A Gingerbread Cottage in Historic Mount Tabor

by hookedonhouses on April 9, 2013

Gingerbread cottage for sale Mount Tabor NJ

This one-bedroom gingerbread cottage is so colorful and quirky that it made me smile. You don’t see houses like this very often! It was built in 1871 and is on the market in the Historic Mount Tabor neighborhood of New Jersey for $299,900.

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The listing says, “A stunning gingerbread cottage in Historic Mount Tabor! Decorative ironwork, ornate woodwork and whimsical details throughout.”

wrought iron gate gingerbread cottage

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“Double door entry to living room with amazing plaster ornaments, stained glass in bay window nook and beamed ceiling with antique pendant lights.”

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“Wood burning stove. Hardwood floors throughout first floor. Gingerbread arch into dining room and kitchen.”

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gingerbread archway

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A niche carved into the top of the staircase:

niche in staircase of cottage

“Wide plank heart pine floors on 2nd level. MBR with sitting area and space for possible 2nd BR. Ornate gingerbread arch with glass details between rooms.”

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gingerbread cottage bathroom

“Remodeled bath with antique oversize pedestal sink & claw foot tub.”

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“MBR features loads of light from cupola skylight and double doors to the beautiful balcony.”

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“Serene yard with iron gazebo, perennial plantings.”

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This cottage could really be a gem in the right creative hands. What would you do with it? Check the listing for more photos and information or take the virtual tour. (Thanks to Kim for telling me about it!)

Gingerbread Cottage Mount Tabor NJ at night

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House Crazy Sarah April 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

Wowzers! Some creative soul really went to town on this place! I love everything about it! Great find! The price seems really reasonable too!

Jcrn April 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I thinks the price is great too. Of cours it would be high maintenance to clean but what a lovely home,

Linda G April 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

Some of the features of this home go too far for me, but most of it is absolutely charming.
I’m shocked by the price. Even with only 1 bed, 1.5 baths I can’t believe it’s not worth even $300K, especially in this area. My sister lives just down the road in a newer home that is worth substantially more.
Although I wouldn’t want to see it torn down or stripped, I would think the architectural salvage alone would fetch quite a high price.
Thank you for sharing this! It’s fun to see my little corner of the world featured here.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com April 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

Whoa! So much details! Undoubtedly, this cottage is rich in architectural details.

I prefer a simple cottage by the water, but I appreciate the work done here. :-)

Wishing you a wonderful day, my friend! I hope everything is great with you, Julia.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Cheryl in Wisconsin April 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

I sincerely hope that this home is purchased by someone who loves it and will take great care of it.

Angela April 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

Yes, it will take a special buyer indeed.

Melissa L. April 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

Amazing house. Not something I’d like to wake up to every morning, but wonderfully authentic. Hope it goes to someone who will love it.

missgulfsouth April 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

Er….well you know what they say, if you don’t have anything nice to say……..but I love ya, Julia! Have a blessed day! 😉

Laura April 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

Whoa. The interior’s actually pretty tame compared to the exterior. I’m all for gingerbread, but this is certainly taken to the extreme!

Brandon @ Southgate April 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

After spending Sunday on my hands and knees painting 50 feet of wrought iron porch railing (the only thing on the outside of our house that requires any maintenance)…the thought of having this many surfaces and curliques to keep painted makes me cringe! But what a remarkable house…I’m amazed that its been so well kept for its age.

Kristin April 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wow! This reminds me of a children’s carousel! So whimsical and fun, I could study the exterior for hours. I hope they find the right kind of person to buy it!

Amy April 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

Love it! But what’s with ripping out the ceilings and exposing the underside of the floorboards? The noise from above would drive me crazy.

Melinda April 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

Wow! Someone has taken lots of time and care keeping this amazing house in great condition.

Karrie April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

Loved seeing the ADT sign in front of the house! ha ha!

MissCaron April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

WOW. How unique. I would love to make it into an office or a shop of some sort. Very cool.

The Other Sue April 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

I think the only thing I’d HAVE to change is the ornateness of the foundation — it really detracts from the pretty gingerbread on the rest of the house. I like that the interior is a little more “sedate”.

Jen April 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

so beautiful i’d move in right now
Its cartoony in a nice way

Pamela Porter April 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

A little background on Mt Tabor – it was a Methodist camp meeting originally.


Most of the houses there are like this, although I believe this is one of the more elaborate ones. Another example for sale:


There is a house tour every year:


Parking is virtually non-existent except for a paved lot in the community – I believe parking spaces are deeded with the homes (don’t quote me on that)

The “center” of the community is The Tabernacle, which is now a concert venue.


I saw Nick Lowe and Graham Parker there a few years ago – awesome show. Other past performers are Donovan, Hot Tuna, Aaron Neville, Arlo Guthrie, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Loudon Wainwright III…the list goes on.

All and all a beautiful place.

hookedonhouses April 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Very interesting! I really didn’t know much about it. Thanks, Pamela!

65andcounting April 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I lived on Martha’s Vineyard for years and there’s a huge area in the town of Oak Bluffs that was a former Methodist camp with ornate cottages. I wonder what it is about the Methodist religion that relates to this style of camp?

hookedonhouses April 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Ooh, those are beautiful. Thanks for the link. Interesting about the Methodist connection!

Laura April 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm

There’s another Methodist Camp Meeting town in New Jersey – Ocean Grove. It’s absolutely beautiful, right on the ocean, and has its own fantastic auditorium and victorian gingerbread houses. We stay there every summer.

missgulfsouth April 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

There is also one where I am from in Bay View/Petoskey, Michigan. Gorgeous ornate Victorian homes/mansions on a bluff overlooking the water. Very old money, was also a Methodist camp. 😉

Chris April 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I live for creative two-story one bedroom 1.5 bath floor plans…this one however took creative to a whole new level. Very buyer specific!

maude April 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Wow, that is a cool house. The gingerbread is amazing and I wonder if it’s all original. The plaster work in the living room is fabulous too:)

Dan April 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

What an incredible house- and such detail work- but even this is too much for me. Too much of a good thing may end up being a bad thing. Good luck to the sellers. I think they’ve got their work cut out for them.

Wendy April 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Hmmm. There were some details on the interior that just didn’t look original to the period to me, but you know the other house in town that your reader linked has them too. So I guess they are. I likes me a gingerbread cottage, but this one feels remuddled…even though it apparently isn’t.

Wade Watson April 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

That house has so much vivid character inside and out. Someone does need to redo the kitchen to give it some quirky flair, too. Compared to everything else it’s a bit disappointing.

KMP Modern April 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

Your site is always always interesting! I love looking at all these amazing homes, each unique and fascinating in their own way. This gingerbread house really does take the cake. I love the front statues and all the stained glass inside. I especially love the flower detailing. Wow!

Kim April 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

Thank you for sharing this! I love all of the Craftsmanship.

Esther George April 10, 2013 at 4:24 am

Hi Julia I must confess I’m a quirky kind of girl hey I love MacKenzie Childs. I wouldn’t change a thing about this place it’s too amazing. You made me smile with this beauty. Thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney.

The Country Girl April 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

In a word, suffocating.

snaggy April 10, 2013 at 6:41 am

Ye gods !!

Alie B April 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

Awwwww….so cute! As many others have said, not sure if I would want to actually live there, but the craftsmanship is amazing! This would be great as a bed and breakfast, store, tea room or movie set house. It sounds like a great town too, judging from Pamela’s account.

Carisa April 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Whoa! That’s an hour from me. I think I have to go see it!

Xenia April 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hard for me to believe, but I actually LOVE this house and would buy it. To me it is beautiful. I would do something about the kitchen though. It does not live up to the rest of the house.

Kathleen April 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Fascinating to look at and explore through all the great pics. But I just see endless dusting for the owner.
One lazy homeowner.

nanne April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

that chimney looks like a piece of outsider art. it’s really great, in it’s own way.

valvacious April 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

UGGgggggg…… it gave me a headache to look at it. TOO MUCH going on with all the patterns, etc….

This could have been cute if the person did not get carried away

Queenie Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

What a cute cottage! And I love the price! Considering buyin it… Does anyone know the weather in New Jersey?

Robyn O'Neill August 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Ahhhh !! I want it … just shows that people had more style and whimsy in the old days, reminds me of Cape May, NJ. It’s small, but I think a subtle addition in the back in the same style would work. Don’t let anyone tear it down, we don’t have enough fun and beauty these days and we need even more in the same spirit as this house. Our clothes are drab, our music is ugly and so on. If I could afford it, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.

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