Friday, June 4, 2004

Stewart's childhood home on the market

For sale: three-story Colonial in homey bedroom community just 12 miles from New York City (in Nutley, N.J.). Amenities include mature fig trees planted by domestic diva Martha Stewart and a holly bush she and her father pruned in the shape of a cone.

The house that Stewart grew up in went on the market Tuesday. The three-bedroom, 1,922-square-foot house, built in 1930, can be yours for $549,000.

Listing agent Pat Kraven-O'Connell expects the house to sell quickly, and has designed a sales strategy to limit curiosity-seekers: No open houses and showings to pre-qualified buyers only.

"I don't want it to become a circus," she said.

Kraven-O'Connell insists the home's $549,000 asking price has no Martha Stewart factor built in.

Stewart lived in the house from age 3 through high school. Her mother sold it in 1987.

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