5 Strawberry Lane
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
This classic 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom colonial is nestled into a knoll in a cul-de-sac neighborhood and oriented to maximize appreciation of its bucolic natural setting from inside and out — perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property looking for a move-in-ready home in a setting offering privacy and recreation balanced with a sense of community.
The home has abundant natural light throughout the day and offers views of the landscaped and natural areas surrounding the property. The open, traditional floor plan flows well for day-to-day living while affording the spaces required for family gatherings and entertaining. Wood and cork floors, rough-hewn beams, a wood-burning stove, built-in bookcases, and moldings throughout the home underscore the home’s traditional colonial styling which are complemented by its updates which include its gourmet kitchen, bathrooms, double-hung Andersen tilt-wash windows (2006), and stylish interior paint palette (2018 and 2019).
After driving up a curved, paved driveway (resurfaced in 2017), visitors are welcomed to the home by way of a walkway and enter into the entrance foyer through a wood and glass panelled door. The hall has a natural cork floor and coat closet and connects to other entertaining areas of the home. The eat-in kitchen was renovated in 2005 by the home’s prior owners and features granite countertops with an undermount stainless steel sink, cherry cabinetry with extensive storage, and updated appliances including a stainless steel Kitchenaid refrigerator, new Kitchenaid stainless steel gas 5-burner cook top (2018) with ventilation in the GE microwave above it, two new Kitchenaidstainless steel convection wall ovens (2018), Kitchenaid stainless steel dishwasher, and solid wood floors. A sliding glass door leads from the eat-in area of the kitchen to a secluded Belgard Hardscapes pavers patio area at the back of the house defined by stone walls delineating perennial landscaping below a canopy of mature trees providing shade and a natural buffer between the adjacent property. The kitchen connects to a large sunny, south-facing dining room with cork flooring, decorative rough-hewn beams in the ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace with natural fieldstone surround, bluestone hearth, and wooden mantle, and sufficient space to accommodate a large table and dining room set. Adjacent to the dining room is an enormous family room with engineered textured wood floors, Hearthstone wood-burning stove with fieldstone surround and newer (2015) stainless steel chimney liner, and adjacent full bathroom/laundry room with white tiled stall shower, wooden vanity with white ceramic basin top and nickel faucet, all accented by white beadboard wainscoting. The family room and its adjacent full bathroom are separated from the rest of the house with French doors for use of this space as a possible first-floor in-law suite.
On the other side of the kitchen is a room currently used as a den which could be used as a smaller dining area. The den has solid cherry wood floors and a wall of built-in bookcases and overlooks the backyard. It flows easily into the home’s living room which has solid cherrywood floors overlooks the front yard and connects to the foyer. The open connection between the den and living room give the spaces a comfortable, casual feeling making it a more useable space than living rooms in homes of this vintage.
The stair to the second floor of the home arrives upstairs at the large front-to-back master bedroom suite. The master bedroom is sized to accommodate large furniture and features solid oakwood floors and a walk-in closet with plentiful built-in shelving. The en suite bathroom was renovated in 2019 with neutral, stylish finishes, including a stall shower with white subway tile, riverstone shower floor, wood-grain porcelain tile floors, and white porcelain sink. The other three bedrooms of the home are located down the hall from the master bedroom and are sunny and feature double-reach in closets and engineered wood floors, and ceiling fans. The main bathroom of the home was recently updated with finishes of the same style as the master bedroom and features a large tubshower with white subway tile, porcelain tile floor, wood vanity, and shelves for towels and toiletries.
The full, unfinished basement is configured for finishing and doing so would add significant space to the home for recreational use. A separate basement room is set up for storage and utilities. The large, 2-car garage on the main level of the house provides easy access to the main living spaces and has two automatic door openers. Systems of the home include a 4-bedroom septic, electric hot water heater, oil fired forced air heat, central air conditioning, well water with new well pump installed in 2018, 200 amp electrical service including stationary LP powered back up generator (2015), french drain and sump pumps, electric dog fencing, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
The exterior of the home is clad in wood shingles painted in 2013. The front yard gently-slopes to a large flat park-like property that expands the possibilities for recreational enjoyment of the home. The house itself is surrounded by hardscaping and beautiful vistas. In addition to the sheltered patio off the kitchen at the rear of the house and a covered seating area on the front porch, a sunny 20×40 salt water pool is set in the sideyard of the property in a location that allows full enjoyment of the yard in the summer months while keeping the pool out of sight in the off-season. A DogWatch dog fence system was installed in 2016 allowing family pets to roam in the yard while the family is relaxing.
The property is located in Tewksbury Township nestled on a scenic country road between the historic village of Mountainville and the quaint shops of Califon. 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.