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Appropriate by the Delaware sits this late-1890s gem that has been not only restored but turned into a fantasy palace deserving of a Disney princess.

penns grove victorian house for sale view from main gate

Any of people Disney princesses (and their princes) would no doubt come to feel appropriate at property at this eye-poppingly restored Victorian right on the Delaware at 80 Delaware Ave., Penns Grove, N.J. 08069 | Colour pictures Raymond Haldeman

“When you wish on a star
Tends to make no big difference who you are
Just about anything your heart wants will occur to you…”

“Jane Homebuyer, you just received the large Powerball jackpot. What are you likely to do up coming?”

”We’re likely to Penns Grove!”

You may be forgiven when you occur up to the gate of this radically restored Victorian on the Delaware River in Penns Grove for imagining that you produced a improper transform someplace and finished up at Disney Planet.

As an alternative, you’ve arrived at a handsome 1889 Victorian that just obtained turned into a showcase fantasy castle many thanks to meticulous restoration, focus to detail and extraordinary lighting.

penns grove victorian house for sale front corner perspective

Front and side point of view

Heaps of dramatic lights, as the photographs you see listed here should exhibit.

If you also get the feeling that you just drove onto a stage set, credit score observed area cafe designer Raymond Haldeman for manufacturing the impact.

In his extra-than-40-year occupation, Haldeman has demonstrated that he understands that heading out to dine, dance or celebration is 1 component substance and one particular portion enjoyment, and the bars, nightclubs and places to eat he has designed in the two Increased Philadelphia and Miami serve as phase sets for patrons to indulge their have fantasies and grow to be the stars of their very own displays.

Haldeman received his start as a modern society caterer and restaurateur in Philadelphia in advance of heading off to South Beach in research of wide range and experience. Just after building and operating numerous night time golf equipment there, a death in the loved ones introduced him back dwelling, and after back again property, he shifted gears yet again.

This time, instead of managing places where by individuals love themselves, he made the decision he would design and style them. “Nightclubs have been around since the Internet killed the nightclub business,” Haldeman says. “I inevitably figured out what I wished to do and what I could do, and I parlayed my 40 decades of experience into a profession as a restaurant designer, and it took off.”

Possibilities are you’ve eaten in one particular of the restaurants he has intended from Middle City to the Jersey Shore to the New York space and Very long Island. His in-town commissions involve The Goat in Rittenhouse Sq. and The Fairview in Fairmount. In the ’burbs, they consist of Tonino’s in Malvern and A Flavor of India in Doylestown. Some of you may well even recall eating at his eponymous Centre Metropolis cafe or at Maliwan in Pennsport, the two of which he also created and the two of which are now absent.

penns grove victorian house for sale aerial view

Aerial watch

This Penns Grove Victorian household for sale began as a diversion to consider his thoughts off a private tragedy. “I did not want to do one thing at the Shore,
simply because I did not have to have all the motion,” he says. “So I turned my interest to the Delaware River.”

Penns Grove sits just upstream from the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Salem County. “At one time, it was the caviar capital of the globe,” claims Haldeman. “The sturgeon swam up the river, and Penns Grove provided far more caviar to Russia than the Russians themselves did.

“It was also a summertime resort. The ferries would carry summer people from Philadelphia and Wilmington.

penns grove victorian house for sale riverfront elevation 1910

The residence as it appeared in 1910, Delaware River elevation

“The ship captains of the boats that took the caviar to Russia developed large residences alongside the shore. When this photograph was taken in 1910, the owner had constructed cabins all around the dwelling and rented them out.”

The dwelling passed through quite a few various fingers right after its unique operator died, in the long run becoming abandoned sometime in the early 2000s immediately after the legal professionals who owned it then stopped renting it out. Haldeman located out about it as a result of a nearby real estate agent and arrived out to Penns Grove to consider a appear.

“Everybody thought it was a teardown, but when I went inside of and saw how stable it was, I bought it. It was a rainy, windy, chilly working day when I went out to inspect the house, but inside, it was dry as a bone and good as a rock.”

delaware river elevation

Delaware River elevation nowadays, at night time

Haldeman used his design and style abilities to this location in spades, turning it into a yr-round resort for our time. Even however the Delaware River hasn’t still widened to the position in which it is a bay at Penns Grove, it’s a great deal extensive listed here, and this house’s riverside spot will give you the same calming experience you get at an true Jersey Shore house.

delaware river view from backyard

Delaware River, watch from backyard

Additionally you get to wave at the massive ships headed to and from the ocean as you take it easy by the embankment or on the veranda — this house is oriented so that its entrance porch is at the back again, experiencing the river.

As observed over, lighting plays a huge job in supplying this dwelling its Wow! factor, in trying to keep with Haldeman’s design and style philosophy: “Efficient functionality and Wow! component.”

living room

Living room

As far as “efficient function” is involved, this is a house, not a cafe, so worrying about website traffic circulation and social distancing weren’t main problems listed here. Moreover, Haldeman revered this house’s bones far too a great deal to want to muck with the layout. The myriad rooms, gables and dormers are section of this house’s appeal.

dining room

Dining place

But through his lighting and fixture possibilities, he did get this outdated dwelling to speak in a much more present-day idiom.

kitchen cabinets

Cupboards in kitchen area


Kitchen area

Modern-day fixtures in numerous of the rooms and pastel backlighting in the kitchen area give this property a youthful, sophisticated flair.

master bathroom

Grasp lavatory

But though he stored the color palette neutral on the inside of, the better for you to increase your own colorful touches to it, he painted the outside the house a beautiful aquamarine and lit it so that it shines at evening.

Backyard and seawall

Yard and seawall

Columns along the Delaware seawall include a classical contact to the grounds as perfectly.

master bedroom

Chandelier in grasp bed room

If you have some of the entertainer in you, this property was designed for you: there is home aplenty for dining and dialogue within on the main ground, and between the wraparound veranda and the a single-acre-in addition lot with its 133-foot-lengthy seawall, there is also home aplenty for socially distant entertaining as nicely. Moreover this position has area for attendees: attached to the dwelling is a two-bed, a single-tub condominium with its very own kitchen area. You can use it as a guest suite, guide it as an Airbnb, or rent it out to a tenant.

If you are wanting for a spot with all the comforting qualities of a Jersey Shore house, this Penns Grove Victorian house for sale has them, and you never have to combat Shore targeted visitors to get to it: it is just off Exit 4 of I-295. Some thing else it also lacks: a hefty Jersey Shore price tag.


BEDS: 6 (4 in major dwelling, 2 in accent condominium)

BATHS:  3 (2 in key house, 1 in accent condominium)

Square Ft: Principal house, 3,074 4,000+ with accent condominium

SALE Cost: $739,000

OTHER Things:  All of this house’s methods are model new, and it will come with a 3-motor vehicle detached garage.

80 Delaware Ave., Penns Grove, N.J. 08069 [Robert Moussally | American Dream Realty of South Jersey]

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