Historic House Listings

Rittenhouse Family Summer Retreat. Circa 1878 in NJ. $499,999

February 11, 2019

One of the most iconic homes in the area. The home was built by the Rittenhouse Family as their family summer retreat. Built in 1878. Located on .48 acres in Frenchtown, New Jersey. This home has three full levels of living space. The wrap around front porch has mahogany flooring and gingerbread detailing. Amazing stove in the chef’s kitchen. There is a spiral staircase that leads up to the old servant’s quarters. The property also has a two story barn and tool shed. New plumbing and new seven zone gas heating system. Located just minutes from shops, restaurants, and galleries. Seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 3,227 square feet. $999,999 New price: $499,999

From the Zillow listing:


Welcome home to one of Frenchtown’s most iconic historic properties. Surrounded by lush perennial gardens and mature trees, this exquisite circa 1870 Victorian home was originally built and owned by the Rittenhouse Family in Philadelphia as a summer retreat. Step onto the grand wraparound front porch with mahogany flooring and original gingerbread detailing and shutters. This magnificent property offers three full levels with five large bedrooms, each with its own private sitting room and gorgeous, completely renovated full bath with radiant tile flooring. Completely updated and restored in 2015-2016, the current owners were sure to maintain the exquisite original details throughout, including original pine floors, windows, doors, trimwork and the elegant 3 story stairway with original railings. The spacious main level is warm and inviting with a welcoming foyer, sunny breakfast/sitting room, large dining room and gourmet kitchen. The kitchen is a true chefs delight with modern updates while still maintaining the original character of the home. Features include soapstone counters, a commercial 3 bay sink, center island with a vegetable washing sink, stainless steel dishwasher, top of the line 6-burner Miele stove/double oven with hood system, reclaimed barn board floors and custom cabinets. A spiral staircase in the kitchen leads up to the old servants quarters which can be used as a bedroom, den, or study. Relax outside on the covered back porch overlooking the fenced yard with abundant plantings and old growth trees, two-story barn and tool shed. The sale of this property also includes two additional lots behind the main house with a fully permitted sewer hookup and access to water, gas and electric. Additional features include new plumbing throughout and a new seven-zone, efficient gas heating system. Located just minutes from the wonderful shops, restaurants and galleries of historic downtown Frenchtown, this beautifully maintained property has endless possibilities.

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