Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

From New York to an Old-World Gem

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

From New York to an Old-World Gem

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Glen Rock residents had more than the usual interest in knowing whom their new neighbors at 305 Rock Road were going to be.

The colonial at that address was built in 1911 by Adolph Hubschmidt, who was a carpenter, fire chief, and one of the borough's earliest mayors, and it was a prime piece of real estate, thanks to its historical value.

In the wrong hands, this carefully preserved slice of the borough's past would be compromised or lost.

As members of the Glen Rock Historical Society got to know these new buyers, Amanda Marcalus and Benjamin Miga, they worried no more. The two were on a quest for more than four years for a historical home to purchase and care for in the style of its original owners.

The couple had collected treasures from family members over the years -- such as a great-uncle's poker table -- and longed for a place to really showcase these memories.

From the butler's pantry where they now display their wedding china, to the original pine hardwood floors, the Rock Road colonial immediately won their hearts.

Until three months ago when the couple, in their early 30s, began house hunting with Maryanne Connaughton, a sales associate with Terrie O'Connor Realtors' Ridgewood Group, the search was slow going.

The couple lived in a condo in White Plains, N.Y., and were scouring the river sections of Westchester County for their historical homes, but typically they'd be clustered together with very little property. Nothing ever felt right.

Then Amanda's sister moved into an 1860s Victorian in Ho-Ho-Kus and the couple decided to shift their search to Bergen County to be near not only the sister, but Amanda's mom in Oakland. The search was difficult as their White Plains condo put considerable distance between their home and their target area.

They had some interest in a Ridgewood home but the house on Rock Road turned them around. Here at last was the treasure they were seeking, a home that gave them the best of two worlds - a porch where they can watch the downtown activity with a glass of lemonade, and a back deck where they can see decades of well-maintained gardens that speak to Ben's heart, as he loves to garden.

Beyond the gardens, there's a carriage house built in 1910 that serves as a garage and will also become Amanda's studio for her calligraphy business and other artistic ventures, in addition to her career as a fashion designer in Manhattan. …

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