150 Mendham Rd East, Mendham Twp. NJ
When Henry C. Sanders built his homestead in 1872, his stately residence was surrounded by seventy acres of pristine woods and farmland. Historical records indicate that Mr. Sanders was a gentleman farmer and the largest land owner in Mendham at that time. Today, this landmark home is privately situated on a 2.237-acre parcel along an established route between Morristown and Mendham. Through the stewardship of only a handful of owners, including New Jersey Governor Franklin Murphy, many of the original architectural details have been preserved. The current homeowners orchestrated several thoughtful renovations that expanded the kitchen, updated the bathrooms and replaced an older barn with a two-story pole barn that serves as a detached garage. Beyond the traditional façade, an expansive floor plan in this historic home welcomes guests into a sun-filled foyer with a grand staircase rising up to the third floor. The foyer flows into a beamed ceiling front-to-back formal living room anchored by a wood-burning fireplace. Two sets of French doors in the living room open to the sun room, which features a second fireplace and three walls of windows. A coffered ceiling and wood panel wainscoting accent the walls in the formal dining room. The expansive kitchen wing includes a cozy sitting area warmed by a Jotul wood stove, a cathedral-ceiling dining area and spacious kitchen area with island. Access to a three-story back stairwell formerly used by servants is tucked into one corner of the kitchen. A powder/laundry room and a long mud room with bluestone flooring complete the kitchen wing. Four generous bedrooms, including the master bedroom, two full bathrooms and a sunny sitting area with bay window and window seat are located on the second floor. The master bedroom features a bay window with a window seat and two large closets. A sleeping porch is located next to a second bedroom, providing a coveted spot for weekend guests. The main staircase continues up to the third floor to a spacious library with walls of custom bookshelves and knee wall cabinets tucked beneath the eaves. A fifth bedroom, study, large storage room and a third full bathroom complete the third floor, providing privacy for guests or solitude for professionals who work from home. Majestic evergreen trees and a large privet hedge seclude the residence from view. A newly-installed granite apron marks the entry to a wide gravel driveway that leads to the front of the house and along the side of the residence to the two-story barn. The pole barn features three-and-one-half bays and an attached storage shed with sliding barn doors. The entire parcel is a gardener’s paradise, graced by an ancient sycamore, towering evergreens, and holly, birch and cherry trees. The expanse of level lawn is accented with deer-resistant perennials, peonies and iris sibirica. Split rail fencing has been thoughtfully placed to outline the side lawn and the area surrounding the in-ground Sylvan pool. Bluestone pathways meander through the property and lead to two bluestone patios. A delightful side porch and the expansive patios provide ideal venues for warm weather dining and entertaining.