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This historic home in Montclair, NJ is for sale with an asking price of just $10. But… there’s a catch!

If you’re in the market for a new home, then you can’t do any better than this house in Montclair, NJ. Dudley S. Van Antwerp (which is probably the most old-money name I’ve ever heard) built the beautiful old building in 1906. Van Antwerp is a well-known Montclair architect, who built several homes in town. It’s a 3912 sq ft beauty with 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, and tons of vintage charm. Fire places, built-ins, lovely windows, the works.


The Catch

That’s not the only thing the house has going for it, either… the starting bid is $10. There is, however, a catch (isn’t there always?). The buyer has to move the house to a new property within a quarter mile of the home’s current 44 Pleasant Ave. location. And, they’re on the hook for the moving costs.


The¬†Montclair Planning Board recently voted to use the property to build an 8-lot subdivision, but the house is too iconic to simply tear down. They decided that the best way to save the house and keep the subdivision plans rolling was to get the new owner to pay to move it. Moving a house isn’t cheap… according to a NYT article, it can range anywhere from $15,000 to $60,000, depending on the state the house is in, among other things.


That article was about another case of a cheap home that had to be moved. For the record, in that instance, the home cost $1 and moving it cost $22,000. It was still a good purchase, though; moving it cost about 40-60% of what it would have cost to build the whole thing from scratch. And, for the Montclair home, the seller is willing to toss in up to $10,000 to have it moved.


Adding to the intrigue of the historic home in Montclair, NJ is the fact that it was once owned by Aubrey Lewis. Lewis was a star football player at Notre Dame in the 1950s. While there, he broke records as the first black captain of an athletic team (for track and field). After he graduated, he went on to become a member of the first FBI agent training program to include African Americans. I wonder he left behind any secrets from his FBI days in the home. I guess the only way to find out is to make an offer on the home!


Not up for moving an entire house? You can still soak up the lovely architecture of Montclair, NJ at the nearby Van Vleck House and Gardens!

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  1. We won’t tear it down if you can move it. The oldest phony offer in the real estate developers book of tricks. You never hear about the sad outcome. It will be torn down.


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