It’s the stuff of real estate fantasies. Over in Glen Ridge, check out the big ticket sale of this grand Ridgewood Avenue manse that came complete with the ultimate in sweetheart deals. Read it about first, on Real Estate.
Meanwhile, with 97 comments and counting, readers had a lot to say about the possible demolition of 4 Duryea Road. Responses ranged from outrage at the demolition of the picturesque Victorian to pro-demo commenters insisting the house “needs to be knocked down,” telling others to “mind their own business” and describing the historically-designated home as “a beautiful piece of crap.”
Turns out there was at least one other buyer interested in 4 Duryea. A reader writes…
I can guarantee that no one in Montclair is as disturbed by the grisly crime taking place on Duryea as myself and my husband. The first time we entered the home we were overwhelmed by its grandeur. You simply need to stand on the front porch and look at the “triple-arched front doors” to experience the magic. It was truly one of the most inspiring homes I had seen in Montclair…and trust me …I have seen quite a few homes in Montclair. After careful consideration, my husband and I decided not to assume the challenge of the home. We have renovated a number of homes and have a realistic expectation of the financial and emotional commitment that would be involved in restoring the home. Instead, we placed an unsuccessful offer on another Montclair home. The following Saturday we toured the home again. We took the weekend to consider an offer and attempt to locate a builder/architect to help us get a handle on the challenge. My phone rang on Monday morning. It was my real estate agent. She wanted to inform me that if I intended to make an offer on Duryea, it had to be submitted by 12 noon on that same business day. I scrambled. I contacted my husband at work and we discussed our offer. I contacted my agent and submitted an offer of an even $1,000,000. My agent called to tell me we had lost the home to a local contractor. We were disappointed, but found some solace in the fact that the home would be restored by an individual with the tools and trades necessary to return the home to its’ original splendor. Keep in mind, we did not know the actual amount of the accepted offer. Needless-to-say, we assumed that it had been for more than our own offer. But wait, the plot thickens.
Three weeks ago my real estate agent contacted me. Once again she was the bearer of bad news. She wanted to be the one to tell me that the home on Duryea was going to be leveled and two new homes would be placed on the property. I was heartsick. It was inconceivable that the original homeowners would have sold their home with the knowledge that it would be demolished. How could this have happened? I considered writing a letter to the editor of the Montclair Times. I considered contacting the contractor and telling him that I would purchase the home at my original offering price. I decided to wait to speak my mind at the town meeting that would be required to discuss variances etc.
That is when my agent called to tell me that the selling price of the home on Duryea had been printed on Baristanet.com. The price was $995,000. I was shocked. I am no genius, but I am pretty sure that $1,000,000 is more than $995,000. Some homes have a soul. A spirit that lives within their walls and welcomes you to enter them and share in their magic. The home on Duryea has that special kind of soul. I am hopeful that this story will have a happy ending. Regardless of my place in this home’s future, it deserves to stand for another 100 plus years to tell its story.