Baldwin House goes up for sale in NJ

May 5, 2009 2:57:29 PM PDT
Parsippany's historic Baldwin home is for sale in New Jersey. It's 2.3 acres and has been owned by the same family for 180 years.You might think it would go for millions, but the home is on the market for less than $800,000.

For the first time in 178 years, a "for sale" sign is posted in front of 460 South Beverwyck Road.

Anita Baldwin will be the last in a long line of Baldwins to reside there.

"My great great grandfather bought the house in 1833," she said. "And then, his father moved here, and I am the sixth generation of Baldwins to live here."

It's a 19-room mansion that's been added to over the years.

"As the family continued to grow and live in Parsippany, they added a wing here, add a wing there," Baldwin said. "And it just continued to grow."

Many of her origins remain. Decades out of use, the old basement kitchen and dumbwaiter that sent meals to the dining room are still there. Two Franklin fireplaces do work.

"And since it's cast iron, when they get hot, they really throw out heat," Baldwin said.

The home has seven bedrooms and two and a half baths, plus a third floor large enough to be an apartment.

"It's a great house," Baldwin said. "Lots of room to run around, not get in anybody's way."

The house has been in the family for so long, the home is now called the Baldwin House. But Anita and her sister say it's time for another family to come here and start creating their own traditions."

"We want a family to move here," Baldwin said. "A family that would love it just as much as we have."

"People are in awe of the home," realtor Bill Schoenenberger said. "The ceilings, the woodwork, the fireplaces."

Open houses will be held monthly until the Baldwin House is sold.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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