c. 1780/1853/1874 – Union Township, NJ

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33 Gravel Hill Rd, Union Twp. NJ

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  • $279,500
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2630 Sq Ft
  • 4.89 Ac.
A unique offering of the historic Carter-Stires Farm presents a rare opportunity for a buyer who is seeking a house they want to make their own. While the home is in need of some work, it has good bones and spacious rooms. The circa 1780 main house was added onto in 1853 and 1874, as evidenced by the dates etched in the basement construction. Modern updates include a newer septic, oil tank, 200 amp electrical service, slate roof on house, and tin roofs on each of the three barns.

Care was taken in retaining the home’s Early American character while preserving many vintage appointments such as high ceilings, generously-sized rooms, Dutch front door, wide-plank wood floors, beamed ceilings, original moldings, porcelain door knobs, a fieldstone fireplace, multiple Jersey winder stairs, built-ins, 9 over 6 windows in many rooms, and a beautiful main staircase. Measuring approximately 2,630 square feet, this expansive Colonial is arranged with 11 rooms, including four bedrooms and one full bath. The first floor includes a living room anchored by a stone heatilator fireplace with wood-burning insert, den/office, laundry room, galley kitchen, and dining room. Four bedrooms (two with adjacent sitting room/offices), a hall full bath, and walk-up stairs to attic complete the second floor.

The bucolic 4.89± acre property is located at the corner of Gravel Hill Road and County Route 614. Its farm-like setting offers some open fenced pastures, wooded areas and three red barns allow for multi-purposes. The largest barn has electricity and features an earthen ramp to the huge main level which is fully-floored and offers an abundance of storage space. The first level was previously used for livestock where you can still see evidence of stalls. The second barn has electricity, a gravel floor, a one-stall stable and stairs to second floor with fully-floored storage area. Between the barns is a paved apron and gravel parking area. The third barn, which is closest to the road, is open in the back where livestock was housed in earlier times.

Concrete stepping stones from the gravel parking area near the house lead to the front porch and cement walkways surround the home for easy access to the three entrance doors. A lovely stone wall on the west side of the home offers an area to plant annuals or perennials for an in-season display. A fenced-in chicken coop and gazebo complete the exterior. Outside access is also available to the basement.

Union Township is situated in the western part of Hunterdon County and is bisected by Route 78 which allows for easy commuting. Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 44 miles away. Local bus service is provided by Trans-Bridge Lines in Clinton and train service on NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line is available in Annandale. The Hunterdon County LINK bus offers handicapped-accessible, on-demand bus service throughout the county.
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Karen Sferra, Turpin Real Estate
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5 Comments on c. 1780/1853/1874 – Union Township, NJ

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11918 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for sharing her listing with us.

  2. natira121natira121 says: 677 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    And kudos to the realtor for such a comprehensive write-up! So often realtors don’t know anything about old houses, an even less about farm buildings!

  3. JulieJulie says: 50 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Anytime I see houses that are from the 1700’s to early/mid 1800’s I always think of them in terms of what world events the people living there would have seen or talked about. My house was built in 1900 and I think about how Mr. Turnipseed (the house’s original owner) would have heard about the sinking of the Titanic or other famous bits of history, or how the big 350 year old live oak that my back deck is built around knew a time when Florida was still controlled by Spain. I can’t help but imagine someone walking up the stairs or sitting by the fireplace here in this house reminiscing about the signing of the Declaration of Independence just a few years earlier. It always helps me to wrap my mind around just HOW much some of these gorgeous old homes have seen in their many years.

    • Julie I just wanted to say, I share in your feelings and thoughts. I often wonder at times how sad a house must be if it’s been empty for awhile and parts of it are decaying. What kind of lives lived there! Maybe I’m a dreamer or a curious soul but with each house I see here. That I fall in love with I can’t help imagining it’s past occupants and sometimes I ask how can you sell or move from this beauty!

  4. Trillian says: 4 comments

    Another great NJ property. Definitely needs some work but I love all the old doors throughout the house, and the exposed brick and tile in the bathroom. Great land, too! If only NJ real estate taxes weren’t so out of control…

    What great observations Julie! You have me thinking of what this place must have been like when it was a working farm, and to your point, all it’s seen through the years.


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