Sold 12/23/2016
  • 3
  • 1
    partial bath
Single Family Home

Here is a unique opportunity to live in historic Clarke Cottage, circa 1725, in Princeton's Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District, just steps to the Park (best place to fly a kite in town and participate in all its historic events) and so close to the heart of town for shopping and fine dining. Extensive documentation goes with this property, detailing its history from the beginning as part of the Benjamin Clarke farm until 1894, through purchase by Moses Taylor Pyne as part of the estate now known as Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor's Residence. Following the pattern typical of modest dwellings in colonial times when Princeton was founded, the core of the house consisted of one room with a fireplace for cooking and heat, with pie stairs up to the bedroom. Also typical, the house was added to in the late 1700s and updated through to the present, cherished and curated since 1993 by the late preservationist and historian Donald G. Warnock Jr. Today the house has all the charms of its history along with expected modern conveniences, a garage and 2 garden sheds. The entry foyer with sitting area and bay window leads to the main living room with fireplace. A step down is the dining room -- the original room -- with its oversized but at present decorative colonial fireplace, a perfect setting for an intimate candlelight dinner. The kitchen is modern, with hardwood floors and eating area, skylit for cheeriness and with a nearby powder room. Upstairs is the later addition main bedroom, second bedroom and full bath -- and up those pie stairs is the original bedroom, offering a special private space for a guest, a study or a playroom. There's a screened porch for summer enjoyment outside and the garden offers paths with stone benches for relaxing and appreciating nature. Sit and absorb the ambiance of times past in the place where General Washington turned the tide of our nascent Revolution. This is not just another home, this is a living treasure awaiting your passion and care for its heritage.

Property Details
  • Princeton Regional
    school district
  • Colonial
  • $10,362.00
  • 6665655
Gas fireplace(s)
Fireplace in living room
Ceiling fan(s)
Central air
Natural gas heat
Breakfast room
Eat-in kitchen
Wood floors
Tile flooring
Partial basement
High school: PRINCETON H.S.
School district: Princeton Regional
One car garage
Detached parking
Wood exterior
Bay windows
Lot acreage is: 1.26
Lot zoned: R3
Slate roof
Public sewer
Public water
Property style: Colonial
Tax year: 2016
Master bedroom is 11 x15
Master Bedroom Level: Upper 1
Bedroom 2 is 10 x8
Bedroom 2 Level: Upper 1
Bedroom 3 is 11 x14
Bedroom 3 Level: Upper 1
Dining Room is 11 x13
Dining Level: Main
Kitchen is 8 x15
Kitchen Level: Main
Living Room is 13 x9
Living Room Level: Main
Full baths on upper floor: 1
Half baths on main floor: 1
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Name Type GreatSchools
Johnson Park School Pre-School, Elementary School / Public 10 1.37 mi.
J Witherspoon Middle School Middle School / Public 8 1.8 mi.
Princeton High School High School / Public 9 2.34 mi.
Princeton Friends School * Pre-School, Elementary School, Middle School / Private N/A 0.2 mi.
The American Boychoir School * Elementary School, Middle School / Private N/A 1.16 mi.
The Hun School Of Princeton * Middle School, High School / Private N/A 0.66 mi.
Address Distance Sale date Sale price
545 MERCER RD 0 mi. 12/23/2016 $440,000
618 BRICKHOUSE RD 0.27 mi. 5/5/2017 $380,000
4 THORNGATE CT 1.21 mi. 8/26/2016 $540,000
22 CANAL RD 1.32 mi. 9/16/2016 $495,000
15 BANK ST 1.57 mi. 4/18/2016 $525,064
566 ALEXANDER RD 1.57 mi. 11/28/2017 $450,413
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545 MERCER Road, PRINCETON, NJ 08540 is a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath single family home was sold for $440,000.
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