This elegant & grand 5 bedroom/3.2 Bath Maplewood home boasts a gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters, large center island, and high end appliances. Enter the charming center hall front foyer, with large formal living spaces and perfect bonus family rooms to spill into as well. The Master Suite has an en-suite bath and private home office. Third floor w two bedrooms and private full bath. The Private backyard is serene and seclude without feeling isolated. Marshall/Jefferson Elementary. Walking distance to Village, coffee shops, bookstores + short commute into NYC (30 mins direct train) = suburbia with city vibe.
2016 Taxes: $27,814
1. Fully-functional Chef’s kitchen designed for multiple cooks with professional appliances and gas stove with ceramic broiler, hood and warming lights.
2. Family-friendly, eat-in kitchen with cherry cabinets to match original cherry doors, soapstone counters and a skylight that opens to screened porch and deck for effortless entertaining and dining.
3. Large, master bedroom suite and bath with sitting area, dressing area, and en-suite nursery/office.
4. Bright sunroom/playroom with built-in bookcase that is warm and inviting during the day and cozy at night.
5. Comfortable second floor with rare heart pine floors, bedrooms for children, separate bathroom and an open library/sitting area for homework or reading.
6. Dining room with a neoclassical, built-in china cabinet and early 1900s, converted gas-electric fixture with original globes.
7. Top floor with two bedrooms and a full bathroom for guests or a nanny.
8. Nice backyard with beautiful horse chestnut tree, wide driveway and three-car garage. Great for fun and games.
9. Set on a wide, safe street with no through-traffic.
10. Walking distance to Jefferson Village, Midtown Direct, and Maplewood schools. There’s a Kings Supermarket in one direction and a Trader Joe’s in the other direction. And the restaurants in the village are varied and quite good.
Dear Prospective Owners:
It’s my birthday! This year I turned 100 years old – quite an accomplishment. Not that I am surprised – I was built to last.
The family that lives here now, my fourth, has stayed with me the longest. When they moved from their smaller house in Maplewood with the little boy, I had a feeling that it was going to be a long stay and I was right. Soon came the little girl and they’ve now been here for 32 years. We’ve been through a lot together. I was there for their daily meals, the family holidays, the birthday parties, the fund raisers, the barbecues, and the sleepovers. I saw the games they played. I heard the songs they sang. I could almost taste the meals that they ate. I even helped with their homework. And when they left my embrace, I knew that they were taking advantage of all that my town has to offer – a diverse and safe community, schools that prepare one for the “real” world, plenty of sports and arts activities, great neighbors and friends.
I’ve watched the little boy and the little girl grow up, go away to college, move away and become happily married. Of course, I knew that change was coming. Whenever he came to visit me, I heard the little boy, now a man, say that “this driveway must miss it’s basketball games”, and “do you remember our nightly wiffle ball games?Our backyard must be lonely”. Ahhh, the many nights I’ve watched them out there below our majestic horse chestnut tree (older then me!!). I know that the parents still enjoy cooking their delicious meals in my kitchen, dining on my screened porch, relaxing with a glass of wine on my deck or in front of the fire in my living room, and reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee in my sunroom. It’s still wonderful, but it really is awfully quiet these days. Maybe it is time for someone new, like you.
And I hope that you take care of me as well as my current owners have with their constant upkeep and smart upgrades. Some of these you can’t even see, but most you can – like my kitchen. That kitchen is like a magnet where everyone gathers- my true heart. And, I have grown accustomed to the modern touches they’ve added and appreciate the fact that they were always made with me in mind. They understand my style, my history. I may have new pipes, a different furnace, four heating zones, new bathrooms, some new walls and floors and my share of other face lifts, but it all rests on my healthy, 100-year old “bones”.
So, we’ve always worked well together and as the little girl, now a woman, said during her toast at our last holiday dinner this year: “I know it’s comforting to say that it’s the people in the house that make the home, but you cannot convince me that the next family that moves in here won’t be surrounded by floors and walls and backsplash that literally breathe love. I’m happy for them.”
So am I. Can’t wait to meet you.