The Jewel of Closter…
$14,000 | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | 1 Half-Bath | Taxes - $44,177 | 7,608 SqFt | 0.83 Acres
Welcome to this masterful work of art featuring a countless clever innovations… even in the prestigious town of Closter, this home stands out. Completed in 2011, the unique shape of this plant lover’s paradise creates a one-of-a-kind courtyard maximizing the privacy of the 140’ x 259’ lot. Conveniently close to Demarest’s nationally ranked high school, as well as all the commerce Closter has. Words cannot describe this masterpiece!
It’s all in the details…
Woodwork: custom wood carving reminiscent of eastern European country estates 18 and 19th century decorate the carport ceiling and 4 stone columns at the entrance. Same elements are repeated at the interior courtyard, the cloister.
Stone: natural stone, mostly Pennsylvania field stone, from the stone walls build by farmers. Installed just like the fences, horizontal layers using black cement so it looks more natural.
Roof is made of man made slate called Eccostar that is just as expensive as regular slate, but it’s a lot lighter and very durable.
Decorative wood panels under the large living room and dining room windows break up the stone covered front façade…also they look like entry gates to an old castle…
Entry foyer has two symmetrical frameless, 8 ft doors, both having hand carved panels inlaid on the top half of the door.
Floor is made by hand chiseled, brushed travertine that has an antique look. Installed, using a unique patter.
Large, custom build, suspended staircase connects the lower floor, first floor and second floor, while allowing a half circle opening upwards towards the third floor open attic space as well as down, through a glass covered opening to the lower level large space where there is currently a ping pong table and room for a pool table and open bar.
Above the staircase, there is a 12 light (each made of mouth-blown transparent murano glass, unique organic in shape. They are suspended on individual cables on three separate tracks) and they form a chandelier.
Stairs are constructed from 2” thick solid walnut. Custom designed and manufactures railing is made from hand cut and polished steel and three different shape of 3/8” thick safety glass. The composition is in art nouveau style.
Lower level has another large room (over 800 sq ft) ready for home theater, art gallery, etc… and from here you can access a maid/nanny room with its jade green marble floor bathroom.
Living room. Floors are custom designed 4 ½” wide special oak, installed in a basket wave pattern and hand stained in different shades and in gradual color… going from light to dark. Ceiling has a handmade, decorative frame( 8 ft x 8 ft) made by hand carved panels and stained glass surrounded by a wide poplar frame hand stained for an antique look.
Fire place mantel is made by an artist using glass mosaic combined with semi precious stones.
A large three- part window overlooking the courtyard has been partially covered with stained glass panels. The incoming light illuminates the blue irises painted on the glass.
A four panel French door opens up to a 1,000 sq ft two story high greenhouse. There isa 7 person Serena Bay hot tub partially sunken in thegreenhouse floor made of multicolor Indian slate.
A mahogany staircase leads up to the master bathroom. Through a frameless, curved window wall, there is a great view from the master bath’s whirlpool into the greenhouse.
Dining Room. It’s 4 ½” oak floor is installed in a herringbone pattern and hand stained from light to dark shades to look like a herringbone made from three different kind of hardwood… It has a hoop up for a gas, direct went fireplace…
Custom made chandelier was installed over a 7 ft long 8”x 8” stained wood beam.
Two custom doors with hand carved wood panels and stained glass lead to the kitchen ad the Library/guest rooms.
Kitchen: Cherry wood cabinets are made of two different shades; the lower cabinets are of a dark mahogany finish while the upper cabinets have a natural cherry finish. Some of the upper cabinets are white painted maple to complement the other two wood finishes. All cabinets are white around the double oven Viking range that has a white Viking hood. Appliances are: subzero 48 “side by side refrigerator w/freezer and water/ice dispenser. Two dishwashers, hot water dispenser, two garbage disposal and Grohe faucets, etc…
All countertops are made of Jerusalem gold stone and the island counter (7 ft x 8 ft) is made of a brushed European “Old stone” imported from Italy. . The edges are doubled for a more solid stone look…
Hand finished 4’ thick wood table made from an old work bench. Custom stained in strips to look like zebra wood, has 4 solid wooden legs. The table is built in under the large island counter and it can be pulled out to fit 8 people for breakfast…
Kitchen floor is made using a very rare, unique stone from Turkey that has a combination of marble, travertine and yellow/orange onyx. Because each tile is so unique, they are individually installed in a 4 “wide beige travertine frame, so that each tile has its own story to tell…
Kitchen lighting: A 20 ft long x 10 ft wide low-voltage Monorail track lighting rail is above the center island. It has 28 low-voltage swivel light fixtures (heads).
There is a center rail that has pendants made by murano glass and they are down lights over the dining table.
Family Room and living room have each a Mendota direct vent large gas fireplace.
Lighting throughout the house is all low-voltage recessed lighting; therefore the electric bill is kept at a very low rate.
Master Bedroom located in the east tower and has a separate sitting room, two walk-in closets and a large master bath with a whirlpool and large shower with body jets and marble bench for sitting. The master bath has separate, enclosed toilet for Him and another toilet + bidet for Her. There is a covered balcony opening from the master bath, as well as a staircase leading to the greenhouse.
Other Bedrooms: All bedrooms have artist made stained glass shading were there is a curved window…and no other shading was possible.
On top of the back stairs, there is a large “sitting” room that could be used as a living room/playroom for the master suit located in the west wing of the house. Here is located the laundry room that has a sink, storage space and a large linen closet. There is a 16 ft long x 8 ft wide covered terrace from this sitting room overlooking the backyard.
Also, a separate gym room is located three steps down from the sitting room, above the two car attached garage bellow.
The two master bedrooms with cathedral ceiling have a 60“wide fan with up and down lights. The two tower bedrooms, as well as Living Room, Library and Dining room have decorative, wood baseboard heating covers.
Covered Porch… The Cloister. Inspired from Europe’s monasteries, the cloister is build to enclose an interior courtyard on three sides… the 4th side was left out to allow visibility of the backyard, the additional ½ acre of manicured loan. There is an old fountain, dating back to the original house that was located in the place of the courtyard, built in 1869.
The covered fountain on the left and the old Chinese vistiria that grew on the old brick foundation of the old house, create a partial 4th side of the cloister.
Additional Info: We kept the old house banister and some of the spindles and incorporated them in the second staircase going from the mud room entrance to the second floor to leave a piece of the home’s original character.
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