Former Artist Getaway in Flanders, NJ
A Look at 560 Drakestown Rd. in Flanders, NJ
Flanders, New Jersey was a popular retreat for artists and performers before it became the residential hotspot it is today. This colonial built in 1769, has a lot of historical charm as well as a connection to old time Hollywood and Broadway.
Sitting on over 5 park-like acres 560 Drakestown Rd has 3 bedrooms and 1 and ½ baths. While the home features many updates home shoppers would require, there are many features that date back to its historic construction era. Wide plank pumpkin pine floors, exposed brick in the kitchen and stone walls from the original barn are reminders of the home's past. Modern updates include a new driveway, updated plumbing and upgraded electric.
Nature lovers will enjoy a huge property that features the South Branch of the Raritan River flowing through it. A 300+ year old sycamore and other trees that pre-date the founding of the United States are found on the 5+ acres. The front porch and back patio offer places to entertain outside or simply enjoy the outdoors.
Star of stage and screen Burt Lahr called this property home, sharing the grounds with his wife who was an accomplished artist. Best known as the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz", Lahr was also a renowned theater and television actor. Lahr's wife who was a children's book illustrator left her mark on the home painting portraits on staircase walls that remain to this day.