157 Village Road, Harding Twp. - NJ Real Estate Homes for Sale
Hidden Pond Farm, located in bucolic Harding Township, is a classic neo-Georgian estate set amidst unspoiled countryside, winding roads and rolling hills. Approached via a sweeping driveway, the residence is a grand and regal presence on 43.61 farm-assessed acres. Originally built in 1927 as a summer retreat for a prominent attorney and private counsel to John D. Rockefeller Jr., this home was meticulously and painstakingly renovated by its current owners. Today, this extraordinary estate home offers every amenity for the modern family with graciously proportioned rooms- many opening onto intimate outdoor spaces. Staying true to its beginnings as a working farm, there are several dependencies on the property including a free-standing four-bedroom house and two-stall barn with adjacent three-bedroom apartment, four-car garage and heated kennel. Highlights of the magical grounds include a magnificent peony walkway, pumpkin patch, handsome bluestone terraces and enchanting perennial gardens with stone walls. An inground pool and brick patio framed by manicured lawns is the quintessential outdoor entertaining space. The main residence features 24 rooms with eight bedrooms, six full baths, three powder rooms and ten fireplaces complete with antique mantles spanning three floors; there is also a finished lower level. An attached three-car garage is heated. Eleven foot ceilings throughout the formal rooms on the main floor, marble and limestone flooring as well as 18” walls detailed with intricate plaster moldings all add to the home’s history and timeless elegance. A marble entry vestibule and inviting foyer welcomes you into the residence. Many of the main floor rooms including the formal living room, dining room and library flow gracefully from the entry foyer. Of special note is the custom hand-painted Chinese Gracie wallpaper in the dining room; an antique chandelier hangs overhead. The formal rooms as well as the more casual garden room and breakfast room all open onto a wrap-around bluestone terrace through French doors. Artfully designed transitional spaces surprise at every turn- a small circular foyer leads into the walnut paneled library- a round marble foyer contains the main staircase that leads upstairs. The gourmet kitchen is a delight and features cabinetry by the premium cabinet maker Smallbone of Devizes. Floors are detailed with reclaimed floor tiles from France; Carrera marble countertops, classic subway tile backsplash and top-of-the-line appliances are other highlights. An adjoining dining area opens out to a lovely bluestone terrace through French doors while a well-appointed butler’s pantry with subzero refrigerator and two warming drawers adjoins the gourmet kitchen on the other side. A family room, mud room, flower room currently used as an office with a private entrance and two powder rooms complete the main floor. A tranquil master bedroom suite is located on the second floor and features two fireplaces, octagonal sitting room, private balcony and spa-like en suite bathroom. There are also four additional bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a sewing room. Completing the second floor is an additional three bedroom, two bath wing and a wrapping room with built-in cabinetry. The third floor features an expansive exercise room, spacious walk-in cedar closet and ample storage areas. Focal points of the finished lower level with handsome coffered ceiling include a generously-sized recreation room with fireplace and a 3,000 bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar. Centrally located 30 miles from Manhattan, Harding Township in Morris County is celebrated for its rural landscapes, elegant estate properties and sophisticated country lifestyle. Residents enjoy easy access to Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station, New York and all commuting highways. Newark Liberty International Airport is conveniently located 20 miles away.