Most often when we look at a house, we know what to expect from the inside. A stately Victorian might be filled with intricate woodwork and fireplaces, while a Palm Springs midcentury opts for an Eames lounge chair or a boxy sofa. What fun, though, when a home surprises.
Take this three-bedroom, one-bath listing in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. From the outside, the 1880 structure is 100 percent rustic charm, with worn wood and a charming, cozy appearance. Inside, however, the post-and-beam structure has been converted into a contemporary cottage with a zen-like vibe. Exposed beams and wood floors are balanced by white walls, built-in cabinetry, a plethora of rugs, and airy windows.
A cheery white and yellow galley kitchen brightens the space, as do the spa-like bathrooms. The listing includes the cottage pictured here as well as a fixer upper bungalow and a third building that could be used as a professional studio. Throw in the property’s picturesque six acres and you have a live-work dream ready for a new owner. Interested? 5 Hansen Place is on the market now for $799,000.