555 Tempe Wick Rd., New Vernon, NJ - Real Estate Homes for Sale

October 13, 2017
Modeled after a 1914 villa built by Sebastian Kresge of S. Kresge stores, this Tuscan-inspired estate home in Harding Township recalls an era of casual elegance and sophistication. Situated on nearly seven bucolic acres, the grand home is nestled on gently sloping wooded and open property. A private roadway leads to the graceful stucco residence capped by a dark green tile roof, limestone window sills and extra height Kolbe windows. Inside, the four bedroom, six full and one half bath layout is arranged on three levels. Double doors opening to the ground level entrance hint at the magnificently-detailed floor plan. Flooring of custom patterned hardwood or limestone provide elegance underfoot. Solid core three-paneled mahogany doors are accented by simple levered handles in keeping with the Old World architecture. European lighting fixtures and sconces, custom millwork and three commissioned stone fireplaces are further grace notes. From the primary entrance, a magnificent curving staircase ascends to the upper foyer designed with three French doors to an iron balcony overlooking manicured grounds. The front of the home presents a fireside formal living room and an expansive dining room served by a fully-equipped butler’s pantry. The chef’s gourmet kitchen is a bright, airy space enhanced by limestone floors and two large counter-to-ceiling windows. In keeping with the Tuscan tradition of a designated cooking space, a stainless steel Thermador range and ovens, Thermador Char-Glo gas grill and professional-caliber stainless steel spice, oil, and utensil drawers simplify meal preparation. A 14-foot long furniture-quality island topped in a single slab of dark green granite invites serious cooks to the kitchen. Among the upper-end appliances are a Miele dishwasher, a freestanding Sub-Zero freezer and refrigerator and a trash compactor. The adjacent full butler’s pantry with dishwasher, wine cooler, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling cabinet for glassware makes entertaining easy. Limestone flooring continues in the kitchen’s sun-splashed garden/dining room which connects to both a terrace and the covered loggia, an open air room warmed by an outdoor fireplace. Just off the kitchen, a family room is anchored by a stately limestone fireplace flanked by two doors opening to the loggia, plus an abundance of built-in cherry cabinetry. A small hallway leads to the mahogany-paneled library offering bookshelves, cabinet storage, a gas/wood-burning fireplace, and file drawers for storing important paperwork. This part of the home takes in splendid views of the extra-long lap pool and lush landscapes. The curved staircase leads up to three bedrooms on the second floor, where an expansive master bedroom suite encompasses an entire wing. There are two sumptuous marble baths, two spacious walk-in closets and a private sitting room, creating a retreat-like space that celebrates the beginning and end of each day. Two additional en suite bedrooms on this level are beautifully designed. The front bedroom’s Art Deco tile bath is reminiscent of the New York’s famous Hotel Commodore. The next bedroom has an attached playroom and dressing area with multiple closets. The third floor provides a recreation room and numerous storage options. On the exceptionally well-finished ground level, there is a gym with a full bath and sports closet. A fourth bedroom features a full en suite, bath, hardwood floors and window egress. Ample storage rooms and a hallway to the three-car garage complete this impressive level. The pastoral New Vernon section of Harding Township is characterized by preserved land, winding country roads and fine homes. Known for its proximity to New York City about 30 miles east, Harding offers low property taxes and a small town atmosphere near shops, restaurants and schools. Established in 1922, the Township was named for then-President Warren G. Harding. There are about 50 miles of bridle trails winding throughout Harding, which are maintained by the Harding Township/Green Village Bridle Path Association. This atmosphere is ensured for future generations since 40% of the township is protected open space. Numerous conveniences are nearby, including Midtown Direct train service in Morristown, less than 15 minutes away.
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