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Stately French Normandy Tudor in Sought-After Hamlet of Essex Fells

77 RENSSELAER RD -

The Home

This stately French Normandy Tudor home is just what you have been waiting for in Essex Fells.  Tucked into a quiet neighborhood in this sought-after hamlet, 77 Rensselaer Road embodies grand Tudor detail and elegance, and has a wealth of tasteful updates and comforts that blend seamlessly together into an exceptional living experience.
 
Some notable features that will elevate your Essex Fells days include:

  •  Freshly painted interior in an inviting On-Trend Color Palette
  •  Gleaming Wood Flooring on Two Levels
  •  Grand Entry Foyer that opens to the Library
  •  Custom Molding & Wainscoting; Stunning Staircase with Grand Mezzanine
  •  Formal Dining Room with Coved Ceiling & Custom Leaded Glass Windows
  •  Formal Living Room with Handsome Wood Burning Fireplace featuring a Michelangelo Madonna of Bruges cast which was imported from Italy in the early 20th century; Custom Leaded Glass Windows & Beam Ceiling
  •  Luxurious Upgraded Butler’s Pantry with Granite Counters and Wet Bar
  •  Expansive Family Room with Peaceful Natural Views
  •  Two Convenient Half Baths on Main Level
  •  King Sized Master Bedroom with Abundant Storage and access to Private Sun Filled Sitting Room and Master Bath with Jetted Tub & Stall Shower
  •  3 Large Additional Bedrooms and Bonus Room on Second Level
  •  Two Bedrooms share an Adjoining Full Bath, Plus Main Hall Full Bath
  •  Third Level Has Massive Bedroom/Playroom, Full Bath & Attic Storage
  •  Finished Basement includes Recreation Room with Wet Bar and Large Game/Media Room; Laundry Room
  •  Security System; Sprinkler System; Roof ‘08
  •  3 Car Garage, Long Circular Driveway with Paver Accent Area at Doorway
  •  Inviting Slate Open Porch, Slate Patio & Large Deck
  •  Park-like Yard with Electronic Pet Fence
  •  Bonus Cottage/Shed Perfect for Playhouse, Workshop or Artist Studio

 
Updated Eat-in Kitchen Perfect for the Chef:

  • Abundant Cabinets with Crown Molding, Granite Counters & Custom Tile Backsplash; Large Center Island and Separate Breakfast Area
  • Stainless Steel Professional 6 Burner Gas Range and Hood; Stainless Steel Dishwasher, Microwave and French Door Refrigerator
  • Recessed and Pendant Lighting

 
Picture yourself having your morning coffee with the sunrise, twilight dinners, entertaining guests, holidays, or relaxing with a good book as you     enjoy the rear deck, slate patios and private parklike backyard with lush lawn and endless possibilities.

The Architecture

The Tudor style was popularized in the United States during the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.  Americans romanticized the traditional French farmhouse, creating a style known as French Normandy Tudor. French Normandy Tudor style homes have an extraordinary amount of interior and exterior appeal.  Embellished doorways, groupings of windows, and decorative half-timbering (vertical, horizontal, and diagonal strips of wood set in masonry or stucco) evoke a certain countryside charm, and make it simply the most romantic of architectural visions.

Today, French Normandy Tudors continue to attract discriminating homebuyers who are seeking architectural interest, space and comfort, unique floor plans, and a simple elegance.

The Borough
 
In the heart of bustling Essex County, the idyllic 1.3-square-mile Borough of Essex Fells is one of New Jersey’s most sought after addresses.

One of early the settlers was Samuel Gould, who built a farmhouse, which still exists today, off of what is now Roseland Avenue in the mid-18th century. In 1888, modern-day Essex Fells, then part of Caldwell Township, began taking shape with the purchase of 1,000 acres by Anthony Drexel from the Gould estate. Drexel wanted to create a fine residential community, so he hired a landscape architect to lay out the roads, established the Essex Fells Electric Light and Water Company and built a nine-hole golf course. He named the community after Essex County and John R. Fell, his son-in-law and a major shareholder in the project. The first homes built by Drexel's company were large and rambling, some with 18 rooms and numerous gables, mainly on Rensselaer Road, Oak Lane and Roseland Avenue.

In 1902, Essex Fells, seeking to control its development and its school system, split from Caldwell Township and became a borough. By 1905, there were 69 homes, many of which were custom built. A 1913 map shows the Essex Fells School in its current location on Hawthorne Road and the golf course, now the 18-hole Essex Fells Country Club, on Devon Road, which was then named Golf Road.

Notable Points of Interest include:

  • Essex Fells Country Club – New Jersey’s oldest Country Club. Located at Devon Road, it is known as one of the premier golf courses in the Tri-State area
  • Grover Cleveland Park – the seventh largest park in the Essex County park system, is a heavily wooded park covering 41.48 acres in the western section of the county along the Caldwell-Essex Fells border
  • The Glen - The area behind the Essex Fells School which contains native trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers
  • The Pond - Probably the most widely used recreational area is the Skating Pond on Fells Road. The pond is formed each autumn by damming a brook that runs through the meadow and is drained each spring
  • Trotter Tract - Off Oak Lane, is the largest park. This 83-acre area is home to dozens of types of birds, as well as local flora and fauna, which can be seen on walks through the property
  • Fells Brook Club - a private social and athletics club situated on a secluded and peaceful setting in the heart of Essex Fells. Members enjoy tennis, platform tennis and in-ground pool.

Essex Fells residents are a civic-minded lot: volunteers run the Essex Fells Volunteer Fire Department; others coach the local youth athletic teams and raise money for the Essex Fells Education Foundation and a host of charities.

Since its inception, the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence has made grants in excess of $1,000,000 to the Essex Fells School. From technology to cultural arts to teacher development, the Foundation has played an integral role in preserving the quality of an Essex Fells School education.

Named a National Blue Ribbon School, The Essex Fells School serves the town’s elementary school students PreK-6.  Middle School and High School students attend the acclaimed West Essex Regional Schools, where a clearly focused quality educational experience is “Dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility”.

The Commute

Commuters enjoy convenient access to Routes 10, 80, 287, 46, the Garden State Parkway & NJ Turnpike.

DeCamp Bus Lines provides daily commuter bus service into Manhattan with stops approximately 1 mile from home at both Caldwell & Roseland.

The NJTransit system offers convenient service throughout NY and NJ. The Harrison PATH train station is a 20 minute drive.

Newark International Airport is a 28 Minute drive.

 

 

Listing information

  • MLS® ID: 3586878
  • Style: Tudor
  • Baths: 6 (Full: 4 3/4: 0 1/2: 2 Other: 0)
  • Stories: 3
  • New Construction: No
  • County: Essex
  • Elementary School: Essex Fell
  • Year Built: 1910
  • Status: Active
  • Fireplaces: 1
  • Lot Size: 1.40
  • High School: W Essex
  • Property ID: 104215240
  • Beds: 5
  • Total Rooms: 14
  • Parking Type Description: Attached 3 cars
  • Estimated Annual Taxes: $31,859
  • Middle School: W Essex

Features

Appliances Refrigerator, Range/Oven-Gas, Microwave Oven, Kitchen Exhaust Fan, Generator-Built-In, Dryer, Dishwasher, Carbon Monoxide Detector
Cooling Ductless Split AC
Exterior Description Stucco, Brick
Exterior Features Underground Lawn Sprinkler, Patio, Outbuilding(s), Open Porch(es), Deck
Fireplace Desc Wood Burning, Living Room
Flooring Wood, Tile, Marble, Carpeting
Fuel Type Gas-Natural
Heating Radiators - Hot Water, Baseboard - Hotwater
Interior Features Walk-In Closet, Security System, Beam Ceilings, Bar-Wet
Other Construction Date/Year Built - 1910
Roof Description Asphalt Shingle
Utilities Gas-Natural, Electric
Water Heater Gas

Rooms

Den First 19x14
Dining Room First 19x16
Family Room First 20x20
Kitchen First 18x16
Living Room First 26x16
Bedroom 1 Second 16x15
Bedroom 2 Second 16x14
Bedroom 3 Second 16x12
Bedroom 4 Second 14x12
Listed by Kelly & Cornelius Hartnett of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties 973-992-6363