Listed for $895,000, the Colonial splanch hosted Rosenbaum’s “home date” with Ashley Hebert, whom he would ask to marry on the ABC reality show. The date was filmed last Easter Sunday after the cherry blossom tree outside bloomed as it does every year for two short weeks. “It warmed my heart,” Rosenbaum recalls.
Rosenbaum’s parents, Peter and Ilene, are downsizing to a new place on the North Shore. They are the original owners, living at the four-bedroom, 2.5-bath house since 1979. They raised their sons -- J.P., 35, and Roy, 37 -- there.
“When I think about my childhood and all the places I could have grown up, I am very, very lucky to have grown up in that house,” J.P. says. “The next owner is guaranteed to feel the same way.”
J.P. says the home “was the place to be” for all the children on his block. Halloweens were big, and the house often became the gathering point for sledding and watersliding down a hill in the back of the 67-by-127-foot property.
“It will always be home to me,” says J.P., who will soon be moving to New Jersey with Ashley and planning their wedding. He says growing up at the house is a chapter of his life that is over, but that it is sad. “I won’t be able to go home and smoke a cigar in the hammock with my dad,” he says.
In marketing materials for the house, listing agent Michelle N. Cohen of Laffey Fine Homes has included an ABC photo of J.P. and Ashley, left, from a group date in Taipei where they dressed in wedding attire. It hangs on a wall in the home. Will it help sell the house? “Who knows what it takes to push something over the edge,” says Peter, 71, who worked in the real estate development business.