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Mendham Mid-Century Masterpiece

by: Sue Adler
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The newly listed property at 27 Washington Valley Road in Mendham Township exemplifies the beauty and excellence of design that characterizes Mid-Century Modern architecture. With Frank Lloyd Wright leading the movement in the U.S., the Mid-Century designers focused on the philosophy of “organic architecture”.  The primary ideology of this style was that designs would adhere to the following:

  • be inspired by nature and be sustainable, healthy, conserving, and diverse.
  • unfold, like an organism, from the seed within.
  • exist in the “continuous present” and “begin again and again”.
  • follow the flows and be flexible and adaptable.
  • satisfy social, physical, and spiritual needs.
  • “grow out of the site” and be unique.
  • celebrate the spirit of youth, play and surprise.
  • express the rhythm of music and the power of dance.

The 7.1 acre Mendham estate at 27 Washington Valley Road beautifully captures all of these ideals creating a genuine haven.  Renovated in 2000 by Princeton’s Richardson-Smith firm, the 10,000+ square foot home has been called a “Home For All Seasons” for the way it makes enjoying the natural surroundings part of its amazing appeal.

Inspired By Nature

Gazebos, park-like grounds, mature foliage, stately colorful trees, a pond, waterfall and 25,000 gallon outdoor pool are a few of the exterior elements that pay tribute to nature.  This is a place where the outdoors call to you, enticing you to venture forth any time of year and in all types of weather.  An interior Bathing Pavilion with Jacuzzi and spa-side controls, Vermont marble walls, 6-speaker built-in sound system and humidity control also allows for relaxing winter getaways without ever leaving home.  A Japanese Zen-like garden also provides a perfect outdoor oasis any time of year.

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Social, Physical and Spiritual Needs

With 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, this home is perfect for a growing family or frequent visitors.  The vaulted ceiling Great Room is your first invitation to enjoy this home.  Floor to ceiling windows, an an oversized wood burning fireplace with a black slate hearth, plus, access to the side patio and beautiful backyard make it a perfect gathering place for summer barbecues with friends or holiday festivities with family.

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Those spectacular parties will be a snap to prep for with the incredible gourmet kitchen.  Make full use of the 6-burner Viking stove, plus griddle and grill, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Snaidero custom cabinetry.  The sleek jet black granite countertops complement the stainless steel appliances and unique white curves of the kitchen island and built-in breakfast bar.   Sip your morning coffee in serenity and beauty.

Host elegant dinner parties in the formal Dining Room with a sustainably-harvested Brazilian cherry floor.  One more fireplace adds warmth and wonder to any event.

Reading, studying and relaxing becomes second nature in the easy flowing Library/Living Room.  The walls of custom maple bookshelves are a dream come true for the avid reader and scholar.  Like the rest of the house, this room still connects to the nature right outside with its large picture windows offering fantastic natural light.

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Celebrate The Spirit of Youth and Play, Express the Rhythm of Music and the Power of Dance

When you’re done playing outdoors, the fun doesn’t have to stop.  The fully finished basement offers Game Room, Music & Media Room and Exercise Room areas to keep the whole family entertained and spending quality time together.  And if all your guest bedrooms are full, the basement provides that extra space for extended guests or privacy for the college kid home for the summer.  An Office, Work Room and additional storage also provide a serene space for more creative endeavors.

The property also features a two story Guest Cottage lodge with native stone fireplace and wrap around sleeping loft.  The Guest Cottage can be used as a pool house, for visiting relatives or a live-in nanny.  There is also a spacious dog run to accommodate your furry best friends.

27 Washington Valley Road in Mendham Township is a perfect Mid-Century masterpiece.

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