31 Peachcroft Dr, Bernardsville NJ - Real Estate Homes for Sale
The Bernardsville Mountain Colony—the stories of the men of wealth who inhabited it, the country homes they commissioned which inspire architects to this day, the lifestyle they lived—is undoubtedly one of the most romantic chapters in American history. That many of those great houses no longer stand leaves the ones remaining all the more treasurable as visual depictions of the Nation’s late 1800s gilded age. Peachcroft, a striking English-style manor, was built for John William Clark (1867-1928), president of the Clark Thread Company of Newark, later to become Coats and Clark Inc. Clark wisely positioned the manor to gain maximum advantage of the mesmerizing views to the Somerset and Hunterdon hills. Completed circa 1907 with fieldstone façade and slate roof, the 21-room residence stands impressively atop 11+ acres with sweeping drive, manicured lawns, exquisite plantings and one of Bernardsville Mountain’s choicest vistas. Indoors large rooms with high ceilings, tall windows and frequent fireplaces are prepared to entertain in the grandest of styles. But Peachcroft originated as a country home, a respite from urban busyness, and continues today as a manageable oasis of comfort and ease. Emanating from the central reception hall are the library and office each with French doors opening to an arched stone loggia, the expansive formal living room with adjoining sun-splashed solarium, a well-sized dining room and family room. The recently updated kitchen features custom cream-hued cabinetry, a spacious cherry island and first rate appliances. On the second level, the master suite is a microcosm of the home’s finest architectural elements. Artfully carved crown molding and high baseboards frame the 31' x 21' bedroom. A prominent fireplace is anchored beside custom bookcase cabinetry. A wall of French doors, each prefaced with folding shutters, opens to a broad terrace with skyline views. Flanking the bedroom are sizeable dressing rooms and beautifully updated baths. Four additional bedrooms share this level. A separate wing contains the staff/in-law apartment. The home also includes an immense fully floored attic and walk-out lower level with service kitchen. Steps away from the residence is a lately-built fieldstone carriage house offering four garages and an unfinished second level. Forever a part of Mountain colony history, Peachcroft, today as then, offers casually elegant living convenient to major thoroughfares and New York City.