340 Prospect Street, South Orange NJ $669,000 - Under Contract!

November 14, 2018 | By Vanessa Pollock


Come see the beauty of this historic 1865 side-hall Victorian in the heart of South Orange. With more than half an acre lot, its sprawling yard, mature trees, and lovely wrap-around front porch create a curb appeal that is both beautiful and charming. 1st floor is graced with newly refinished inlaid floors, updated lighting, and a stunning staircase. Eat-in kitchen adjoins large, open dining and living rooms. Original molding, hardware, and high ceilings throughout. 2nd floor boasts four bedrooms and a dedicated office. High ceilings, spacious bedrooms, and oversize sash windows let in ample light. Finished basement with full bath, storage, and fireplace. Modernized electrical, plumbing, and heating. 1st-floor laundry/mudroom. 8-minute walk to Midtown direct train and SO town center.


4 Bedroom

2.5 Bathrooms

Schools: Clinton Elementary, South Orange Middle School, Columbia High School

2017 Taxes: $ 19,829


TOP HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Tall ceilings throughout house.
  2. Historic charm. Built in 1865 with many original details and one of the oldest homes in South Orange.
  3. Large wrap around front porch.
  4. Huge, flat yard.
  5. Beautiful wood floors with inlay on the 1st floor.
  6. Lower level basement is half underground half above ground and gets good light.
  7. Dedicated office with great built in shelving.
  8. Big windows . The house gets great light!
  9. Two car garage.
  10. Raised planting beds in the side yard. Lots of potential for gardening! 


Dear Future 340 Prospect Street Homeowners,

Seeing the for sale sign go up in front of the 340 Prospect was an emotional morning. This house has been so good for us and our young daughter and we are sad that the time has come for us to search for a two-family property.

We hope that the pictures and time that you spent touring our home captured some of the things that we love about it. The tall ceilings, oversize windows, and dark hardwood floors have always made the house feel both spacious and warm. In warmer months, we love to eat dinner on the side porch or in the backyard. This house has had so many wonderful family moments for us - our daughter rolled over for the first time on the porch, took her first steps in the living room, and now has the run of the backyard, chasing birds and bunnies, collecting flowers and playing in the sprinkler. Our house quickly became the prime location for family gatherings, with lots of room to gather around the dining room table.

We moved to this home after spending many years in Brooklyn. We didn't know if leaving the city was the right decision, but we were drawn to South Orange / Maplewood because of its accessibility to the city and reputation for high-performing, diverse schools. Both have exceeded our expectations - the easy 8 minute walk to the midtown direct train is a great commute, and transit accessibility has allowed us to stay a one-car household. The grocery store, several great restaurants, many coffee shops, and the library are an easy walk from the house. We still pinch ourselves from time to time that our small Brooklyn co-op translated into this grand house with a "backyard for days." This house has given our family room to grow and green space for our daughter to explore.

Meeting the families around us on the block and at the park and the pool in the summer has validated what we read about South Orange / Maplewood. This is a great place to raise a family, and a community that produces kind, thoughtful, motivated kids. We've had exceptional babysitting from high school students on the block and many playdates with other young children who live nearby. The families with school-aged children in the neighborhood rave about Clinton School. Halloween on Prospect street is an EVENT, with a steady stream of trick-or-treaters and many new neighbors to meet.

This house is a treasure. It was built in 1865, making it one of the oldest homes in South Orange. We've been charmed by details in the original floor, trim, and windows. Having a true office to work in that doesn't cannibalize a bedroom has been wonderful and allowed us to work from home. While all of the major systems (electrical, plumbing, heating etc) have been modernized, many small details like the tin ceiling on the 2nd floor and the vintage interior doors and hardware remind you that you are living in a house that spans history back to the civil war. Since we have owned the house, we made some investments in the property - refinished the wood floors on the main floor, freshly painted several bedrooms and the dining and living room, installed new light fixtures and reglazed the tub on the 2nd floor. Previous caretakers of 340 Prospect have a special fondness for the home, and we've heard from several previous owners who shared stories and house history. We even discovered a time capsule that we can tell you about!

We hope that you will enjoy 340 Prospect and that it will be as good to your family as it has been to ours.

Sincerely,

Current 340 Prospect Street Homeowners