Philip Freneau House

$ 485,000
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Contact namemichael s chartier
Contact phone602-738-2608
Year built1818
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area3,200 sqft
Lot Area0.3 acres


The historic home of Philip Freneau- “Poet of the Revolution”. Compatriot of Jefferson and Madison he was a key player is the great Jefferson / Hamilton debates and Jefferson credited his newspaper with “saving our constitution”. This well maintained and spacious 3200 sqft, 5-bedroom house is filled with details from Federal, Victorian, and later periods and is conveniently located at 12 Poet Dr in Matawan NJ- one hour to Penn Station on the NJ Transit train line. Enter through the Federalist doorway and double-dutch doors off a comfortable Victorian wrap-around porch and carriage port. Step into the grand hallway with beautiful solid oak floors (throughout all three stories) and a 200-year-old pine staircase. Entertain in the stately great room with Federalist moldings, Victorian fireplace, nine-foot ceilings and solid, inch thick, fine plaster walls. The new, full custom, hand crafted kitchen includes maple cabinets, quartz counter-tops, 100+ year old farm sink, stained glass range hood, and antique lighting fixtures from the historic Roebling factory. Also on the ground floor is a south wing with two sunny rooms (currently a study and a craft room). The second floor has three large bedrooms, and the third floor two more bedrooms, a sitting area, and a walk-in cedar closet. The backyard has a big 700 sqft deck providing even more space for outdoor living and entertaining; an 800 sqft detached garage/out-building perfect for workshops, studios and storage; and raised beds for requisite Jersey tomatoes. This historic home has been identified by the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office receiving a Certificate of Eligibility for listing on the New Jersey, and National Register of Historical Places. The entire 300-year history of the site, and 200 years of this incredibly well provenanced house is available at This is a rare opportunity to own a truly historical home and add your chapter to its long and distinguished story.