The Lewis Estates’ house is for sale for a song. COURTESY TOWNSHIP OF MONTCLAIR

By LINDA MOSS
moss@montclairlocal.news

The historic Lewis Estates house is yours for $10 or less — if you’re willing to move it.

The house, designed by renowned Montclair architect Dudley S. Van Antwerp, is at 44 Pleasant Ave., a property that is going to be subdivided by BNE Real Estate Group in Livingston to make way for eight new houses.

The Township Planning Board approved that subdivision June 12, with the condition that the historic house be offered for sale and relocation in an effort to save it.

The buyer must move the house, built in 1906 and once occupied by prominent Montclair African-American resident Aubrey Lewis, from its present location to a site within roughly one-quarter mile of its current location.

In addition, the building must be purchased “as is” and “where is.”

From the township: “The purchaser shall be required to enter into a contract with seller in which: the purchase price is not to exceed $10; the purchaser shall perform all necessary remediation before the move and the costs of the move shall be borne by purchaser; the seller will contribute a maximum of $10,000 toward the move cost; and all other incidental costs, if any, shall be borne entirely by the purchaser.

“The buyer must also indemnify the seller from any and all liability, including attorneys’ fees and costs, and shall provide appropriate insurance guarantees.”

The purchase price will be the best offer received. The contract must be executed on or before Aug. 31. 

Offers should be submitted to: 44pleasantave@gmail.com.

Houses can be relocated, and one was recently in Montclair. Earlier in July developer Steven Plofker had a building behind the Georgian Inn, the Carriage House, moved a short distance to the side of the site that faces Claremont Avenue. The developer is turning the Carriage House into a 7,500-square-foot medical-office building.