Montclair, NJ – In 2019, there were community conversations regarding what to do about the future of the historic Charles Shultz house, also known as Evergreens, located at 30 North Mountain Avenue in Montclair.
Built in 1896 and occupied by the same family until 1996, the house, its carriage house, and property were bequeathed to the Montclair Historical Society (now the Montclair History Center) by Marian (Molly) Shultz upon her death in 1996. Completed in 1896 for Molly’s grandfather Charles S. Shultz, president of the Hoboken Bank for Savings, the house represents the period of Montclair’s greatest growth. Taken as a whole – the Queen Anne architectural design of the home, the hillside property and New York City views, furnishings, and a century of Shultz family documents – Evergreens documents Montclair’s evolution as a railroad suburb. But the bequest did not include funds earmarked for ongoing operation, maintenance, programming, or staffing.
In 1999, it was estimated that another $1 million would be needed restore the house completely.
Now the historic, one-of-a-kind property, featuring a grand home with seven fireplaces, a music room and historic details galore, and its large carriage house with stables and two bedroom apartment, has been listed for sale. The price is $1,449,000 with taxes of $48,275.
The house has been operated by Montclair History Center as a house museum, with weekend tours and periodic special programming/fundraising events. It has also been rented for small private events and for film shoots. The apartment on the second floor of the carriage house was maintained as a rental unit.
From the listing description:
This home maintains all of the original detail from a bygone era including, spectacular room sizes, herringbone flooring, nat woodwork, 7 fireplaces w/historic surrounds + mantles, ornate detail, and marble sinks in the bedrooms. This is the perfect home for entertaining with an open floor plan featuring the Living Hall, Living Room, Dining Room, Music Room, Library and Kitchen on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor offers a family wing of bedrooms, sitting rooms and servants’ wing. The 3rd floor features Shultz’s workshop, a Family/Billiard Room with fireplace and additional bedrooms. There is a 4th floor attic with access to the widow’s walk and 1896 telescope. Large carriage house with stables and 2 bedroom apartment complete.