I've recently realized that there are a couple of facts in the MLS listing for 920 Cedar Brook that need a bit of clarification. I'd just like to be sure anyone who's reading this blog has the right information, and isn't confused by details in the MLS that don't match what I've described here.
First - let's start with the MLS number. It's 2794663.
|House number at the end of the driveway|
Another point of clarification: The house was not built in 1905. It was built in 1914. This is the date on the original blueprints on file in the Detwiller collection at the Plainfield Public Library (viewable at http://www.plainfieldlibrary.info/Departments/LH/LH_detwiller.html. Enter "Huntsman" for owner's name and "1914" for year.)
The MLS listing also doesn't clearly explain what bedrooms are where. It states that there are 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and 4 or more on the third. I don't want anyone to be confused about this, so here is how the bedrooms are arranged.
|Second floor view to master bedroom|
Starting on the second floor: The master bedroom is on the left side of the house as you look at it from the street (the same side as the piazza). Opening off the master bedroom, there is a large, lovely bedroom or sitting room that is directly above the foyer. This room could easily serve other purposes...we used it as a playroom, a music room, and an office at different times. This room opens directly to the main hallway as well as to the master bedroom.
The next bedroom is at the back and shares the master bath. It's a bit smaller but it's still a very nice room and overlooks the back yard. It opens to the main hallway (see the picture above - the light coming in from the right side is from this bedroom). This would be a nice baby's room. Or a study. Or, you could use this group of rooms for several children's rooms with a shared bath, as we did.
|Doorways to 4th bedroom and sitting room (seen from stairs to third floor)|
Finally, there is the 5th bedroom on the second floor - the airy room at the end of the back wing. We used this as a guestroom and it's one of my favorite rooms in the house.
|Second floor with view to back hall at right|
(By the way...the windows in all the upstairs rooms are well placed in terms of light and cross ventilation. In fact, most of the bedrooms have windows on at least 2 walls. The exceptions are the second floor sitting room/bedroom and the middle bedroom on the third floor.)
|Middle bedroom alcove, third floor|
One last note: the price has recently dropped to $259,900. To the best of my knowledge, the house is still a short sale, and I suspect the bank is trying to move things along. But as I've explained before, I'm not legally involved in the property or the real estate details.
|View down front stairs from the second floor landing|
Wouldn't it be nice to come down the front stairs every morning with this lovely view at your feet? With the shades up in the dining room (doorway at left), the intricate parquet floor would be even more beautiful.
But seeing 920 Cedar Brook in person would give you a much clearer sense of its character than I can ever convey here. So I highly recommend a visit! And if you need the name of a realtor to call in the area or any other information about the house, just send me an email. I'll be happy to help.