1895 Shingle – North Plainfield, NJ

Added to OHD on 2/8/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   37 Comments
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76-80 Mercer Ave, North Plainfield, NJ 07060

  • $389,000
  • 7 Bed
  • 4.5 Bath
  • 5434 Sq Ft
  • 0.38 Ac.
Rents total $4,950 per month. Separate utilities. Stunning 3 Family with single family feel from large well appnted apts. Excellent rents allows owner occupant to live for free.Incredible character.
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Faith Maricic, Coldwell Banker
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37 Comments on 1895 Shingle – North Plainfield, NJ

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  1. TracyTracy says: 93 comments

    If I had the money and the wherewithal to restore this beauty, the first thing I would do is blast off that brick zit on the front…

  2. Joyce says: 2 comments

    Gorgeous homes in this area, however a high crime neighborhood.

  3. says: 472 comments

    OK, after seeing this house, I’m back to liking Queen Annes. That front hall is nearly perfect, except of course for the beautiful fireplace being bricked up. And speaking of bricks, what IS that brick addtion-looking thingy? It doesn’t look new at all…could it be original to the house?

  4. Megan says: 94 comments

    These last three houses have my heart going pitter-patter, too bad I already own my soul house

  5. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    Brilliant house, with an all-out roofline. The photos seem to support the assertion of the listing text that the apartments were subdivided in a sensitive way.

  6. Linda O. says: 73 comments

    I love this house. In 1976 I lived on this street, just down from this house. Amazing properties all along this area..

  7. Matt z says: 104 comments

    Gorgeous design! I bet the same architect designed this behemoth of a Queen Anne in nearby Plainfield. http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifestyle/homeandgarden/history-lesson.html

  8. Barbara says: 63 comments

    This was a fun tour; I agree with you Ryan about the enclosed fireplaces. I wonder why two were permanently sealed.

  9. Christina says: 13 comments

    We are in the final stages of owning this beauty* – We’re very excited! – it’s even more beautiful in person! The division was very tastefully done and it’s obvious that this house was very loved throughout the years. There are also two bathrooms that are original and the tub is an outstanding site to see. If anyone knows of a great glazing company for cast irons that comes to the house please let us know. There is minimal rust near the drain that we’d like to address. In regards to Joyce’s comment – this area is not to be confused with Plainfield (even though there are also gorgeous areas in Plainfield as well). This is a separate town with a separate downtown and it’s actually a different County. The neighborhood is quiet and there are endless amounts of gorgeous homes.
    If anyone knows ANY* history on this home please post it. I am very eager to learn as much as I can about our future home.
    Thanks for all the warm comments* – they made me smile.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Congratulations! 🙂

      • Christina says: 13 comments

        Thank you! — it truly is a special home, it has a great energy* – Any info on the house that you or your followers may come across please keep us posted. You have an amazing site – thank you!

    • Valerie says: 2 comments

      Hi there! I owned this wonderful home from 2000 until 2011 and took very good care of it. I have some great info on it so for the new owner, congrats, and feel free to email me personally. Yes, North Plainfield is in Somerset County, and Plainfield is in neighboring Union County. They both have wonderful historic districts, with Plainfield’s much larger. That is where I live. Thanks for taking me down memory lane with this house. In fact, those are my old pics here 🙂
      All the best, Valerie

  10. Linda O. says: 73 comments

    First off let me say congrats on this fine home. I lived just a few houses down for awhile and walked by this house alot. Are you from Plainfield? You can check with the City Hall, the Historical Society, the Library. They should have lots of stuff on the house..Good luck. Its easier than you think. Ask neighbors, family members of the house, past owners etc. You will be able to get deeds, and all kinds of things.

    • Christina says: 13 comments

      We don’t live in Plainfield – We’re actually coming from Essex County and the house is in North Plainfield. When everything is finalized we definitely will be researching in the library, washington park historical society, city hall and ask around to neighbors. We’re very eager to find out as much as we can. Thanks so much*

  11. Linda O. says: 73 comments

    Is this how the house looks now right? Are you going to use it as a single family home?

    • Christina says: 13 comments

      Currently the house is exactly as shown. Our living area will be the entire first floor and half of the second floor. We have amazing tenants on half the second floor and the third floor. The third floor is very spacious – untouched, same rooms, same walls – there is even parquet wood floors in two of the rooms.
      The second floor apartment has parquet as well and a fireplace in bedroom and stained glass in living room and leaded glass in the bathroom. It is only separated by 2 doorways closed off from our upstairs level. It can easily be converted back to it’s original state. The doorways still have its original molding, it’s just simply a wall that enclosed the entrance. One is in one of our original bathrooms and the other is in a closet in the hallway.
      For now it will stay the same, we will see what the future holds…. But everything can Very easily be converted back to original beauty, nothing has been changed – all original walls. We’re very thankful. It’s a beautiful home. Lets just hope everything continues as planned. We should be moving in April. Thanks

  12. Linda O. says: 73 comments

    You are soooooo very lucky. In the pic. I lived a few houses down to the left of this. I always loved it and wanted to get inside..lol. I lived in the bottom floor of the house and two other people lived in two apt.s about me. I can’t remember the number of the house, but I can discribe it..haha. It wasn’t as beautiful as this tho. I wish you the best.. 😉

  13. Christina says: 13 comments

    Thank you*

  14. Todd says: 1 comments

    I grew up at 104 Syvamore Ave and Passed this house everyday on my way to school and used to think that a king lived in the house it was just a beautiful home and to finally see the inside its breathtaking the owners are lucky to have such a nice home the area was great to grow up in the 60s and 70s good luck with the home

  15. Ted Zukowski says: 1 comments

    My Family owned this Home from 1966 till 1987. I put the Steel Beam in the basement to level the floors. I changed the layout. I had Fun there.

    • Christina says: 13 comments

      Hello Ted,

      I would love to hear more about the house. Can you please tell us any information or history on the house. Do you have any old pictures or any information at all – looking forward to hearing from you!!!


  16. Christina says: 13 comments

    To everyone…. if you’re curious : so the brick face in the front is an addition – just a small extension to enlarge the living room. It’s actually not as awkward as it looks in the picture the entire foundation is brick so half of the home is brick on the sides – so it ties in when you see the entire house. The porch used to be a wrap around to where the atrium/solarium is now. So instead we have a large front porch, larger living room and separate enclosed atrium. As for the bricked off fireplace in the foyer. I believe it has something to do with location and heating – since it was converted to a multi-family it was something done to separate the levels. I may be wrong on that one. Maybe Ted above can explain more.

    I have so many questions for you Ted – I really am looking forward to speaking with you. I am also very curious if the basement floods. Please fill us in on any secrets or information – good or bad – we’d love to hear it all*

  17. Valerie says: 2 comments

    Oh one more thing, as the previous owner, the reason the fireplace if bricked up is for safety reasons. I had the entire main fireplace redone in 2001 as it was falling apart, and that is the fireplace that the furnaces are connected to. There are various reasons for what you see in these pics that I’m happy to answer. Congrats to the new owner. I did take care of this wonderful home for the 11 years I had it, and am sure you will continue in that tradition. It is very special indeed 🙂

  18. Christina says: 13 comments

    Hello** – so happy to hear from you!
    How can I contact you? I would love to ask you a ton of questions* — My old email that I do not use anymore is christinaf5@yahoo.com. I will try to check it to see if I hear from you and then I’ll send you my current email so we can talk. Thanks hope to hear from you soon* Christina

  19. Christina says: 13 comments

    Hello Valerie
    Please email me at – fletcher121310@gmail.com – we are the current owners and would love to hear from you. thanks

  20. Silvio says: 2 comments

    Hi everybody. I’m glad to see the excitement from Christina about this house. It is definitely a beauty and I hope she takes a good care of it. I use to drive by it on my way to work and that house always caught my attention, is beautiful in pictures and a breath taker in person. We live in a beautiful community that seems to be slowly getting better and better, it takes a lot of hard work to make our neighborhood perfect, but doesn’t take much to see it fall. There’s a lot of history in our Plainfields and it depend on us to take care of it. Good luck to all the new home owners…

  21. Christina says: 13 comments

    Very true* and my husband tries his best every free second he gets to do a little work on the house…. Thankfully it’s in pretty great shape but there’s still a ton of work to do… Little by little we’ll get it done – this is a great misunderstood community – we love it and we love the history the plainfield a have to offer*. – I drive around Van Wyck section just for fun sometimes – all the history and stories that can be told about these areas are so interesting to me. We’re happy to be here* and love our beautiful home*

  22. Silvio says: 2 comments

    Funny, I do the same thing sometimes, drive on that are just to admire the old houses, sleepy hollow section and Netherwood hights are also and eye candy for those who admire older and full of character houses, I am also a big fan of carriage houses, that give an extra charm for older houses, righ on Mercer there’s a brick Victorian that has a beautiful green one that can be seen from the street.
    You ever heard about the book that Mario Caruso wrote about the North Plainfield history, there’s a lot of great things about the pass of our little town, I actually found out in that book that the stone house by me used to be a gate house for a mansion that unfurtunally burnt down.

  23. Christina says: 13 comments

    Thank you so much for letting me know about this book – I found it on line in paperback – do you know if it comes in hardcover? If you find it – please post the link.
    My friend just followed us to the area and bought a house in sleepy hollow – amazing section! – much nicer than here but I still love my neighborhood – I hope more young families move into the neighborhood looking to restore as we are and bring this community back – My husband had to repair a few windows and all were replaced with Wavy Glass* – he insists we give this house what it deserves as much as we can afford to do so. We home more people like us continue to move in and take advantage of the opportunity in owning these beautiful homes and restoring them to their original beauty. It would be lovely if some modern stores and cafes and shops would take over Somerset Ave. It would totally change the neighbor! A nice Italian restaurant, Cafes, quaint clothing shop, modern salon, coffee shop (Starbucks help communities eventhough I prefer privately owned) – a few of these on our strip would transform this town*

  24. Linda Omoletski says: 73 comments

    I lived down the street from this house in 1976.

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