Thursday, May 28, 2015

For sale: 'Mystery' mansion in Moorestown

There's a Moorestown mansion on the market that's been puzzling people for years.

For sale: ‘Mystery’ mansion in Moorestown

There’s a Moorestown mansion on the market that’s been puzzling people for years.

No one can figure out who built the 10,960-square-foot waterfront property located at 351 Creek Road , when they built it, and why they did.

The brick colonial, that’s been on the market for more than three years now, has conflicting history accounts, as previously reported by the Inquirer.

The Inquirer obtained documents that show the home may have been built around 1852 by Samuel N. Borton to serve as his ''Rancocas Springs Boarding House," but some features in the home prove otherwise.

There’s also no mention of the home in reference materials at the county library, tax records show the home was built in 1820, and other sources claim the property dates back to 1682.

Whatever the real story is, one thing’s for certain: the current owners underwent a major renovation process in 1999.

The owners changed the name from the Rancocas Springs Boarding House to Maganda (which means ‘beautiful in Tagalog), according to South Jersey Magazine. Some major additions include a small chapel and “rare liturgical stained glass pieces from around the world and kitchen counters made from church altars.”

The property, which has seven bedrooms, three full baths and three powder rooms, is situated over eight acres of land. The property includes a guest house, in-ground pool, pool house, chapel, and a 3-car detached garage.

It also features a great room overlooking the Rancocas Creek, crystal chandeliers, four fireplaces, and a rotunda.

The home, which was featured on MTV’s Cribs in 2011 and served as a Designer Show House in 1990, was first listed for $4.99 million in 2011. Now it can be yours for $2.88 million.

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