402 Route 523
Listed by: Nancy Watkinson
402 Main Street is an updated vintage home that has been part of Whitehouse Station since it was built in 1850 by Frederick Shampanore. The home is close to the center of Whitehouse Station village and sited on 1.64 level, open, landscaped acres. For buyers looking for an updated period colonial, this home is an ideal blend of traditional charm and modern functionality.
An informal back door entrance welcomes visitors along a brick-lined walkway to a covered porch deep enough for a sitting area to the east-facing back door. A transitional space with finishes that match the kitchen provides a landing area that leads to either the kitchen, dining room, or full bathroom
The custom kitchen was remodeled in 2005. It was designed by Joan Picone of European Country Kitchens to incorporate the casual, vintage elegance of the home with modern functionality and convenience for cooking (and in particular, baking) as well as entertaining. The kitchen features high-end appliances, including a Wolf 6-burner gas range with pot filler, Wolf wall oven, Wolf warming drawer, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and SubZero wine refrigerator. Many of the appliances are integrated into the cabinetry which features soft-close cabinets and drawers and is topped with granite counters, tile backsplash with ceramic tile detail behind the cooktop, and accented by the porcelain tile floor. The finishes of the peninsular work area are the same as the perimeter cabinets and counter and this expansive, central work area includes a secondary sink and breakfast bar accommodating up to 4 seats. Lighting is provided by generous high-hats and integrated under-the-counter lights. Working in the kitchen you can enjoy a view of the the backyard through the large picture window over a padded window seat which provides additional hidden storage. For grilling and outdoor entertaining, the kitchen provides direct access to the large, custom-designed deck. An eat-in area in the kitchen is currently used as a seating area by the current owners who added a larger, informal dining area adjacent to the kitchen in 1984.
The formal dining room provides a central gathering point for entertaining and flows easily from the kitchen, den, and formal front door. It easily accommodates a table for 12 as well as additional furniture. The tongue and groove wood floor is accented by original exposed hand-hewn beams on the ceiling and built-in sconces, picture-frame wainscoting, and a central chandelier create a polished, inviting ambience in the dining room.
The large light-filled great room, added by the current owners in 1984, has a cathedral ceiling complemented with ceiling beams, floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases and cabinetry, tongue and groove floor, and a freestanding Heritage Soapstone wood burning stove attached to the wood burning fireplace with brick mantle and surround make this space an ideal gathering space. The great room flows easily to the home’s secondary dining area which connects the kitchen and great room and features a double window with window views of the deck and landscaped yard
A more intimate sitting room just off the front entrance hallway serves as a den, office, or formal living room, depending upon a homeowner’s needs. It has exposed original ceiling beams, wood floors, windows overlooking the front yard, and connects the great room with the front entrance of the house.
The first floor’s full bathroom near the rear entrance to the house features a shower with built in seat, dresser-style vanity with white sink and brushed nickel finish faucet, wainscotting and faux-finish painting. The second level of the home features three bedrooms and an updated main bathroom united with a hallway landing. The front facing master bedroom has a faux fireplace and mantle as well as wood floors, ceiling fan, and closet. Another front-facing bedroom features wood floors, ceiling fan, and a closet. The third bedroom faces the backyard and features neutral carpeting, ceiling fan, and a walk-in closet. The full bathroom on the second floor has a furniture- style marble topped sink, porcelain tile shower surround, new bathtub, a double linen closet and radiant heated floor. The upstairs hallway leads to a front-facing window bringing natural light into the hallway.
The home’s basement is in two sections that reflect the evolution of the house. The basement under the vintage section of the home can be accessed from a discreet door in the dining room. It has a carpeted, finished area currently used as an office, as well as an unfinished area with exposed stone walls currently used for storage. The basement created under the 1984 addition to the home is accessible from the kitchen dining area. This basement has large, well-lit areas and could be finished. It is currently used for laundry and storage.
Services include natural gas-fired hot water radiant heat on the first floor of the home, natural gas-fired baseboard hot water on the second floor, radiant heated second floor bath, multi-zone central air conditioning, public sewer, and well water.
A guest cottage placed on the property in 2005 provides two bedrooms, living room, full bath with features to increase accessibility, and kitchenette with extensive counters, cabinetry, sink, refrigerator, microwave, and large, wood deck. Utility services for the home include well water, electric heat, and window air conditioning units.
The exterior of the property is as well-conceived as the house for daily life and/or entertaining small or large groups with its beautiful perennial gardens, arbor, enormous custom deck with built-in seating, fenced vegetable garden, large shed and 2 car-detached garage with attached workshop with separate electrical panel with 100 amp service and skylights. An arching gravel driveway provides easy access to the property from either Pulaski Road or Route 523 (Main Street) and unites the home, detached garage, and cottage.
The property is located in the Whitehouse Station section of Readington Township in Hunterdon County, a municipality known for its parks, farms, historic villages, and annual balloon festival. The village of Whitehouse Station section of Readington Township is considered highly-desirable because of for its easy access to commuter highways (Interstates 78 and 287 and State Routes 202 and 31), Trans Bridge Line buses and New Jersey Transit trains to New York City (Whitehouse Station has its own NJ Transit station). The property is convenient to shopping in Clinton and Flemington, golf courses and country clubs (Stanton Ridge, Fiddler’s Elbow, Raritan Valley, Green Knoll), athletic clubs and sports complexes (Diamond Nation, Flemington Ice Arena, and HealthQuest), Hunterdon Medical Center, private and public schools as well as airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and Solberg Airport. Public schools at every level are well-rated by www.greatschools.com.