With whispers of yesteryear, this historic converted barn combines the old and the new in a home that provides a restful retreat but is just a stone’s throw from civilization. A babbling stream, flowering trees and perennials, trellises and gated gardens, and outbuildings complete storybook setting.
A gracefully-curving driveway leads you into the magical three acres on which this home is sited. The main entrance to the home is through a gated garden with bluestone pavers, trellised fencing, and extensive plantings of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers.
The ground floor main entrance of the home through the garden leads to a foyer graced by a crystal chandelier with an open balustrade staircase to the main level of living space.
The expansive eat-in gourmet kitchen features large work areas and high-end appliances including a Viking range, a Ronson work station, a SubZero refrigerator, painted wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and tile backsplashes. A newly-reconstructed wooden deck can be accessed from the kitchen through sliding glass doors. The kitchen also connects to a mudroom with laundry area, the in-law suite, and the main hallway which is graced by a powder room.
The large dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and features decorative windows and an open flow to the main hall overlooking the open balustrade staircase, hemispherical picture window, and glass chandelier. Adjacent to the dining room at the opposite end of the open hallway is the front-to-back living room, the coziness of which is enhanced by a gas fireplace and separate enamel pellet-burning stove.
An open balustrade staircase leads to the top level of living space. The master bedroom located on this level features a large walk-in closet, cathedral ceilings, balcony, and en suite bathroom with double sinks, stall shower, and Jacuzzi soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms are enhanced by soaring, high ceilings. The main bathroom features a tubshower.
The generously-sized in-law suite is separate from the main living spaces of the house but is easily accessed from the kitchen. It features a large sitting room, separate bedroom, and half-kitchen, all with remarkably high cathedral ceilings which allow plentiful natural light in these rooms. A large en suite bathroom features a tubshower and makes the in-law suite suitable for use as an alternate or additional master bedroom.
The ground level of the home is characterized by an L-shaped family room with remarkably beautiful exposed fieldstone foundation walls. A large wood-burning fireplace with rough-hewn wooden mantle is the focus for one section of the room while the other section of the room has a end wall with built-in bookshelves which make it suitable for a library, office, or billiard room.
The open floor plan of the home flows well for day to day living while affording the spaces required for entertaining. Generous windows and recessed lighting throughout the home bring natural and supplemental light into the room throughout the day. Six-panel wooden doors, carpeting in the in-law suite and secondary bedrooms and oak floors elsewhere, and crown moldings and skirting board moldings underscore the traditional styling of the home. Scenic garden views from every window underscore the natural setting of the home and unite the home with its natural surroundings which are accented by perennials and specimen trees. Systems include multi-zone propane-fired baseboard hotwater heat, multi-zone central air conditioning, ceiling fans, 200 amp electrical service, water softener and neutralizer, 4-bedroom septic, well water, security system, and central vacuum.
Exterior features include an over-sized two-car carport adjacent to the home, a detached 3-car garage with 3 garage bay doors, and a stone and wood outbuilding perfect for use as a potting shed. Extensive mature plantings of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers, including lavender, hydrangeas, hostas, and tulips, provide year-round visual interest throughout the property.
The property is located in Readington Township in Hunterdon County, an area known for its natural beauty and large tracts of land in private settings. It is convenient to shopping, golf courses including Stanton Ridge, country clubs, private and public schools. This property is located in a section of Readington Township valued for its easy access to commuter highways (Interstates 78 and 287 and State Routes 202 and 31), buses and trains to New York City, and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports including Solberg Airport. Public schools at every level are well-rated by www.greatschools.com.