Dutch director Roel Reiné debuts his urban farm in Lake Balboa

Roel Reiné, the Dutch director whose credits include “Inhumans” and “Wu Assassins,” has created a world of his own in Lake Balboa, and now he’s putting it on the market. The half-acre estate, which he turned into a farm-like setting with chickens, gardens and fruit trees over the last five years, just listed for $1.1 million.

Records show Reiné and his wife, actress Iris Stobbelaar, paid $755,000 for the mini-compound in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood in 2016. During their stay, they added a chicken coop, herb garden and 12 types of fruit trees including apple, orange, lemon, lime, nectarine, peach, plum and apricot. They also turned the sky-lit garage into a 475-square-foot soundproof theater and recording studio.

Fenced and landscaped, the ranch-style home is tucked below a ginkgo tree and holds four bedrooms and two bathrooms across a single story. The yellow exterior gives way to 2,038 square feet of living spaces in white, green and gray.

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A brick fireplace anchors the living room. A window in the custom kitchen overlooks the leafy backyard, where a treehouse-like deck overlooks the swimming pool. At the edge of the property, there’s a storage unit shrouded in rose bushes and grapevines.

The 50-year-old director handled mostly Dutch films in the ‘90s before American action and horror features such as “Bear,” “Death Race 2” and “The Man with the Iron Fists 2.”

Phil Missig of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties holds the listing.

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States With the Largest Increase in Renewable Energy Production

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This story originally appeared on Filterbuy.

One of the most significant trends over the last decade for the economy, society, geopolitics, and the environment has been the rise of renewable energy. Fossil fuels have been the basis of the industrial economy for generations, powering tremendous economic growth but with dangerous consequences for the environment and public health. With the dramatic expansion of renewable energy technologies over the last decade, power sources like wind, solar, and geothermal have offered a more sustainable—and increasingly more affordable—path forward.

Several factors contribute to the expansion of clean energy. For one, technological advancement in renewables has made energy production and storage more efficient than ever before. The renewables industry has also received a boost from public policies and investments enacted by governments worldwide seeking to decarbonize in response to the threat of climate change. These developments have helped bring down renewable energy production costs over time, allowing market forces to spur continued growth in the sector. In all, electric power generated from renewables in the U.S. has grown by more than 70 percent since 2010.

And although growth is occurring across many renewable sources, wind and solar have been the most prominent success stories of recent years. In 2007, wind accounted for about 35 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity produced in the U.S.; since then, wind production has increased by an average of around 20 million MWh per year, rising to nearly 295 million in 2019. Meanwhile, solar is the fastest-growing of all renewables. Solar production constituted less than 1 percent of renewable energy until around 2010, but experts now project that by 2050, solar and photovoltaic energy will account for nearly half of all renewable electricity production.

Growth in renewable energy production in the U.S. is widespread, but unique features of each region mean that the transition to renewables looks different from state to state. Measured by the proportion of total electricity generated from renewable sources, states in New England and the Western U.S. surpass the rest of the country, largely as a result of renewable-friendly state policies. Vermont generates a remarkable 99.9 percent of its electricity from renewables.

In terms of total electricity produced from renewables, California (97 million MWh), Texas (91 million MWh), and Washington (74 million MWh) are the national leaders. Physical geography explains much of these three states’ strength in renewables. California is the largest producer of geothermal (with the world’s largest geothermal field) and solar (due in part to large installations in the Mojave Desert). With plenty of cheap land and strong winds in many of its regions, Texas dominates the U.S. in wind production. And in Washington, major water features like the Columbia and Snake Rivers provide the basis for the nation’s strongest hydropower sector.

To identify the states with the fastest-growing renewable energy sectors, researchers at Filterbuy used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to calculate the percentage change in renewable electricity production between 2010 and 2019. The researchers also calculated what percentage of total electricity production is accounted for by renewables, as well as the largest renewable energy source currently.

Keep reading to see the states with the largest increase in renewable energy production.

15. North Dakota

North Dakota wind turbines farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 134.0%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 14,392,502
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 6,150,146
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 35.0%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 17.7%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

14. Michigan

Michigan lighthouse with high waves.
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 143.3%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 9,932,713
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 4,083,005
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 8.5%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 3.7%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

13. North Carolina

Davidson, North Carolina.
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 144.3%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 16,709,383
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 6,839,691
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 12.7%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 5.3%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Solar

12. Nevada

Henderson, Nevada aerial photo
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 155.3%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 11,345,373
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 4,443,943
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 28.4%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 12.6%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Solar

11. Iowa

Iowa farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 155.7%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 26,356,275
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 10,308,651
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 42.7%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 17.9%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

10. Colorado

Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 173.6%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 14,043,640
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 5,132,797
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 24.9%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 10.1%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

9. Illinois

Illinois wind turbines farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 186.4%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 15,057,518
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 5,256,702
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 8.2%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 2.6%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

8. Utah

Arches National Park
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 188.6%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 4,261,269
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 1,476,479
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 10.9%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 3.5%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Solar

7. Ohio

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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 189.8%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 3,272,411
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 1,129,113
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 2.7%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 0.8%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

6. Texas

Texas wind farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 213.9%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 90,922,198
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 28,966,660
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 18.8%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 7.0%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

5. Rhode Island

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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 228.5%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 472,344
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 143,779
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 6.2%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 1.9%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Biomass

4. New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 310.1%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 8,496,851
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 2,071,802
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 24.2%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 5.7%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

3. Oklahoma

Oklahoma wind farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 377.6%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 33,281,621
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 6,968,743
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 39.1%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 9.6%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

2. Nebraska

Nebraska Wind Turbine
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 379.7%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 8,667,568
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 1,807,009
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 23.2%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 4.9%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

1. Kansas

Kansas Wind Farm
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  • Percentage change in renewable energy production (2010-2019): 511.0%
  • Total renewable energy production 2019 (MWh): 21,218,058
  • Total renewable energy production 2010 (MWh): 3,472,565
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2019: 41.7%
  • Renewable energy share of total production 2010: 7.2%
  • Largest renewable energy source: Wind

Detailed Findings & Methodology

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The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Net Generation by State dataset. Researchers ranked states based on the percentage change in renewable electricity production between 2010 and 2019. For the purpose of this analysis, renewable energy sources include wind, solar thermal and photovoltaic, geothermal, biomass, and hydroelectric. Researchers also calculated the proportion of total electricity generation accounted for by renewable sources in both 2010 and 2019, as well as the largest renewable energy source in 2019 for each state.

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A Casa for Your Cryptocurrency? 11 Homes You Can Buy With Bitcoin

Bitcoin is back! Not that it ever really left, but these days, the cryptocurrency with the ballooning value has become a tad more mainstream.

Tesla recently announced that it will soon be accepting bitcoin as payment for its electric vehicles.

And there’s no better place to park your bitcoin-bought Tesla than in front of a home that you purchased with virtual currency.

With bitcoin on the brain, we spotted 11 listings across the country that declare they’re ready to accept cryptocurrency for full or partial payment.

Of course, you might be able to purchase any home for sale with the internet-based payment system. A buyer could always inquire whether a seller is hip to the cryptocurrency. However, in the case of the listings below, you can rest assured that a digital payment will be welcome.

As a refresher, Bitcoin is an online monetary system independent of governments or banks, meaning that transactions are more direct. Each payment is documented and verified through blockchain—an online, shared database.

The upside? Transactions are more direct and can be completed in minutes or days, rather than the traditional closing period of weeks or months. A downside? Capital gains tax can apply. And, of course, with the wild oscillations of the crypto market, the currency is still a risky bet.

But if you happen to have a few coins burning a hole in your (online) wallet, here’s a look at how you could spend them. (Spoiler alert: Hope you like Florida.)

To give a sense of how much online coin you’d be parting with, we included a dollar-to-bitcoin currency conversion, calculated on Feb. 11, 2021. Prices range from the affordable to the aspirational, from cute condos to a massive Manhattan mansion. Take a look.

Price: $3,695,000, or 78.72 bitcoin
Property perks: Located atop the luxurious Trump Royale tower, this two-story, 4,300 square-foot dwelling offers panoramic views of the ocean, downtown Miami, and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The combined two-unit abode includes top-of-the-line finishes by the designer Roberto Cavalli, a German-designed kitchen, a private, pneumatic glass elevator, and oceanside and cityside terraces.

Amenities for residents include beach and pool services, restaurants, a beachside bar, gym, and tennis courts. Meanwhile, a gated entry and 24-hour security allow for peace of mind.

Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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Price: $29.9 million, (or for digital currency equivalent to 1.5 times the offered price in U.S. dollars) 955.52 bitcoin
Property perks: Plunk down some serious coin for this majestic Beaux Arts abode. The tallest townhouse on the block, the residence from 1904 features 12,380 square feet of interior space, plus an additional 2,500 square feet of exterior space.

The spacious, 22-foot wide structure features 13-feet-high ceilings, seven bedrooms, and 9.5 bathrooms. A solid bronze marble entrance leads to a marble reception gallery and staircase connecting the space to the upper floors.

The townhome features 12 working fireplaces, and a separate penthouse on the fifth and sixth floors.

Manhattan townhouse
Manhattan townhouse

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Price: $2.8 million or 59 bitcoin
Property perks: Located on Nob Hill, the “sensationally” remodeled four-bedroom, loftlike residence features soaring 12-foot beamed and coffered ceilings.

Luxuriate in views of the San Francisco Bay and the downtown skyline, as well as wide-open entertaining and living spaces. The master bedroom boasts a view of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid.

A renovation five years ago reimagined the 1920s-era design and updated it for a contemporary lifestyle.

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA

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Price: $1,488,000 or 31.36 bitcoin
Property perks: The property brought in a whopping $160,000 worth of rental income in 2020. The listing details note that the home offers an ideal vacation escape and plenty of rental income when it’s not in use by the owners.

The three-bedroom beachfront home includes a pool and outdoor entertainment area with a picnic table, sink, and fridge—and the house comes furnished. It’s just a block from downtown St. George Island shops and restaurants.

Apparently, someone has been sold on it, since it looks as if a sale is pending, after a little more than two weeks on the market.

St. George Island, FL
St. George Island, FL

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Price: $579,000 or 12.17 bitcoin
Property perks: Enjoy the peaceful serenity of 20 acres in this home, built in 2016.

The two-story, five-bedroom abode is spread over three levels.The open-concept main level includes a living room with cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with an island, a formal dining room, and two offices.

The walkout lower level comes with a wet bar and bathroom. Along with a deck and backyard, the property includes ATV trails and flat areas for a pavilion or fire pit.

Port Crane, NY
Port Crane, NY

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Price: $898,000, or 18.80 bitcoin
Property perks: Located in the exclusive Excelsior Tower of The Americana at Brand, this two-bedroom condo is perched above shops and restaurants.

With 1,335 square feet, the layout includes a designer kitchen with high-end appliances, Caesarstone countertops, and a custom tile backsplash.

The living and dining area includes hardwood flooring and glass doors that open to a private balcony. Bathrooms boast marble counters, and the bedrooms come with wool carpet. Building perks include two parking spots, concierge service, and a takeout and grocery-delivery service.

Glendale, CA
Glendale, CA

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Price: $335,000, or 7 bitcoin
Property perks: This completely remodeled one-bedroom condo features skyline and water vistas. Take in the views from the private balcony off the living and dining area, which features an open kitchen and contemporary design.

The building offers a gym, tennis court, and parking space. Located in the Brickell neighborhood, this place is close to restaurants, shops, parks, and the beach.

Miami, FL
Miami, FL

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Price: $2,870,000, or 59.99 bitcoin
Property perks: This spacious “home in the sky” comes with private elevators and unobstructed water and city views.

The light-filled four-bedroom unit comes with tile floors, and a gourmet kitchen with stainless-steel Sub-Zero fridge and Miele appliances.

A formal dining room and living room both open to the balcony. The master bedroom has glass doors and balcony access, an en suite bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Three balconies offer plenty of choices for basking in the sun.

Miami, FL
Miami, FL

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Price: $1,119,000, or 23.42 bitcoin
Property perks: Located just outside town and about 15 minutes to Sundance, this 13-acre property includes a five-bedroom main house with room enough to add another dwelling.

The 4,705-square-foot custom home has a formal dining and living area, plus a separate, eat-in kitchen. The family room has a fireplace and easy access to the outdoors.

A master bedroom includes a sitting area plus a balcony. For folks looking to farm more than cryptocurrency, the grounds include a barn and two livestock corrals.

Wallsburg, UT
Wallsburg, UT

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Price: $608,000, or 12.73 bitcoin
Property perks: Built in 2005, this golf-course home has been “meticulously maintained.” The layout of the four-bedroom residence includes a formal dining room and redone island kitchen, with top-of-the-line appliances.

Upstairs, the oversized master suite has two walk-in closets and a balcony with golf course views. Along with front and rear porches, the property comes with an oversized, two-car garage.

The large lot has a big backyard with a fire pit and swim spa. After a price drop last month, the charming abode may have found a buyer.

Fort Myers, FL
Fort Myers, FL

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Price: $377,600, or 7.81 bitcoin
Property perks: Move right in to this fully remodeled corner-unit condo, with water views. The two-bedroom space features a wide open, state-of-the-art kitchen with new appliances and stone countertops.

The living and dining areas open to a patio, and the ceilings feature LED lighting in every room. Building amenities include two pools with daytime cabanas, tennis courts, a putting green, and a gym.

Aventura, FL
Aventura, FL

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Lovingly Updated Colonial From 1700 Tops This Week’s Oldest Homes

If the idea of an updated Colonial with acreage to spare sets your heart racing and inflames your passion to buy, this week’s list of the nine oldest homes to hit the market will get you all revved up.

Start with the oldest listing of the week, a crisp white house with a smart, navy-blue door, built in 1700 in northern Massachusetts. Buying a vintage home doesn’t mean you must forgo creature comforts. This home’s airy, sophisticated, and oh-so-contemporary interiors—including the luscious, light-filled library—are the stuff of winter-nesting dreams.

We spotted another impeccable reimagining of an antique Colonial in Scarsdale, NY—a gorgeous, green-and-white beauty with beamed ceilings that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Beyond those two cool Colonials, seven other old-timey homes are worth checking out. Some sit on the banks of a river, others are surrounded by woods, but all of them are charmers, with centuries of history behind them. Have a look!

Price: $849,900

Year built: 1700

Idyllic Colonial: Tucked on just under an acre and a half of land close to the Merrimack River, this five-bedroom Colonial has been updated in all the right places and modernized everywhere else.

Highlights include a new all-white kitchen and renovated bathrooms. Original features like exposed beams, gunstock corners, field paneling, and wide-plank floors hark back to the home’s 18th-century roots.

There’s also a sunroom, a three-car garage, and pergola, with a brick patio out back.

Newbury, MA
Newbury, MA

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Price: $1,595,000

Year built: 1700

Old Red Farm Inn: This working inn and sometime wedding venue sits on 2 landscaped acres on the way to Cape Cod.

The carefully updated five-bedroom farmhouse comes with a pool, gazebo, wet bar, and two-car garage. The property is surrounded by a local golf course and is within walking distance to the beach.

Wareham, MA
Wareham, MA

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Price: $344,900

Year built: 1712

Sanford family house: The house was built by the Sanford family, who lived there for two centuries. The current occupants are only the fourth owners in the home’s long history.

The three-bedroom home, which recently housed an antique business, includes wide-plank floors, a beehive oven, and two fireplaces. There’s also a large antique barn, corn crib, and a current tenant who would be willing to stay, if the buyer so desired.

Newtown, CT
Newtown, CT

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Price: $315,000

Year built: 1720

Motivated seller: Priced below appraisal, this two-bedroom Colonial features a front porch patio, stone walls, and lush gardens. The charming residence sits on a lot of nearly a full acre, close to the Hudson Valley. Inside, the home features original wide-plank flooring, beamed ceilings, and custom cabinets.

Brewster, NY
Brewster, NY

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Price: $1,499,000

Year built: 1734

Cudner-Hyatt house: Artfully restored and reimagined, this historic four-bedroom farmhouse has maintained its vintage character, with a modern boost.

It now features all-new systems, finishes, and furnishings, which perfectly complement the home’s past. A custom kitchen, new bathroom, and a private deck are just a few of the modern touches incorporated in the timeless home.

Scarsdale, NY
Scarsdale, NY

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Price: $425,000

Year built: 1739

John Woodhull House: This five-bedroom home on Long Island sits on a half-acre, with views of Miller Duck Pond.

It’s filled with original architectural elements, including four fireplaces, original moldings, wood beams, and wide-plank floors. Complete with a walk-up attic/loft, this space is ready to be reimagined as something spectacular.

Miller Place, NY
Miller Place, NY

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Price: $519,000

Year built: 1760

Saltbox Souhegan: This three-bedroom home will require some love, but the 5-acre piece of property is sublimely situated, with 600 feet of frontage on the Souhegan River. The saltbox-style home comes with a large dining and living room, mudroom, and workshop.

Amherst, NH
Amherst, NH

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Price: $319,000

Year built: 1760

In-town Colonial: This two-bedroom home has a stately entryway that opens to a living room with chair rail, pumpkin pine floors, and a fireplace. Other highlights include a sunroom with stone floor, a walk-up attic, and space outside for entertaining, all a few minutes from Flemington’s historic Main Street.

Flemington, NJ
Flemington, NJ

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Price: $484,900

Year built: 1768

Haines-Lippincott house: First, it was a general store, and then it was converted into a local post office. Later still, it served the Enterprise Library.

These days, it’s a charming six-bedroom brick home with heartwood pine floors, as well as a finished basement with stone walls. The lovely backyard has a koi pond and patio for entertaining.

Mount Laurel, NJ
Mount Laurel, NJ

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Source: realtor.com

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