Property of the Week: 211 Montrose Avenue | South Orange, NJ 07079
Welcome to this week’s Property of the Week…
211 Montrose Avenue | South Orange, NJ 07079
Grand and impressive, this seven bedroom, five full one half bath brick center-hall colonial sits atop a 1.42 acres of beautifully landscaped property in the Historic Montrose Park district of South Orange – just 25 miles west of New York City. It was formerly the site of the prestigious Orange Lawn Country Club, and is counted among South Orange’s premier properties.
Set back from the street, a circular drive brings you to the stately front porch. Step inside where a grand foyer with gleaming oak hardwood floors presents a sweeping staircase. The broad entry reveals adjoining rooms, generously proportioned, and designed for entertaining on a grand scale.
The living room, or grand salon, has gleaming oak hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, front and back bay windows and deep crown moldings accenting muted walls. Across the foyer, the banquet size dining room welcomes sunlight pouring in through French doors to the sunroom, it also features a fireplace and built-ins with beautiful millwork which provide space to display treasured collectibles.
Eleven-and-a-half-foot ceilings add to the open and airy feel. The kitchen is sleek, modern and efficient. There are Calacatta Gold Marble counter-tops with a center island and beautiful backsplash, sparkling high-end stainless-steel appliances are within easy reach, plenty of storage, a pantry, a mudroom area and a separate eating nook. French doors from the kitchen let the light stream in and allow access the secondary brick patio which offers space for dining and relaxation.
You can find beautiful, restored original details, moldings and hardwood floors abound in this architectural gem, such as the panoramic windows which highlight every wall of the sun room. As you ascend to the second, the large turned staircase is accentuated by beautiful hanging chandelier and wall of windows overlooking the back yard.
Once on the second floor landing, to the left is the master bedroom which offers dramatic views of the grounds from its large windows. A beautiful fireplace adds to the warmth of the room. The custom his-and-her closets allow for plenty of storage, and the master bath is a modern work of art with a soaking tub, a large shower and custom vanity with two sinks.
To the right of the landing are two additional bedrooms on this floor are, both with custom closets and tree top views. They share a Jack-and-Jill renovated bath. In a separate wing there are two more bedrooms which share a hall bath and which have access to a back staircase to the kitchen. Makes for the perfect in-law and au pair suite. The second floor has an extra pair of washer/dryer hook ups conveniently located in a hall closet.
On the third floor, there are two additional bedrooms, one being used as a spacious home office on the third level. There is also a full equipped sauna and luxurious hall bath on this level.
The lower level features a large recreation room with high ceilings, that is well suited for entertaining, exercise, games and relaxation. Completing the lower level is a spacious laundry room, a fully renovated bath (handy for cleaning up after using the outdoor pool), plenty of storage areas and a utility room.
The lush backyard with extensive landscaping creates a true urban oasis. Mulched beds, ornamental trees and flowers add dramatic natural beauty. The heated in-ground Gunite swimming pool, surrounded by a patio and manicured lawns is perfect for relaxing on the weekends. Above the detached garage/carriage house is a spacious loft space with wood floors, electricity which would be the perfect spot for a yoga/meditation room, art studio, music studio. This home is perfect for New York City commuters – just minutes from Midtown Direct trains and the town center!