1 Hillview Drive, Tewksbury Township
This elegant 4 bedroom, 6 and 2 half bathroom, custom colonial home is sited on over 2 acres on a knoll on Laurel Mountain, in Oldwick Farms, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Tewksbury Township. Interior spaces of the home have been thoughtfully-considered with attention to detail and use of high-quality materials throughout. The custom floor plan allows the potential for separation between formal and informal entertaining areas so this home strikes the perfect balance between a cozy place to call home and a place for formal entertaining or informal gatherings of family and friends throughout the seasons.
Detailed finishes accent the architecture and functionality of the home and include generously-sized rooms, high ceilings (10 feet on first floor), custom carved oak doors with elegant hardware, crown and baseboard moldings, coffered ceilings, brick accent walls, hardwood floors throughout all three levels, distinctive wood turned main staircase with elegant balustrade and newel post, two secondary interior wood staircases connecting the first and second floors, and six wood-burning masonry fireplaces each with decorative surround and mantel details. Generously-scaled Marvin double-hung windows, custom oak doors with glass panels and transom windows, and custom and recessed lighting throughout the home bring natural and supplemental light into the rooms throughout the day. Every window of the house and the expansive deck offer views of the property enhanced by a recently-intstalled koi pond with waterfall and unite the home with its natural setting. Wooded areas on the property offer privacy within an upscale neighborhood setting.
Guests are welcomed to the home to a grand portico and through oversized carved oak double doors topped with a transom window into the main foyer. The highlight of the main entrance foyer is the grand turned staircase with its carved handrails, wainscoting accents, stringer moulding, and elegant newel post. This central foyer features teak floors and three sets of hand-carved double doors with glass panels and transom windows that connect to the foyer to the living room, dining room, and great room.
The living room is currently used as a billiard room and is also suitable as a home office. The highlight of this room is the wood-burning fireplace with rosewood carved mantel. The room features double windows overlooking the front yard, a chandelier with boss medallion ceiling detail, and oak and glass double doors with transom windows leading to the music room.
On the opposite side of the foyer, the dining room has two large windows overlooking the front yard and teak floors. Like the living room, a wood-burning fireplace with a decorative carved rosewood mantel with a built-in mirror sets a sophisticated tone for the room. A second set of hand-carved wooden doors with glass panels and transom windows lead to the kitchen.
The spacious kitchen was renovated in 2018 and is the heart of the home’s informal spaces. It features an painted wood cabinetry, granite countertops, tile backsplash large farm sink with gooseneck spray faucet, decorative moldings with custom accent lighting, and a large center island workspace with double pendant lighting and granite countertop with cabinets and countertops matching the rest of the kitchen. There are commercial grade stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner gas range with oven, a convection oven, a large SubZero refrigerator and separate SubZero freezer, and a built-in pizza oven. An arched brick wall detail unites the cooking area and provides a clever facade for the kitchen’s commercial grade exhaust fan. The ceiling treatment of decorative molding with custom accent lighting continues into the eat-in area of the kitchen. The eat-in area easily accommodates a large round table and features a glass bottle chandelier above. It overlooks the deck and backyard through French doors with transom windows. A brick wall with a double-sided fireplace and built-in pizza oven accents the room. This eat-in area of the kitchen is the connection between the kitchen and the sunroom and this space also features a wood staircase leading to the upstairs bedroom.
The sunroom is a favorite room of the house with its cathedral ceiling, marble tiled floor, double-sided wood-burning fireplace along a brick wall, three skylights, seven floor-to-ceiling windows with transom lights, and access to the deck.
On the opposite side of the kitchen from the sunroom, the great room at the back of the house unites the kitchen with the other entertaining and gathering spaces: the foyer, the billiard room, and the music room. The focal point of the great room is another of the many magnificent fireplaces in the home. The great room’s fireplace is hand-carved from rosewood with an inlaid mirror and hand-painted tiles. The fireplace is flanked on either side by oversized windows. A three-panel French door with transom windows leads to the expansive deck with a view of the beautiful backyard connecting the inside of the home with its striking natural setting. The spaciousness of this room is enhanced by its teak floors and high ceilings.
The music room can be reached through hand-carved sliding pocket doors with glass panels and transom windows. The room is the perfect place to relax and enjoy both listening and playing music but could also serve as a bar room or study. The same lovely features seen throughout the home adorn this room: oversized windows, teak floors, and dentil molding. A secondary wood turned staircase leads to a library/office space above on the second floor.
A powder room between the foyer and the family room provides services for guests while a second powder room in the laundry room is perfect for family use, as it is discreetly tucked into a corner of the home’s first floor laundry/mud room, adjacent to the garage entrance to the home. Both bathrooms feature Villeroy and Boch fixtures. The laundry room has tile floors and plenty of space for storing coats and boots after a hike in the nearby Cold Brook Preserve.
The home’s oversized 3-car garage has insulated mahogany garage doors with automatic door openers, a side entrance door, and a storage/workshop area.
The second-floor hallway’s finish quality is consistent with the rest of the house with its high ceilings (9 feet), radius corner finishes on walls, and elegant wood flooring. The four bedrooms of the home are located on the second level. The second floor can be accessed by any of three wood turned staircases and a landing area at the top of the main staircase features a central sitting area. Each of the bedrooms has large windows with beautiful sylvan views and large closets.
The master bedroom suite is located on the second floor and features teak floors, a wood-burning fireplace with a rosewood carved mantel and inlaid mirror, dentil molding, large closets, and several large windows overlooking the front of the house. The sunny master bathroom has Villeroy and Boch pedestal sinks, an oversized steam shower, a jetted soaking tub, and heat lamp. A French door leads to a sunny balcony above the home’s portico entrance.
A secondary bedroom features an en suite bathroom with Villeroy and Boch fixtures, two closets, and cherry flooring. Down the hall from this bedroom, another secondary bedroom with walk-in closet and cherry flooring is connected with the main bathroom with Villeroy and Boch fixtures through a dedicated short hallway. A fourth bedroom across the hall has a closet and cherry flooring and shares the main bathroom. A bonus room at one end of the room has cherry flooring, three large closets (including one cedar-lined closet), and an en suite bathroom with Villeroy and Boch fixtures. At the opposite end of the second floor hallway is a sunny bonus space with two large windows and a closet that is perfect for an artist’s studio, reading nook, media room, library, or home office. Located over the music room on the first floor and united by a turned wood staircase, this loft-like room underscores the thoughtful design of the home allowing generous spaces o that can be allocated for work and/or recreation.
The finished, daylight, walkout basement of the house provides a remarkable amount of additional living space as it is finished with the same quality finishes as the other levels of the home, has high ceilings (8.5 feet), and is united with the main level of the house by way of two wood staircases. It features rosewood floors, an composite block coffered ceiling, a full entertaining kitchen with an electric stove, exhaust hood, ceramic sink, large island with oak cabinetry, and granite counters. A large living room area features a wood burning fireplace (with gas line) with decorative brick detail in its surround, mantel and raised hearth. Several French doors with transom windows open from the gathering spaces in this lower level space allowing direct access to the patio and the backyard. A full bathroom with Villeroy and Boch fixtures and two pantry/storage closets compliment the functionality of this lower level gathering space.
The lower level also features a guest bedroom with oversized windows overlooking the backyard and dedicated bathroom with Villeroy and Boch fixtures. An additional room on this level is ideal as a game room, fitness room, or home- or school-office and features rosewood flooring and a closet. The utility room of the home is discretely tucked away and provides easy access to the systems of the home.
The systems of the home include 15-zone natural gas-fired baseboard hot water heat, 7-zone central air conditioning (6 units replaced in 2020), 2-zone hot water (fired by natural gas), VacuMaid central vacuum, security system, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and a fire extinguisher. The home is serviced by a private 4 bedroom septic and private well water with water treatment system.
The exterior of the house is as polished as the inside. Along the length of the back of the house outside the great room, the kitchen’s eat-in area, and the sunroom, a large, Brazilian walnut deck overlooking the backyard creates additional living space. This expansive area connects the interior and exterior spaces of the home with plenty of room for a large dining area, a grilling area, and additional recreational spaces.
The exterior finishes of the house are consistent with the high quality of the interior of the home: Elegant brick facing accented by columns and balustrade details is complemented by the home’s slate roof.
Landscaping includes a wood-fired barbecue area and large koi pond with waterfall and skimmer system (koi excluded from sale), gravel driveway and parking area, and mature evergreen and deciduous trees, including blue spruce, cherry, and holly throughout the property around the home.
The property is located one hour’s drive from New York City in an upscale neighborhood setting on a hillside in Tewksbury just outside the historic village of Oldwick — one of the most prestigious areas of Hunterdon County and a town renowned for its natural beauty, private estates, and an upscale lifestyle marked by the popularity of equestrian sports related to the nearby Essex Hunt Club, United States Equestrian Team Foundation, and private polo fields within the township. It is convenient to shopping, golf courses and country clubs (Hamilton Farm, Trump National, Fiddler’s Elbow), commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287), NJ Transit trains and TransBridge Lines buses to New York City, and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports (Morristown Airport, Solberg Airport, Somerset Airport). The property is near private schools (Willow School, Pingry, Gill-St. Bernard) and is served by Tewksbury Elementary School, Old Turnpike Middle School, and Voorhees High School.
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- Elegant custom home
- Recently-renovated kitchen w/commercial appliances
- High-end finishes
- Cherry, teak, and rosewood floors throughout
- Flexible floor plan
- Suitable for multi-generational living
- Full, finished, walk-out lower level
- 6 new (2020) AC units with UV air purification
- 6 masonry fireplaces
- Manicured lot with koi pond and waterfall
- Neighborhood setting