This elegant, four-bedroom custom-cape built in 1979 is sited thoughtfully on 6.32 wooded acres in the estate section of Bernardsville. A long, winding driveway accented by stone wall and professionally-landscaped perennial gardens ends at the garage and extends to an additional gravel parking area for overflow parking.
The interior’s general features include four full- and two half- bathrooms all of which have been recently-renovated, custom millwork including crown and other moldings throughout, built-in bookcases and cabinetry, recessed and accent lighting, hardwood floors, three wood-burning fireplaces, and extensive storage on every level. Double-hung windows in the house were replaced in 2013, casement windows in 2008, and mahogany/glass custom exterior doors in 2012-2014.
The eat-in kitchen was renovated in 2008 and features dark cherry stained CWP custom wood cabinetry with moldings, under cabinet lighting and brushed nickel hardware, neutral granite countertops, recessed lighting, chandelier and hanging light accents, undermount stainless steel double sink with a spray attachment faucet, Armstrong engineered hardwood flooring, and a center island with granite countertop, large breakfast bar and Sharp stainless-steel drawer microwave. Other high-end appliances include a Wolf stainless steel 5-burner propane gas cooktop with dark cherry stained wood hood, GE Monogram side-by-side refrigerator with ice/water dispenser, GE Monogram dishwasher with cabinetry facade, GE Monogram stainless steel double wall oven, and instant hot water tap. The kitchen connects to the family room, dining room, laundry/mudroom with half-bath, and garage and has a separate custom Pella mahogany door to the deck and backyard.
The laundry room also serves as a mudroom and features a newly-renovated half-bath with marble tile flooring, lighting sconces, and console sink with glass shelf. The laundry room features dark cherry stained CWP custom wood cabinetry with moldings and neutral granite countertop, and deep ceramic overmount service sink. Access to the laundry room is from the kitchen or from a separate outside entrance door on the front of the house.
The family room features oak hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, wood beamed ceiling, sunny picture window, built-in bookshelves with accent lighting, and a wood-burning fireplace with brick surround, long rough-hewn wooden mantle, and brick hearth. The family room connects to the kitchen, the living room and the entrance foyer.
The dining room features oak hardwood flooring, solid brass chandelier, hand-stenciled painted walls with wainscoting and dentil molding, and large picture window. The dining room is connected to both the kitchen and living room.
The living room features oak hardwood flooring, large bowed window, dentil and crown molding, wood-burning fireplace with brick surround, traditional Colonial-style mantle and accent lighting, and built-in bookshelves with accent lighting. The living room connects both to the dining room, family room, and the entrance foyer.
The formal, two-story entrance foyer features an elegant, curved staircase to the second floor bedrooms, curved walls, wainscoting, double coat closet, parquet flooring and a custom Pella mahogany door with beveled glass. The foyer connects the family room and living room with the formal half bathroom with onyx tile floor and backsplash, study, master suite, and other bedrooms.
The study features hardwood oak floors, sunny, large, south-west-facing windows, extensive millwork including built-in bookshelves and dentil molding, closet, and wood-burning fireplace with brick surround and bluestone hearth flanked by two awning windows. The study can be accessed from the foyer or can be made a more private element of the master suite.
The master bedroom features hardwood flooring, large picture window overlooking the terraced gardens, en suite bathroom, and a large walk-in closet which serves as dressing room with built-in shelving, two window seats, and double-sided dresser. The master bathroom was recently updated and features double sinks with marble countertop, Kohler brass faucet hardware, jetted tub, oversized white-tiled stall shower with glass doors, linen closet, and large picture window overlooking the terraced gardens.
The second, third and fourth bedrooms, on the second floor, feature hardwood floors, ample closets, and newly-renovated en suite bathrooms. The fourth bedroom also features a sitting area, and access to a large, sunny bonus room with neutral berber-style carpeting.
The second floor also offers extensive storage closets which run nearly the entire length of the hallway, with shelving and hanging rods; as well as an unfinished access space that is suitable for storage.
The full basement features a partially-finished office/craft room area, as well as additional entry from stairway in garage, multiple storage areas, and utilities (see below for detail regarding the home’s systems).
The 3-car garage is heated (propane-fired Modine unit), insulated, and features new customer mahogany doors with automatic door openers, extra storage area, as well as masonry stairs for access to the unfinished, full basement as well as separate stairs to the kitchen.
The exterior of the home features brick and cedar clapboard. The 6.32 professionally-landscaped, private acres feature outdoor areas are thoughtfully-designed for entertaining and day-to-day use with a unified aesthetic of drystone walls (2014) with all areas accented by landscape lighting (2014). A salt-water (conversion in 2012) propane-heated in-ground Gunite pool features a spa and Coolcrete patio and pool equipment is tucked away in a storage room carved out of the hillside well-camouflaged by a trellis (2012) covered by robust wisteria vines. An additional brick terrace in an area adjacent to but separate from the pool area was designed for outdoor dining and features a built-in gas grill. Extensive perennials flowers and shrubs are able to thrive in the garden areas as they are protected by deer fencing (2013) and nourished by the underground sprinkler system (2014).
The systems of the house include an on-site 27 kW Generac generator (2012) with additional built-in Power Tower battery backup, security system with motion and low-temperature detectors, central vacuum, two HVAC units (York & Goodman) for multi-zone forced air central air conditioning and oil-fired, multi-zone forced air heat, private well, private septic system, oil-fired hot water heater, water treatment system, radon mitigation systems, fire extinguishers, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, all of which add to the ease of living in this elegant country retreat.
The property is located in the estate section of the Bernardsville Mountain — one of the most prestigious sections of Bernardsville, a town renowned for its natural beauty, private estates, upscale lifestyle, and schools highly-rated by www.greatschools.org. It is convenient to schools, shopping, country clubs, golf courses, commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287), and buses and trains to New York City as well as Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports.