With privacy and sweeping vistas over gardens, meadows, and thickets, this 4 bedroom colonial-style home features exceptional architectural features inside and out and is a retreat nestled in the most desirable section of Bernardsville. Every interior space in the home has been thoughtfully-considered with impeccable attention to detail and professional design input regarding walls and floors from renowned color expert Judy Mulligan. A traditional but open floor plan between rooms with separation between formal and informal entertaining areas carries over to the exterior spaces allowing this home to strike the perfect balance between a cozy place to call home that is also appropriate for entertaining for colleagues at work or family and friends. The exterior of the home was designed by Herb Ryder, AIA, a local architect known for upscale renovations incorporating a historic aesthetic.
The home is set back from a private road and accessed by a curved, paved driveway accented with Belgian block curbing. A landscaped, circular driveway element is formal-but-functional and there is an additional area for overflow parking and access to the built-in garage. A gracefully-curving, bluestone walkway lined mature plantings welcomes visitors to this home by way of its open front porch accented with bluestone steps, wrought-iron railings, trellises and cedar sky-blue ceiling with picture frame detail. The entrance to the home is accented by a custom, solid alder (wooden) door flanked by sidelight windows with hand-blown glass.
Detailed finishes accent the architecture and functionality of the home and include painted walls with decorative or single color paint, 6” crown molding, 9” baseboard moldings, oak hardwood floors with dark stain, and solid wood 6-panel interior doors. Generous windows and recessed lighting throughout the home bring natural and supplemental light into the room throughout the day. Views from every window in the house of the mature, well-planned landscaping as well as walkways, patios, a deck, and an open front porch unite the home with its stunning natural setting.
The entrance foyer is accented by hand-stencilled decorative painting on the walls, wainscoting with picture-frame detail, and sconce lighting with subtle recessed lighting creating a gallery for the display of artwork. From the foyer, guests can access the formal or informal areas of the house. This area also includes a coat closet as well as a powder room. The powder room features a vanity cabinet with bowl sink and bronze plumbing fixtures, decorative mirror, sconce lighting fixtures, limestone tile floor, and Venetian plaster walls.
A private office/den overlooks the front yard and is located between the foyer and the kitchen making it perfect for many different uses, including use as a craft room, mudroom, or extended pantry. It features built-in display shelving with glass shelves and lighting, and beautiful woven grass wall covering.
The eat-in kitchen was remodeled in 2014 and features cream-colored painted wooden cabinetry with brushed nickel hardware, granite countertops with basket-weave patterned, glass tile backsplash, and stainless steel undermount sink with nickel hardware faucet hardware with sprayer. Appliances include Bosch stainless steel refrigerator with freezer below, Bosch stainless steel dishwasher, Bosch stainless steel electric range with electric oven, KitchenAid stainless steel microwave mounted under counter. The breakfast/eat-in area features wall-to-wall windows overlooking a bluestone terrace with kitchen garden-style plantings. Access to the dining room is through wooden panelled double-doors allowing for privacy between the kitchen and formal dining room and the kitchen flows easily by a step down into the large family room.
The family room features windows on three sides overlooking the spectacular gardens. This space is enhanced by cathedral ceilings accented by wooden cross beams, a wood-burning fireplace with raised hearth, hand-hewn wooden mantle, and fieldstone surround, accent lighting, and a ceiling fan. The room is connected with two of the garden areas of the home through its door to kitchen garden and terrace and its door to the deck overlooking backyard and pool area.
The home’s formal dining room features hand-painted decorative painting on walls and ceiling, chair rail moldings, and double French doors to the deck. It flows easily into the front-to-back living room the size of which is conducive to many different arrangements of furniture and is large enough to accommodate a grand piano. With its hand-stencilled walls mirroring those in the foyer, it can be decorated with formal or informal furnishings and the space flows easily through double French doors into a library.
The front-to-back library is a remarkable space suited for many different uses, including library, music room, formal office, playroom, or den. The library is a welcoming, striking space with its cathedral ceiling, hand-stenciled decorative painting, and wood-burning fireplace with granite surround and painted wooden mantel with carved dentil molding detail flanked by built-in shelving and cabinetry.
The ground level of the home is completed by a laundry room, coat closet, and access to the garage from a hallway nestled subtly between the kitchen and the den overlooking the front of the house. The laundry room doubles as a pantry area with its overhead cabinetry and utility sink and also features a neutral ceramic tile floor.
Access to the second floor of the home is by way of the turned staircase from the foyer which opens into the elegant second floor hallway with its lighting sconces, decorative painting, and wainscoting with picture frame detail. The second floor includes all four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The master bedroom suite features a bedroom, dressing room with walk-in closet, and en suite bathroom. The bedroom features a reach in closet and is large enough to furnish with a sitting area at one end of the room. The dressing room has built-in cabinetry with glass shelves and lighting and a walk-in, cedar-lined closet. The master bathroom features a double-sink dresser-style vanity and stall shower with marble tile and frameless glass doors.
The additional three bedrooms of the home feature reach-in closets with lighting and garden views. The bedrooms share a main bath with a soaking tub with ceramic tile surround, stall shower with frameless glass doors and limestone tile, and dresser-style vanity with limestone counter, all with matching oil-rubbed bronze fixtures. A linen closet is located in the second floor hallway next to the main bathroom. Access to the attic is by way of folding attic stairs in one of the bedrooms.
The basement of the house is unfinished and suitable for finishing or for use as a storage area or workshop.
Outside the family room and dining room, a mahogany deck with a Chippendale-style railing creates and additional living space connecting the home with its exceptional gardens. The in-ground 20×40 Gunite-style swimming pool is set among the gardens with an unobtrusive safety fencing integrated into the landscaping.
The home has a heated, two car garage with automatic door openers, a side entrance door, and storage/workshop area with large, built-in storage cabinets.
Systems of the house include multiple-zone oil-fired baseboard hot water heating, multiple-zone central air conditioning updated in 2016 with humidifier, central vacuum, security system, 35-gallon hot water heater, water treatment system, wiring for portable generator, attic fan, light fixtures with Lutron paddle switches, well water, septic system, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
Exterior features of the home include Certainteed Grand Manor™ asphalt dimensional shingle roof, shutter dogs (shutter tie-backs), whitewashed brick and clapboard siding, and brick chimneys.
The five level, open acres of the property feature blending extensive professional landscaping and wild areas with mature deciduous and evergreen specimen trees. Thoughtful arrangement of garden areas provide a contrast of open vistas and private areas to enjoy including: a pergola at the kitchen entrance to home which separates the parking area from fenced kitchen garden area with bluestone patio, a fire-pit area, a vegetable garden, large potting shed with architectural features mirroring those of exterior with home, secondary shed unobtrusively nestled among gardens for additional storage, brick and bluestone walkways, irrigation system, and extensive deer fencing enclosing several acres.
This home is located in on a private, cul-de-sac road in the prestigious estate section of Bernardsville Borough, New Jersey, and area renowned for its natural beauty and private estates located 1 hour’s drive from New York City. It is just minutes to schools, shopping, country clubs (Somerset Hills, Roxiticus, Hamilton Farm, Trump National, Fiddler’s Elbow), major highways (Interstate 78 and 287), and NJ Transit trains and buses to New York, and 30 minutes’ drive to Newark Liberty International Airports and near smaller, regional airports (Morristown Airport, Solberg Airport, Somerset Airport). Located in the highly-regarded Somerset Hill School District, and near (Willow School, Pingry, Gill-St. Bernard, Far Hills Country Day), this property offers its owners the solitude within a community that supports an upscale lifestyle.