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50 Notable Sales: Teviot Farm, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

December 9, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

Teviot Farm, Peapack-Gladstone, NJTeviot Farm in Peapack-Gladstone was sold by Turpin Real Estate in 2006.  Turpin represented both the marketing and sale of the property, which remains one of the areas highest sales.

The circa 1914 Teviot Farm was originally home to Arthur Turnbull, a governor of the New York Stock Exchange from 1915 to 1935, and his wife, Alice W. Post, the only daughter of architect George B. Post.  Located at the foot of the Bernardsville Mountain with extensive frontage on the North Branch of the Raritan River, the farm offered not only easy access to water and lush grazing pastures for the animals, but also a charming setting for the stone and stucco main residence.  George B. Post’s sons, James Otis and William Stone, are credited with the design of the house.

Teviot Farm was named for the Teviot River in Scotland, the family’s ancestral home.  Over a 30-year period beginning in the 1890s, the Turnbulls acquired a substantial estate in the Peapack Valley, amounting to more than 700 acres of land. 

Active in his community, Arthur Turnbull was a founding member of both the Essex Fox Hounds in Peapack and the Somerset Lake and Game Club in Far Hills.  In 1959, Arthur Turnbull’s son, William, helped found the Upper Raritan Watershed Association, one of the area’s principal conservation organizations.

In keeping with the tradition of environmental conservation begun by the Turnbulls, the current owners are true stewards of the land, choosing to preserve the vast acreage accompanying what is now known as Morangie Farm.

For more information about Teviot Farm, see New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills, Volume 1, by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson.

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Unique This Week: 17 Demun Place, Far Hills Boro

December 8, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

17 Demun Place, Far Hills BoroFar Hills Colonial Just Three Blocks from Train Station

This Colonial residence combines a sterling location—suitable for home or office use—just three blocks from the NJ Transit Far Hills train station for Manhattan-bound rail service.  It most recently was used to house law offices, but could easily be converted for residential use.  Another option is a work at home arrangement, using the upstairs as living quarters.

Interior highlights include hardwood floors on the main level, high ceilings, classic moldings, a fireplace and a full basement.  Four rooms on the main floor include a living room, dining room, den and family room, as well as a kitchen.  The layout provides ample space for personal or commercial use.  Upstairs are three bedrooms, and the home has one full bath and one powder room. 

Located on .21 acres, exterior features include sidewalks, shade awnings, wood fencing and a detached two-car garage with automatic openers.  Built in 1920, this home has been extensively updated through the years and is painted in updated, neutral tones.  Moderate property taxes are another aspect of this inviting Colonial.  Providing a number of flexible uses, it awaits a buyer who seeks to invest in Far Hills real estate for personal or commercial endeavors.

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50 Notable Sales: Vernon Manor, Peapack-Gladstone

December 7, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

Vernon Manor, Peapack-GladstoneTurpin Real Estate handled the $11.5 million sale of Vernon Manor in Peapack-Gladstone in 2005.  This distinctive property, a grandly-styled example of New Jersey real estate at its most lavish, was listed out of Turpin’s Far Hills office.

Vernon Manor, also known as Four Seasons, was built in the late 1920s for Edith Dod Blair (1896-1988) and her husband, Richard Augustine Van Nest Gambrill (1890-1952).  The main residence was set on a high knoll less than a mile from Edith’s childhood home, Blairsden, the estate of Florence and C. Ledyard Blair which was noted in an earlier post.

The Gambrills commissioned New York architect James Cameron Mackenzie to re-design the existing mansion on the property.  The renovation resulted in an elegant Georgian brick mansion containing four oval niches on the front of the home representing the four seasons.  These carved stone images were created by American sculptor Edmond Romulus Amateis. 

Vernon Manor’s gardens were designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, a woman who was a pioneering American landscape architect of the time.  She incorporated many of her trademarks including a walled garden featuring rectangular beds, axial pathways, boxwood hedges, an allee of pear trees and a brick retaining wall with rhododendrons, azaleas and dogwoods planted behind it.  Bird-shaped topiary bushes were inspired by Mrs. Gambrill’s lifelong interest in bird-watching.

The estate included extensive outbuildings such as stables, dairy barns, kennels for the Gambrill’s hounds, cottages for staff members, a greenhouse, potting shed and poultry house.  James Cameron Mackenzie designed a handsome 16-stall, U-shaped stable and carriage barn for the estate which framed a courtyard containing a central fountain and sculpture by American artist Herbert Haseltine.  The elegant courtyard was featured in a Mercedes-Benz ad campaign in 1983. 

The Gambrills left a generous legacy to Peapack-Gladstone, donating land on St. Luke’s Avenue where the town’s First Aid and Rescue Squad building and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church rectory are located. 

For more information about Vernon Manor, see New Jersey Country Homes: The Somerset Hills, Volume 2, by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson.

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Unique This Week: 2 Ogden Meadow Road, Mendham Twp.

December 6, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

2 Ogden Meadow, Mendham Twp.There are many delightful Mendham homes for sale, but this brick Colonial is especially noteworthy for a number of reasons.  Its location on the east side of the township puts it near the bucolic Brookside section, which is close to downtown Morristown, Interstate 287 and Route 202 for commuting.  While the central location is incredibly convenient, this home also offers privacy on over two acres of open, level property.  Mature landscaping, flower gardens and colorful plantings characterize the manicured acreage, which includes a pool with spa, paver stone patio and custom fencing.

Bright, airy gathering spaces are well-suited for entertaining and everyday living.  The open layout offers four bedrooms and three full baths as well as an attached three-car garage.  Interior highlights include hardwood flooring, custom molding treatments, French doors, a gas fireplace and wet bar. 

Imaginatively designed both inside and out, the home’s floor plan begins in an oversized foyer with curved staircase.  The foyer reveals sight lines into the formal living and dining rooms.  A generously-scaled family room with vaulted ceilings and a custom mantled fireplace adjoins the chef’s kitchen featuring a center island, upper end appliances and walk-in pantry.  The butler’s pantry with wet bar is a thoughtful and useful amenity.  Views from the sun room take in the swimming pool and gardens.  Another convenience is a first floor den, which could easily be used as a guest bedroom with its connecting full bath.

Upstairs, the luxury continues in an owner’s suite tucked behind a set of French doors.  Here, a sitting room, bed chamber and spa-like bath give the sense of a five-star resort.   The remaining bedrooms share a full bath in the hall.

Benefiting from a classic estate setting at the end of a private drive, this regal home presents Mendham Township living at its finest, combining a convenient location and scenic seclusion.

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St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar

December 3, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar in Chatham on Saturday

Slept late on Black Friday?  Forgot all about Cyber Monday?  Don’t worry, you can still get a jump on your holiday shopping close to home and give back to the community at the same time.  Admission is free to the St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar taking place in Chatham tomorrow, December 4th, from 10am to 3pm. 

Over 15 vendors will be showcasing an eclectic mix of home decorating items, jewelry, candles, clothing, doll clothes and other gifts that are perfect for the giving season.  All proceeds will go toward St. Paul’s outreach program, including a youth mission trip to China in 2011.

In addition to the craft and gift items, there will be a special homemade “soups to go” section as well as home baked cookies, and a selection of sandwiches and snacks to enjoy at St. Paul’s Café when you need a break from shopping. 

Visit Turpin’s Chatham Office before or after you shop at St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar.  We are just a few doors down at 186 Main Street, and we are always glad to share our knowledge of the area’s real estate market or let you know about the latest Chatham homes for sale.  Whether you’re in the market for holiday gifts or a new home, we wish you happy shopping this weekend!

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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Unique This Week: 71 Treadwell Avenue, Chatham Twp.

December 1, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

71 Treadwell Avenue, Chatham Twp.Graceful 1930s Brick Home in Chatham Township

An enchanting layout featuring large, sun-filled gathering spaces defines this magical brick residence in Chatham Township.  Custom-built in 1938 in the style of a carriage house, it is a fine example of period architecture and has been lovingly restored and updated through the years.  The result is a seamless blending of old and new in a most imaginative way.

Set at the end of a private drive, this charming residence is situated on 1.67 serene acres.  Enveloped by a romantic courtyard, the patio, gardens and swimming pool are screened by an exterior brick wall.

Inside, the floor plan offers beautifully-appointed rooms, including four bedrooms, four full baths and a powder room.  A cheerful color palate serves to visually link the interior, which contains stunning details such as hardwood and stone flooring, vaulted beamed ceilings, a dramatically tall brick fireplace, oversized windows, skylights and classic millwork. 

Of the many exceptional Chatham homes for sale in today’s marketplace, this vintage residence is especially noteworthy for its welcoming feel.  Located in a neighborhood of other lovely homes, it has a Madison mailing address.

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50 Notable Sales: Dunwalke, Bedminster, NJ

November 30, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

DunwalkeAs far as we know, Turpin Real Estate’s record-breaking sale of Dunwalke still stands as the most expensive home not only for Bedminster real estate, but in all of New Jersey. 

Dunwalke was originally built for renowned Wall Street financier Clarence Dillon and his wife, Anne.  Dillon headed the successful investing firm of Dillon, Read & Company, Inc.

Completed in 1928, the construction of Dunwalke took two years and was built by the Matthews Construction Company of Princeton.  John Cross, a friend and chief architect of the New York firm Cross & Cross, was chosen by Dillon to design the home.  Dillon proposed five rooms arranged on the first floor so that no room opened onto the other.  When Cross created a pencil sketch on the tablecloth while the two were having lunch, Dillon hired him on the spot. 

Nearly five years was spent in the planning and design of Dunwalke as well as searching for the materials to complete it. A grand curved staircase looks deceptively as if it is suspended in air, although it is actually attached to the wall at two places.  Anne’s morning room had Colonial period paneling from a house on the James River in Virginia.  Six bedrooms featured mantelpieces imported from England, and some of the exterior bricks are historic, having been rescued from the ruins of an 18th century home in Virginia built by George Washington.

The Georgian Revival style home contains impressive room sizes: the dining room measured 36 by 20 feet, and the music room has equally spacious dimensions. The finished mansion encompassed 20,000 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and seven baths.  Among the many outbuildings on the estate is athletic building with indoor tennis courts and a swimming pool pavilion. 

 More detailed information about Dunwalke can be found in New Jersey Country Houses, The Somerset Hills, Volume 2, by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson.

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Unique This Week: 250 Lake Road, Far Hills

November 24, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

250 Lake Road Far HillsRecently reduced, this enchanting home represents Far Hills real estate at its most charming.  Built in around 1850, architectural elements from the Victorian and Colonial periods combine in an appealing way.  Set on top of a gently rising knoll down the street from Ravine Lake, the captivating .75-acre property presents brick pathways, green lawns, a seating gazebo, tiered landscaping, stone walls and an in-ground pool bordered by an entertainment-sized brick terrace. 

Outbuildings are painted to match the red clapboard exterior of the main house and include a storage shed and garage with loft storage.  A wide, covered front porch is a perfect place to take in the rolling scenery that surrounds this welcoming home.

An eight-room floor plan includes three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room.  The master bedroom contains a dressing room and full bath.  Gathering areas within the home include a living room with fireplace, formal dining room, den, family room and country kitchen.  Outbuildings provide garage parking for nine cars.

Other features of this home are partial, unfinished basement, private well water and septic, multiple zones of central air conditioning and hot water baseboard oil heat.

This inviting Far Hills home has been reduced to $795,000.  Set on a winding country road, it is conveniently located minutes from Routes 202 and 206, Interstate 287, the Far Hills train station and the shops and restaurants in Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone or Bernardsville.

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50 Notable Sales: Still Pond, New Vernon

November 23, 2010
By Turpin Real Estate

10 Still Pond - PleasantviewTurpin Real Estate represented both the listing and sale of this stunning New Vernon home in 2006.  Originally known as Still Pond, it is a sentimental favorite since it is the childhood home of Jill Turpin, a sales associate in the Bernardsville Office and wife of company president, John Turpin. The couple first became acquainted while in high school, and spent much time together at Still Pond, where John occasionally did odd jobs for Jill’s family.

Still Pond, now known as Pleasantview, is located in the estate section of New Vernon in Morris County’s Harding Township.  Set on 9.76 acres, the whitewashed brick manor home capped by slate roofing is approached by a classic circular drive.  Georgian Colonial style is enhanced by traditional shutters, twin chimneys and a balanced, symmetrical façade typical of this architectural genre. 

The current owners of Pleasantview have performed a world-class renovation on the beautiful property, bringing it into the 21st century while maintaining the home’s architectural integrity.

Built in 1930, the expansive 18-room floor plan contains five bedrooms, five full baths and six powder rooms.  The surroundings present green lawns framed by mature trees and thoughtful landscaping.