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Casperson Bernardsville Mountain Estate

The Bernardsville Mountain estate of Finn Caspersen, listed for $14,500,000, achieved one of the highest sales prices in the region when it sold in 2003.  Caspersen (1942-2009) was the former CEO of the Beneficial Corporation, a major philanthropist and a New Jersey political donor. This transaction was listed by Turpin’s Far Hills office and sold by Turpin’s Bernardsville office

Selling agent, Pat Pertusi, recalls some of the estate home’s spectacular features, “The residence is situated on 30 acres, 23 of which have a conservation easement so it shall always be a special property. When you enter, you are greeted by a wonderful wide front to back foyer.  A very extraordinary feature of the property was its fabulous wine cellar with brick barrel ceiling holding 1,500 bottles of wine at the perfect temperature.  Views of the valley from the living room and dining room would take your breath away.”

Built in 1998, the 25,000+/- square foot main home is set high upon a ridge of the Bernardsville Mountain, offering dramatic views of the Somerset Hills.  Manicured grounds include a large four-bedroom cottage with four-car garage, a heated swimming pool and kennel.  The manor house is constructed of structural steel, masonry block and reinforced concrete, yet the brick exterior and traditional rooflines are reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century Georgian mansion that looks as if it’s always been there. 

Fine details abound inside, where many antique architectural artifacts echo great interiors of the past.  Crystal chandeliers, hardwood and marble floors, limestone and carved marble fireplaces and unusual molding treatments are some of the timeless characteristics.

As a philanthropist, Finn Caspersen was known for his generosity to institutions such as Drew University, Brown University, Harvard, the Peddie School in Hightstown and Morristown Memorial Hospital. 

Caspersen was also the former chairman of the United States Equestrian Team, and helped find a permanent home for the group at Hamilton Farms in Gladstone. He is credited with helping U.S. Olympians break the dominance of European riders.  During Caspersen’s tenure, which began in 1982, the team won 71 medals, including 25 gold medals in the Olympics, World Championships and Pan American Games.

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