Twelve Trees in Mendham Borough is an elegant Colonial estate built in 1887 and extensively renovated in 2008. This grand residence was originally built as the summer home for one of the Sherwin-Williams daughters. A notable highlight is the vintage hand painted mural of Charles Dickens characters which lends unique charm to the library. Set on 2.5± level, open and manicured acres, the impressive 16-room layout presents six bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms.
Beautifully detailed with generously-sized rooms for entertaining, Twelve Trees hosted two Mendham Borough Library fundraisers, easily accommodating over 200 guests. Situated on a private road at the end of a long drive, the grounds are enhanced by a Tennessee sandstone terrace with outdoor kitchen, deep tree-shaded lawns and an inviting pool and spa area.
The current homeowners put a great deal of care and thought into preserving the architectural legacy of Twelve Trees. Original plaster walls, carved panel doors, center cut oak floors, leaded-glass windows, crafted baseboards and high ceilings uphold the home’s distinct heritage. Classic design elements such as Osborne & Little drapery, Brunschwig and Fils wallpapers and plantation shutters complement the period style.
Main gathering spaces include the expansive living room (formerly a ballroom), the library with aforementioned Dickensian murals, sunroom enclosed by walls of glass, a delightful epicurean kitchen, and family room addition with French doors opening to the terrace. While it is located in Mendham’s historic district, Twelve Trees is not listed on the Historical Register, allowing for unencumbered renovations.
Upstairs, the spacious and sunlit master suite opens to a cedar deck. The master bath is luxuriously updated, as are all in the home, and the dressing room features custom wardrobe organizers. A bonus guest suite adjoins a sitting room, and an in-law suite is arranged with a kitchen/living/dining room. Two additional bedrooms connect to private baths.
Although Twelve Trees is privately situated on tranquil property, it offers a desirable in-town location just blocks from the historic Black Horse Tavern and Pub, library, pharmacy, coffee shop, ice cream shop, boutiques, an independent book store, houses of worship and excellent elementary schools. In fact, Mendham’s entire public school system is highly ranked. Additionally, Mendham Borough was cited by NJ Monthly magazine as the Top Town in Northern New Jersey. Commuters appreciate its central location under eight miles from Morristown for Midtown Direct train service to Manhattan.
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