Located in the historic Middle Valley section of Washington Township, this beautiful historic building (circa 1910), once Lauerman’s Luncheonette and the Middle Valley post office, has had a facelift. With the thorough renovation of both the interior and exterior of the property in 2017 — done with an eye to preserving its historic charm — this building has exceptional character both inside and out. Interior features include a well-conceived floor plan that is open and inviting for entertaining yet intimate for daily living. Detailed finishes accent the architecture and design of the home which include archways, custom millwork, solid wood cabinets, solid wood-paneled doors, recessed and accent lighting, solid oak flooring throughout the downstairs, and picture views of the green truss bridge from your back windows.
The property overlooks the South Branch of the Raritan River and gently welcomes Middle Valley visitors with its historically accurate “Middle Valley, NJ” awning sheltering a large, easily-accessible, graveled parking area. The front entrance is accented by a whimsical vermillion door, welcoming all who visit the home. Visitors who arrive through the front door will be immediately drawn into the views as it flows easily into the beautiful living room and kitchen. The living room is a large, sunny room featuring two walls of windows with street and farm field views, beautiful wood doors with antique hardware, custom radiator covers, and oak hardwood floors. Natural light, a theme throughout the home, is abundant in the living room where the walls of windows generously bring light into the room throughout the day. It connects through hallway access to a secondary first-floor bedroom which features hardwood floors, street and bridge views and a reach in closet with a wood door. The main bathroom discreetly serves the space at which the living room, bedroom, and kitchen join. The main bath features a shower and bathtub combination and oversized sink along with a window with gorgeous views of the bridge.
The master bedroom, accessed off the spacious entry, features hardwood floors, large windows for natural light, two reach-in closets, and an en suite master bathroom. The master bath includes an oversized vanity complete with antique cabinetry, original to the property, wood floors, oversized windows with dormers, and a glass corner shower
The galley style kitchen is accessible from the hallway or front foyer. It features a solid walnut countertop, stainless steel undermount sink with brushed nickel faucet, stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel electric cooktop with vent hood, and dishwasher. The kitchen also features a spacious eat-in area, surrounded by windows highlighting views of the backyard, river, and bridge. Adjacent to the kitchen is a beautiful laundry/pantry/mudroom which showcases an exposed brick chimney as well as an antique furniture piece, now provides convenient shelving and storage. The walls feature convenient Shaker pegs on three sides, perfect for hanging your laundry, jackets, or backpacks. A new washing machine and dryer finish the space.
The second floor is accessed from the stairs off the kitchen and houses the two additional bedrooms, each of which features beautiful architectural lines and original wood flooring. The first, access to the right when you come up the stairs, features a charming interior window as well as an exterior window with bridge views. The fourth bedroom in the home offers views of Middle Valley Road and an interior view of the open studio space.
There is additional unfinished interior space, which can be accessed either from the pantry or an outside door, which is the perfect place for a studio or home office. The space once served as the auto garage for the property and now boasts high ceilings, exposed trusses, and an open floor plan.
Systems of the home include 200 ampere electrical service, a 4-bedroom septic system, well water, oil-fired hot water baseboard and radiator hot water heat.
The exterior features of the property include a covered canopy, river and bridge views, and large
open yard. A spacious, gravel driveway great for parking and guests is located on West Mill Road. The property features a lawn area behind the home which slopes down to the river. In the backyard are ruins of stone foundations that would be perfect for gardens accenting the vintage charm and beautiful views of the property.
The property is located in the historic Middle Valley section of Washington Township — an area of Morris County renowned for its natural beauty, history, and rich agriculture, just steps from the Columbia Trail. Nearby outdoor recreation areas include Christie Hoffman Farm Park, Ken Lockwood Gorge, the Columbia Trail, and Round Valley Reservoir. It is served by Flocktown Kossman Elementary School, Long Valley Middle School, and West Morris Central School and is convenient to private schools (Gill St. Bernard, Pingry, Far Hills Country Day, The Willow School) with nearby shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Fiddler’s Elbow, Trump National). Commuter highways (Interstates 78, 80, and 287), TransBridge Line buses and NJ Transit trains allow for convenient access to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport as well as smaller, regional airports.