141 Rockaway Road,
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
This immaculate, 4 bedroom, 3.1 bathroom contemporary is in a beautiful wooded setting, thoughtfully set back from a scenic road on 3 acres. Oriented to maximize privacy and appreciation of its natural setting, this property is perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property which is not only distinctive in its style but designed with an ideal balance between its open floor plan and private spaces inside and out.
The home’s interior features include a floor plan that flows well for day to day living while affording the spaces required for family gatherings and other entertaining. Hardwood and tile floors throughout help keep dust to a minimum. Generously-sized windows and recessed lighting bring natural and supplemental light into the rooms throughout the day.
The entrance foyer (18’x16’) welcomes guests and sets the tone of the sleek styling of this contemporary home. Guests enter the home by way of a bluestone walkway accented by lush perennial plantings culminating in a bluestone patio with curved stone wall at the formal entrance of the house. The central foyer features neutral ceramic tile floors and a large, walk-in coat closet and connects directly to the entertaining and private areas of the house.
The large eat-in kitchen (25’x18) is open to the family room (18’x14’) creating a dramatic front-to-back space with views of the woods and stream below. The two spaces are unified by a high, sloping ceiling and a cylindrical wood stove providing warmth and visual interest from multiple vantage points. The kitchen features globe pendant lights enhancing the natural light in this space with a clean, modern look, a large center island with breakfast bar, neutral ceramic tile floor, as well as extensive counter space and wood cabinetry providing plenty of space for cooking and pantry storage as well as a desk area for household administrative tasks. Stainless steel appliances include a KitchenAid refrigerator with side-by-side doors and integral ice/water dispenser, KitchenAid electric range, built-in microwave, Meile dishwasher, and trash compactor. The large undermount sink features brushed nickel-finish faucet set with sprayer also has a dispenser for filtered water. An adjacent laundry room features a washer, dryer, pantry/coat closet and neutral tile floor. The family room also connects to the outdoor deck, dining room, and living room underscoring the role as the heart of any household.
The dining room (18’x14’) overlooks the woods and stream and is nestled between the family room and living room allowing a landing spot for a formal gathering or as use as a transitional space between the living room and family room — part of a well-conceived floor plan suitable for formal or informal entertaining. The living room (24’x18’) is also the main focal point of the home upon entering the home into the foyer and features soaring ceilings yielding to the focal point of the room — a wall of glass sliding doors with oversized transom accents overlooking the woods and stream (and providing access to the deck). In colder weather, the wood-burning fireplace with styled cedar floor-to-ceiling surround provides a secondary focal point of the room accenting the sylvan setting of the home. A generously-sized wet bar discretely located between the living room and dining room expands the possibilities for entertaining guests. A powder room with wood vanity and tile floor discreetly located just off the central foyer completes the main level entertaining areas of the home.
Three of the bedrooms of the home are tucked away on the main floor of the house in a wing separate from the entertaining spaces on the other side of the central foyer. All of the bedrooms feature solid oak flooring and views of the woods. The bedrooms are joined by a hallway with a linen closet and anchored by a main bathroom at the end of the hallway. The sleeping area of the master bedroom (18’x13’) suite overlooks the stream and woods through a Andersen sliding doors to the deck. The dressing area of the master suite, with its two walk-in closets and bathroom is brightened by a skylight bringing focused additional natural light to this area of the master bedroom suite. The master bathroom was renovated in 2019 and includes a painted wooden vanity with two undermount ceramic sinks in a marble counter, large shower stall with glass enclosure with barn-door style door and tilework including white subway tile walls with glass tile accent and flat riverstone tile tray. The second bedroom in this wing (14’x13’) has a walk in closet, and the third bedroom (13’x12’) has a double reach-in closet) both of which are served by the main bathroom which features a double-sink vanity and a tiled tub-shower with glass enclosure
The full, walkout lower level can be accessed from the central foyer stairs. A ground floor foyer area (26’x11’) provides a formal entrance to this space from outside through a mahogany and glass door with sidelights as well as a connection to the additional living space of the home and an oversized 3 car garage. The additional living space of the home includes a den/bedroom (28’x14’) with two sets of double Andersen sliding doors leading to a bluestone patio overlooking the woods and stream, built-in bookshelves, hardwood floor, and a wood-burning fireplace with wood mantel. This room is separated from the ground floor foyer area by double French doors. A large room (14’x12’) suitable for use as an office or workout room as well as a full bath with tiled tubshower with glass enclosure are discreetly tucked away off the den/bedroom making this a suite of rooms suitable for recreational uses (the large den/bedroom is currently furnished with a pool table and separate sitting area) or for use as an in-law suite.
The attached, oversized, three-car garage makes it easy to access the home in inclement weather. Not only is it extra-deep across the three bays providing plenty of room for storage but it also has an area suitable for use as a workshop or for additional storage space. Each of the three bays has an automatic door opener.
Systems of the home include multi-zone, high-efficiency propane-fired Lennox forced air heating/central air conditioning with wi-fi thermostats (mechanicals replaced in 2014), 75-gallon propane-fired hot water heater (replaced in 2014), 200 amp electrical service, 4-bedroom septic system, well water, smoke detectors, and fire extinguisher.
The garden areas of the property provides multiple vantage points for enjoying the natural setting. The exterior wood deck on the main floor has plenty of space for dining and/or casual seating as do the bluestone patios at the formal (main, upper level) and informal (ground level) entrances of the home. A large grassy area with a leaf canopy on the bank of the Rockaway Creek is an exceptional vantage point for trout fishing, birdwatching, dining, or just relaxing in a hammock. The outdoors spaces can be enjoyed by dogs, too, because of an Invisible Fence installed in 2016. Their human counterparts can use these spaces as outdoor home offices because of a wi-fi booster in the home.
The property offers its owners solitude in a location off a scenic road joining two historic villages in Tewksbury Township within a community that supports an upscale lifestyle one hour’s drive from New York City. Tewksbury is one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County and 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 the extensive equestrian trails in the township maintained by the Tewksbury Trail Association. It is convenient to shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Trump National, Fiddler’s Elbow, Roxiticus Golf Club), outdoor recreation areas (Ken Lockwood Gorge, Columbia Trail, Spruce Run Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir), commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287), NJ Transit trains and TransBridge Lines buses to New York City, and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports (Morristown Airport, Solberg Airport, Somerset Airport). The property is near private schools (Willow School, Pingry, Gill-St. Bernard’s) and is served by Tewksbury Elementary School, Old Turnpike Middle School, and Voorhees High School.