The Fifth Season @ Short Hills
Tucked deep in the prestigious Fairfield section of Short Hills and situated just steps from Old Short Hills Park and the South Mountain Reservation, the location creates a pastoral experience although just minutes from downtown Millburn, The Mall At Short Hills and the Midtown Direct train to Hoboken and NYC.
This unique property, completed in 2015, offers the sophisticated urban feel of a stunning NYC penthouse with a modern suburban sensibility. Designed by Manhattan architect Rachael Gray of Gray Partnership in collaboration with interior designer Kimberly Hall of Kimberly Hall Creative, this 12,000 square foot, six bedroom, seven full and three half bath residence embodies the perfect synthesis of flow, functionality and high design that will delight even the most discerning buyer.
Only the highest quality materials have been used throughout. Outside, hand cut stone, custom Marvin sapele mahogany windows, sapele mahogany trim and a DaVinci engineered slate roof overlook the lush 1+ acre private property spanning two tiers: a sprawling lawn and a resort-like 60’ Pugliese saltwater pool with climate-controlled pool house and full bath.
Inside, the impeccable finishes and elevated design are second to none, from the sweeping staircase flanked by a custom designed iron railing to the primary suite closet that rivals even the most upscale boutique to the spectacular lower level wine cellar and tasting room. Truly a gracious home with timeless appeal at every turn — making even the most ordinary of days feel extraordinary.
Technology abounds throughout this upscale residence including a sophisticated Lutron lighting system, Sonos 6-zone sound system and Cummins generator to provide peace of mind during stormy weather. And for the environmentally conscious buyer, the home is exceptionally energy efficient featuring spray foam insulation, 5 high efficiency A/C zones with fresh air exchangers and 11 zones of radiantly heated floors throughout every level.
All of the furnishings, fabrics and wall coverings throughout the home elevate the space to a level that even the architect, interior designer and homeowners didn’t know was possible. And that may be the best news of all — the home is available fully or partially furnished so you can immediately live the dream! Soon, vacationing away from home will be a distant memory.
Front of Home:
Nestled on over an acre of land, the strategic placement of the home has resulted in a property that feels significantly larger than just over an acre. To ensure that the exterior finishes were of the same exceptional quality awaiting inside, only the finest and most durable materials were used including hand cut stone, custom Marvin sapele mahogany windows with retractable screens, sapele mahogany trim and a DaVinci engineered slate roof. A separate circular drive brings you directly to the front door, a dramatic entryway featuring massive mahogany columns and a mahogany portico.
Grand Entry Gallery 1:
The interior of the home boasts numerous custom features that are essentially irreplaceable in today’s environment. The interior wood flooring is specially engineered quartersawn oak with a two-stage custom stain and there is specialty custom millwork throughout the entire home. And soaring ceilings on all three levels provide an open and airy feel throughout. The home is timeless, not trendy, with eclectic design elements that elevate the home to the feeling of a NYC Penthouse or Four Seasons hotel in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.
Grand Entry Gallery 2:
The Entry Gallery is flanked on each side by custom double doors upholstered in suede with matching modern pulls. A striking nine-foot circular mirror with deep six inch “Wenge-style” wood frame and two inset sconces is the centerpiece of the 42’ room. A glamorous powder room, a deep walk-in coat closet and the main staircases are also accessed from this breathtaking room.
One of several very special design elements in the home, the grand sweeping staircases were built in situ with custom designed iron railings capped with wood that coordinates withthe hardwood flooring. The railings mimic paper clips and both staircases are flanked with wall sconces and finished with custom designed Loloey Italia hotel-grade carpet. The staircaseto the second floor is also flanked by ascending Marvin windows and a striking Ochre modern chandelier that dropsfrom second floor ceiling to serve as a centerpiece for the staircase.
Boasting one of three real wood burning fireplaces with gas inserts and a custom stone surround and mantle sourced from New York Stone, the living room is a welcoming retreat. Bowed windows overlook the expansive rear lawns while french doors lead to separate patio shared with the library. The patio features bluestone flooring and a redwood pergola that has aged to a gorgeous patina finish.
The banquet-sized dining room with its extensive millwork, dramatic modern chandelier and interesting mirrored wallsconces sets the tone for both small intimate gatherings with friends to formal dinner parties for 20. Beautifully curated complementary wall papers above and below modern chair railgive the room an inviting feel and four sets of windows on two walls provide lots of natural light.
The spacious open kitchen features extensive Downsview cabinetry with Parma Italia pulls and a stunning custom range hood above the Wolf rangetop with 6 high power gas burners and a handy griddle. A large nearby walk-in pantry with natural light makes access to cooking essentials easy and effortless as does access to the expansive rear patio off the nearby couloir.
Kitchen Refrigerator Wall:
Other top-of-the-line appliances in the kitchen include two Sub-Zero refrigerators and four Sub-Zero freezer drawers, two Miele convection ovens, a Miele microwave oven and a built-in Miele coffee maker. A separate wet bar features a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and an additional Franke sink with Hansgrohe faucet. A large, enclosed walk-in pantry provides ample storage for the most discerning gourmet cook.
Kitchen Center Island:
The expansive center island features integrated shelving on both sides, two inset Miele dishwashers, a Caesarstone countertopand Franke stainless steel sink with InSinkErator disposal, a detachable Hansgrohe faucet and an instant hot water dispenser. Stunning custom-made drop lights accent the center island.
The breakfast room is the hub of the home and a very special place to be. Offering sitelines to the couloir, kitchen, family room, foyer, and staircase, a curved window seat, built with matching Downsview millwork, that easily accommodates a large kitchen table
The open kitchen leads to a family room with a dramatic full mahogany wall with three sets of Marvin mahogany french doors opening to the expansive bluestone patio. The real wood burning fireplace with gas insert and a modern stone surround and mantle sourced at New York Stone is truly stunning and features a recessed television above.
Featuring a soaring 20-foot vaulted ceiling clad in “Wenge-style” cerused oak with matching “Wenge-style” cerused oak cabinetry and bookshelves with built in window seat, the library will make your office commute a distant memory. The real wood burning fireplace with gas insert and 11-foot book-matched stone facade sourced from New York Stone is dramatic as is the modern brass and bronze chandelier that hangs from 20 feet above. A custom grey glass markerboard is inset into the bookshelves while french doors open to the private patio that is shared with the living room.
First Floor Powder Room:
The stunning formal Powder Room features a custom vanity with Caesarstone countertop, Newport Brass matte gold faucet, custom mirror, Marjorie Skouras agate stone wall sconces, Lillian August chandelier, shimmering gold penny floor tile by Ann Sacks and a striking wallpaper by Osborne and Little.
Second Floor Sitting Room/Office:
The second floor is home to one of two laundry centers and four ensuite bedrooms, all with french doors to bluestone clad terraces. Also on this level are a delightful sitting area overlooking the winding staircase and an impressive sitting room that can also easily serve as a second home office. This room has special mid-century sconces that perfectly complement the flavor of the space. The sitting room leads to the grand primary suite that encompasses the entire left wing of the home.
Primary Bedroom Suite:
The spacious and tranquil primary suite bedroom area features soaring 14-foot coffered ceilings, french doors leading to a bluestone clad widows walk and windows flanking either side of the bed. A spacious sitting area is perfect for unwinding at night. A pocket door opens to a striking hallway that leads to the primary bath, a large linen closet and a spectacular primary dressing room. The hallway itself is magnificently designed witha vintage Cahmer glass chandelier, Vaughan sculptural sconces, striking wallpaper and a vintage mid-century mirror.
Your very own spa-like environment in which to relax. The massive slab floor, shower floor and bench were all sourced from New York Stone and the steam shower features a bench and a wall of glass that welcomes an abundance of natural light. The 71” freestanding soaking tub as well as the dual vanity area with jeweled cabinet door pulls, soaring mirrors and vintage Cahmer glass sconces are both extraordinarily luxurious. Polished nickel hardware, a striking starburst chandelier, new Elitis wallpaper a modern mirrored wall and private water closet with whimsical chandlier all exude a peaceful Zen-like feel.
At over 700 square feet, the primary dressing room is perhaps THE piece de resistance in this extraordinary residence. Modeled after closets in NYC penthouses and Beverly Hills, the space evokes the feeling of an upscale boutique. Clothes are neatly hidden behind enclosed custom cabinetry, with taller cabinets featuring inset full-length mirrored doors and lower cabinets faced with a stunning leather-like covering. Purses,shoes and other leather finery are beautifully displayed in glass fronted cabinets. Backlighting enhances wardrobe items and additional full-length mirrors finish the sides of each set of cabinets. Two floating islands with beautiful fabrics integrated into the millwork glam up the space.
The other three bedrooms on this level are spacious, featuring walk-in closets, ensuite baths and french doors to bluestone clad balconies overlooking the lush rear property.
Five of the six ensuite baths in the home feature a striking tile feature wall. The sixth bedroom (nanny or guest room) features a crisp clean white ensuite bath. Designed for privacy, all residents are afforded the feeling of a luxurious spa each and every day.
Lower Level Foyer:
Throughout the home there are areas in the circulation spaces that were created to offer a moment for stopping and having a place to sit and be. And the lower level is no different, featuring these spaces beneath the grand staircase and in the wine tasting room. This level is home to two ensuite bedrooms, a gym, activity room, recreation/media room, wine tasting room, wine cellar, second laundry center, powder room and utility/storage rooms. This entire space is finished to the same standard as the rest of the house with 9-foot ceilings and the same oak flooring and custom millwork.
At approximately 620 square feet, this gym evokes the feeling of an outdoor space, with its nature mural and custom yellow rubber gym floor all blending in harmony to promote an energizing and motivating environment. Two large closets and two rows of cabinets under countertop provide plenty of storagewhile a large full-length mirror allows you to monitor your form. The gym features a Sonos sound system and television to motivate you even further.
The Activity Room offers a fun space for play. A wall full of cabinets is clad in a white gloss dry-erase surface and can be used for schoolwork, business planning, art projects or whimsical messages. Across the entire opposite wall is a desk height countertop also clad in the same material.
Make it your own! This large space is pre-wired for a projection or large screen television. It is also a perfect recreation room or whatever you envision it to be!
Wine Tasting Room:
Featuring bluestone flooring, complementary sconces, an iron railing on the stairs leading up to the couloir/kitchen and the perfect color palate, this inviting room is equally ideal for either casual entertaining or a formal Thanksgiving meal. Truly a very special space and a delightful surprise in a home that already astonishes its occupants and guests at every turn. Ascend the second set of bluestone-clad stairs up to the couloir to complete your trip around the home.
The glassed refrigerated wine cellar features an impressive 620 bottle capacity and custom wine racking from California built from recycled wine barrels.
Step into the 50’ couloir (French for passageway or “awesome mudroom”) and prepare to be impressed. It is a practical space with its hand-cut bluestone heated floors and commercial-style “kickoff” rug at the entry from the garage. But at the same timeglamorous, with glass walls and several sets of windows overlooking the neighborhood and rear bluestone patio, offeringa light and airy feeling that is exceptionally luxurious. Beautiful wide built-in window seats and expansive closets with inset full-length mirrors on their doors make it easy to come and go. The kitchen, an additional powder room and a second staircase to the lower level are also accessed from this room.
When returning home, pull into your grade level, oversized three car radiantly heated garage, with a stained, polished concrete floor that looks like fine marble. The garage has custom made modern cabinetry that would feel at home at a Ferrari dealership. The garage is also pre-wired with a dedicated line for an electric car charger and features Marvin french doors to the backyard.
While the front of the home has a more formal feel, the back was specifically designed to break down the massive structure into a more intimate sequence of spaces. Mature plantings ensure privacy throughout the entire rear property which boasts two large private areas that are entirely flat, one area a sprawling lawn off the rear patio on which to gaze and play while the other consists of a lower-level pool hideaway. A separate driveway to the three-car garage is artfully lined with dry laid stone walls and boasts a generously large footprint that is perfectly contoured for the future installation of a home basketball hoop.
Accessed from the couloir or family room, the rear bluestone patio feels like an extension of the home and is expansive and welcoming. A separate bluestone patio off the library and living room with redwood pergola feels private and Zen-like while special meandering bluestone paths link the garage driveway and both patios to the lower-level pool hideaway.
The new outdoor kitchen brings the inside out. Featuring a delightful pizza oven, Lynx natural gas grill, refrigerator and sink sounded by a gorgeous and durable stone counter on the topand hand cut veneer stone on the sides. Lighting on the outdoor kitchen affords use both day and night and even the most discerning of chef’s will feel right at home.
Step down at the back of the lawn to an incomparable lower-level hideaway, consisting of a 60-foot free form Pugliese saltwater pool with spa, waterfall and “love cove” surrounded by Tennessee Orchard stone decking that is comfortable under the feet in even the hottest of summer weather. This level also features a second Lynx natural gas grill.
The heated and air-conditioned pool house has a full bath, changing room and wet bar with refrigerator. Nestled by the pool house is a unique tiled outdoor shower flanked by specimen plantings. The lower-level pool area has Wi-Fi service and separate Sonos audio and Lutron lighting zones.