Planet Princeton

Benchley Home Sells for $2.5 Million

The former home of acclaimed best-selling author Peter Benchley recently sold for $2.55 million, according to real estate records.

The house on Boudinot Street in the western section of Princeton Borough includes a film screening room, a commercial kitchen, and an addition by architect Jerry Ford. The property taxes on the 1.1 acre property were $43,373  in 2011, according to property tax records. The home was assessed at $2.1 million in 2011.

Benchley, who wrote Jaws, died in 2006. He was married to former Borough Councilwoman Wendy Benchley, who put the Boudinot Street house on the market this spring.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

2 comments

  • The home sold for 82% of assessed value. If you look at sales in lower-priced neighborhoods since reassessment, you will see that, on average, they are selling at an even lower percentage of assessed value (meaning that all assessments remain at a discount to real market value). Learn to pay your fair share Anthony.

  • Princeton’s property “Reassessment’ conducted in 2009 decreased the assessments of expensive properties like this one and hugely increased the property values of lower-priced houses. “Just the market forces” we were told. Arguments that it was incorrect and unjust were dismissed. Data showing its inequities were ignored.
    This house sold for $455,000 more than its re-assessed value. Princeton needs a re-reassessment to correct the appalling injustice committed in 2009.

Events Calendar

« December 2018 » loading...
M T W T F S S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
Sun 09

West Windsor Arts Center Off the Wall Affordable Art Show

November 5 @ 10:00 am - December 21 @ 6:00 pm
Sun 09

Domestic, Houses & Landscapes. Selections from the work of Catherine Opie

November 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - January 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Sun 09

Festival of Trees

November 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Sun 09

Joy In The Everyday

November 29, 2018 - March 25, 2019
Mon 10
Mon 10

Community: By Donation Yoga Classes

December 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 10

Central Jersey General Infertility Support Group

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 11

Tuesday Night Live! A Family Advent Journey

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue 11

Book Club: The Hidden Half of Nature

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Events Calendar

« December 2018 » loading...
M T W T F S S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6