Eat. Pray. Live. Here!! Just over an hour’s drive from NYC or Philadelphia, overlooking the Delaware River, with views of the Pennsylvania Palisades, a magnificent home with a rich and storied past awaits you. Nestled high atop a hillside above the vibrant and charming village of Frenchtown, NJ, this Italianate, Victorian home was built in 1869 for Joseph Reading, a prosperous town merchant turned adventurer and author who penned several books about his experiences in Gabon, West Africa where he built a second home and traveled extensively. The energy of international affairs and the power of the written word must have permeated the property, as in recent years, NY Times best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert purchased, renovated and called it home. The infusion of her creativity and love is evident throughout the property, the pinnacle of which is a magical cupola space atop a 1400 square foot, whimsically handcrafted “skybrary” that would inspire anyone to their highest creative endeavors! Inside, the regal elegance and quality craftsmanship of the home is felt throughout and features a renovated chef’s kitchen, custom crown moldings, high ceilings, hardwood floors, decorative marble mantels, a steam shower and wine cellar. Outside, there are many places to enjoy nature’s beauty; taking in the view on the wrap-around porch featuring Brazilian Ipe decking, dining on the screened-in porch surrounded by beautiful gardens or barbequing on the picnic patio. The grounds are further adorned with sculptures acquired by Ms. Gilbert from her worldly travels. Car enthusiasts or creatives of the tinkering variety will be especially excited about the ample, heated garage (Tesla chargers installed and included with sale). Now, the splendor and delight of this property’s “story” continues and you could be the author of it’s next chapters! What “Big Magic” might you create here? I invite you to find out!
Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Real Estate-Doylestown. Selling Office: .