Neglected for decades, the Jedediah Higgins House on Route 27 across from Raymond Road in south Franklin Township, New Jersey, has been lovingly and rigorously restored to its full historical prominence. The 300-year-old structure is now the oldest standing building in Franklin Township, just north of the historic town of Kingston, the northern “gateway” to Princeton.
Skilled master craftsmen and artisans have painstakingly preserved the original charm and beauty of the historic structure, while enhancing it with subtle, tasteful, state-of-the-art amenities. The house’s original 300-year-old long-leaf pine floors have been beautifully preserved, along with original ceiling beams and many other interesting features and details such as the axe marks in the hand-hewn timber, the charming variety in floorboard width, and a preserved example of hand-crafted faux painting wall decoration that survived through the centuries.
All service infrastructure has been fully updated and upgraded: new plumbing, new electrical, new heating and cooling, and data and audio cabling throughout.
The rich history of the house and the skillful work of past and present craftsmen create a unique setting and a valuable property. Folklore has it that Jedediah Higgins purchased a large tract of several thousand acres around 1709 from the Lenape Indians for a sow and her eight piglets, including the two-acre property on which the house now stands. It is now being offered for $1,800,000, a sensational 5 percent return on investment compounded over more than 300 years. The Higgins house itself contains 5,000 square feet of usable space, with more building potential being offered in a separate 800 square foot “annex” building.
The property’s current tenant is Onsen For All (www.onsenforall.com), a symbiotic marriage of the historical and structural purity of the property with Onsen’s aesthetic business of a day spa. Onsen is a unique and thriving business with enviable year-over-year growth and global potential.
Onsen has been self-described as “a multi-service wellness center supporting wholeness of body, mind, and spirit in an environment inspired by the Japanese tradition of soaking in hot springs.” The facility includes a Japanese-style bamboo Zen garden, with four cedar soaking tubs and a wood-fired cedar sauna, as well as a variety of service offerings including massage, facial, yoga, and meditation.
For information, contact Livingston Johnson, sales associate at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, at 609-306-4466 or by E-mail at LJohnson@CallawayHenderson.com. See ad, page 17.