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c. 1750 Colonial
CALIFON, TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, New Jersey
Circa 1750's Stone Farmhouse Colonial
|Lot Size||1.73 acres|
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Remarkable architectural features characterize a circa 1750s stone house as well as its grand 2005 farmhouse addition. Paying close attention to detail while respecting the Colonial craftsmanship of the existing 18th century structure, this Tewksbury home is filled with timeless charm. A stone and clapboard exterior is capped by a cedar shake roof and is set on 1.73 bucolic acres. Within the sun-filled, airy layout are three bedrooms and four full baths.
Some of the authentic details within the home include refinished wide plank pine floors, random width antique chestnut wood flooring recovered from a tobacco farm, original doors and windows in the stone house section, Jersey winder stairs, vaulted and beamed ceilings, old stone and brick walls and two fireplaces. More recent updates such as slate and travertine stone flooring, custom molding with custom crown headers atop doorways, four panel Colonial doors, French doors, pocket doors and window walls are right in keeping with the home’s inviting feel.
Sun-splashed living spaces present a harmonious balance of formal and informal rooms. In the spacious living room, a woodburning fireplace has been newly fitted with a quarry tile raised panel and wooden mantel. Hand-hewn beams highlight the ceilings, while original wide plank knotty pine floors anchor this appealing space. White-washed pine ceilings are vaulted and feature antique beams in the dining room, where a stone wall is a dramatic focal point.
The spacious family room is designed with a gas fireplace, French doors and random width antique chestnut flooring. The same chestnut flooring is found in the garden room, where window walls, a built-in seat and beamed, vaulted pine ceilings finished in whitewash are inviting details.
Of special note is the gourmet kitchen appointed with top-of-the line appliances from Wolf™, Viking™ and Fisher Paykel™. Custom-designed painted wood cabinets are topped by honed granite. An adjoining breakfast area, roomy pantry, antique chestnut flooring and built-in speakers are further kitchen amenities. A full Travertine marble bath and a laundry room with granite topped cabinetry and a stone wall are nearby.
The second story farmhouse addition is beautifully designed with an airy loft area, a luxurious master suite and a second bedroom. The third bedroom is found in the original stone part of the home.
Outbuildings on the property include an oversized two-car detached garage built in 2006 with a walk-up second level and a two-level potting shed renovated this year. Manicured grounds are enhanced by rock walls, a covered bluestone front porch, perennial landscaping, flower boxes, custom light fixtures and posts, brick and bluestone walkways, and fieldstone retaining walls and steps.
Updated mechanical systems serving the home are two zones of propane gas forced hot air heat, two zones of central air, pre-wired sound system, underground wiring, private well and septic.
Located near the Pottersville section of Tewksbury Township in Hunterdon County, this home offers a central location in a highly desirable area. The natural splendor of Tewksbury’s prized rolling hills offers serene beauty that has been undiminished by the passing centuries. This peaceful atmosphere is surprisingly close to a network of highways and interstates leading to Manhattan, Philadelphia or many of the area’s business campuses.
Archived in August, 2012
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