For Sale by Owner

in 1989 Joanna () and I built a 3,800 sf custom house in front of our old house and tore the old house down.
After 40 years in New Jersey it's time for me to move back to California.
I'm selling the house for $775,000.

Will cooperate with agents.

Don't even think about it if you're just looking for a big spec house with minimal landscaping that was put up in a hurry with low cost materials.
If you're looking for a custom house with quality construction, character, architectural features, lots of light, mature landscaping, in a great neighborhood, this may be the place for you.
The cost per sq ft ($204) is still lower than the averages for other Martinsville houses ($279).

822 Vosseller Ave (Driveway on Merriam Dr), Martinsville, NJ

List Price: $775,000
Year Built: 1989
Lot: 160' x 256'  (.94 acre)
Floor size: 3,800 sq ft.
Rooms: 9
Baths: 3 1/2
Style: Contemporary Colonial
Hardwood Flooring
Lots of light - 33 6' windows throughout
18 ft Family Room Ceiling
High ceilings in 3 bedrooms

Large (26' x 27') 2 car garageLarge fireplace with outside vent
Dumbwaiter from basement garage to kitchen
sub-zero built in refrigerator
550 sq ft deck
Basement: Full - unfinished
Dry basement with triple drainage system   
Underground utilities
Wired for FIOS (fiber) and cable TV/Internet
Circular walkway around the house and garden
Automated outdoor lighting

260 sq. ft kitchen with loads of cherry cabinet space and almost 100 sq. ft. of countertop.
From the kitchen window you do not see any other houses and would think you are deep in the woods, yet the house is a corner lot with all sides visible from the street for security.

See other amenities below


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Family Room:

Kitchen:                                                                                Living Room

Dining Room:

Master Bedroom and bath:

Guest Bedroom:



150° panorama from outside kitchen window.

The shapes in our house - Don't live in a box it will it will lead to square thinking. Add some angles and curves to stimulate your creative juices. Our architect, Greg Arner, specialized in designing Churches. Landscapindg draws from Fredric Olmstead's curvilinear design.
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  • Custom architecture designed by Joanna (), Don and architect, Gregory Arner (1947-2009) of New Providence, NJ.
  • Green design. Overhang above kitchen windows provides shade in the summer and allows direct sunlight in the winter.
    Hi R insulation
    Low-E double pained windows
    Average heat bill Dec-Mar = $155/mo
    Outside air vent for the fireplace
    New (2016) energy efficient furnace
  • 165 Square feet of south facing windows on the 1st floor to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter.
  • Quality construction. Plywood (not pressed wood) under cedar siding.
    1 in copper pipe from main to water heater. 3/4 in copper pipe to master bath.
  • Mature landscaping designed with Frederick Law Olmsted's concept of curvilinear design in mind.
  • Automated outdoor and family room lights. Schedule on and off times, turn on when you arrive home and controll lights from an app on your mobile phone.
  • On the top of the first range of the Watchung Mountains. Line of sight (obscured by trees) to 1 World Trade Center for good broadcast TV reception.
Location - Location - Location:
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Note: The prices above were in October, 2016.
The price in the zillow listing above was based on a finished basement. Although it is painted and dry it is not technically finished, so the price was lowered when I listed it without the basement included in the square ft.

822 Vosseller Ave, Martinsville, NJ 08836 -® $811,000

822 Vosseller Ave For Sale - Martinsville, NJ | Trulia

- The average price in the neighborhood as of Oct. 2016 was $756,000
Houses for sale in the area:
  Smaller older house 1/2 block away, 1741 Merriam Dr., was shown at $650 on zillo and sold for $690 in Jan. 2017.
  Smaller house about the same age < 1 mile - 548 Stangle Rd. was listed over $800,000
Average price per sq ft in Martinville June 2016 - $279
Our house - $204/sq-ft.

Driveway at 1708 Merriam Dr., Martinsville, NJ 08836 (Corner of Vosseller)
Mail address is 822 Vosseller.

Other nearby sights:

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Recent upgrades:
Dishwasher                       2014
Hot water heater                 2015
LED front and back pourch lights 2015
Painted front and deck           2015
Roof/Shingles (replace)          2015
New fishpond liner               2015
Outdoor faucets                  2015
Central Vacuum                   2015
Garage door spring and openers   2016
Resealed chimney cap             2016
5 new LED hall/stairwell lights  2016
New Lenox HVAC System     2016
Upgraded Kitchen              2016-17
Granite  Counter tops,  new cook top,
New double wall oven, sink, faucets   
Refurbish  Sub-Zero refrigerator 2017
New water pump for washing machine 2017  
Home Inspection Report

House notes

Contact: Don McBride

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last updated 10 Mar 2017