Bernardsville, NJ, US
19-1 Heritage Court
Sophistication and elegance are the watchwords for this gorgeous custom residence in a historic enclave of Bernardsville Mountain. Encompassing close to five and a half undulating landscaped acres, the estate offers seclusion and luxurious living in one of Somerset County’s most sought-after locations.
Built in 1993, the property has roots in the Mountain’s illustrious history. It was once part of Kenilwood , built around 1900 for the Post family of noted architects and financiers. George Post was a respected breeder and trainer of beagles and the stone kennels that once housed his hounds still exist at 19-1 Heritage Court, where they have been re-imagined as a pretty walled garden with a fountain.
The approach to the six-bedroom stone and timber house is through a gated entry and long paver-bordered drive that dips to a circular courtyard lit by gas lanterns—a grand entrance to a grand residence. The interior spaces glow with distinctive architectural detailing, high ceilings, and an array of windows with transoms, allowing abundant light and capitalizing on the beautiful grounds. Finely crafted decorative ceiling motifs can be found in the dining room, great room, and the octagonal entry foyer. Custom flooring includes black marble in the foyer, limestone in the kitchen, and ceramic tile with inlay in the master bath, while elsewhere there is gleaming hardwood. Five fireplaces, including in the mahogany-paneled library and the master bedroom, provide winter radiance.
In a creative design decision, a breakfast bar connects the great room to the kitchen, aligning the two rooms into a large and light space that families will call the heart of the house. Walls of French doors in both rooms open to the rear deck overlooking the gardens, rolling lawn, the gunite pool, and spa.
In the kitchen, two granite islands and granite counters compliment the stainless steel appliances from Sub-Zero, Miele, Bosch, and Wolf. The breakfast area enjoys long views over the grounds. Conveniently, the deluxe first-floor master suite has a private door to the library. Other features of the suite are its wonderful updated bathroom with a beamed, vaulted ceiling, an oversized shower, and two water closets, as well as two walk-in closets. A second en suite bedroom is on the first floor, while the remaining four, three with walk-in closets, are on the second floor.
The entertainment level of the house is a superbly finished multi-activity space that opens to a back terrace and courtyard. The large family room with a wood-burning stone fireplace, the game room, and the exercise room are serviced by two full bathrooms. There is also abundant storage.
The lovely grounds successfully merge French-style formal spaces with swathes of open lawn accented with weeping willows and flowering trees. Stone walls and boxwood line the bluestone path to the pool area, which is complete with a pergola and cook space equipped with a grill, sink, and fridge. In the gardens, a rectangular courtyard and a circular terrace add interest and places for reflection, while the stone-walled enclosure of Mr. Post’s kennels, now a garden and storage, is a charming window into the past.
Four garage bays on two levels, a generator, and a new roof are among the extras available at this wonderful offering on historic Bernardsville Mountain.