Sotheby's International Realty - RIVERTON, NJ

Potential for a B and B!!! With a commanding view of the Delaware River from its verdant setting, the historically significant Caleb Clothier House presents a supremely gracious lifestyle in the waterfront hamlet of Riverton, N.J. Designed by Samuel Sloan as a country house for Clothier, an ardent abolitionist and father of the man who would go on to found Strawbridge & Clothier department store, the residence was completed in 1851. Its Italianate villa design was quite au courant in its time. Thanks to the careful stewardship of its owners, it is as beautiful now as it was 169 years ago, though eminently more livable with a full suite of modern amenities. Its front facade, with its two-story pillars, has an uncommon majesty and repose. Inside, expansive formal rooms showcase high ceilings, oak hardwood floors with inlaid borders, original moldings and millwork, arched doorways and artisan-crafted fireplace surrounds. Enjoy the huge living room in every season with a fireplace for winter and views of the river. Its formal dining room is dinner-party-ready with a butler~s pantry and French doors opening to a loggia overlooking gardens and an in-ground pool. All is anchored by a stunning front-to-back center-hall entry with graceful stairwell. The study is a cozy, wood-paneled retreat, while the well-planned kitchen and casual dining area/family room accommodate everyday needs. Private quarters on the second floor feature large bedrooms with high ceilings and fantastic views. The main suite bath is finished in timeless Carrera marble with a classic soaking tub. An au pair suite is now used for guests and has complete accommodations, including a kitchenette. There are plenty of guest bedrooms or space for a home office, hobby room, fitness room or even gift-wrapping and holiday storage should you need it! The grounds and setting of the Clothier house are just as enjoyable as its living spaces. Take in the view from a number of balconies. Low-maintenance brick and flagstone hardscaping are used extensively and outline carefully designed perennial beds and woodland gardens. In summer, the front lawn lends itself to a croquet match, perhaps followed by a dip in the pool in the rear yard. Stroll over the Riverton Yacht Club, where weekly summer regattas launch countless good times on the water. That~s the lifestyle at the Caleb Clothier House, a vacation home and full-time residence all wrapped up in one. And, never to be forgotten, is a poignant and significant element of the Clothier House~s history: It likely was a stop on the Underground Railroad with its original owner devoted to ending slavery and the subsequent owner open to assisting runaway slaves in any way possible. Located just 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia, 1.5 hours from New York City. Hop the NJ Transit River Line to reach points north and south