Fairfield: A Classic Bernardsville Mountain Estate with an Illustrious Pedigree
Filled with recent upgrades and well maintained by the current owners, Fairfield is a landmark estate on the Bernardsville Mountain. The brick and clapboard Colonial Revival residence was originally part of the Stronghold estate in this storied Mountain Colony.
In 1905, the firm of George B. Post & Sons designed additions to Fairfield, and in 1937 the house was extensively remodeled for Prudential Insurance executive John F. Dryden II by Josiah R. Brierly, a partner in the architectural firm of H.H. & W.C. Ely. That firm designed many commercial buildings including the original section of today’s Morristown Medical Center as well as city halls in Newark and East Orange.
Cleverly built into its sloping site, the home’s covered front porch is classically detailed with fluted Greek Doric columns. Set on over ten rolling acres, Fairfield takes in dramatic views of manicured grounds and a sparkling pond where turtles bask in the sun, all designed by visionary landscape architect John Rowlett Brinley, whose firm planned the New York Botanical Garden. Recent additions to the acreage include an upgraded tennis court enhanced by LED lighting, a new swimming pool edged by a new pool patio, a new bluestone terrace, new gazebo, and a three-stall barn/garage which contains an updated five-room guest cottage with a wonderful deck. This massive barn has six parking spaces and the acreage provides equestrian-friendly paddocks and run-in sheds.
Elegantly updated gathering spaces are effortlessly inviting, many with oversized windows framing pastoral views. Wood floors, new baths, a new gourmet kitchen, raised panel wainscoting, recessed lights and three fireplaces are among the fine design elements. The 18-room floor plan offers six bedrooms, five full and three half baths. A wide entrance hall is flanked by a reception room bordered by built-ins a banquet-sized dining room featuring a built-in window seat and beautiful folding glass doors into the entrance hall and garden room.
Each space serves a purpose in Fairfield’s sophisticated layout, which contains a sun-splashed garden room, billiards room lined in imported wood paneling and a fireside family room featuring a larger-than-life picture window. Additionally, there is a library with powder room, a stylish bar and an office tucked between the sun room and kitchen on this level.
A chef’s center island kitchen offers a collection of upscale stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry, an adjacent butler’s pantry and a fully-windowed dining area overlooking serene panoramas. Designer touches are everywhere, including a chic powder room fitted with Chinoiserie wallpaper.
Upstairs are five bedrooms plus a nanny or guest suite with a sitting room. The gracious master retreat begins in a tray ceiling bed chamber connecting to a window-walled sitting area. A huge marble master bath contains intricate tile flooring, dual marble-topped vanities, make-up vanity, a soaking tub encased in marble and a clear glass door shower. Spacious secondary bedrooms include two en suite bedrooms with private baths and two bedrooms connected by another full bath. An exercise room completes the second story.
An impressive walkout lower level opens to a new terrace and provides a game room, expansive bar room, newly-added professional home theater and sizable bonus room.
Fairfield’s sought-after location on the Bernardsville Mountain is close to downtown Bernardsville for Midtown Direct train service, restaurants, shops, public and private schools as well as world class golf and equestrian facilities. Commuters will appreciate Bernardsville’s easy access to Interstates 78, 287 and Newark Liberty International Airport.
Property Features Include: Detached Garage, Baseboard - Hotwater,Forced Hot Air,Multi-Zone,Radiators - Hot Water
Amenities Include: In-Ground Pool,Outdoor Pool
Exterior: Barn/Stable,Curbs,Wood Fence,Horse Facilities,Open Porch(es),Patio,Storm Window(s),Tennis Courts
Lot Acres: 10.00