3 Blachley Circle, Mendham Twp NJ - Real Estate Homes for Sale

October 9, 2014
Some acquire the rarest of gems, not to wear, but to live in. Commissioned by Richard H. Williams Sr. as a wedding present for his son, Col. Richard Henry Williams Jr., Brookrace was designed by the renowned Beaux-Arts trained architect, Ernest Flagg. Completed in 1914, Brookrace became noted for its unique architectural style—a combination of Colonial Revival and French Eclectic. Settled on 560 acres of wooded hills and meandering brooks, Brookrace provided the stage for a lifestyle of affluence, elegance and beauty. Although now reduced in size to 5.85± acres, views from the three-story, twenty-one room stone manor remain virtually unchanged. Stone terraces step down to manicured lawns studded with formal gardens, statuary encircled with boxwood and a sprawling pool. Three hundred forty of its prime acres remain undisturbed—constituting the Schiff Nature Preserve. And dazzling from every perspective is 13-acre Lake Therese built by The Boy Scouts of America, stewards of the estate from 1933-1979. Privately owned in recent years, careful renovations from 1997-2004 and 2008-9 have both refreshed Brookrace’s original splendor and updated the home for today’s living. Visitors now step from the expansive cobblestone courtyard and through a glass-walled loggia to arrive in the original marble gallery/hall. And the realization begins that this manor home is an astounding find. Elaborate tiered moldings, deep boxed windows, arched doorways, ornately coffered ceilings, marble and hardwood floors delight the eye at every turn. Exotic marble slabs frame the eleven fireplaces, the mahogany library includes an elaborately carved imported bookcase and mantel, the kitchen is a culinary showcase and the window-walled breakfast room awards a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding hills. All the more splendid for their size is the 33-by 15-foot Versailles-style dining room, the 32-by 28-foot gilded family room and the conservatory—an artful conversion of the original stone porte-cochere. Additional highlights of the manor’s core are a formal living room, sumptuous master suite with artist-painted barrel ceiling and marble bath, three en-suite bedrooms, a full-floor game room, wine cellar and spacious staff quarters. Harkening perhaps most resoundingly to Brookrace’s patrician roots and offering the consummate milieu for entertaining is the turret. From its marble-floored gallery, an iron-railed staircase ascends to the 44 foot long grand ballroom. At its fore is the imposing 16th century fireplace imported from a French castle, artist-rendered clouds glide on the high ceiling and French doors open to flanking terraces. Also included in this three-story dome crowned wing is a media room and on the third level a two-bedroom guest suite. This singular home, is located in Mendham Township, a community noted for its natural beauty, a town center reminiscent of a bygone era with specialty shops and restaurants and a top-rated school system. Travel occurs along Routes 24, 78 and 287 and Mid-Town Direct train service to Manhattan can be accessed in neighboring Morristown.
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