This elegant, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom historic home (circa 1830) is located in the heart of the historic Oldwick Village district of Tewksbury Township. Situated on a slight rise overlooking one of the most desirable residential streets in Oldwick, the home has exceptional curb appeal. Some of the highlights of the home include the inviting driveway and walkway, renovated interior spaces, and lush private gardens.
The property’s landscaped driveway welcomes visitors on foot, by car, or even by horse (since Oldwick is situated in the heart of New Jersey’s horse country with both the United States Equestrian Team headquarters and historic Essex Foxhounds nearby) with its drystone walls, antique Belgian block cobblestones, and pea gravel parking area leading to the boxwood-lined antique brick walkway. It is an impressive approach to this unique home which is united by its upper deck, bluestone patio, perennial gardens, and flowering trees.
The entrance to the home is accented by a custom-finished wood door painted with black lacquer and antique brass fixtures along with an antique transom window with arched mullions. Visitors who arrive through the front door will be immediately drawn past the picture-frame wainscoting in the hall to the views of the private rear garden. With continuous hardwood flooring and open lines of sight, the foyer flows easily into the living room, dining room, and family room.
The home’s 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 custom millwork, wide pine floors, antique or reproduction knobs and hinges, built-in bookcases and cabinetry, recessed and accent lighting, and three fireplaces. The windows throughout the home generously bring natural light into the rooms throughout the day.
The living room is a cozy retreat which features street views, a wood burning fireplace with brick surround and wood mantle, illuminated built-in shelving and cabinetry, and antique wide-pine floors. It is well-suited for either entertaining guests or an intimate evening at home. This room is also a natural choice to be used as a library or private study.
The dining room features antique wide pine floors, a wood-burning fireplace, hand-hewn beams in the ceiling, extensive built-in shelving and cabinetry, and a mirrored dry bar “closet” with Dutch door. It may be accessed from the foyer, kitchen, family room, or office. Depending upon the formality of the level of entertaining or the desired flow of the spaces, it may be closed off to the office and family room through lacquered French and Dutch doors, respectively.
The eat-in kitchen features custom mahogany cabinetry and shelving with moldings, under cabinet lighting, brushed nickel hardware, white and grey Carrara marble countertops and backsplash, dimmable accent lighting, and a dining nook with banquette seating fashioned from antique church pews. Appliances in the kitchen include a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking 4-burner gas cooktop with electric oven and stainless steel ventilation hood, and a Fisher & Paykel dual-drawer stainless steel dishwasher. The kitchen sink is well conceived with an oversized, deep, stainless steel rectangular basin under mounted in the marble countertop and paired with an antique sink-drainboard carved into the marble. The sink is complimented with a nickel commercial-style, pull-down gooseneck sink faucet. The kitchen flooring is black and white marble tile in a custom checkerboard pattern with radiant heating. The kitchen connects to the laundry/mudroom/pantry which is accented by a black and white linoleum checkerboard floor parroting the kitchen floor and includes extensive storage shelving and closet, laundry area with full-size washer and dryer, and an exterior door leading to the large bluestone patio and backyard gardens.
The office is accented with a custom-built Neoclassical style bookshelf with cabinetry below, dimmable recessed lighting, textured faux-alligator wall covering, and wall-to-wall sisal-style carpeting over wide plank wood floors. A powder room is accessible from the office through French doors and features a white pedestal sink, white tile flooring, and walls finished with wainscoting and faux library shelving wall covering. The office also benefits from a storage closet tucked discreetly between the powder room and family room.
Distinguished from the office by a small step, the spacious family room features two walls dominated by windows and French doors highlighting the views to private patio and gardens. A raised hearth wood-burning brick fireplace is accented by a wood storage area below the hearth and recessed lighting. The family room features wall-to-wall carpeting, textured faux-alligator wall covering and a ceiling fan. It may be accessed from the main foyer, dining room, office, and from the rear patio and gardens.
Sisal-covered wood stairs with woven leather border lead to the landing of the second floor which is highlighted by sunlight streaming in through the glass door to the private upper deck over the family room. The upper deck features a Trex-style surface for low maintenance and Chippendale railing overlooking the gardens. The central landing with its exposed rough-hewn beams and access to the deck marry the three bedrooms and two bathrooms located on the second floor.
The master bedroom suite features a fireplace (originally wood-burning but not used by current owner) with mirrored facade and glass mantle flanked by two closets (one cedar lined), black and cream wool glen plaid wall covering, and wall-to-wall wool animal print carpeting over narrow wood flooring. The adjacent bathroom features wood flooring, a bespoke pedestal sink with Honey Onyx top which is able to be illuminated at night for use as a night light, sconce lighting, a glass-walled stall shower tiled with white & grey Carrara marble accented with black glass ceramic tiles, and millwork accents include bead-board wainscoting and baseboard and crown molding.
The second bedroom features wall-to-wall sisal carpeting over wood floors and overlooks the front and western sides of the home with louvered window shutters for privacy. It features a leather-woven queen-size headboard centered between two built-in bookcases with sconce lighting, two closets and storage cabinet, and a custom built-in wardrobe.
The third bedroom, currently in use as a dressing room, overlooks the gardens, upper deck, and western side of the house. It features wide plank pine flooring, extensive custom built-in wardrobe, two closets, and millwork accents including baseboard and crown molding and window valances.
The guest bathroom features a claw foot tub with shower, white pedestal sink with sconce lighting, glen plaid wall covering, baseboard and crown molding, louvered window shutters for privacy, and decorative vinyl tile flooring for ease of maintenance.
The exterior features of the home are as well-conceived as those in the interior spaces. The front of the home is accessed by an antique brick walkway lined with English boxwoods and perennial plantings. The rear gardens, buffered from neighboring properties by decorative privacy fencing, are marked by three areas which compliment each other and are all united by a babbling raised koi pond. First, extensive bluestone patios immediately adjacent to the rear of the home provide solid ground for garden furniture and a place for dining and barbecuing. Second, a fenced cutting garden is accented by a Victorian iron greenhouse structure and is accessed by an antique brick walkway. Third, an open, grassy area offers an extension of the patio spaces and is bounded by perennial gardens including flowering trees and shrubs which provide an architectural border.
Systems of the home include 200 ampere electrical service, public sewer, well water, oil-fired hot water baseboard heating, central air conditioning on the second floor, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers, all of which add to the ease of living in this elegant country home. Natural gas lines are located in the street for a buyer who would like to convert the systems of the house to gas-fired systems.
The home’s renovation was conceived and executed by its current owner, interior designer Fred Root of Houndstooth Interior Design in Oldwick. Fred Root’s work is defined by a vision of modern tradition in the classic, timeless interiors he creates. His design philosophy has endured and remains the standard for rooms that are truly lasting and beautiful. His reputation for creating warm and comfortable living spaces that don’t date themselves or chase trends has long been appreciated by his loyal and satisfied clientele. An avid rider on the Hunter/Jumper circuit, Fred travels and services clients throughout New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia, Florida and Europe. He is a long time resident of the New Jersey countryside, has personally renovated over thirty of his own homes, and is well-known for his philanthropy throughout the community. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacob Vanderveer House Restoration Project and is currently the Designer of Choice for the United States Equestrian Team. He is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and received top honors from the Schumacher Fabric House for his excellence in design.
The property is located in the historic Oldwick Village section of Tewksbury Township — one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County. Oldwick is 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 Foundation, and multiple private polo fields within the township. It is convenient to private and public schools, shopping, golf courses, country clubs, commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287), buses and trains to New York City, and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports.