250 Hardscrabble Road
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
Crossing the stone bridge across Indian Grove Brook onto a winding gravel drive, it’s obvious that this historic well-loved home, dubbed Lemon Hill, combines nineteenth-century character and charm with the natural beauty of the five-acre property. Numerous outbuildings, including a stone spring house and root cellar, along with a separate studio/apartment outfitted with kitchen and bath, enhance the exterior.
Entering through a rocking-chair porch, the first floor features a ceramic-tiled eat-in kitchen with gas stove, with a view of a perennial garden and lush wisteria draping along the sloping hillside and stone wall. A living room with fireplace and warm wood floors is a cozy gathering place, while the adjacent three-season sun porch is a perfect for informal entertaining or watching the changing of the seasons through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A ceiling fan cools the room, which stretches across the front of the home, with doors leading to the side porch and a deck on the southern side of the home. A formal dining room overlooks the deck. A powder room (with a garden view) and additional closets are off the dining room and kitchen. The basement is accessed from the kitchen.
On the second floor, three bright bedrooms, in addition to the master, have wood floors, ample closet space and share a full bath. The master bedroom has a full bath and laundry room, as well as a roomy cedar-lined walk-in closet and a sun-splashed private alcove, perfect for a sewing or dressing room. A fourth bedroom could also be used as an office or nursery. Access to the third floor is through the middle bedroom, which overlooks the front of the property. The attic space has been converted to two inviting rooms with closets, that could be used for family room, office space or guest room. A full, unfinished, walk-out basement has original stacked stone walls. Heat is generated by steam radiators, and hot water is furnace-fed. A door leads from the basement to the protected carport area under the sun room.
The largest outbuilding, once used as a dressmaking workshop, can be refurbished into a studio, office, or in-law apartment. A small kitchenette on the first floor has sink, stove and refrigerator. The second floor has a bedroom and full bath.
In the same family for four decades, this classic farm house has “great bones” and can be transformed with updating. If rebuilding is preferred, Lemon Hill’s setting is idyllic, nestled against a hillside with stone walls and five acres of woodland. The sloping hill behind the house leads to an area once a open meadow, now covered with natural plantings and trees. It is a perfect vantage point for a building lot, should a buyer choose to build new. Low taxes and location make this property a find.
It is private, yet only five minutes from I-287, with easy proximity to downtown Bernardsville and Morristown. Nearby is the Audubon Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, a birders’ paradise. Morristown National Historic Park is ten minutes away, offering 27 miles of hiking trails. Indian Grove Brook, which flows in front of the Lemon Hill, is one of the most productive brook trout streams in the area. The property is being sold “as is”, and all closing requirements are the responsibility of the buyer.