8 Potter Lane
GATED ESTATE RESIDENCE IN TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP
Surrounded by natural views and wooded privacy, a grandly styled manor enjoys a premier 7.25 acres setting on a cul de sac in one of Tewksbury’s premier residential enclaves. Close attention to detail is apparent throughout the open floor plan of six bedrooms, five full and two half baths. Three impeccably-finished levels are served by a wood-paneled elevator as well as elegant formal and rear staircases. Differentiating this luxurious home is the high caliber of its rooms, many of which were inspired by the great estates of Europe. Accessed by a gated entrance and circular paver block drive, the cedar clapboard, genuine stucco and stone façade capped by a slate roof makes a memorable first impression.
Professionally designed by Interior Design Interiors Inc, countless amenities grace this residence. Flooring throughout the home ranges from maple hardwoods bordered by contrasting inlays to marble and ceramic tile inset with floor medallions. Faux painting and Venetian plaster walls, some with hand painted murals and motifs by the accomplished Brazilian artist Mirella Vasconcelos, whose work has been commissioned by leading architects and interior designers for prestigious landmarks in the US, lend additional sophistication. Dramatic custom-made chandeliers of crystal, alabaster and bronzed finishes set into ornate ceiling medallions, as well as wall sconces, cove and recessed lighting, illuminate many rooms. Character-rich gathering areas are wrapped in rich millwork, crown molding, wainscoting, chair rails and picture frame moldings. Nine-foot ceiling heights on the main floor, plus cathedral, two-story and beamed ceilings, bring an airy feeling to the home. Five wood-burning fireplaces, French doors, arched room openings, tall columns and simulated divided light windows are just a few of the other equally stunning appointments.
Outdoor gatherings are easily hosted on three open porches, a screened dining porch and wrap-around bluestone patio with built-in barbecues. Bluestone front and rear walkways allow guests to circulate throughout the park-like grounds. A massive 110-foot stone wall in the backyard and a customized LED up lighting package also distinguish the scenic property.
Introducing this majestic residence is a large transom-topped door opening to the spacious two-story foyer featuring marble tiled flooring with a custom marble medallion inlay, Venetian plaster and faux painted walls, and a bronzed crystal chandelier. The stately curved staircase presents rope motif spindles edged in gold leaf and a custom carpet runner with solid brass rods. Tall columns, classic chair rails and applied moldings are further defining features.
The same level of detailed millwork highlighted in the foyer carries into principal rooms. For instance, the formal living room’s fireplace features a fabric-accented wall and raised paneling above the mantelpiece. Other regal design elements include buffed Venetian plaster and faux painted walls, arched windows, maple floors bordered by mahogany inlays and French doors to the screened porch. A set of French doors in the living room reveals the handsome cherry wood library set under a coffered ceiling. A full wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases, cherry flooring, raised cherry-paneled walls and two columns are equally grand touches. The wood-burning fireplace clad in cherry is noteworthy for its equestrian motif corbels supporting the mantel. French doors in the library also open to the screened porch fitted with a bead board ceiling and bluestone flooring. Special occasions take on heightened importance in the formal dining room, where hand painted murals of the Tewksbury countryside echo panoramas framed by an arched picture window. Maple flooring with mahogany inlays, a crystal chandelier set into an acanthus motif ceiling medallion, raised panel walls and chair rails also detail this sophisticated space.
Tucked away in the great room is an elaborate wet bar with granite countertops and wood cabinets in glazed and painted finishes. Adjoining is the two-story space anchored by a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning stone fireplace. This entertainment-friendly great room also offers antiqued ceiling beams, a balcony overlook from the upper foyer, arched windows and four sets of French doors to the bluestone patio for warm weather gatherings.
An expansive chef’s center island kitchen is fitted with glazed maple cabinetry, granite countertops, an artistically hand painted tumbled marble backsplash and ceramic tile floors with mosaic inlay. Upscale appliances include Thermador™ double wall ovens, a Thermador™ five-burner gas cook top, a paneled Sub-Zero™ refrigerator and a stainless steel Jenn-Air™ microwave oven. The adjoining breakfast room is a sun-filled space featuring a large bay window, dropped octagonal hand painted ceiling, tile flooring and a chandelier with Bacchanalian motif. This portion of the home also offers a laundry room and stylish powder room. Guests have their own quarters in an en suite bedroom with walk-in closet and lavish full bath.
Upstairs, an open foyer presents maple flooring, a chandelier, wall tapestry, curved Venetian plaster wall, crown molding and a Juliet balcony overlooking the great room. Set away from it all is a wonderful owner’s suite of rooms. Double doors open into the generously-sized master bedroom offering a tray ceiling, chandelier, crown moldings and maple floors with mahogany inlays. A rose limestone fireplace in the sitting room creates an enchanting focal point in the private sitting room. Two walk-in closets are additional conveniences. Luxury appointments in the master bath include a BainUltra ThermoMasseur™ tub framed in marble and glass mosaic tile, an oversized marble shower with clear glass door, two sink vanities, marble tile floors inset with a medallion, and private commode with pedestal sink Four additional bedrooms are fitted with maple floors and ample closet space. One of the bedrooms adjoins a full, private bath, while the remaining bedrooms share two full baths in the hallway. There is another gathering space upstairs in the loft offering maple floors, an alabaster chandelier and two window seats. The secondary laundry room is a desirable feature on this level.
Using the same high level of design as the rest of the home, a finished lower level begins in a roomy foyer opening to a cherry bar area, huge recreation room centered by a stone wood-burning fireplace and a billiards room with French doors to the side yard. The home theater has custom step seating, sound-deadening walls, a cloud painted ceiling, projector, screen and combination of recessed, ambient and wall sconce lighting. Completing this level is a powder room accented in glass and mosaic tiles. An attached three-car garage features automatic openers, epoxy flooring and built-ins from Garage Tech™. Custom-built by renowned local builder George Brazer in 2004 and available for the first time by the original owners, this spectacular estate home measures 8, 116 square feet on the first and second floors, plus an additional 1, 800 square feet on lower level.
Systems serving this refined luxury home include five zones of propane gas heating, five zones of central air conditioning, humidifiers on the furnaces, a built-in generator, integrated sound system compatible with an iPad, central vac, well water, private septic and Enviro-Air™ electric air cleaners.
Tewksbury Township in Hunterdon County offers a small-town lifestyle near a network of local and interstate highways for easy access to Manhattan or local business campuses. Centrally located in Hunterdon County’s scenic countryside, it is situated about five miles from Interstate 78/22 and less than ten miles from Round Valley State Park and Round Valley Reservoir in Clinton Township for hiking, boating, fishing and swimming. The entire area has a longstanding history dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War era, and retains much of its original character. Fine old homes, equestrian estates and working farms dot the township’s picturesque open landscape of rolling hills and fields.