An extraordinary, no expense spared, 10-acre estate that masterfully harmonizes the look of a French country estate with the sophistication of modern 21st-century living.
24-1 Douglass Ave, Bernardsville, New Jersey
This opulent country estate will impress the most discerning owner and guests. Situated on ten secluded acres, the long driveway was designed to offer a theatrical unveiling of the grand residence as the visitor approaches. The French-inspired modern architecture thoughtfully combines natural materials with bluestone walls, stone lintels, copper billets, and a steeply pitched slate roof. The rich natural pallet complements the wooded surroundings of leafy Bernardsville Mountain. Castle-like custom details are evident in the towering chimneys, turrets, and balconies. The landscaping artfully blends into the serene natural habitat of the property.
On approach to the home's stepped front entrance, it's easy to appreciate the fine craftsmanship that abounds, with detailing such as the carefully crafted and elegant portico with warm wood doors, stone columns, and accent windows. Crossing the threshold, you enter the stately foyer with an abundance of natural light, a dramatic 20-foot-high coffered ceiling, and an exquisite curved staircase made of cherry woods accented with an iron balustrade. Here, you are welcomed by all the sophistication of modern 21st-century living. Open spaces with high ceilings are enhanced with custom millwork and a vast array of contemporary appointments. The architects and designers have achieved a seamless combination of luxury that suggests comfort and livability.
The masterfully crafted interior spaces allow for both casual day-to-day living and large orchestrated social events. In the gorgeous oversized kitchen with radiant-heated marble stone flooring, you will find two islands, two Sub Zero refrigerators, and multiple work areas, perfect for the home chef yet spacious enough for a catering team. Enjoy the convenience of the Miele coffee bar, a large, fully-equipped butler's pantry, and a separate fry room with Grohe and Gaggenau appliances.
The eight en-suite bedrooms are spacious and bright with extensive detailing. Each offers plenty of privacy for guests and wonderful views of the property. Some include private sitting areas. The elegant primary bedroom suite has a separate sitting room, marble fireplace, and balcony. The sumptuous bath, with radiant-heated marble flooring, has two showers, two water closets, and a jetted tub.
The owner and guests have a range of choices throughout the residence for relaxation or socializing—the library, art hall, conservatory, great room, living room—or they can choose between one of two family rooms, on the first or second floor. Warm wood tones, custom crafted millwork, and sophisticated neutral colors define each space, while four fireplaces add atmosphere.
The extraordinary lower level is ideal for large events, be they corporate or social. Here you will find a 77 X 45-foot ballroom with a stage and dance floor, offering seating for 150. Entertain your guests with a full bar, custom wine cellar, kitchen, theatre room, lounge, and additional bathrooms. The lower level extends out to the exterior, where the pool and spa can be accessed. An outdoor kitchen and beverage station service the pool complex. The transition from interior to exterior amenities makes for the perfect entertainment venue. This fine Bernardsville home offers a lifestyle of privacy and luxury with convenient access to major metropolitan areas. You are 30 minutes from Newark Airport and close to the NJ Transit train and major highways to Manhattan. Shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities abound in the area, and numerous equestrian facilities and nationally ranked golf courses are nearby. Excellent private schools include Far Hills Country Day, Pingry, Peck, and Gill St. Bernard's, while public schools are highly rated.
24-1 Douglass Ave, Bernardsville, New Jersey, is offered at $5,900,000.
For more information and a private showing, please contact:
Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty
454 Main Street, Bedminster, NJ
T +1 908.285.0666