20 Hardwell Rd., Short Hills, NJ - Real Estate Homes for Sale
For more information, visit: http://goo.gl/yWaOrK Long admired as one of the most elegant estate homes in Short Hills, an all-brick residence dating back to 1935 is a showcase of classic Georgian Colonial design. Major renovations in 1992 added dual wings to this magnificent residence, incorporating numerous updates while respecting the home’s traditional architecture. Set on 1.7± acres of privacy, the park-like property borders South Mountain Reservation. A circular drive offers views of manicured lawns, well-groomed beds of specimen plants and flowering trees. Inside, the expansive 19-room open floor plan presents seven en suite bedrooms and gracious living spaces filled with designer details. Original features and more-recent appointments blend seamlessly throughout. Among the outstanding design elements are wood floors, six fireplaces, intricate moldings, custom woodwork, built-ins, wall sconces and French doors. Sightlines from the handsome entrance foyer extend toward the sun-filled living room where the focal point is a marble surround fireplace encased in a wood mantel. French doors reveal one of the home’s bluestone terraces. The adjacent formal dining room also has French door access to the terrace. Nearby, a butler’s pantry streamlines entertaining. A wood-paneled library features a marble fireplace wrapped in woodwork and custom cabinetry. Tucked around the corner is a thoughtfully-placed wet bar. The chef’s kitchen was artfully renovated in 2007 to include ivory-toned wood cabinets, coffered ceilings, marble countertops, subway tile backsplash, oversized center island with seating for six and upper-end stainless steel appliances. Wood floors in the kitchen continue in the sun-filled dining area, a window-walled space with two French doors to the terrace. An adjoining family room contains a brick fireplace, crown moldings, built-in cabinets and wood flooring. Completing the main floor is an office, mudroom with rear stairs and two powder rooms. Upstairs, a sophisticated master suite is a stylish owner’s retreat. Its focal point is the marble fireplace with built-in television bordered by cabinetry and window seats on both sides. This bright, sunny room has a sitting area, picture frame moldings detailing the tray ceiling and two chandeliers. In the master bath, spa-like amenities such as a soaking tub, clear glass door shower, furniture-quality dual sink vanity,radiant heated limestone floors and crown moldings are luxurious features. Six additional updated bedroom suites each connect to a full, private bath. Set behind French doors, the tray ceiling office has built-in bookcases. Additional living space graces the daylight finished basement. A congenial media room is warmed by the glow of a stone fireplace, while painted coffered ceilings, multiple windows and dimensional wainscoting are welcome touches. A mirrored exercise room makes working out at home extra convenient, and the crafts room is an ideal space for creating inspirational works of art. Enhancing this exceptional home is an attached two-car garage. Several entertainment-friendly bluestone terraces spanning the rear of the home overlook landscaped grounds featuring boxwoods, mature hedgerows, colorful perennials, sweeping green lawns and mature trees. Enviably situated at the end of a cul de sac street, the surrounding neighborhood is a collection of estate-caliber residences.