My name is Brian McCabe and I am a Realtor. Let me introduce you to a new residential real estate listing located in the historic section of Newark known as Forest Hill. Constructed in 1902, this Mediterranean Revival home displays a sense of both permanence and grandeur that only time can bestow.
When I first walked into the home, my imagination ran wild. How many famous people of the day were greeted in its gracious foyer? What kind of receptions, parties and family celebrations took place in its unusually large living room with a so-cozy fireplace? Who dined, while basking in the glow of a beautiful crystal chandelier, in its formal dining room, or sipped brandy in an adjacent smoking room?
I confess to having a soft spot for old homes, because they represent more than just places to live. Such homes establish unwritten covenants with their owners, at least for a time, to steward a piece of ongoing history. In the case of 176 Ballantine Parkway, it’s a history that began in Newark’s industrial infancy, and which continues through today’s amazing renaissance, as is so clearly evidenced by the downtown building boom.
The next owner of this special property will move into a home that will likely inspire some applied creativity. Its large, fully functional kitchen, which measures 15×16, can use updating, as can its bathrooms. An additional, very small change, will add approximately 250 square feet of living space off the living room. However, this home is in move-in condition right now.
Click here to see the more about this historic property (scroll down to see featured listing). If you don’t have a Realtor, call me at 973-865-1863. I would love to show it to you. If you do have a Realtor, ask him or her to call me to arrange a showing. In either case, we’ll put out the welcome mat for you.
From the National Register of Historic Places,
Forest Hill Historic District, Newark, Essex County, NJ
Outbuildings: 1 Stylistically similar detached garage.
Main building: 514 Mt. Prospect Avenue is a 2 1/2 story 5 bay irregular plan tan brick
Mediterranean Revival residential building. The house is divided into a main block with protruding first story entrance bay with parapet and set back single bay single story side porches. The leaded glass door is surmounted by a semi-circular bracketed hood infilled with a wooden fan motif. The parapet of the portico has a stone coping with a central shield motif flanked by brackets. The stretcher only bond is broken up by a header belt course at the second floor sill level. The hipped roof is clad with a green clay barrel tile roof with hip dormer. The overhanging eaves are supported by carved rafter ends. There are also brick end chimneys and matching roofs on the hyphens.