199 Old Turnpike Road
Listed by: Robin Eskind
This immaculate four bedroom custom home is nestled on over four parklike acres set back from the road and has a rare blend of elegance and warmth. Thorough and detailed finishes accent the elegant simplicity of the architecture of the home. The home’s plentiful custom windows and recessed lighting bring natural and supplemental light into the home throughout the day.
Upon entering the 2-story entrance foyer, visitors to the home are met with hardwood flooring and a staircase leading to the second floor. A traditional and open floor plan with separation between the formal and informal entertaining areas allows this house to strike the perfect balance between a cozy place to call home and a home that allows for formal entertaining or informal gatherings of family and friends. A large chandelier that can be easily lowered for cleaning or maintenance hangs above a decorative platform accented by a large window above the entrance that is the perfect place to display plants or seasonal decorations. The hardwood flooring continues seamlessly into the connecting spaces of the home.
The large dining room features two large windows, a chair rail moulding detail, a ceiling with decorative mouldings, and hardwood floors. The room effortlessly accommodates a table of twelve and other furniture. It can be accessed from the foyer through a large, welcoming doorway or across the main hall of the first floor through a large doorway from the kitchen.
The formal living room is on the opposite side of the foyer from the dining room. It features a large triple window overlooking the front yard, hardwood floors, and double French doors leading to the adjoining sunroom. The sunroom has large windows on all three walls (facing north, east, and west) and is another room that could fill many uses.
The spacious, gourmet kitchen features coordinating Bisque colored appliances including a Kenmore refrigerator, GE wall oven, gas cooktop and dishwasher. A custom granite island has cabinets for storage and a large breakfast bar. The kitchen also features a double undermount sink with nickel faucet with spray attachment, double door pantry. Sliding glass doors which both bring light into the kitchen and give a view of the patio and mature plantings of the property while enhancing the opportunities for indoor/outdoor entertaining in warmer months. The kitchen is separated from the family room by a half-wall which defines the spaces while maintaining the open lines of sight that characterize the first floor of the home.
The family room features soaring cathedral ceilings, abundant natural light, and hardwood floors. The focal point of the room is a gas-burning fireplace with wood mantle and slate surround accented by two stories of windows flanking each side of the fireplace.
A rear-facing room is currently used as an office and can also be used as a den, music room, library or additional bedroom. It features a double window overlooking the backyard, hardwood floors and a closet. This room is located off of the powder room hall, and as such could also be used as a guest room with easy access to the powder room.
The first floor is completed by a powder room with features a pedestal sink and hardwood floor. The first floor service area off of the kitchen serves as a mudroom with a double closet and is connected to the laundry room, and three-car garage. The laundry room has a large utility sink, LG washer/dryer and access to the backyard. The attached garage with additional storage has automatic door openers on each of the three bays and room for storage.
The formal staircases leads to the main area of the second-floor hallway which overlooks the family room and kitchen below. Double doors open to the master bedroom suite which has neutral carpeting and a large bonus room, several large windows, 2 walk-in closets, and an en-suite bathroom. The newly updated master bathroom features a granite-topped dark wood vanity with double sinks, an oversized glass-enclosed shower, a jetted tub, and a separate room for the commode.
The additional bedrooms of the home are all on the second floor, with neutral-colored carpeting and ample closets. The bathroom in the main hall has a tub/shower and corian topped vanity with under cabinet storage.
The full, unfinished basement could be finished to create additional living space in the home, e.g., exercise room, recreation room, or game/media room.
The systems of the home include two-zone natural gas-fired forced hot air heat and two-zone central air conditioning, stationary natural gas-fired whole house generator, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and fire extinguisher. The home is serviced by private well water and a septic system.
The front door of the home has recently been replaced with a new solid wood door and the exterior is true stucco which has recently been refurbished. Exterior appointments also include paver walkways, mulched garden beds, colorful perennials, macadam driveway, and a private tiered paver patio surrounded by mature plantings. The expansive backyard is the perfect setting in which to read a book on the patio while listening to the birds or take in the sounds of nature.
The property is located in Tewksbury Township, one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County, 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 and United States Equestrian Foundation, miles of scenic riding trails in the Tewksbury Trail System, and multiple private polo fields within the township. The township supports an active youth sports program that includes lacrosse, soccer, softball, basketball, tennis and baseball teams. Nearby outdoor recreation areas include Christie Hoffman Farm Park, Ken Lockwood Gorge, the Columbia Trail, and Round Valley Reservoir. It is served by Tewksbury Elementary School (designated a Blue Ribbon School in 2011), Old Turnpike Middle School, and Voorhees High School (designated a Blue Ribbon School in 2015) and is convenient to private schools (Gill St. Bernard, Pingry, Far Hills Country Day) with nearby shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Fiddler’s Elbow, Trump National). Commuter highways (Interstates 78 and 287), TransBridge Line buses and NJ Transit trains allow for convenient access to New York City and Newark Liberty International Airport.