Looking Glass Pond Farm is a horse and organic hay farm that marries architectural charm with practical functionality with significant renovations throughout the residence, including renovation of the kitchen, all bathrooms, floors and functional improvements to the farm facilities, pool, tennis court and garage. The expansive residence (which includes a suite for guests or live-in help with a separate entrance), private pool area, tennis court, stable yard, large pond and extensive hardscaping and gardens, make Looking Glass Pond Farm a resort-like estate property suitable for entertaining large or small groups of friends and family.
Access to the property is through a decorative metal gate along a gracefully curving, paved driveway, lined with white post-and-board fencing accented by beautiful, specimen, twisted birch trees welcoming visitors to the farm. The driveway sweeps past pastures and allows access to the residence as well as the stable area in a paved courtyard separate from access to the main residence. Details throughout the home include wood floors, large, double-hung windows and recessed lighting to maximize light in rooms throughout the day, ceiling fans, and decorative moldings including Victorian architectural accents.
Visitors are welcomed to the main residence from the driveway to a landscaped circular parking/circulation area at the home’s front entrance which is distinguished by its expansive, deep, covered, wraparound porch. The carved solid wood door has leaded glass accents and sidelights and guides visitors to a central foyer. The foyer leads to a large, formal living room overlooking the front of the property through the deep, front porch. Large enough to accommodate multiple sitting areas and a grand piano, the living room connects to the central living space of the home through a wide doorway that allows it to flow easily into this space while remaining defined as a separate space.
The central living space at the heart of the home is designed to take advantage of the spectacular pastoral views that characterize the property. This space unites the kitchen, dining room, family room, and living room and leads to additional living spaces on the first floor, including a conservatory, office, master bedroom suite, breakfast room, sitting area, and laundry/mud room. The central living space features beautiful peg and plank oak wood flooring and recessed and accent lighting throughout which supplement the plentiful natural light in the home.
Renovated in 2012, the kitchen overlooks the farmland and distant views. The granite-topped center island with breakfast bar and service sink serves as a central work area and gathering spot. The decor is neutral and upscale, and the amenities a delight for a homeowner who loves to cook and/or entertain: a Viking commercial gas range with 4 burners, griddle plus grill and two ovens, a pot-filler above the range, a stainless steel ventilation hood and decorative tile backsplash, a SubZero refrigerator and separate freezer, two additional refrigerator drawers, a separate Viking warming drawer, two Bosch dishwashers, a farmhouse-style deep ceramic sink with gooseneck nickel faucet, two secondary undermount sinks with gooseneck nickel faucets, custom cabinetry with accent shelving and glass doors, granite countertops including built-in hutch detail and decorative tile backsplash. The kitchen includes a nook at the front of the house, overlooking the deep, covered front porch which can be used as a breakfast area or casual gathering spot.
The kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room area, the focus of which is a gas fireplace with a marble surround and paneled painted wood mantle. This space also connects to the spacious dining room which is sited to maximize the uninterrupted views over extensive open fields, with its wall of oversized windows. Natural light is also brought in through a striking custom glass conservatory-style ceiling detail. The dining room has access to a stone patio overlooking the hayfields and the “looking glass pond”. It also connects to a sitting room/sun room and a separate conservatory, both oriented toward the expansive pastoral views.
The master bedroom suite is well located on the main floor of the residence, just off the central area of the home, but separate enough to provide privacy and views over the property. The bedroom features wood floors, a ceiling fan, and plentiful natural light. It connects to a bathroom and large walk-in closet with built-in shelving and cabinetry. The master bathroom was renovated in 2012 and features an oval soaking tub, rimless glass shower stall with multiple showerheads and riverstone floor, custom wood cabinetry with a granite countertop accented by two hammered metal bowl sinks with waterfall-style faucets, plantation-style shutters, and porcelain tiled floor with riverstone detail. The master bedroom opens out to the sitting room/sun room which overlooks views of the farm, or this room can be closed with folding doors to be accessed from the main family room. The sunroom leads to a large conservatory with an Italian limestone floor and striking Victorian-style roof detail.
The first floor also features an enclosed office overlooking the farm and stone patios, an enormous mudroom/laundry room with built-in bench/coatrack and stainless steel service sink, slate tile floor, and outside entrance. The mudroom serves as a central landing spot leading to a full bathroom with stall shower and large guest bedroom with ceiling fan and large reach-in closet overlooking the front of the house which also connects to the full bathroom.
The second floor of the home is accessed from the main staircase in the foyer and is dedicated to an additional four bedrooms of the home, currently set up as two suites of two bedrooms each, separated by a hallway and closet. Three of the four bedrooms have a triple-sized reach-in closet and the fourth has a large walk-in closet. Each of the two bathrooms has been recently renovated and has a stall shower with frameless glass enclosure, pedestal sink, and decorative tile detail. The second floor also includes a separate space for use as a recreation room, music room or office over the garage with a separate entrance from the covered porch connecting the mudroom to the garage. It is a large, sunny space which enjoys spectacular views over the farm through a large picture window.
The spacious, finished walkout ground level adds significant living space to the home, includes several rooms suitable for entertaining or personal use and is finished with the same quality as other areas of the house. Two main central rooms connect easily and are suitable for many different purposes currently used as recreation rooms. The larger of these two rooms features a wood-burning fireplace with white brick surround and raised hearth, and a large old English pub- style mahogany bar. One of the ground-level access doors to the basement leads from the pool and tennis court area to a central landing area from which the recreation rooms can be reached but also, a room which currently houses a full gym and a recently renovated additional full bathroom with glass brick walk-in shower and similar quality finish to the home’s other bathrooms.
The lower level finished space is completed by a guest apartment accessible from inside the home or through a separate, outside entrance. It features a bedroom, sitting room, renovated full bathroom (with glass brick walk-in stall shower, vanity sink, and tile detail), and kitchenette (with two-burner cooktop, dishwasher, built in microwave convection oven, stainless steel sink, refrigerator, wood cabinetry, and granite counter with breakfast bar) all with finishes of the same quality as the main levels of the home. The basement level of the home includes two additional rooms which could be finished for additional living space as well as a utility room.
Systems of the home include 200 amp electrical service, a five bedroom septic system, well water, four zone, natural gas-fired baseboard hot water heating, multi-zone central air conditioning, gas-fired hot water heater, central monitoring security system with temperature feature, smoke detectors and a Nest thermostat with internet compatibility, all of which add to the ease of living in this elegant country retreat. There is also an automated generator which supplies the essential elements of the home.
Outside the home, two stone patios with stone walls overlook the breathtaking views of the farm and the valley. The smaller patio connects the kitchen and office area and is currently used as an outdoor grilling area with natural gas. The larger patio, accessed from the smaller patio via a short flight of stone steps, accommodates a dining table and secondary seating area. The pool and tennis court are accessed from the larger stone patio via a paved walkway. The pool area is enclosed by a stone wall with access through wrought iron gates and its established evergreen landscaping creates a private enclave. The area includes a koi pond, in-ground, solar-heated Gunite pool with adjoining spa and tile accents, patio surround providing ample space for dining and sunbathing areas, a brick-faced wet bar and a gazebo overlooking the recently (2013) resurfaced tennis court which also has a practice wall. Additional exterior features of the main residence include a main level wraparound covered porch that runs along the entire front side of the home providing multiple spaces for dining, relaxing, or simply enjoying the view. Additionally, the home has cedar clapboard siding, brick chimneys and established gardens with specimen trees and perennial flowers. Access to the “looking glass pond” is from the residence along a paver walkway, and a small island in the pond can be accessed by an arched wooden bridge.
The 72’ x 36’ barn is accessed from the paved driveway with a large, circular courtyard of pavers at the entrance to the barn. It features 9/10 stalls with Dutch doors to the outside and sliding doors facing a large center aisle, a tack/feed room, wash/grooming stall and expansive hayloft. There is a sturdy basketball hoop in the paved courtyard.
The farm also features a fenced outdoor arena (120’ x 220’), multiple fenced pastures with livestock shelters, a chicken coop, equipment sheds and a large (40’ x 25’) tractor shed. Approximately 40 acres of the hayfields are also fenced and have 4 extra large run-in sheds and automatic waterers for turnout of livestock. The property is currently used as an equestrian property and for the production of organic hay.
The owners can walk /ride directly out to the adjacent Christie Hoffman Farm Park which offers miles of open and wooded riding trails as well as a cross-country jumping course. Approximately 74 acres of the property is subject to a farmland preservation conservation easement to maintain agricultural use. The property is ideal for use as a farm for horses, cattle, or other livestock and/or for the cultivation of grapes or other crops. In its current usage, the property owners maintain approximately 14 acres of fenced pastures for horses and the rest of the acreage is maintained by a local farmer who produces organic hay.
Tewksbury Township is located approximately one hour’s drive from New York City. It is one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County and renowned for its natural beauty, private estates, and upscale lifestyle. This is marked by the popularity of equestrian sports related to the nearby Essex Hunt Club, United States Equestrian Team Foundation and private polo fields within the township. Tewksbury is convenient to shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Trump National, Fiddler’s Elbow), commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287), 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.