lots of light and views of its park-like setting and gardens, which have been created over many years, and glow with flower power from April thru October on the center-top of a sun-drenched hill. It is amazingly light and bright, easy & VERY ECONOMICAL to maintain, attractive and functional in every way.

EXCELLENT SCHOOLS, SHOPPING, and the BEST HOSPITALS in New Jersey are nearby; it will certainly continue to appreciate as choice locations like this in this area disappear. Over the last 60+ years, it has appreciated at the rate of 5-8% a year, and will continue to SIMILARLY increase in value over time.

Another IMPORTANT FACTOR is that low interest rates exist right now, but the Feds are getting ready to up them, so it is a good idea to consider that at present low rates, you can buy twice the house for the money you would have had to pay 10 years ago.

One ADVANTAGE is the fact that it is an EASY COMMUTE to the City. From our house north to Rte. #80 is a few miles,; then east to New York; a bit more than an hour, thru either the Holland Tunnel (downtown or Newark airport (- or the Lincoln Tunnel -(uptown and/or crosstown)- to Long Island or to the suburbs north of the City. We did this every day for many years, either to our showroom at 225 Fifth Ave, or to my classes at NYU Grad school on E.78th St.

COMFORTABLE LIVING:
Rather like a comfortable ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE, it has cozy-but very ample spaces, and not by accident!

TO RE-CAP:
It was PURPOSE-BUILT over 50 years, with extensive planning, expert building and good materials, always with the aim of convenience, and to fit our life requirements.

AND the property still HAS ALL THE POTENTIAL YOU NEED: IT IS STILL FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW PROJECTS TO ENHANCE LIVING, with lots of versatile space, ie: A master bath could be added to the UPSTAIRS North BR or adjacent den. The downstairs bath could be built out either North or West. A profitable addition would be solar panels on our south facing roof...But I must let others enjoy these creative opportunities.

AS TO VALUE & FOR COMPARISON:
We have the undeniably, THE BEST LOCATION on the hill, and the most for the money. None of the three flanking properties have the ideal siting we have or the park & garden vista. Truly it is worth the price.

FOR INSTANCE:
ON our west slope, down to Rte 206, is a one story brick, 7 room house with 3 BR, 2 Ba, 1 fireplace, and finished garage/rec room. The original owner was a dear friend. It has no gardens, the acreage is relatively unimproved and is very near the highway, but it is quite functional and has been sold 3/4 times since it was built, c. 1960, after the builder failed to obtain my property. It has been priced at around $500,000.

ANOTHER COMPARISON:
On the east, a house built by another dear friend in the mid 60's; a 2 story stick-built home on less than 2 acres; with LR, DR, KIT, 1/2 BA on the first floor; has lately been furnished with a den w/ fireplace and a front porch. Upstairs are 3 BR, a full bath (and the master BR has a full Bath), a walk-in closet. Also a full basement, 2 car garage, and 2 outbuildings. It has not now much in the way of gardens, and but I believe has a new septic system. It is not really well laid out on the first floor, because the kitchen occupies all the prime south side, (But Olga was a great cook, and this was her domain). The DR, with 2 small windows is on the north, while the LR runs along the west, and has only 2 standard windows, so the space is not as light as it might be. The new den, on the west, gives more space to relax. Nevertheless, it is very functional & it was last sold a few years ago for $619,000, (tho he only asked $600,000) They wanted our good schools, I think.

ANOTHER- BUT NOT YET ON RECORD:
The newish, 2-story modular home on our south side, (Hillside Rd.) has a relatively narrow set-back, on a large site which is completely untamed, but it is big, & said to have all the amenities. It is currently said to be available for $779,000.
THE ONLY STONE HOUSE IN Chester comparable to ours, with a full multi-room annex, added a few years ago, is the Old School House, on Main St., East, as you arrive in Chester and turn the corner at the light. It has all the amenities, but it is right on the sidewalk. It was said to be on the market for $750k and I think it still is.

We probably invested more, over the years, than our two nearest neighbors. We were just lucky, and had help and good advice, so it all made sense, and it still looks like it was designed as a unit. The main thing is that we were able, through the years, to pursue all the things that interested us, and space for more. We have loved the fun of our relaxed living here.

IT IS A REALLY HAPPY HOUSE, ready for the year's cycle of celebra-tions; YOU CAN NEVER BE REALLY DEPRESSED HERE. IT IS JUST TOO CHEERFUL AND SUNNY. Some non-cookie-cutter home-buyer is going to have a wonderful life here!

COME AND SEE, It can be your safe haven too!



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