Daybreak Montclair — a well known Georgian mansion with eight fireplaces, multiple garages and carriage house sold last week for what some are calling a steal — $1,187,500. The property, at 88 South Mountain Avenue, was originally listed at $1,725,000 in early 2012. The list price was dropped to $1,300,000 around August 2012. Taxes are $52,262. The property was listed with Roberta Baldwin, of the Baldwin Dream Team; the home was sold completely “as is.”
The owner, Noel Brogan, is in the antique business and items from the home were auctioned back in 2006.
There are two Daybreaks in Montclair. The other Daybreak, the one at 99 Lloyd Road formerly owned by Michael Strahan, sold for $3,845,426 in December 2010, according to Zillow. It had been listed at one point for a whopping $7,750,000.
More background on the two Daybreaks from historian Frank Gerard Godlewski:
There are really two Daybreaks. The Daybreak gateposts on South Mountain lead up a steep winding lane to the first Daybreak on Lloyd Road, now the Strahan House. The Strahan house belonged to the Dear family. Some of their descendants still live in town. E. F. Hutton married the Dear’s daughter in his second marriage. His first wife was Marjorie Merryweather Post and they had lived in South Orange. This was all very talked about back then. Noel Brogan’s Daybreak was built about five years after the Strahan’s Daybreak and prior to the practically twin Daybreak houses, the property was a Victorian working farm estate that extended south to Union Street. Noel who many many years ago was Daybreak’s next-door neighbor, brought the house from the Hand family who were practically the original owners. This was the Hand’s summerhouse. They wintered in Palm Beach. Before leaving for Palm Beach each year, they would throw a ball and as party favors, they would give each guest a Daybreak Highball Glass with the date of their return to Montclair etched onto it. Noel has a reserve of their glasses as souvenirs.