140 Blue Mill Rd, Harding Twp. - Real Estate Homes for Sale

October 20, 2016
The whitewashed brick façade and the distinctive architecture of this stately Colonial have graced the streetscape along Blue Mill Road since the home was built in 1939. Since then, this distinguished residence has been home to only a handful of fortunate families. Lead paned windows, intricate millwork and three unique fireplaces are some of the numerous architectural details found throughout this 17-room residence. The spacious floor plan begins with a generous foyer adjoining a coat room, powder room, formal living and dining rooms, and a side hallway to the library. The front-to-back living room contains one of three unique fireplaces with a Delft tiles surround and carved wood mantel. French doors with leaded glass panes connect the living room to a four season sun room and the flagstone patio. The sun room is an ideal venue to catch a glimpse of the native wildlife and to enjoy panoramic views of this bucolic setting. Arched wood doors open from the foyer into the dining room, where a bay window at the far end frames views of an established shade garden. The kitchen wing includes a butler’s pantry with swinging doors to both the dining room and a country kitchen. A breakfast room behind the kitchen features a wood-burning fireplace with a red brick surround and access to a covered back porch. A side hallway off the foyer leads to a cozy library with wood paneled walls, custom bookshelves, a concealed wet bar and the third fireplace. The back hallway behind the library leads to an attached three-car garage, and adjoins the back staircase to the second floor and a staircase to the basement. A wide curved staircase in the foyer leads to the second floor hallway, which overlooks this grand entrance. Upstairs, the master suite begins in a vestibule and continues to a private bedroom, dressing room with fitted closets and a full bathroom. In addition to the master suite, there are four en suite bedrooms. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bathroom were designed as servants’ quarters toward the back of the second floor. The basement level is unfinished but features a set of stairs to the backyard and several unfinished storage and utility rooms. This 11.58 ± acre property borders protected open space and is held in two contiguous parcels situated in a coveted location along one of Harding Township’s most scenic roads. Stone pillars mark the entrance to a long paved driveway winding past the front acreage, circling in front of the residence and culminating in a parking area between the attached and detached garages. Stately oak trees and mature plantings accent the natural landscape. Gracing the back of the residence is a circular flagstone patio overlooking a formal rock garden and the surrounding countryside.
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