67-2 Ballantine Road
Listed by: Kelly Gordon
This sunny, 4 bedroom, 3.1 bathroom custom brick colonial-style home is located in a neighborhood setting on a private road in the estate section of Bernardsville Mountain, minutes away from the center of Bernardsville. Elegantly set back from the road on over 5 open, level acres, the home is oriented to maximize appreciation of its beautiful, natural setting. The home’s floor plan flows well for daily living while offering the spaces required for family gatherings and other entertaining as well as single-floor and/or multi-generational living. Generously-sized windows and recessed lighting throughout the home bring natural and supplemental light into the rooms in all seasons.
The property’s gravel circular driveway is formal-but-functional and there is an additional area for overflow parking and access to the built-in garage. Thoughtfully-chosen foundation landscaping distinguishes the front of the home and welcomes visitors to the home’s entrance accented by deep bluestone steps.
The entrance area sets the tone of the style of this traditional home by providing a vantage point for appreciating the central living spaces of the house. The entrance foyer features tile floors, two skylights, a chandelier with ceiling boss (medallion), and two coat closets. It connects to the kitchen, the large living room and dining room (both overlooking the expansive front lawn), and the upper level of the home by way of a gracefully-curving wood floating staircase.
The large, eat-in kitchen is oriented towards views of the natural beauty of the home’s setting. Renovated fully in 2010, the kitchen features a center island with breakfast bar, LG electric range with stainless steel ventilation hood, LG stainless steel refrigerator, LG stainless steel dishwasher, stainless steel undermount double main sink with nickel faucet and greenhouse-style sink window overlooking backyard, spacious granite counters, tile backsplash with decorative tile accents, tile flooring, and recessed lighting. The kitchen connects through sliding doors to the oversized wood deck which runs the length of the back of the house and allows multiple areas for dining or relaxing overlooking wooded views. The kitchen connects to the spacious, west-facing dining room has windows overlooking the front yard, wood floors, and a chandelier-ready fixture and is scaled to accommodate a large dining table and furniture. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the family room allowing full view of the family room’s picture window overlooking the woods and its wood-burning fireplace with floor-to-ceiling stone surround and raised hearth. Adjacent to the family room is a suite of two rooms and a full bathroom with pedestal sink and jetted tub-shower with glass enclosure. Each of the rooms features multiple, large windows with natural views, wood floors. Currently used as an office and meditation room, these rooms are suitable for use as a bedroom and sitting room, making this a perfect first floor in-law, au pair, or guest suite located apart from the other bedrooms of the home. The first floor also includes a walk-in pantry closet and powder room thoughtfully-located near both the kitchen and garage access.
The second floor of the home features all of the bedrooms of the home, all of which have continuous hardwood flooring like the first floor of the home. The enormous, front-to-back master bedroom suite has a large bedroom with separate sitting room area, oversized walk-in closet, and en suite bathroom with walk-in closet, double-sink vanity with marble counter, tub-shower with glass enclosure, and jetted tub accented by skylight above. Three additional large, sunny bedrooms with closets share an updated main bath with granite-topped sink vanity, white tile walls with decorative tile detail, and tub-shower with glass enclosure.
The enormous, walk-out basements with high ceilings creates a perfect opportunity for expanding the living space of this already spacious home. An additional unfinished walkout basement space provides extensive room for storage. The oversized, 3-car garage can be accessed from near the kitchen and is storage cabinetry.
The exterior of the home is brick on the front and south sides of the home, with a matching vinyl clapboard-style treatment on the north and east facades. An asphalt shingle hip roof completes the elegant exterior finishes. Systems include multi-zone forced air heat, multi-zone central air conditioning, 200 amp electrical service, 4-bedroom septic, well water, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Natural gas is available on Ballantine Road.
This home is located in on a private, cul-de-sac road in the prestigious estate section of Bernardsville Borough, New Jersey, and area renowned for its natural beauty and private estates located 1 hour’s drive from New York City. Offering its owners solitude within a community that supports an upscale lifestyle, it is just minutes to schools, shopping, country clubs (Somerset Hills, Roxiticus, Hamilton Farm, Trump National, Fiddler’s Elbow), major highways (Interstate 78 and 287), and NJ Transit trains and buses to New York, and 30 minutes’ drive to Newark Liberty International Airports and near smaller, regional airports (Morristown Airport, Solberg Airport, Somerset Airport). Located in the highly-regarded Somerset Hill School District, and near (Willow School, Pingry, Gill-St. Bernard, Far Hills Country Day, School of Saint Elizabeth).