Edgewater park riverside house for sale

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Built in the 1850s as a summer home for wealthy Philadelphians, this home has undergone a two-year rebuilding process that has returned it to its original glory.

This is the back, not the front, of the grand Italianate mansion known as “Stanham” at 415 Cottage Ave. , Edgewater Park, NJ 08010. And if this is what the back of the house looks like, imagine what it would look like in front of me. In fact, you will not have to fantasize: read on and you will see. | Photo: Wiebke Martens via Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Cottage Street, the street that runs near the Delaware River in the Burlington County town of Edgewater Park, resembles the many lanes of South Jersey suburbs. The street has no curbs or sidewalks, and the homes lining it are mostly colonial, Dutch colonists, Cape Cods and ranchers dating back to the mid-20th century.

But in the middle of the eastern block in Edgewater Park, in the midst of all these middle-class homes, one suddenly passes through a stretch of road with curbstones, a manicured garden, and an iron gate.

Behind that gate, at the end of a long journey, are the grandest of the riverside houses behind those of the most humble: Stanham.

Built for sale sometime around 1854, this Italian riverfront home in Edgewater Park is the oldest of a series of homes built along the river here in the years before and after the Civil War by Andrew and James Minderson, who gave the community its name and developed as a place Where wealthy Philadelphians can escape the city’s heat and sickness in the summer.

Stanham’s first owner was a gentleman named George Taylor. An 1875 pamphlet promoting Edgewater Park in Philadelphia’s high society referred to Taylor’s summer house and its neighbors as “beautiful country benches surrounded by splendid grounds, splendid enough to occupy princes.”

In the 168 years since Taylor first occupied it, Stanham’s hand has changed seven times. Rope manufacturer J.M. Wall, which acquired it in 1924, converted it from a summer home to a year-round home, installing central heating. The owners who succeeded Wall made many alterations to the home over the years following World War II, converting the servants’ quarters into an annex apartment, adding two side wings and a greenhouse to the home, and installing an elevator.

The current owner, who bought Stanhame in 2004, has spent two years undoing all of these changes while providing side suites and the greenhouse, including removing the elevator, and returning the house to its original glory, with no expense spared in doing so.

Like its other neighbors who have returned from Cottage Street, Stanhame is located facing the river, which means the parking lot at the end of the driveway takes you to its back door. But as the photo above must show, the formal garden and fountain in front of this parking lot make this one of the biggest back doors you’ll ever see.

Riverside house for sale Edgewater Park

Exterior (river side)

But what is even greater is the river side of the house.

House for sale overlooking the river from Edgewater Park from the front porch

River view from the front door

It has a full-width portico facing the river and a stone path leading to its edge.

House for sale Edgewater Park riverside patio

Courtyard

House for sale Edgewater park swimming pool on the banks of the river

Swimming pool

But since this front yard is actually the functional backyard, you’ll find a patio next to the extra pavilion on one side of the house and a pool and cabana on the other.

House for sale in Edgewater Park riverside foyer

Entrance and Rear Entrance

Heading through the back door into the hallway, you will soon enter the large living room, where you also find the front door.

House for sale Edgewater park front door on the banks of the river

the front door

House for sale living room on the banks of Edgewater Park

Living room

This door and large river-facing windows feature intricate leaded glass. The wood-beamed ceiling features gargoyles that hold the beams, and the pink stone used for the fireplace is said to have been carved a thousand years ago in Italy and imported here.

House for sale Edgewater Park Riverside saloon

Side salon

Chestnut panels in the living room and adjacent side salon are also imported.

living room

living room

Next to the back door on the right, behind the living room, is this elegant sitting room.

billiards room

billiards room

bar room

bar room

green house

green house

Outside the living and sitting rooms, you’ll find a billiards room, a bar room, a large window facing the pool, and a greenhouse.

formal dining room

formal dining room

And at the rear of the side salon, to the left of the back door, is the formal dining room. It has glass windows with stained glass medallions and an elaborate coffee ceiling.

Informal kitchen and dining room

Informal kitchen and dining room

The entrance from the dining room leads past the back staircase to a large kitchen with a casual dining room next to it.

kitchen

kitchen

This kitchen is designed for someone who loves to do their best when cooking. Featuring a massive range of Aga and a professional-grade Sub-Zero fridge and freezer, it’s brimming with pantry, storage, and granite-covered counter space, all under an authentic pressed tin roof.

Informal dining room

Informal dining room

The front (back) patio is just outside the casual dining room, making indoor/outdoor dining easy when the weather is right.

The public spaces in this house, then, are really large, as are the private spaces on the two upper floors.

basic bedroom

basic bedroom

All seven bedrooms in this home have been remodeled in a historically appropriate style. Above you see the basic bedroom.

basic bathroom

basic bathroom

The primary bathroom has a luxury bathtub, while every other full bathroom in this riverfront home for sale in Edgewater Park features a 1800s-style bathtub. Some bathrooms also have stall showers.

Sitting room on the second floor

Sitting room on the second floor

Each of the two upper floors also has a sitting room. The floor on the second floor has the same 12-foot ceilings as the rooms on the first floor.

Sitting room on the third floor

Sitting room on the third floor

The bedroom on the third floor, as well as the bedrooms on the third floor, feel more intimate thanks to the low ceilings.

Belvedere

Belvedere

The grand main staircase ends at the Belvedere at the top of the house. From here you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the river, property, and community.

transport house

Trolley house, side rise

The 5.2-acre property in Stanham includes two other buildings. One is a six-car garage with two outdoor spaces adjacent to it. The other is this carriage house, which includes an attached apartment.

Transport house kitchen

Transport house kitchen

Transport house dining room

Transport house dining room

Its main floor contains a modern kitchen and dining room in one of the three garage hammocks. You can park the other two cars.

carriage house living room

Living room in carriage house

The second floor consists of the living room and bedroom. There is a large balcony with a spiral staircase from the floor off the living room.

transport house bedroom

transport house bedroom

The bedroom has its own smaller balcony above the garage as well as an en suite bathroom.

transport house bathroom

transport house bathroom

This bathroom has a pressed tin ceiling and — as might fit in a wagon house bathroom — a more modest foot tub than those in the main house bathrooms.

Given how this home is orientated, when you invite your friends over you might want to encourage them to come by boat. They should have no problem mooring next to your backyard because this home comes with 1.2 acres of river rights. (However, you will need to put in a berth of some sort if you plan to do so.)

Incidentally, Cottage Street got its name because in the beginning, servants’ homes were located across from the mansions they served. Some of these huts may survive to this day.

You will obviously live like a prince if you buy this riverfront home for sale in Edgewater Park. You’ll also get the coolest (and most expensive) house in town. But you must find that you will continue to receive a warm welcome from your neighbors in this “little town with a big heart”.

good print

bed: 7

bathrooms: 5 full, half

cubic feet: 8,180

selling price: $2,950,000

415 Cottage Ave., Edgewater Park, NJ 08010 [Grant Wagner and David M. Schure | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty]

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