Salem, NJ

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Added to OHD on 1/11/19   -   Last OHD Update: 6/23/20   -   27 Comments
Off Market / Archived

63 Money Island Rd, Salem, NJ 08079

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  • $79,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2567 Sq Ft
  • 0.95 Ac.
The John Mason House Federal style historic home built in 1695 and expanded over the years, is believed to be one of the oldest homes in Salem County. Originally this home was built by early settlers and situated upon thousands of acres. Today it is nicely situated on almost an acre of land and surrounded by land owned by the state of New Jersey, Green Acres Program. The property is within walking distance to the Alloway Creek Wetland Restoration Site which features two well-maintained trails to viewing platforms near the Delaware River. You can enjoy nature while relaxing in the peaceful backyard with lovely views of the meadow and open farmland. This property is only 4 miles from the famous Hancock House and many, many other historical sites located in Salem County. This Victorian era house boast a brick patterned wall (oldest know wall in Salem County) in the foyer, original fire places, hardwood floors, windows, doors, 2 staircases, and 3 full floors plus the basement! The attic area believed to originally feature a ballroom is currently not being utilized as living space, but could easily be converted into additional bedrooms. Although a diamond in the rough, this historical home is certainly worth the labor of love! Home is being sold as-is. Home is eligible for the Registers of Historic Places. Any/All cert/inspections to be complete by buyer at buyers sole expense.
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Stephanie Davis, Weichert
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27 Comments on Salem, NJ

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11916 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Want to point out this is 4 miles south of Salem and is surrounded by fields rather than being in town.

  2. Tom says: 21 comments

    I remember this house was for sale by the state of NJ about 20 years ago. My wife and I went to look at it, and we called it “the dead house” (as opposed to “the falling down house”; another house we looked at, or “the sinkhole house”). It was REALLY rough; it looks like whoever bought it put some real effort into resurrecting it.

    We’re usually game for massive projects (hence the “falling down house” which we still regret not buying). This one was REALLY rough.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6775 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Interesting name. Why “dead house”? Such an odd looking place. I’m sure that’s owing to the likely MANY changes over the many years. I like to call my house the “sinking shack”. Heheheh. 😉

      • Tom says: 21 comments

        Part of it was the condition it was in, part of it was that it was so dark inside (I think it must have been partially boarded up; it was so long ago the memory is dim), partially it just didn’t have the charm that you often feel in even badly decaying old houses. Smallish rooms, low ceilings, dark, a good bit of water damage and rotting floors, not a real eye-catcher from the outside. I think it was that combination of factors. It just didn’t speak to us at all…sort of like it was dead. I do remember it was a sealed bid auction by some state agency. Whoever bought it has done a lot.

    • HollywoodNJHollywoodNJ says: 2 comments
      1850 Greek Revival
      Pennington, NJ

      I think I looked at this place too. Was only about $10K ? Very lonely

  3. SueSue says: 528 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Oooooo, this one seems so lonely and cold…and a little spooky. I hate when they seem to be so forgotten. A lot of character and a lot to work with.

  4. Zann says: 521 comments

    The windows in the kitchen made me stop and start scrolling from the beginning. Completely changed my view of the property in a very positive way.

    The brick wall caught my eye. It looks like there was a fireplace or something that was bricked over and then the wall changed and a door added? Pretty neat quirk.

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The diapering, or diamond pattern, of the brick on that wall is the most interesting part of the house historically. The detail dates from the Tudor period in England in the 1400’s. Salem County NJ has a number of homes with this patterned brickwork from the early 1700’s, including the Nicholson House close to this one:

    • Karen says: 1146 comments

      I was wondering about that bricked up fireplace too. I wonder, since the house was added to over time, what came first? I wonder if under all that stuccoed(?) brick, is there a tiny log cabin hiding somewhere? I love that wall of windows in the kitchen. I can imagine sitting there with a cup of coffee, watching deer being nosy about the place.

    • JereBJereB says: 8 comments
      Colonial, Federal NJ

      There’s a hearth under there. The mantle is that wooden beam above it. Id like to take out whatever is in the alcove and do some exploration.

      • Sandy BSandy B says: 807 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        A great deal of architectural archeology needed here, well but worth it. I’d love to be part of the team…..! Just pursued John Milner Architects of Chadd’s Ford, website and recommend it highly. Go thru the project portfolio and be sure and read the descriptions. They’ve done extraordinary work for decades.

  5. Sandy BSandy B says: 807 comments
    OHD Supporter

    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    A terrific amount work ($) needed here to uncover much 18th-century fabric and simply stabilize this early house. I’d be inclined to paring away failing parts and finding the worthy 17th and 18th-century if possible, even though I recognize the additions are also historic. Simply documenting and writing a Historic Structure Report for this house would be a daunting job. The Somerville house is a good and encouraging model.

  6. CharlestonJohn says: 1094 comments

    That Quaker diamond pattern brick wall is likely the oldest extant visible element in the living areas. There appears to have been numerous alterations and expansions throughout the years, and trying to define a build date or style is rather pointless. I’m sure this house has a fascinating architectural history perhaps dating back to the turn of the 18th century.

  7. augman says: 42 comments

    That area is kind of the forgotten land of NJ. But it IS less than 1/2 hour from Cowtown Rodeo – the oldest weekly running rodeo in the USA!

  8. Jo Ann Graham says: 119 comments

    Built in 1695 but listing calls it “Victorian era”? It looks 1695. I’m thinking realtor needs to modify listing verbage. This would be a lot of work but if you had skilled craftsmen might be nice.

  9. Cynthia Skidmore says: 17 comments

    I keep imagining Revolutionary War New Jersey and this house seeming old even then. 80 years old in 1775! Can you imagine, so cool!

  10. ddbackerddbacker says: 485 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    Who wouldn’t want to live on Money Island Road? I like the sound of that.

  11. Update June 23, 2020

    According to Zillow, the house came off market on June 11th. I drove out today out of curiosity, and was disappointed to see the right side of the house ripped off, red bricks everywhere. It looks like the owner was trying to possibly completely redo the wall, not entirely sure, but i sincerely hope so.


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