This thoughtfully-updated, historic home is nestled on 5 acres in a bucolic estate-property neighborhood on a scenic country road, yet close to Oldwick. Oriented to maximize privacy and and appreciation of its storybook natural setting from inside and out, this property is perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property which is rich with aesthetic value inside and out with a rare blend of charm and functionality.
The home’s interior features include a floor plan that flows well for day to day living while affording the spaces required for family gatherings and other entertaining. Vintage hardwood floors, hardware, fireplaces, pocket doors, built-in shelving, and moldings underscore the traditional colonial styling of the home which are blended with the modern conveniences of central air conditioning, forced hot air heating, and updated kitchens and bathrooms. Generous windows bring natural and supplemental light into the room throughout the day and from every vantage point within the home offer beautiful vistas of the landscaped and natural areas surrounding the property.
Visitors are welcomed to the home through a covered bluestone patio flanked by perennial gardens. The entrance foyer features two six-panel front doors, tile floors, a powder room, and an adjacent coat closet. The powder room features a white pedestal sink and tile floor. The foyer flows directly into the family room which has open lines of sight to the living room, kitchen, dining room, and main stair because of its open floor plan.
The large, sunny, south-facing family room features a wall of double-hung, true divided light windows overlooking the property with views of the pond. The family room is large enough to accommodate a baby grand piano without compromising the sitting area. Hardwood floors unite the family room with the living room which can be accessed through a large doorway which features panelled double pocket doors. The layout of the living room mirrors the family room but has a more intimate, cozy feel with it’s hand-hewn beams, built-in shelving and cabinetry flanking a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel, and views of the garden’s stacked fieldstone walls through double-hung, true divided light windows.
The large eat-in kitchen is oriented towards views of the natural beauty of the property with views through double hung, true divided light windows to the south over the yard and pond and to the west over the bluestone patio nestled amidst perennial gardens. The kitchen features white cabinetry with extensive, thoughtfully-designed storage areas, including a wall of pantry shelving with updated stainless steel handles, marble counter, gray glass subway tile backsplash, large stainless steel undermount sink (large enough for a frying pan or baking sheet) with nickel gooseneck faucet with separate sprayer hose head, recessed lighting, and suspended lighting over eat-in area. The sealed terracotta tile floor is in keeping with the polished and updated but informal, rustic appeal of the home. Appliances in the kitchen include a stainless steel SubZero refrigerator, Viking 6-burner gas cooktop, Viking electric double wall oven, and stainless steel dishwasher. The kitchen connects to the family room through a large doorway and to the dining room through a swinging door that can be left closed or open. The dining room is remarkably spacious for a historic house and can accommodate a large table as well as multiple additional pieces of furniture. It’s wood floors and wood-burning fireplace as well of lines of sight to other areas of the house make it simultaneously intimate and inviting to guests and residents of the home.
The first floor of the home is completed by a room with an updated en suite bathroom, separate outside entrance near the bluestone patio, which make it perfect for a variety of different uses, including as a fourth bedroom, office, study, or in-law suite. The room features windows overlooking the patio, stacked fieldstone walls, and natural areas and the beautifully-renovated en suite full bathroom features a white vanity with a dark grey granite countertop, tiled stall shower, wainscoting, and crisp, black-and-grey decorative marble tile floor.
The enormous master bedroom overlooks the natural beauty of the property with views through double hung, true divided light windows to the south over the yard and pond and to the west over the bluestone patio. It features a sunny, south-facing sitting room, two walk-in closets, en suite bathroom, and cherry wood floors. The bathroom features a double-sink vanity, jetted soaking tub, stall shower, and separate toilet room. Two additional bedrooms are on the same level as the master bedroom suite. These bedrooms each have double closets and overlook the beautiful grounds and feature hardwood floors. The larger of the two second floor bedrooms also features a sitting room with another doorway to the main hall. The renovated main bathroom features a black wooden two-sink vanity with grey marble counter, stall shower with grey marble tile and rimless glass door, wainscoting, nickel fixtures, and ceramic tile floor with decorative detail. The second hallway also has windows overlooking the grounds and has a generously-sized linen closet located across from the main bathroom.
The unfinished basement includes a laundry area, shelf storage, and a separate room for utilities. Systems of the home include an oil-fired boiler for hot water heat via cast-iron baseboards, central air conditioning, 200 amp electrical service, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers. The above-ground oil tank is located in the utility room.
A collection of additional structures on the property expand the possibilities for living space and recreational enjoyment of the property. A library/recreation room joining the house by way of the covered bluestone walkway features interior accents including hand-hewn beams, exposed fieldstone foundation, radiant (hot water) heating, ceiling fans, and recessed lighting. A second structure currently is used as a billiards room and has a combination pool/pingpong table. A third structure provides ample space for an office, art studio, or yoga studio with its vaulted ceilings, 8 skylights, and Pergo-style floor. A separate guest cottage features a bedroom, sitting area, efficiency kitchen with breakfast bar, and bathroom with tubshower. Finally, a detached two-car garage with separate walk-through entrance has extra storage for lawn, recreational, and other equipment.
The exterior features of the property feature a spring-fed pond, bluestone patio, perennial gardens, specimen trees, gravel driveway, and large, open areas in rear yard, all of which were configured to maximize beauty while minimizing maintenance and upkeep requirements.
The property is located in Tewksbury Township, one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County, a town renowned for its natural beauty, private estates and upscale lifestyle marked by the popularity of equestrian sports related to the nearby Essex Hunt Club, United States Equestrian Team and United States Equestrian Foundation, miles of scenic riding trails in the Tewksbury Trail System, and multiple private polo fields within the township. The township supports an active youth sports program that includes lacrosse, soccer, softball, basketball, tennis and baseball teams. Nearby outdoor recreation areas include Christie Hoffman Farm Park, Ken Lockwood Gorge, Columbia Trail, and Round Valley Reservoir. It is served by Tewksbury Elementary School (designated a Blue Ribbon School in 2011), Old Turnpike Middle School, and Voorhees High School (designated a Blue Ribbon School in 2015) and is convenient to private schools (Gill St. Bernard, Pingry, Far Hills Country Day) with nearby shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Fiddler’s Elbow, Trump National). Commuter highways (Interstates 78 and 287), TransBridge Line buses and NJ Transit trains allow for convenient access to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport.