65 Main Street is a thoughtfully-renovated, immaculate, and grand example of American Foursqaure architecture on a large, double lot in the heart of the historic section of Califon Borough with all of the benefits of small-town living and a location with easy access to commuting highways and public transportation. This exceptional vintage home is perfect for a buyer who is looking for a property with authentic historic charm coupled with the efficiency and comfort of a home with modern amenities.
The floor plan of the home flows well for day-to-day living while affording the spaces required for family gatherings and entertaining. Leaded glass window accents, panelled pocket doors, extensive built-in cabinetry and mouldings, original panelled doors with original door hardware, wood floors throughout, and preservation of the American Foursquare architecture (including a high ceiling, deep covered front porch, and remarkably spacious closets throughout the home), underscore its vintage styling which is blended with numerous modern conveniences including an updated, gourmet kitchen and large pantry, updated bathrooms, central air conditioning, recessed lighting, and Anderson windows.
- immaculate, renovated vintage home
- in-town location in historic district
- American Foursquare architecture
- double-lot including large open yard
- walk-up unfinished attic
- walk-out unfinished basement
- detached 4 car garage
- separate, free-standing workshop
Visitors are welcomed to the home by way of a walkway from a sidewalk in the center of the historic district of the village and enter into the large living room through a wood and leaded glass panelled door. The living room features a wall of built in shelving and cabinetry with window seat, decorative oak flooring, recessed lighting and central chandelier and connects to the dining room and foyer through two sets of panelled, double pocket doors with original hardware. The dining room provides an easy connection between the living room and kitchen with room for a formal dining room table as well as a sideboard and cabinets. When not in use, the dining room remains a central part of the house as a connecting space between the kitchen and living room and other areas of the home via the centrally-located staircases to the second floor and basement.
The renovated kitchen features custom painted wood cabinetry with extensive, thoughtfully-designed storage areas, large center island with breakfast bar, quartzite countertops, tumbled limestone tile backsplash, and oversize undermount stainless steel sink with oiled bronze gooseneck faucet set with sprayer and integrated soap dispenser. Appliances include Bertazzoni 6-burner gas range with pot filler and ventilation hood, stainless steel KitchenAid French door refrigerator with freezer drawers, new (never used) stainless steel KitchenAid dishwasher, and stainless steel Frigidaire microwave. The kitchen is well-designed for both cooking and entertaining, not only because of its orientation and connection to the other spaces of the house, but also because of the addition of a walk-in pantry with built-in shelving, and a built in sideboard with glass front cabinetry with lighting near the dining room which adds to both the storage areas of the kitchen and doubles as a buffet/serving area. The kitchen is connected to hallway with a large coat closet connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces of the home, giving access to the back deck through a glass door with decorative mutton detail, back staircase to the second floor, and study.
The study is tucked into the back corner of the house, between two entrances to the home and also features a sliding glass door with decorative mutton detail leading to the back deck. It’s also a room that could be converted to a bedroom if there were a need for a first floor bedroom. Adjacent to the study is a small foyer which serves as a connecting and transition space, connecting the living room, study, dining room, second floor, basement and side porch entrance of the home.
Completing the first floor is a powder room adjacent to the kitchen.The powder room features a white pedestal sink, leaded glass window, and whimsical foxhound wallpaper. It could easily be expanded if there were a need for a full bathroom on the first level of the home.
Upper & Lower Level
The attic has easy access from the second floor via a staircase behind a door. This unfinished space with high ceilings and wood flooring provides plentiful storage space. The basement of the home is unfinished and has three rooms: a large laundry room, a workshop area, and a large multipurpose area which had previously served as the built-in garage of the home. This room is finishable and has walk-out access to the backyard and parking areas of the home.
The exterior of the home expands the possibilities for living space and recreational enjoyment of the property. The deep, covered front porch serves as an additional gathering space during temperate weather. A meticulously-installed ipe deck with LED accent lighting (all new in 2019) wraps around from the back of the home to the side entrance, providing three points of access to the home. At the back of the home, it has space for dining outside the kitchen and study areas of the home and has a gate to keep this area of the deck fully-enclosed for the safety of dogs or young children.
A pea gravel parking area connects the house with multi-purpose vintage outbuildings. A four-car garage features barn-style doors and has a double-bay section flanked by two single bay sections. A separate workshop is adjacent to the garage. Both outbuildings have the benefit of underground electrical service.
The home benefits from a large side yard which was originally deeded as a separate lot. Running the length of the property on which the home and outbuildings sit, this level, open, grassy lot could be fenced as an enclosed space and is suitable for recreation or keeping a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and/or chickens.
Systems of the home include a natural gas-fired steam radiator heating, central air conditioning on second floor, tankless water heater, 200 amp electrical service, public gas, public water, septic system, three Nest smart thermostats, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguisher. The exterior of the home was painted in 2019.
The property is located in the heart of the historic village section of Califon Borough, near restaurants and cafes, schools, and shopping. Califon Borough is an area renowned for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities (e.g., run or bike on the Columbia Trail, fish for trout or swim in the Ken Lockwood Gorge, or enjoy the playground or playing fields in Califon Island Park) and village lifestyle. The property is served by the Califon School and Voorhees High School and is also convenient to private schools as well as golf courses (Fiddler’s Elbow, Beaver Brook, Hamilton Farm, Trump National), country clubs, commuter highways (Interstate 78 and 287 and State Highways, 22 and 31), buses to New York City, and trains to New York City, and airports including Newark Liberty International Airport and smaller regional airports.
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