This striking renovated barn was believed to have been built by German settlers around 1790 using local fieldstone and that it served as the original barn to the Sliker farm until 1965. Many charming details were left untouched during the transformation of the barn into a remarkably-beautiful residence — the original rustic exterior, structural posts, floors, and ceiling beams — making it an ideal home for someone looking for a retreat-like home with distinctive charm and a connection to its natural environment.
The home welcomes its visitors with a walkway made of antique bricks reclaimed from a historic Pennsylvania church accented by stone walls, leading them through the a vintage wooden front door establishing the striking aesthetic of the property.
Once inside the front door, an intimate foyer offers a perfect vantage point to appreciate the spaciousness and unique character of the home. Details of the layers of the history of the home coming together at this point: original, wide-plank wood floors, spiral stairs leading to the second floor, a painting on the wall by the owner who transformed the barn into the house, and rough-hewn panelling throughout this house.
The original openings for the heavy farm equipment have been transformed into gorgeous oversized windows on both sides of the central living space in the heart of the residence. These large windows unite the inside of the home with the natural beauty of the surroundings and make the great room strikingly unique and beautiful. A large fireplace with a wood-burning stove warms the room both literally and figuratively and creates a secondary focal point for a cozy sitting area.
A well-conceived kitchen embraces the vintage barn aesthetic with cabinetry fashioned from original barn siding. Plentiful counterspace makes this kitchen a pleasant place to cook. The kitchen is connected to the dining area of central living space but the other entrance to the kitchen — from where the foyer and garage access join in front of the powder room — can also be closed off easily with an unobtrusive, hidden door made of barn siding.
The family room is just few steps down from the central living space. This cozy, sunny room provides a connection from the house to the gardens and pool with a wall of windows and French doors to the outside patio. Although this space is newer than the original barn structure, it is aesthetically united with the main structure and features herringbone-patterned brick floors and whitewashed stone walls with transom window details and dark, natural wood trim on windows and doors. A separate, interior staircase leads to a private deck above the family room is a large deck perfect for enjoying an elevated view of the garden and pool.
The second floor can be accessed either via spiral stairs from the main foyer or by a set of traditional stairs off from an exterior side entrance or from inside the garage. The second floor maintains the unique character and commitment to historic charm of the first floor of the residence. A multi-leveled master bedroom features a walk in closet (which has the potential to be converted into an en suite bathroom) as well as an elevated sitting room with a oversized architectural window overlooking the garden and pool. The second bedroom features wood panelling, exposed stone walls, and an en suite bathroom. A third bedroom (or study) features wood panelling and built-in shelving. Two additional bedrooms and a large, open loft-like recreation room are over the garage in a sunny suite with plentiful natural light and neutral carpeting.
The conversion of the home included a remarkable use of space for storage, with many of the access points disguised as architectural details. Have fun discovering them!
An attached, two-car garage is on the main level and connects on the side of the house at the entrance to both the foyer and the kitchen. It has plentiful storage as well as preliminary plumbing for conversion of this space into a kitchen with radiant heat in the floors (a renovation planned for, but never completed by the current owners).
The home is well-sited on the land which is beautifully-landscaped. Brick patios, perennial gardens, open lawns, and the inground pool make this property ideal for entertaining or for recharging one’s spiritual batteries.
The property is rumored to have been a hideaway used by Arthur Miller when he needed to focus on completing this work on his exceptional play, Death of a Salesman, and that Merv Griffin used to come to the house before he bought his own residence nearby.
The property is located in one of the prettiest areas of rural Lebanon Township in Hunterdon County, just outside of historic Califon, an area renowned for its natural beauty approximately 1 hour’s drive from New York City.. The Columbia Trail, perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing is located across the street. The nearby Kenwood Lockwood Gorge is an excellent fly fishing location. The house is convenient to the commuter highways (Interstates 78, 80, and 287), and NJ Transit trains and TransBridge Lines buses to New York City. Airports include Newark Liberty International Airport, other New York City and Philadelphia airports and smaller regional airports (Morristown, Solberg, Somerset). The property is near excellent private and public schools, including Willow, Pingry, Gill St. Bernard, Tewksbury Elementary, Old Turnpike Middle, and Voorhees High schools.