Livingston Twp., NJ 2977511 Single Family
The beauty and identity of this magnificent custom home lie in its masterful balance of refined architectural detailing and grandiose, open spaces.
Its elaborate millwork and trims with select motifs, raised paneled wainscoting, stunning custom arched doorways, pillared entries and marble floors with intricately etched borders are set against the grandeur of soaring ceilings, two sweeping bridal staircases that meet at the end of a stunning reception foyer, and exquisite light captured through rows and rows of majestic Palladian-style windows that enhance virtually every area of the home.
An elegant fireside living room and banquet-sized formal dining room flank the reception hall, with an archway to an open music room certain to heighten an evening of entertaining. At the very heart of the home is an open concept kitchen, separate breakfast room and a step-down family room with high coffered ceilings,a focal fireplace with lovely Italianate mantel and three sets of French doors topped with whimsical hand-painted scenes that open to a bluestone patio and outdoor kitchen surrounded by privacy hedges. The gourmet kitchen is high-end, embellished with rich cherry custom cabinetry, granite countertops, professional-grade appliances and a massive center island with seating. A well-equipped butler’s pantry, a laundry center for double washers and dryers, a powder room and access to the parking court and oversized three-car garage are located nearby. The breakfast room is gracious and spacious, with doors that lead out to the private patio, ideal for extended dining al fresco-style.
The piece de resistance is a luxurious first-floor master bedroom suite secluded behind double paneled custom arched doors, resplendent with a high tray ceiling and a private master library that boasts an entire wall of custom “boiserie” type built-ins with a gas-log fireplace at the center. Access to a bluestone terrace is reserved only for the master suite. Generous his and her custom-fitted dressing closets are there for the pampering. There is his bath with marble-topped custom expresso Bombay-style vanity, and her bath with vanity and boudoir, a deep jetted tub beneath a Palladian window and fronted by a mosaic tile floor medallion, plus a separate commode. An oversized frameless shower cleverly joins the two baths.
The second floor gallery overlooks the foyer below on two sides with breathtaking panoramic views. There is also a gracious back staircase that leads to the floors below. Four beautifully-appointed ensuite bedrooms (one with a Juliette balcony) boast custom walk-in closets and elegant, high-quality baths that are individually designed to suit the style of each bedroom.
The lower level is expansive, with an assortment of rooms created for the individual tastes of its occupants, featuring a game room, recreation room, mirrored exercise room, project room, guest quarters/au pair suite with full bath as well as another full bath with a pool changing room. A state-of-the-art sound-proof home theatre with seating for eight and a refreshment bar with extra seating provide the ultimate in creature comforts. A cedar-lined room offers additional clothing storage, and there is access from the lower level to the rear gardens.
The grounds, designed by noted landscape architect Renny Reynolds, include a sculpture garden, bluestone walkways and a fantasy of white birches that dot the landscape. The rear grounds are entirely fenced and the second tier of the property features an idyllic free-form heated inground pool with spa and water feature – totally secluded from the rest of the world!A private seating area is nestled beneath a wisteria-clad gazebo, adding charm and cachet.
The discerning buyer will find this showcase home on its nearly 1.5 acre site to be truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.
This home is also available ful Featuring: Subdivision: BEL AIR,CIRCA: 2000,Acres: 1.44 ,Livable SqFt: 10,000,Basement: Finished, Full Basement,Main Level Bedrooms: 1,Garage/Carport: Garage Spaces: 3,Built-In,Garage Door Opener,Oversize Garage,Style: Colonial,Custom,Driveway: 2 Car Width,Additional Parking,Paver Block,Fireplaces: 3,Appliances: Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Self Cleaning Oven, Range/Oven-Gas, Kitchen Exhaust Fan, Range/Oven-Electric, Disposal, Freezer,Heating: Forced Hot Air, Multi Zone,Air Conditioning: Central Air, Humidifier on Furnace, Multi-Zone Cooling, Electric Air Filter,Taxes: $60,086 (2011)