Surrounded by suburbs, the Sweetwater Homestead – once the anchor of a 92-acre farm – has been remodeled for modern living.
Most likely the first reaction you’ll have when driving up to 709 Glenwood Court in Cinnaminson is the one I got when I did this:
“What is this beautiful old house doing in a 1950s cul-de-sac?”
Here’s the answer: This cul-de-sac and the dozens of houses surrounding it were once the domain of the original owners of this house.
“Originally it was Sunny Slope Farm,” real estate developer David Spaventa says of this Cinnaminson farm for sale. “The owners had it shared as a 92-acre farm. Over the years they had sold [pieces of the farm] For the development.
“Then, I believe it was 1959, they sold the remaining parcel to a developer and they built this neighborhood here.”
The original house you see in the photo above dates from 1797-98. As the farmland shrank, the house expanded through additions; the last addition to the house was built the same year the owners sold the last part of the farm, in 1959. What was left of the farm was the 0.87 acre lot this house sits on. Spaventa, which has rehabilitated other historic homes in the area, bought this one at an auction last year.
This farm was once full of orchards. “They had everything – maples, fruit trees, pear trees,” Spaventa says. “What’s left are a few black walnuts.” (A large oak tree that stood in the backyard fell in one of last year’s violent storms. Spaventa put a “home garden” plot in its place as a memorial.)
These black nuts, you could say, are the origin of the Spaventa restoration, reconstruction and recycling project.
Yes, recycling project. Where possible, Spaventa has salvaged wood from interior demolition and reused it in the renovation. He supplemented the salvaged materials with items from Origin, Philadelphia’s architectural salvage emporium, to create a rustic, classic, and modern home.
And while Spaventa had no more idea what was to come than the rest of us, the way he redid this house makes it a great choice for anyone who likes to entertain but wants to keep things social. distant.
The ground floor includes a spacious living room, an equally spacious dining room and an upper drawer kitchen open to the dining room.
The living room contains the only one of the three fireplaces in this house that still works. Spaventa explained that the ducts of the other two had become so badly disfigured that they could not be repaired without demolishing part of the original house. French doors make it possible to isolate the living room from the entrance hall and the dining room.
Some of the reclaimed white oak has made its way into the ceiling of the dining room in a way that gives the impression that a door had been placed there intact. It’s just one of the many clever things Spaventa did during the makeover. The built-in storage drawers, china cabinets and shelves are all original from the house.
Where the living room and dining room maintain their classic colonial character, the kitchen is where rustic and modern meet. Reclaimed black walnut countertops, reclaimed white oak trim, repurposed oak beams in the butler’s pantry, and a farmhouse sink give the space a rustic feel, but modern stainless steel appliances and filler pots above the stove let you know. it’s equipped for today’s serious cook.
And if you’re hosting a dinner party that tests the limits of gatherings, you also have the option of having some of your guests fix up in the basement, where you’ll find a 700-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar and adjacent tasting room. .
Above, in the attic, you will find another space made for entertaining: a projection room designed to hold 16 seats. Here, as in the relaxation room on the other side of this floor, the original brickwork and woodwork have been left exposed in places.
The relaxation room has a clawfoot tub; you can if you wish transform this room into your own private spa. Note the thick black walnut beams in this room.
Between the ground floor and the attic are four of the house’s five bedrooms and two of its three bathrooms.
One of these bathrooms is a beautiful new ensuite to the master bedroom. It features a computer-controlled programmable shower enclosure as well as double vanities, hoop-shaped mirrors, and lots of reclaimed wood.
The fifth bedroom is part of a master suite with its own separate outdoor entrance on the ground floor.
The final nod to this home’s historic past is its name: the Sweetwater Homestead. The name evokes life on the frontier, doesn’t it? Well, those days may be long gone in this corner of New Jersey, but I can think of very few nicer places to claim your right to a little piece of the good life than this historic Cinnaminson Farm in to sell.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
SQUARE FEET: 4,790
SELLING PRICE: $689,999
709 Glenwood Court, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 [David Spaventa | The Saratoga Group | eXp Realty]