Home Buying in Middletown>Question Details

aly0705, Real Estate Pro in

I'm looking for a Craftsman style home in Monmouth County, NJ, preferably in Keyport, Middletown, or

Asked by aly0705, Sun Aug 23, 2009

Matawan. Thank you!

Help the community by answering this question:

Answers

5
Here are some pointers to look for when you are out house hunting. The typical issues I see as a licensed home inspector are related to the electrical system has not been updated, galvanized plumbing, attic ventilation and framing, fireplace and chimney.

I have inspected a bunch on the Jersey shore. Most are well constructed for the era, but unfortunately, the homes do not come with a maintenance manual, and therefore require repairs due to neglect and/or novice contractor renovations.

If you would like further clarification about the above, give me a call or send an email. I will get back you as soon as possible (provided I am not walking a roof, crawling under the home, or conducting an infrared thermal imaging survey for leaking windows, doors, roofs, overheated electrical components, missing wall and ceiling insulation and leaking ductwork)

Peter W. Bennett, Owner
Residential, Commercial Inspections
Infrared Thermal Imaging Services
Energy Inspection Services
http://www.AFullHouseInspection.com
Free Enewsletter for Home Maintenance
530 Prospect Avenue Little Silver, NJ 07739
Office 732-758-9887 Fax 732-758-8993 Cell 732-245-9817
NJ Home Inspector Lic#GI371
NJ DEP Radon MET11140
Certified Energy Inspector No. 1364
Certified Infrared Level One Thermographer No.7406
Certified ASHI Member #205748 (American Society of Home Inspectors)
Member of INACHI (Inter-National Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 29, 2009
Aly,
As a lover of Craftsman homes (and owner of a great 1917 California Bungalow), I can tell you there are a good number of Craftsman stye homes in northern & eastern Monmouth County. Unfortunately, searching thru MLS for them can be a bit difficult because there's no specific description of "Craftsman" or "Arts & Crafts" when searching (unlike other stylistic descriptions like "Victorian" or "ranch", etc.) I think its made more difficult because the MLS style description that is the closest match in the Monmouth MLS is "Cottage/Bungalow" which many realtors seem to avoid because the connotation tends to indicate smaller, summer bungalows that over time were converted to year-round use. Some are charming, others... not so much.

When attending the Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend last year in California even I was surprised to see what there is referred to there as a "bungalow"... some were massive, very expensive homes designed by architects Greene & Greene and others. Much of Pasadena, when originally developed, was built during the period that Craftsman homes were very popular so they appear throughout the city.

Because Monmouth County was settled much earlier, Craftsman homes tend to be more spread out. Keyport & Matawan have both a good number of Victorian and Craftsman homes, and Middletown has Craftsman as well as a fair amount of a similar style often referred to as "Shingle-Style".

You may also want to consider Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Monmouth Beach & Oceanport where I've seen a number of Craftsman homes (although not necessarily available for purchase). Interestingly, a number of builders of late have been adopting a Craftsman aesthetic in new construction with wide front porches and interior details often found in Arts & Crafts homes. While these would not pass the test for a "purist", they arguably offer more architectural interest than more typical "cookie cutter" new construction.

Probably the most important question is what is your level of interest in a home that needs work... many of the homes out there are in need of at least some amount of renovation. For many buyers, this is preferable (if the price is right) rather than deal with another homeowner's "modernization" which effectively removes all the historic period details that are of interest. I know of one house that has many interesting original details (e.g. original woodwork, brick fireplace, etc) but has also endured many "improvements" that would need to be redone like '70's paneling, 80's kitchen and the loss of the front porch which was enclosed to create additional living space.) I know of another home - truly extraordinary - that was built just a few years ago but the builder used all salvaged materials so it looks like its 100 years old (this home has more English Arts & Crafts features than American A&C but there's a fairly large amount of overlap).

Hope that helps.... let me know if I can be of assistance.

Thomas McCormack
Sales Associate
732-212-0440 x212
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 24, 2009
There are plenty in the south monmouth shore towns, too. If you would like to be emailed a list of a few suggestions, just contact me via Trulia or my website, below.
You can search the MLS from my website, too. The information comes right from the Monmouth County MLS so it is accurate and up to date. Then, if you see anything you like, you can email me directly.
Your best way to find that particular style is to work with a local agent. Then, we do all the legwork for you and only send you homes that meet your needs.
Web Reference: http://www.dianeglander.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 24, 2009
Hi Aly,
I would be happy to help you with your home search. Please feel free to contact me so we can discuss your criteria in a home such as bedrooms, bathrooms, price range, etc.

Thanks,
Heather Daccurso
Weichert Realtors
732-580-5309
Email: heather@heatherdaccurso.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 24, 2009
I would be glad to help you find a Craftsman style home. The last one I listed was in Oceanport, but these homes can be found throughout the Monmouth County area. Please contact me directly and I'll be glad to send you any listings that match.

Patricia "Patty" Lipert
Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty
PattyLipert@comcast.net
732-216-6917
Web Reference: http://www.PattyLipert.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 23, 2009
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2014 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer