c. 1860 Italianate – Annandale, NJ

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315 Old Allerton Rd, Annandale, NJ 08801

  • $380,000
  • 8 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 5292 Sq Ft
  • 5.2 Ac.
New description: Bring your vision!Make this circa 1860 historic Italianate mansion your home,offers 4500 sq ft.Centrally located outside quaint town of Clinton.Original features throughout,5.20 ac,2nd home & barn.

Old description: The stately and elegant McCloughan Mansion is an exceptional historic property located in Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey with- in the historic village of Annandale. It is an architectural jewel that is easily accessible from most of New Jersey State and New York City via major roadways, train and bus. Italianate Brick Villa Circa 1860, renovated in 1913 with a second home and barn on the 5.2 acres of open land surrounded by mature trees for complete privacy. The McCloughan Mansion offers a beautiful wrap around porch, historic moldings and millwork, barrel cross gables and cupola and a bracketed metal roof. This property is offered in "as is condition" and needs rehabilitation for continued or adaptive re-use. It has new underground electric service run to the mansion and stubbed for the out buildings. Currently has private water and septic with potential for public water and sewer. Residential property with Office Business OB-1 Zoning for commercial redevelopment.Potential for development at 40% impervious surface and 15% floor area ratio. Deed restrictions to maintain the historic appearance of the North, East and South facade of the mansion with possible rehabilitation tax credits.
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Barbara Groogan, Coldwell Banker Hearthside
(908) 996-7151 ext. 150
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  1. says: 470 comments

    I love a wraparound porch, but ths one feels awfully spartan to me…lke there should be more detail or something? It was pretty surprising to find those rough stone fireplaces inside, too. I wonder how they got in there.

  2. echo says: 112 comments

    I agree it certainly needs some sort of curb and porch appeal. But It looks sound but work to be done. I would have liked to see the kitchen and bathrooms. 🙂

    • says: 1 comments

      According to the floor plan there are no bathrooms. I love the arched porch roof and front door. The entire front view is odd. The porch is too big or the house is too small.

      • Samantha Bukowski says: 1 comments

        For those wondering, there are in fact bathrooms. I live very close to this beauty (I could walk there) and have had my eye on it for as long as I can remember (I just graduated college so it isn’t exactly in my budget). This house has been on and off the market, and people have been in and out doing little work at a time and never able to finish the job. I often photographed it in high school when it was still accessible and not locked up. The bathroom I remember most vividly was a very small second floor bathroom, original wallpaper and a wonderful claw foot bath tub. The tub was rotted and likely couldn’t be saved, but the bathrooms do exist! As for the bizarre house/porch proportions – the porch is just gigantic. Its wonderful in person. It does lack the detail you would typically expect from a home of this era, but the space is perfect. Also not mentioned is that there is a family graveyard on site. Four or six graves of previous owners family if I’m not mistaken? In a little fenced area – no weird vibe at all. Adds character and makes you respect the history that much more. There’s also an outhouse which is dilapidate but funny. This house deserves to go to someone who can really take the time and money to turn it around the right way – It’s stunning! Kitchen technically exists but would need to basically be done from scratch. The rooms are huge throughout the house, and the natural light is unbeatable.

      • Wendy says: 1 comments

        I actually grew up in this house! There’s 2 bathrooms, one on second floor & one on third floor.

        • Lisa says: 32 comments

          Hi Wendy! You’re exactly right! The tub is still on the third floor! We just haven’t had the time to do any significant work on the third floor. Just took down the water-damaged Sheetrock. We took down the bathroom on the second floor and opened the space as a little sitting area. Haven’t yet put in the window seat…The bathroom on the second floor is now in the back of the house in what was what I would call perhaps a small nursery. We built another bathroom across from what was the pantry on the first floor. We took down the pantry and put up open shelves. We also took one of the windows from the old pantry cupboard and laid it horizontally as a transom above the new bathroom door. We really tried to keep the house in tact as much as possible.

  3. FergusFergus says: 237 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    I really like the exterior as it is, it’s grand yet simple and not fussy, and the curved roof of the porch is a good example of this. I really like the look of the additional house too. As for the interior, it needs period-appropriate colours desperately as part of the restoration. Although the room listed as the Master Bedroom on the floor plan looks to have originally been two rooms, otherwise the architect must have been high when he put a fireplace in such a position in the rooms below, only to make it a “central” feature of the room above. But given the beams either side, I’d say the safest bet is that it was originally two rooms, either way, it needs the fireplace reinstated with a period appropriate fire place surround. I’d like to see the waste/sewage pipe removed from right next to the front door; I’m guessing the small room directly above is going to be a bathroom. The pipe could at least be put in the wall cavity. If there really aren’t any bathrooms yet then we could be looking at a house that has been unaltered since construction, up until now that is.

  4. Johntique says: 81 comments

    I have found that bathrooms are often not shown in floor plans. The evidence of plumbing is quite obvious, beginning with:

    photo 10 – the standpipe next to the door
    photo 22 – the freestanding drainpipe – currently not connected to anything
    photo 26 – looks like plumbing connections on back wall, just to the left of the chimney
    photo 27 – looks like a sink at the right hand side of the photo

    I sincerely doubt that a house which has had this much alteration would remain unplumbed!

    I also believe that the exterior looks oddly out of proportion because of the perspective, the porches being so far in the foreground.

  5. Mike B says: 1 comments

    I have been in and around that home many times for several years. It sat derelect for well over a decade. Kudos to the architect/developer for saving it.

    There are two bathrooms on the second and third floor respectively. They are very dated and moreover, the original fixtures have been vandalized or stolen so consider them a blank slate requring complete remodeling. Likewise, the kitchen which is in the rear of the house was “modern 70s” with no architectural value and has since been completely gutted during the recent cleanup and stabilization.

    The description has a typo. The house was built in the 1860s but it was remodeled in 1913, not 2013 as the listing states. That’s when the porch was added and very likely the house electrified and plumbed. Other interior details were upgraded such as the floor, but as to when those hideous fireplaces were modified is anyone’s guess.

    The house has tremendous character but it also needs work of course, most notably the interior surfaces as the plaster and lath have suffered, particularly on the top floor. However the bones are still very solid having a stout masonry foundation and brick facade so rot appears minimal.

    I cautiously await the next stage in the life of that unique house. If only those walls could talk!

  6. Bob H says: 77 comments

    This is a gem and a direct shot commuting into NY. Perfection.

  7. Lilibet says: 10 comments

    Thanks so much for the info! Certainly helped with somethings I was wondering about.
    The kitchen remains gutted, is that correct?

  8. Derek Dandurand says: 1 comments


    Yes the kitchen still remains gutted. I have been in the house a couple of times and the architects who tackled the moth-balling of the structure did an excellent job. The house still needs plenty of work, and I hope it goes to the right buyer. My girlfriend and I adore this house as we are graduates in the field of historic preservation and architecture. Unfortunately, we could never afford our dream house even in its current condition.


  9. deborah says: 3 comments

    My boyfriend and I went out to see a house to buy and we passed this, I fell in love with it as I would love to save old homes like this, he doesn’t want to take on a project like this as he said to me he saw this listing and knew I’d would want to look at it. Why hasn’t the historical sociality or town purchase the house and raise money or get volunteers to help out with the resuration and business donate materials as they are doing to restort the Abby in allamuchy now its restored enough they are renting it out for wedding and parties to help in the cost to restore and hopefully renting for weddings and parties will provide funds in the future to keep it mantained. People would just come in and do what they could to help it and l see all that has that wrote here saying they love the home wouldnt you love to give a few hours to help community that’s how the old Abby getting rrestored.

    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 386 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      Unfortunately, historical and preservation societies have tremendous difficulty raising funds for projects like this because not that many people really feel motivated to give their money to these types of causes. We’ve seen house after house on this website where this has clearly been the single greatest issue facing old houses that are in great jeopardy–too few people want to live in them and fewer still want to give their money to save them. We who are the viewers of this website simply aren’t representative of the American public as a whole, and we surely aren’t representative of what the government’s priorities are either. Unfortunately, we’re competing for dollars with people who are trying to raise money to cure cancer, help refugees and any number of other very worthy causes, and our national consumerist culture is incredibly wasteful in almost always preferring something new to recycling or fixing something old. In short, we’re up against mainstream thinking that considers virtually everything disposable and having the newest trend or fashion from clothing to cars to houses as being the best if not the only way to live.

  10. Tom says: 1 comments

    I Would love to buy this house but the price is a little high for the shape that it’s in. I would love to make a offer on it. It’s not for sale anymore though… 🙁

  11. SueSue says: 1127 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    This is a stunning and elegant beauty. I would adore to have the privilege to bring her back to life. The view from that porch is exquisite. It would be a crime to make it a commercial property (excluding B&B or Inn). So many elegant grand homes in Augusta Maine have been made into office buildings. Breaks my heart.

  12. Patrick says: 1 comments

    I pass by this property about 3 times a month. It truly is a beautiful house and the property has some nice features, but it’s simply not worth the price they’re asking. I think it last sold in 2012 for 116,000. It hasn’t had nearly enough work put into it to justify the new price. It really is a shame. I would love to see it restored to its former glory, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon.

  13. LisaLou says: 107 comments

    This home is simply beautiful! Big porch and all! I wish I was younger and rich, I would buy this and restore her. This style of house is one of my favorites.

  14. Frisco15 says: 32 comments

    I closed on this house last week and started repairing it immediately after the closing. I plan to keep it pretty much as is except for bathrooms and kitchen.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11889 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      That’s good news, congratulations!

      • Deborah says: 3 comments

        So happy you got this beautiful home, and your going to restore it. I was so hoping someone would. I would of loved to, I moved to red bank area, you should post before and after pictures, as so many admire and love this home. So happy for you!

        • Lisa says: 32 comments

          Thanks for the good wishes, Kelly. I’ll take your suggestion and will post pictures. Right now we’re in the thick of it. Once some improvements are visible, I’ll post.

          • Lenore says: 1 comments

            Lisa, am thrilled to see someone bought the McCloughan Mansion — my family owned it from the 1940’s-through the early ’70’s and we grew up there. If I could have uprooted my family and moved back there, I would not have hesitated, truly a gem property with so much history. That wraparound porch was particularly memorable, many tricycle races back and forth and many family get-togethers. Would love to see pictures as you progress. Lenore

  15. Lisa Wade says: 32 comments

    Good morning Lenore!
    thanks for writing! It sounds as if you have many happy memories of the house when it was beautiful. We intend to make it beautiful again. It’s sad that it was let go. I can just imagine the tricycle races on the porch! Right now we took down a wall inbetween the left parlor and kitchen and removed the little pantry area between the kitchen and the room on the right in the back of the house. the kitchen will remain a kitchen and the room on the right in the back of the house is where we’ll eat – a non-formal dining room. the right parlor will be somewhat formal. We also took a wall down on the second floor to make a large bedroom on the left side of the house. The other rooms will remain the same. we may expand one room in the garrett to join another otherwise it will remain the same up there as well. we’re looking forward to having the cupala lit! I hope to have the push-button lightswitch plate restored at the base of the stairs. anyway, i must get back to work. i thought i’d give you a quick update. Please stay in touch!

  16. Tony Golden says: 1 comments

    Hello folks. I grew up in this house. My parents bought it in 1969 when I was 4 years old and sold it in 1978 when we moved to Florida. I had not been back to the home in 30 years and returned for the first time in 2008 to find it quite rundown unfortunately. It was an absolutely amazing childhood there. In the summer, we played in the stream, went fishing at Walnut pond (there were no buildings there then) went exploring through the woods picking wild raspberries and strawberries. There used to be a large abandoned apple orchard way past the church across the street in the woods which we found on our hikes and we used to bring home tons of apples. In the winter, we sled down the hills in the snow. Even when it rained, the porch was so big we used to spend hours playing on it. The house and property were however an incredible amount of work. The house needed a lot of updating when we purchased it and my father and mother worked for years on it. I spent my summers cutting the lawns, painting the porch, tending to the large vegetable garden next to the barn and about a million other chores there. When we purchased it, the house still had a very old coal furnace and the coal truck would pull up next to the house and pour coal through a little opening under the porch. It sounds more romantic than it was. After one winter of shoveling coal to keep us all warm, my father bought an electric furnace and had it installed in the basement. The house was in a quite pristine condition when we left in 1978 so I was very shocked to find it in such bad shape when I returned. The side door was unlocked and I was able to go inside and relive some childhood memories. Very happy to hear something good is happening with the house. Hope your memories will be as good as mine.

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Hi Tony!
      Thanks for the wonderful history you gave of this beautiful house. You’re a terrific writer! I submitted some pictures to be put on the site. They’re of the work we’re doing to refurbish the house. I’ll soon be power washing the porch to prepare it for a new stain job and today we were up on the roof repairing holes. We’ve got a long way to go before we move in. We have to put in all plumbing, electricity and heat. There was nothing in it when we purchased it in May. Oh, there are still wild raspberries growing on the side of the white house! I very much appreciate that you posted! Please keep in touch. I’ll do the same and give updates on the progress we’re making. Best regards, Lisa

  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11889 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

  18. Lisa says: 32 comments

    Hi everyone,
    Above you’ll see photos of the McCloughan Mansion under renovation. While it may look like a lot is being done, we’ve only taken down two walls. Top photo is of the wall that we took down between the rooms on the second floor on the left side of the house (as you face the front door). This will make one large bedroom. The other bedrooms on that floor will remain as is. There was a bathroom on the second floor in the center hall at the front of the house. We dismantled that also and are making a bathroom out of what I’d describe as a room that could have been a very small nursery in the back of the house. The second picture is of the pantry area between the two rooms at the back of the house on the first floor. We dismantled the pantry and will make an open shelving pantry there and opposite that we framed out a small bathroom as there wasn’t a bathroom on the first floor. The left room at the back of the house will be the cooking part if the kitchen and the room at the back of the house on the right will be an informal dining room. The third picture is of the new sink and the framed out area that will hold the slate island. The stove will go between the kitchen door and the back windows. The fourth photo is of the upstairs room once again showing the remains of the walled in brick chimney that went from the basement fireplace to the roof. That structure was taken down from the first floor to the roof, as it was in the middle of each room respectively and had no use other than take up space. The fifth picture is of the wall coming down between the left parlor and what I previously described as the cooking part of the kitchen. We’ll make that area a great room with the fireplace, parlor, island, etc. The sixth picture again is of deconstruction of the second floor wall and chimney. Last picture is of the wall coming down between parlor and kitchen. Sorry so many of the same rooms in different stages of deconstruction. I’ll do better with the next set! The walls which were taken down were of brick in between one inch of plaster on each side. They were amazingly strong and well preserved and very difficult to remove. This house was built so beautifully. So nice to see the quality construction. We’re following suit and keeping the integrity as much as possible. There was a lot of water damage from the leaking roof which made it all the way to the first floor. The roof itself was in pretty good shape, however the nails that held the tin in place had areas where water seeped through. To be continued. Thank you for your interest. We all seem to have that in common!

  19. Joycek says: 2 comments

    I pass this house every day on my way to work. I love it! If you need a kitchen and or bath/cabinet designer…let me know!
    Best of luck with your renovations!

  20. Lisa says: 32 comments

    Hi Joyce! Thanks for the offer. We’re doing all the renovations ourselves. Lots of work but it’ll certainly be custom! I will soon post pix of our progress. I really haven’t had too much down time considering I have a full time job along with this house project. Looking forward to moving in!

  21. Joycek says: 2 comments

    Thank you for your quick reply! I look forward to seeing your progress as I pass by! If you change your mind and need cabinets, I would love to talk with you!
    Best of luck to you!

  22. Lisa says: 32 comments

    Thanks Joyce. Update: We finished powerwashing and painting the roof of the porch and gave the porch floor one sanding. Another sanding possibly this coming weekend, then we’ll stain it. Kitchen will soon be wired and plumbed. To be continued!

  23. Lorraine says: 3 comments

    I first saw your house a few years ago when my son and daughter-in-law moved to Annandale. Every time I visit them, I pass your property and admire that house. I am so happy it is receiving TLC and will once again be a home. Thank you so much for taking the time to post pictures and keep us “McCloughan Mansion” fans up to date with your renovations. Best of luck.

    • Lisa Wade says: 32 comments

      Hi Lorraine! Thanks for the note. We’re very happy to have the house and look forward to it being our home. I’ve sent an email to another site and have included pix and descriptions. I’ll try to get it to you or at least give you the site address.
      here’s the site. I don’t see the comments/pix i sent uploaded yet. but it’s a cool site nonetheless: http://www.preservationnj.org

      • Lisa Wade says: 32 comments

        Here’s the other website: http://www.preservationnj.org

        • Lorraine says: 3 comments

          Thank you for this information. I do not think your photos have been uploaded yet. Hopefully your project will eventually be posted. I shared this website with my husband who is a Professional Planner. It appears there are events advertised that he would be interested in attending. So, once again, thanks for the suggestion.

  24. Lisa says: 32 comments

    Hi Lorraine! I received a reply from that site manager this morning. I believe she’ll be getting it uploaded soon. I’m glad you and your husband found it useful.

    • Lorraine says: 3 comments

      If you have not already done so, you may be interested in looking at this document. It is a 40 page National Register Nomination from 2014 which possibly was associated with a Masters or Doctoral Thesis. It contains a lot of information pertaining to the history of your home. I hope this link works. If not, let me know and I will try again.

      • Lisa says: 32 comments

        Hi Lorraine. Thanks for this info. I not only have seen this before, I contacted the author. We’ve been in touch. I really hope that someday I’ll be able to have those if you who’ve shown interest in the house to visit. We’re moving along! Please keep in touch.

  25. Michele says: 2 comments

    I absolutely love this house. I’ve admired it all of my life. There was a bowling alley on the lot next to you in the 80s, with beautiful large cupolas on top. I would have loved to have bought that home when it was for sale, but it was not the kind of project I could take on. I’m so happy someone did buy it and is restoring it. It’s such a unique beauty. It can’t wait to see it come to life again. Best of luck to you!

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Thanks Michele! Things are moving along. Unfortunately we’re at the mercy of a very slow plumber and HVAC guys so we’re still not moved in. I anticipate that day should come soon. Nothing worthy of pictures at this time, however, today we put up wainscoting in the second floor bathroom and put the tub, toilet and sink in place for the plumber to hook up next week. We’re looking forward to being able to sleep there rather than drive the hour and 15 minutes each way to work on the house! To be continued…

  26. deborah caparoni says: 3 comments

    I so love see the updates and pictures on this beautiful house. I am so happy some one is making it beautiful again. Keep us updated.

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Hi Deborah! Thanks so much for the good wishes! We’re working hard to bring this house along. Today we sheetrocked the bathroom downstairs. Expecting the plumber to hook things up this week. Have people in place to Sheetrock the ceilings, paint the rooms and sand and finish the floors. Just have to get the inspection done for second floor framing and we’ll move ahead on the things previously listed. It’s very exciting, exhausting and time consuming!! Can’t wait to live there!

  27. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11889 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    In no particular order…pics!

  28. Christine Sakos says: 1 comments

    My family , The Sakos family, lived here from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s. I essentially was born and raised there. Every member of our family has been carefully watching the place ever since we left. We only rented and were not able to spend money on the building as we were a large family on a small income. It was a magical place to be and is in my heart and soul forever. Our family business is up on route 22 , John Sakos and co Furniture Repair in Whitehouse Station, we would love for the owners to stop in for a chat with us! We have old pictures and many stories to share. I saw it lit up at Christmas and cried. You’re very lucky to have this special place, it has been VERY LOVED.

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Hi Christine! Thanks for the comments I’m Lisa, the person who bought the house. John and I would LOVE to chat with you and will plan a visit to your store when convenient for all of us. Please contact me at my email address so we can set a date: lwade6995@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

  29. Joanna Lewis says: 1 comments

    Such a beautiful house and interesting chain of comments. I love the most recent pictures of the floor to ceiling subway tile. Is that the kitchen? Fabulous!

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Hi Joanna! Yes, the subway tiles are in the kitchen. They’re made in Italy but I bought them from Richmond Tile on Staten Island. Although I’ve driven past Richmond Tile many times, I bought them online as well as the tiles in the bathroom on the second floor. The ones on the second floor are new ( I bought them from a different tile site). People who have been to the house think they’re original from the house, but they’re actually new, just look distressed!

  30. Lorraine says: 1 comments

    Hi Lisa,
    I have visited this site since 2013 and posted a few comments in 2017. My husband and I pass your house every other week on the way to see our grand babies. We enjoyed watching your progress and were happy to see the house decorated for the holidays. I check this site once in awhile hoping to see some additional photos or comments. Thanks for posting again.
    Congratulations and best wishes for much happiness in your beautiful home.

    • Lisa says: 32 comments

      Hi Lorraine! Thanks for the nice comment and encouraging words. We moved into the house nearly a year ago and have a little more to do inside and lots to do outside! I’m eager to clear the side porch and use it for relaxing rather than a holding place for tools, wood and any number of other things! Yes, relax – that would be something new and different! I’ll post more photos as things progress. Thank you again for the kind words, Lorraine.

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