Historic House Listings

11 bedrooms! Over 8,000 square feet! Circa 1820. Over three acres in New Jersey. $254,900

October 10, 2019

This is such a massive house! Would love to see what is underneath all of that carpeting! This home was built in 1820. It is located on 3.52 acres in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Considering the size of this home I knew it had to have some interesting history so I did some digging. This was once the former home of a New Jersey Senator. This was known as Ellesdale Manor. This was most known as the country home of James “Diamond Jim” Brady. He was an American businessman, financier and philanthropist.

He was born in New York City into humble beginnings. His father was a saloon owner. Diamond Jim worked his way up from bellhop and a courier. He then landed a job in the New York Railroad. Once he started making money he was known for collecting precious gems, most notably diamonds. He was also known as a big stock market investor and had an accumulated wealth of $12 million. Mr. Brady died in his sleep in 1917 while staying at a hotel. He never married and his fortune was distributed to many hospitals.

All offers will be considered with this house and it just had a $40,000 price reduction. It has a large detached three car garage. Eleven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and 8,680 square feet. $254,900

From the Zillow listing:


25-room property with 11 bedrooms, 7 baths on 3.5 ares. Tons of space for entertainment, storage, oversized 3 car garage, and over 8600 sqft. All offers encouraged and considered in this order: Not for Profit, Owner Occupants (including as a 2nd home), & Investors. Offers will be reviewed after 7 DOM. Property is being sold AS-IS.


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