Friday, October 9, 2015

Amazing house for sale in Montclair, New Jersey (in 1913)

Here's another post from the gift that keeps giving — the April 19, 1913, issue of The Outlook.1 The fascinating classified advertising section2 includes numerous real estate listings, many of which involved homes in New England that were available as summer rentals.

But there was also this sprawling house in Montclair, New Jersey, that was being offered for sale by Hughes & Whitby. The "PERFECT TYPE COLONIAL" house's attributes included:
  • Living room with unusually beautiful fireplace
  • Dining room with fireplace
  • Butler's pantry
  • Kitchen and refrigerator room
  • Four second-floor bedrooms
  • Two third-floor servants' rooms
  • Large guest or billiard room with fireplace
  • Sewing room
  • Solid brick construction
  • Hardwood floors
  • Steam heat, gas and electricity
  • Location combining "country life and city advantages"

Sadly, no price is stated.

If this house is still standing, I'm sure it wouldn't take much legwork to find it, given the quality of this photograph. (Of course, it could be fully surrounded by old trees at this point. Or maybe covered in ivy.)

Does anyone recognize it or have any leads? Is this your house? Comment below!

1. Previous posts from The Outlook this week were:
2. I might do an additional post on the jaw-dropping European vacation offers, including a 101-day extravaganza that cost $900.

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