148 Klinesville Road, Raritan Twp., NJ
Situated atop an elevation known as the Hunterdon Plateau, this spacious architect’s creation is one-of-a-kind. Located down a long, private driveway is a 4-level, custom-built home designed in 1972 by Tylman R. Moon, AIA, a respected Hunterdon architect. Crafted in the modern architecture tradition, this home incorporates strong horizontal lines that compliment the natural setting and clearly embrace the idea that form should follow function. Designed for privacy, gracious living and comfort, this home features 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, work spaces, exercise spaces, sunrooms, floor to ceiling windows, covered and open decks, a pool with pool house, a 3-car detached garage with workshop, perennial gardens and more.
A parking area covered by decorative pavers leads from the garage to the house and into an inviting porte cochere. Two separate entrances lead to level one from this protected drive-through – one leads into a foyer / mudroom with walk-in closet, full bath, tub shower, patterned artisanal wall tiles and terracotta tile floors. This area also includes a private room with hardwood floors and built-in closets, cabinets and bookcases with french doors leading into a light-filled exercise / work room that has 2 full walls of casement windows, recessed lighting, and a spacious closet. Stairs from here lead up to the level three home office / workroom. From this room you can also access the fenced-in pool area. This ground floor area, with direct exterior access, could easily be used for intergenerational living or private work-from-home options.
The second entrance door from the porte cochere leads to the utility area with a full laundry room, washer, dryer, storage and utility sink. The floors here are also terra cotta tile and storage includes a closet and built-in cabinets. Access to the basement is also from this area.
Seven steps up (one half-level) from the entrance level, visitors reach level two and the formal living room where striking, floor-to-ceiling windows span two sides of this light-filled area with far-off views to the East on a clear day. Cedar plank ceilings slope dramatically up 30 feet high and the open floor plan provides a dramatic view to the upper levels. Here, as is the case throughout the home, the design provides clear glimpses of the various structural forms and their underlying functions.
Another half-level up (7 more steps) is the level three offering a cook’s kitchen, dining room, family room, sunroom, home office and a wrap-around covered and open deck. The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances including: a double-wall oven, a KitchenAid refrigerator with bottom freezer (2020), a Bosch dishwasher (2020), a double stainless sink, an electric Thermador cooktop (5 burner, downdraft), white wood cabinets, Corian-style counters, a moveable center island, recessed lighting, an interior glass window overlooking the open living room, a sliding door that opens to a wraparound deck with retractable awning, and a spiral staircase that provides direct access to the ground level.
The adjacent dining room is open to the vaulted area overlooking the living room on level two. It has oak hardwood floors, a wall of glass panels with a slider door entrance to the sunroom which floods the interior dining room with natural light. The nearby family room has a gas fireplace, 2 walls of windows and a sliding glass panel door providing another access to the wrap-around deck on the same side as the kitchen. Custom carpentry in the family room includes built-in shelving and cabinetry.
The sunroom features ceramic tile floors and is made up of a full wall of windows with views to the east. Besides being a practical source of natural lighting, it provides the perfect place to watch the sunrise as well as a passageway into the office.
The home office also has 2 walls of windows and full views of the lawn and pool area outside. It features built-in cherry base cabinets and shelving on three sides, hardwood floors, and a stairway to the exercise room below.
On level four, a center hall design leads to the master bedroom suite, 3 additional bedrooms, a hall bathroom, and two linen closets. There are hardwood floors in all the bedrooms and on the landing. The master bedroom features a built-in headboard and wall unit with double dressers, views overlooking the lawn and pool area, 4-panel casement windows and double closets. The classic master bathroom features a classic tub and shower with white subway tiles, pale yellow wall tiles, ceramic floor tiles, a built-in vanity with a yellow Formica-style counter and an oval white porcelain sink.
The second bedroom is the Yellow Bedroom. It includes a double closet and a 3-panel window. The third bedroom is the Rainbow Bedroom, and it features a 4-panel window and single closet. The fourth bedroom also has a 4-panel window. All the bedrooms have recessed lighting and offer panoramic views overlooking the grounds.
The hall bath features a tub/shower, white tiles, a classic dot-mosaic white floor with blue accents, and a yellow Formica-style double sink vanity. From the uppermost stair landing is a dramatic view all the way back down to the living room on level two and access to the roof.
Wide stairs lead from the level one to the main basement room where most of the main systems are housed. In this full height area you will find the HVAC units, water storage tank, well pump, electrical service panel and backup generator as well as entrances to three other partial height areas with ample room for storage in each.
This home is heated by 3 propane-fired furnaces which provide forced hot air to 3 separately controlled zones. Similarly, 3 air conditioning compressors provide cooling to those zones in the warmer months. The electrical service is 200 amps and a stationary whole-house propane-fired Generac generator provides electricity during emergencies. Water is heated by a propane-fired hot water heater. The home is serviced by a private well and a new 4-bedroom septic system was installed in 2019. The home also features smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
Exterior features of the home include standing seam metal roofing in the sloped areas and rolled rubber roofing on the flat areas. The home’s exterior colors are a playful interpretation of the natural palette surrounding the home: siding is cedar shake shingles stained dark brown accented by trim around the windows and doorways stained pale green. A retractable awning provides shade on hot summer days for the wrap-around deck.
The 75 foot, in-ground lap pool is surrounded by a fence and a stone patio. The pool is serviced by a spacious hexagonal pool house with a metal roof, providing a dressing area, shower, and bar area with sink, countertop and refrigerator. The 3-car detached garage adjacent to the home includes a workshop / toolroom and a large parking area constructed of classic pavers which continue from the garage to the house where they extend beyond the porte cochere. A spiral staircase connects the covered entryway area to a third level exterior deck.
This homestead, while expansive and distinctive, was designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding natural landscape in a relaxed and unobtrusive way. Sited on nearly 11 wooded and open acres, the plot is nestled into a nature preserve of more than 100 acres which borders it on two sides. In the gradual transitions between the mowed lawn and woodlands, perennial gardens have been planted. The most striking example of this seamless integration between the natural and the manmade is a winding, natural stone wall that is more than 300 feet long. It is laid out in serpentine fashion near the front of the house and greets all visitors as they approach down the long driveway. It was constructed in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor who specializes in site-specific sculptures and land art.
Located in Raritan Township this property is sited down a private lane and is bordered on 2 sides by over 100 acres of preserved open space. Just minutes from the historic town of Flemington (the county seat of Hunterdon), this home is close to shopping, local restaurants, farm markets, major roadways, public schools and just minutes from the highly respected Hunterdon Medical Center. Children in public schools for grades K through 8 attend the Flemington Raritan Regional District schools. The sending high school for Raritan Township is the highly-ranked and well-regarded Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Raritan Township surrounds Flemington Borough and serves as the region’s thriving business center. Raritan’s central location also offers convenient access to both New York and Philadelphia. The community is also served by several major roadways including Routes 12, 31 and 202, 60 miles from New York City and Philadelphia, 50 miles from Newark International Airport, 30 miles from Princeton and Trenton NJ. Raritan Township encompasses approximately 38 square miles, with parkland and open space making up nearly 10% of the area and preserved farmland an additional 5%. Surrounding Raritan Township are examples of the rich agricultural heritage that makes Hunterdon County an agricultural as well as a cultural destination. Click here for a guide to nearby points of interest e.g. local vineyards, farmers markets, biking trails and much more.
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- Custom modern architecture
- Privately-sited on 11 acres
- Bordered by 100+ acres of nature preserve
- 4 levels of living space
- Intergenerational living and work-at-home options
- 3 car garage/workshop
- 2019 septic system
- Extensive perennial gardens