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The Sayre House

25 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown, NJ 08505
$719,000

Description

To view this home contact 609-306-0656 or [email protected] Live in Bordentown City with only $3,000/year property taxes! This property includes a (currently) rented 1 bedroom apartment that significantly offsets your taxes. Once lived in by Benjamin Franklin’s personal secretary AND King Joseph Bonaparte of Spain, the Sayre House (circa 1760) offers a rich and unique history yet, has been carefully updated for modern living – including central air! As you approach the home, you cannot help but admire the prominent historic features including original pediment, mansard roof with arched dormers and side courtyard with a restored 200+ year old wrought iron fence. As you enter the home through the front, you’ll find yourself in the center-hall foyer offering the remarkable view of a wrap around staircase that travels all the way to the 3rd floor. Through the 8’ double doors to your left, you enter the grand parlor that boasts original flooring, original fireplace, 10ft ceilings and nearly 7ft windows fitted with cafe shutters. To the right of the foyer, you’ll find yourself in the dining room with the original fireplace, followed by the eat-in kitchen with original wide-plank flooring. The 1st floor also includes a half-bath, mudroom and back staircase. There are 3 bedrooms on the 2nd level, including a master suite with large bathroom, soaking tub and double vanity. The 2nd floor is also comprised of an additional full bath and family room that overlooks the nearly half-acre backyard (rare in Bordentown City)! As you make your way up to the 3rd floor, you’ll find an abundance of space with the nearly 10ft ceilings and 3 additional bedrooms. This stunning level includes charming arched-nook windows in every room and landing. As you exit the back of the home, you’ll find yourself in the 3+ car driveway and within the spacious backyard that includes a lovely patio, two koi ponds, a garden shed, underground sprinkler system and a historic horse stable currently used as a workshop (with electric). The courtyard, located to the side of the home, contains the separate entrance to the currently rented and recently renovated 1-bedroom apartment. The apartment offers the advantage of offsetting property taxes. Located in the town’s Hilltop District, the Sayre House is in walking distance to all the magnificent shops and restaurants, and the Riverline Station with easy commuter trains to New York City and Philadelphia. MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY: Stephen Sayre (1736-1818) was an American diplomat living in London during the Revolutionary War. He devised a plot to kidnap King George III in support of America but, before he could carry out his plan, he was arrested and thrown in the Tower of London. He was eventually let go and, after traveling through Europe, part of the time as Benjamin Franklin’s personal secretary, he finally returned to America and settled in Bordentown in 1793. He owned this home and the Point Breeze Estate until 1816, when he sold it to Joseph Bonaparte, exiled King of Spain and brother of Napoleon. Bonaparte lived in the home while he built his mansion. The house was then sold and moved to its current location on Farnsworth Avenue.

Detail

  • Property ID
    261842
  • 7
    Bedrooms
  • 4
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    4300 sqft
  • Lot Size
    0.48 acres
  • Italianate
    Style
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    Year Built
    1760

Updated on November 9, 2020 at 10:32 am

Address

  • Address: 25 Farnsworth Avenue
  • City: Bordentown
  • State/county: New Jersey
  • Zip/Postal Code: 08505
  • Country: United States

Contact Agent

Christopher Hindley
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