422 West Mill Road
Long Valley (Washington Township)
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
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This thoughtfully-preserved, 18th century home on 2 acres of gorgeous native meadows, is located in the Middle Valley Historic District of Long Valley (Washington Township, Morris County). Oriented to maximize appreciation of its bucolic natural setting from inside and out, this home is perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property with genuine historic charm coupled with the practical functionality of modern amenities. The backyard property location is teeming with birds and nature, due to its ideal combination of open meadows, bordering stream, and mature surrounding hedgerows.
The floor plan of the home flows well for day-to-day living while affording the spaces required for family gatherings and entertaining. Original wide-plank floors, 2 wood-burning fireplaces, a “Jersey winder” staircase, built-in bookcases, and moldings underscore the traditional colonial styling of the home which are blended with the modern conveniences of geothermal heating and cooling, and updated kitchen and bathrooms. Generous windows bring abundant natural light into the home throughout the day and offer beautiful vistas of the landscaped and natural areas surrounding the property.
Visitors are welcomed to the home by way of an antique brick walkway and covered porch, and enter into the kitchen through a charming wood and glass paneled door. The welcoming, eat-in kitchen is surrounded with 270 degree views of the natural setting and gardens through double-hung, true divided light, wooden windows. The kitchen features hand-hewn beams, beautiful solid walnut cabinetry with extensive, thoughtfully-designed storage areas, Corian countertops, two sinks (one farmhouse-style sink and one prep sink), and updated appliances including a SubZero refrigerator, Kitchen Aid electric cooktop, GE oven, Frigidaire dishwasher, and wide, random width oak floors. The kitchen is open to the breakfast room and flows into the living room through an open hallway. The breakfast room, bright and sunny, features hand-hewn beams, built-in bookshelves, hardwood floors, and 9-over-6 windows over wainscoting on three sides, highlighting the spectacular views of the pool, gardens, and meadows sweeping before Schooleys Mountain. This versatile space is currently being used as a sitting and breakfast room but could easily be repurposed into a family room or dining room.
Through the breakfast room is a powder room, featuring a marble-topped antique vanity with storage as well as wainscoting made from the house’s original flushboard siding. The powder room opens to the spacious laundry room, which features side-by-side washing machine and electric dryer under birdseye-paneled overhead cabinets, a coat closet, and is rimmed with coat pegs. A door directly from the living room into this area provides convenient access from the entry to the home, for receiving guests hanging coats.
The large, open living room features hand-hewn beams, a wood-burning stove nestled in a brick fireplace accented by an antique wooden mantle with paneled wood cupboard, double-hung windows with true divided light, ample closet space, antique wide-plank wood floors, and access to the second floor through a secondary, Jersey winder staircase. This section of the home is united with the rest of the lower level through a large doorway leading to the foyer and main, central staircase.
The foyer of the home is spacious and features high ceilings. The eye is quickly drawn to windows at the back of the house which showcase the home’s beautiful views over the gardens. The dining room, sitting room, and second floor are all accessible from the foyer. Visitors access the formal dining room through paneled wooden doors, where they will find walls beautifully-finished with ornamental antique wood paneling. Easily accommodating large parties, the dining room is the perfect space for entertaining, or for relaxing with a cup of tea at the end of the day.
The first floor of the home is completed by an informal sitting room, open to the dining room, which features a decorative floor-t0-ceiling fieldstone fireplace with antique wood mantle and is united with the dining room by a centrally-located wood-burning stove nestled into a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. This space is ideal for a variety of uses, including as a bedroom (as it was once walled off), office, study, or relocation of the dining room (in which case the dining room would serve as a study or den). The room features windows overlooking the pool, garden, and natural areas, and wide-plank fir and pine floors.
Upstairs, the windows of the master bedroom look out on the natural beauty of the property with views through dormers which overlook the yard, pool and wildflower meadow. Large enough to fit a bed and multiple furniture pieces comfortably, the bedroom features a sitting area, three closets, plentiful natural light, and wide-plank fir and chestnut wood floors. Two additional bedrooms are on the same level as the master bedroom. The first bedroom features beautiful meadow views, sitting area, access from the first floor via Jersey winder stairs, and wide-plank wood floors. The main bathroom is accessible from this bedroom and features custom wooden cabinetry, an oversized sink vanity with granite counter, soaking tub, tiled stall shower with seat, brass fixtures, and wide-plank wood floors. The third bedroom has a more intimate, cozy feel and features wide-plank wood floors, and oversized double-hung true divided light windows.
The unfinished basement serves as the home’s utility room and also includes room for storage. Systems of the home include a 4-zone geothermal/forced hot air heating, 4-zone geothermal air-conditioning, oil-fired boiler for auxiliary hot water heat via cast-iron baseboards, 100 amp electrical service, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. An above-ground oil tank is located in the utility room.
A collection of additional structures on the property expand the possibilities for living space and recreational enjoyment of the property. An 1800 square foot Timberpeg studio/workshop built in 2000 is accessed from the residence by way of a bluestone walkway but can also be accessed directly from a separate gravel driveway. The workshop features interior accents including a dramatic open post and beams space, radiant (hot water) heating, and extensive lighting. The barn features two unique spaces; the first floor, with queen-truss vaulted ceilings and an abundance of storage, is ideal for a studio or workshop and is currently being used for fine woodworking. The second level loft space features high ceilings and an open floor plan and is accessible via a wide, turned staircase from the first floor. This rustic and charming space would be a great space for entertaining, or for use as a home-office, art studio, writer’s retreat, or fitness studio.
The exterior features of the property feature a Sylvan pool with garden shed and bluestone surround as well as a raised bluestone patio overlooking the perennial gardens, and specimen trees, and large, open areas in rear yard including native wildflower meadow and secret garden, all of which were configured to maximize beauty while minimizing maintenance and upkeep requirements. The property has a short path to the Columbia Trail, a local favorite destination for biking, jogging, and horseback riding from the nearby Clydesdale farm.
The property is located in the heart of the Middle Valley Historic District of Washington Township — an area of Morris County renowned for its natural beauty, history, and rich agriculture. Nearby outdoor recreation areas include Christie Hoffman Farm Park and its extensive equestrian and walking trails, Ken Lockwood Gorge — a favorite location for trout fishing, the d0g-, horse-, cyclist-, and runner-friendly Columbia Trail, and Round Valley Reservoir. It is served by Old Farmers Elementary School, Long Valley Middle School, and West Morris Central High School and is convenient to private schools including Gill St. Bernard, Pingry, Far Hills Country Day, and The Willow School as well as nearby shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Fiddler’s Elbow, Trump National). Commuter highways (Interstates 78, 80, and 287) and 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.