House of the Day: Rich With History, Not Luxury

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Not every home needs to offer the space of an airport hangar or flaunt a seven-digit price tag to capture your imagination. Sometimes, if you're able to appreciate more than gargantuan dimensions and bed-of-roses finishes, you can find other homes just as splendid in their own salt-of-the-earth way. So in a break from our usual go-big-or-go-home approach to House of the Day, we thought we'd feature one of the more discreet residential gems out on the market. This one deserves the spotlight because of its rich history.

Built in 1880, the Ballentine Farmhouse has been around since before the town it's located in, North Haledon, N.J., was even, well, a town. (It wasn't incorporated until the early 1900s.) The home, stewarded under Kimberly Fischer-Bunyan, who is only its third owner, has undergone renovations in recent years aimed at fully restoring the house's original design and integrity. Fischer tells us she has restored nearly everything, from the home's original wavy glass cabinets to its 19th century-style woodwork.

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The farmhouse, priced at $465,900, is set in charming preserved woodland and offers other reminders of its 19th century origin. It's hardwood floors are crooked in patches, its stairs creak, and though a country lane used to run straight up to its doorstep, the home now stands sideways to a street.

Keeping the home intact has not been easy, its owner says. Were it not for previous owners' pride in the home, the rustic dwelling might have had its date with the bulldozer long ago. Fischer-Bunyan tells us that, though she did not make the highest offer on the home, she was able to buy it because she promised not to demolish it. She said that she intends on keeping that promise.

"I hope that any future family that lives in this wonderful home will feel the same sense of pride in owning and being the keeper of one of the only true farmhouses left in N.J.," she writes, "and not come through with a wrecking ball and erect another 'ode to a castle' hotel-style home."

Carole Lynn Brescia of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has the listing.

Click on the images below to see more charming homes for sale in North Haledon, N.J.



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