This thoughtfully-designed, Cape-Cod-style cottage is nestled on 2.72 acres in a bucolic estate-property neighborhood on a scenic country road, close to historic Oldwick Village. Oriented to maximize privacy and and appreciation of its natural setting from inside and out, this property is perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property which is low-maintenance with a 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. Hardwood floors on the first floor and baseboard hot water heat throughout the house are ideal for keeping dust to a minimum. The generous windows bring natural and supplemental light into the room throughout the day.
The informal entrance of the home leads visitors into a sunroom featuring a cathedral ceiling with skylights, wood-burning fireplace, and a French door with sidelights to the formal front of the home. It’s a room perfectly-suited for use as a mudroom, sunroom, or painting studio. The sunroom serves as a functional hub of the home, as in addition to providing access to the outdoors through paned doors at the front and back of the home, it also connects to the garage and kitchen.
The large eat-in kitchen is oriented towards views of the natural beauty of the backyard with convenient access to a wooden deck overlooking the pool area and yard. The kitchen features cherry cabinetry, Formica-style counter, overmount ceramic sink with nickel gooseneck faucet, recessed lighting, skylights, ceiling fan, and wood floor. Appliances in the kitchen include a stainless steel Kitchen Aid refrigerator with bottom freezer, a stainless steel Frigidaire dishwasher, and a stainless steel Frigidaire electric range with oven and stainless steel ventilation hood. The kitchen features a separate built-in sideboard-style area with glass-fronted cabinetry and decorative storage shelving. Consistent with the informal-yet-welcoming style of the home, the eat-in area of the kitchen takes the place of a separate dining room but has the feel of a dining room, with its scale, plentiful, large paned windows, wood floors, and chandelier.
The adjacent living room at the front of the house features a wood-burning fireplace with brick surround, large picture window, and wood floors, and connects to the formal foyer of the home.
Two rooms on the first level of the home are suitable for use as bedrooms, but are currently used as den space. Both feature hardwood floors, and a closet. A nearby full bathroom was recently renovated to provide easy access for all occupants of the house and features a pedestal sink with chrome Grohe fixtures, linen closet, and threshold-free shower stall with stylish floor-to-ceiling neutral tiles and chrome Grohe fixtures.
Two spacious bedrooms on the second floor expand the use of the home and make it comfortable for multi-generational living. Both bedrooms feature neutral carpeting, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry, window seats with storage, ceiling fans, and access to the second floor bathroom. Each also features a closet (one of bedrooms has a reach-in closet, while the other has a walk-in closet). The second floor bathroom features a double-sink wooden vanity with ceramic sinks and Formica-style counter, Jacuzzi tub-shower, built-in shelving, and an extra large linen/storage closet.
The basement is partially-finished with recessed lighting and carpeting. The large, unfinished section of the basement has plenty of room for storage as well as a washer and dryer. The two-car garage has automatic door-openers for each side as well as additional space for storage. Systems of the home include a high efficiency oil-fired boiler (2003) for hot water heat via cast-iron baseboards which is plumbed to make it easy to add a zone for heating the pool, central air conditioning, 200 amp electrical service, 2-bedroom septic system (with approved plans and permit for 4 bedroom system), well water, neutralizer, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers. The above-ground 275-gallon oil tank is located in the unfinished basement.
The exterior features of the property feature a wood deck adjacent to the kitchen, connecting the home with the pool area. Wooden fencing around the Gunite-style Sylvan pool provides an enclosure large enough for addition of gardens and/or play area for dogs. Existing specimen trees, bushes, and perennials further enhance the natural beauty of the backyard without adding significantly to upkeep requirements. A U-shaped asphalt driveway makes access to the property easy and has a separate area for parking and turning.
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.