Marsha Batts didn't buy her six-bedroom Mount Laurel home with plans to live there.
"I initially purchased the home as an investment but loved it so much I rented my other house in Moorestown, New Jersey, and moved into this one for a complete rehab," she said.
Batts said the history of the Haines-Lippincott house appealed to her. The property was built in 1768 and served as Mount Laurel's first general store in 1830 and post office in 1849.
"What drew me to the home was the historic aspect of it," she said.
Batts said she undertook a full renovation after purchasing the home.
"We started with the kitchen as it was the worst and removed all the walls, floors, doors, cabinets, et cetera," she said.
She repaired the home's horsehair plaster, its heart pine floors and the shake roof. Batts said she added a bathroom and updated electrical systems and plumbing throughout the home.
Outside, Batts said, she also took on significant updates.
"We cut down 17 ailing trees and replaced them with 21 others," she said. "It took a backhoe almost a week to clear the grounds and plant shrubbery."
Batts said she and her husband have recently decided to list the 250-year-old home for sale because they are ready to downsize.
She expects prospective buyers to appreciate the property's historic elements and the size of the rooms, as well as the neighborhood.
"The neighborhood has many amentiies, such as a highly rated elementary and middle school," she said.
The property is listed with Richard Jordan at BHHS Fox and Roach for $519,900.