This sunny, updated, and comfortable 3 bedroom vintage home (circa 1900) is located on a residential side street in the heart of the historic district in Califon Borough and is perfect for a buyer seeking thoughtful design features blending historic charm with modern amenities and conveniences. The home’s interior features include a floor plan that is open and inviting for entertaining yet intimate for daily living. Updates to systems throughout, ample closet and storage space, and a convenient neighborhood location underscore the amenities of this vintage home required of a contemporary lifestyle. Detailed finishes accent the architecture and design of the home which include extensive trim and millwork, wide pine floors, antique hardware, and built-in bookcases and cabinetry. With high ceilings and true-divided-light windows throughout the home which bring natural light into the rooms throughout the day, the rooms feel spacious and welcoming.
Visitors approach the home by way of the paver walkway welcoming visitors on foot past flowering trees to its deep, wrap-around front porch which sets the polished-yet-comfortable, welcoming tone of the home. Moving through the wood-and-glass front door of the home, visitors who arrive through the front door arrive in the living room of the home but have lines of sight into the additional entertaining areas of the home.
The living room can be used as an informal gathering space or as as a more formal “front room” as the home also features a more private family room. The windows of the living room overlook two sides of the covered porch and include a bay window in the corner of the home. The living room flows easily into the dining room, which is central to the home and leads to the home’s family room as well as a sunny nook currently used as an office which could double as a pantry or serving area. The family room could be closed to the main areas of the home for more private use as a first-floor bedroom, office, or music room.
The eat-in kitchen is remarkably large and sunny for a home of this vintage, and features plentiful counters and updated appliances including a Samsung stainless steel refrigerator and a Bosch stainless steel dishwasher, as well as large windows, including a bay window, overlooking the backyard and bringing in lots of natural light. Adjacent to the kitchen are the home’s powder room and a mudroom off the side porch which connects to the kitchen through a Dutch door.
The second level of the home features all of the bedrooms of the home and the main bath. It can be accessed from the main stair at the front of the house or through “Jersey winder” stairs from the kitchen. One of the bedrooms is separated from the other bedrooms by a hallway with closets and it is closest to the rear stairs and main bath and overlooks the backyard. Just outside this bedroom, at the top of the back stairs, is a cozy reading nook. Because of its location, this bedroom is well-suited for use as a master bedroom or as it’s currently being used — as a secondary bedroom. Down the hall, at the top of the landing of the front stairs are the additional bedrooms of the house, including the largest of bedrooms, all of which are large and sunny. An additional room on this level is currently used as a fourth bedroom, but could also be used as an office, craft room, or storage closet. A large, walk-in linen closet features a window overlooking the front yard.
The attic of the house is accessed from a staircase in the second floor hallway and has two large, finished spaces.
Systems of the home include 200 amp electrical service, septic, public water, propane-fired hot water baseboard heating (much of which is desirable vintage cast iron baseboard), smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers, all of which add to the ease of living in this elegant country home.
The exterior of the house is as well-presented as the interior of the house. The front and side of the home have a deep, covered wrap-around porch overlooking the front and side yards. Additionally, a generously-sized, covered side porch provides an informal entrance to the house by way of the mudroom while also uniting the front and back yards. The backyard is fully-fenced and includes an in-ground, heated swimming pool with a liner (replaced in 2010), safety cover, and removable child safety mesh fence as well as a patio area suitable for dining that connects the house to the pool area, and a large, 2-bay, 2-story vintage barn at the back end of the property. The property’s landscaping includes a paver walkway, gravel driveway, separate blacktop parking area, flowering trees and shrubs (including ornamental pear, American redbud, and lilac) as well as perennials including daffodils, and tulips.
The property is located in the historic village section of Califon Borough, near restaurants and cafes, schools, and shopping. Califon Borough is an area renowned for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities (e.g., run or bike on the Columbia Trail, fish or swim in the Ken Lockwood Gorge, or enjoy the playground or playing fields in Califon Island Park) and village lifestyle. The property is served by the Califon School and Voorhees High School and is also convenient to private schools as well as golf courses (Fiddler’s Elbow, Beaver Brook, Hamilton Farm, Trump National), country clubs, commuter highways (Interstate 78 (9.7 miles away) and 287 and State Highways, 22 and 31), buses to New York City (8.5 miles away) and trains to New York City (7.1 miles away), and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport (44.7 miles) and smaller regional airports.