BERNARDSVILLE – If you’ve ever wanted to buy the 1967 Bernards High School Reunion Queen’s teenage house, this could be your chance.
The Reunion Queen, who was also a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society, was then nominated 21 times for the Oscars, winning three times.
The house at 21 Old Fort Road where Meryl Streep spent her teenage years is getting ready to be marketed.
The current owners – Beth and Dennis McConnell – have lived there for 32 years.
According to Somerset County Land Records, they bought the property from James and Molly Langridge in 1989 for $ 360,000. The Langridges bought the property in 1984 from Roger and Ann Fasting for $ 244,500. Four years earlier, the Fastings had acquired the house from Harry Streep Jr., an executive at Merck, and his wife Marry, Meryl’s parents.
Last month, Beth McConnell announced on Facebook that she was preparing to sell the 58-year-old four-bedroom home for an asking price of $ 949,000.
“Our house is better known as the ‘Meryl Streep’ house because her parents built the house and Meryl attended school in Bernardsville,” said Beth McConnell.
According to mrlocalhistory.org, the Streeps first lived in Basking Ridge before moving to Bernardsville where the actress attended Bernards High School where she starred in a production of “‘Lil Abner”.
In her own words to Stephen Colbert in 2017, Streep said: “It was great growing up here, it was just fantastic.”
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Born in nearby Summit, Streep lived at the home during her teenage years. Since then, Streep, 72, has appeared in more than 70 films, won three Oscars with 21 nominations and has a record 32 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning nine.
Streep praised the public schools she attended at Colbert – a great selling point.
“The reason my education has been so amazing is that they poured tons of money into public schools,” she said.
It is also a suburban legend that as a freshman at Bernards, Meryl dated a Bedminster elder – Jay Geils, the founder of the J. Geils Band, who performed in the band of the school and was also a member of the National Honor Society and belonged to the physics club
Streep’s parents built the house in 1963. Prior to that, the family, which included his younger brothers Harry Streep III and Dana Streep, lived in Basking Ridge.
His parents, who have since died and are buried in Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, left Bernardsville in 1976 when they retired. They moved to Connecticut, where Streep has also lived since the mid-1980s.
The McConnells bought the house in 1989 and according to the Facebook post they “loved every minute of it.” It is simply “time for a new chapter” and “new adventures”. Due to their current jobs, the couple plan to stay in the Garden State initially.
The couple, who raised their two now grown and stolen children from the house, “lovingly renovated” the house and landscaped the private 1 acre property located between Old Fort and Old Army roads.
Details on the house, which has 3 ½ bathrooms, includes radiant heating, central air conditioning, central vacuum system, sprinkler system, alarm system, outdoor shower, “Rocky Mountain” hardware on all exterior doors, Entrance door and garage in custom Spanish cedar doors. There is a custom cedar fence and gates to the back gardens.
McConnell said the location is “very private” but still within walking distance of all of the borough’s schools and businesses in the city.
“We hope another family will love our home as much as we do,” said McConnell.
By Bernardsville standards, this is a relatively modest house. On the market is a six-bedroom, 14-bath 32-acre home at 21 Campbell Road for $ 16.9 million. The 816 square foot living room is roughly the same size as most one bedroom apartments under construction in Somerset County
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