24 Welsh Road
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
Sunrise Acres represents the best of what life in Tewksbury has to offer. The 4 bedroom, 2 and ½ bathroom colonial home has recently undergone an extensive renovation and is sited on an open, level lot with a 4 stall barn with a separate, adjacent, open, level lot that can be used to keep the property as a 7.65 acre farm with farm-asessment property tax benefits or to build another single-family home for a family compound. Oriented to maximize appreciation of its bucolic natural setting from inside and out, this property is perfect for a buyer looking for an updated traditional home in an upscale rural setting.
The floor plan of the first floor home has open lines of sight in the gathering and entertaining areas. New windows and French doors with true divided light (from the Anderson 400 line) provide plentiful natural light throughout the day and allow visual connections between the interior spaces of the home and its bucolic setting from every room, while recessed LED light fixtures bring supplement the light in the house in the evening hours. Solid oak floors throughout the home, custom kitchen cabinetry, oiled-bronze door hardware, and a wood-burning fireplace underscore the home’s colonial styling which blends with modern conveniences and a contemporary floor plan for an updated interpretation of a traditional country home.
After approaching the home via a gravel driveway, visitors are welcomed to the home by way of a bluestone walkway leading to a brick porch with bluestone landing. Entering the home, visitors are immediately welcomed into the heart of the home — a central room for gatherings with open lines of sight into the kitchen.
The open kitchen flows seamlessly from the living room and dining room and is anchored by a large center island. Expansive granite countertops on the center island and perimeter counters have generous space for cooking without sacrificing space for gathering with a spacious breakfast bar while cabinetry below the center island provides plentiful storage space. Other finishes include custom painted wood cabinetry above and below the counters with oiled rubbed bronze pulls, smooth travertine tile backsplashes, an extra-deep rectangular stainless steel Elkay undermount sink with oiled rubbed bronze gooseneck faucet with sprayer and matching soap dispenser, and copper pendant accent lighting above the center island. Appliances include a Verona stainless steel 5-burner gas range with gas oven and ventilation hood, stainless steel KitchenAid refrigerator, stainless steel Bosch dishwasher, under-counter stainless steel KitchenAid wine refrigerator, and stainless steel Sharp under-counter microwave oven. A large dining room flows seamlessly from the cooking area of the kitchen and has lines of sight into the adjacent family room. With its generous dimensions, the dining room currently accommodates an oversized round table and additional furniture and is accented by a painted metal chandelier. This space is flooded with natural light throughout the year from a wall of south-facing windows and doors which connect the interior living space with the Trex deck that runs along the length of the home.
The family room adjacent to the kitchen provides a separate area for entertaining or relaxing with friends and family. The focal point of the family room is the wood-burning fireplace with whitewashed brick surround, raised brick hearth, and wood mantel.
The informal access to the home is through the first floor mudroom/pantry/laundry room which connects the home to the oversized two-car garage. The mudroom/pantry/laundry room features custom cabinetry topped with a granite counter, custom shelving, and a built-in storage bench with beadboard wainscoting detail. A stackable washer and dryer and porcelain tile flooring complete the room making it a useful transition space between outside and inside.
The first floor is completed by a charming powder room with custom furniture-style wooden vanity, granite countertop, oiled rubbed bronze fixtures, and natural marble and glass mosaic tile floor.
The bedrooms of the house are all on the second floor and are arranged so there is separation between the master bedroom suite and the secondary bedrooms. The master bedroom suite includes a large walk-in closet with storage area, reach in closet, and large, well-appointed master bathroom with design features consistent with the updated traditional styling of the home. The master bathroom has a two identical large wooden vanities with plentiful storage each topped with white quartz counters accented by brushed nickel fixtures over undermount ceramic Kohler sinks. A large (66” x 36”) shower with rimless-glass-enclosure is tiled with gray marble tile with glass tiled detail and has two polished nickel shower heads including a traditional shower head as well as a rainshower head. The floor in the master bathroom is an elegant-yet-simple marble black and white basketweave pattern tile.
Three additional bedrooms on the second floor feature ceiling fans, double reach-in closets, and scenic views over the property. The main bathroom has a tiled tub-shower and has been updated with an elegant wooden furniture-style vanity with marble top and rubbed bronzed fixtures and travertine tile floor.
The home’s full, unfinished basement could be finished to add additional living space to the home. This area also serves as a utility room for the home. Additional systems of the home include oil-fired forced air heating system (oil tank is above-ground and inside), central air conditioning, 100 amp electrical service, 4-bedroom gravity-fed septic system (2017), private well, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher.
The home features a large, 3-season porch on the eastern side of the house overlooking the pasture area and back yard. A Trex deck running along the entire back (southern) side of the home provides ample space for dining or just relaxing with views overlooking the backyard.
A 4-stall barn with aisle and separate feed/tack room provides additional opportunities for keeping horses, alpacas, sheep, chickens, or other livestock. This space would also be suitable as a workshop or for storage. A professionally-installed, graded riding arena has been grassed over but could be revealed again for use for dressage or other disciplines.
The property is located in Tewksbury Township nestled on a scenic country road not far from the historic town of Clinton. Tewksbury is one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County and 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. 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 (The Willow School, 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 as well as smaller regional airports.