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Hot Market, Cool Home: Historic Montclair Mansion Now For Sale

Patch logo Patch 4/15/2021 Eric Kiefer
a close up of a flower garden in front of a house: As reports of a red-hot real estate market in New Jersey heat up, a historic mansion in Montclair is turning heads as it becomes available for the first time in more than a decade. © Photos: Ryan Damiano, Front Door Photography As reports of a red-hot real estate market in New Jersey heat up, a historic mansion in Montclair is turning heads as it becomes available for the first time in more than a decade.

MONTCLAIR, NJ — As reports of a red-hot real estate market in New Jersey heat up, a historic mansion in Montclair is turning heads as it becomes available for the first time in more than a decade.

On Friday, realtors will begin showing 4-4A Stonebridge Road, also known as the Edmund Burke Osborne Estate. The three-acre property, which is selling for $3,995,000, hasn’t been on the market for 13 years.

According to realtors, the home was built in 1909 by the partnership of architects Van Vleck and Goldsmith. It holds historic significance as the first residence in what would become known as “Osborne Woods,” where many of Montclair's most lavish Tudor and French Provincial Revival homes were subsequently constructed.

Keeping the property’s “sense of history” was a key aspect of the restorations that have taken place at the mansion, an increasing rarity in an era where many historic homes are being architecturally repurposed, gutted and sometimes even torn down.

Here’s how realtors describe the mansion and its “park-like” landscaping:

“The cloistered, natural beauty of that defining time and place has been preserved today -- two living structures built upon nearly three lush acres, a prime American example of the classic-modern English country house with Gothic elements. Updates have respectfully embellished rather than replaced original architectural intentions. Pastoral, tree-embraced lawns – restored Arcadian vistas from the imagination of the legendary Olmsted Brothers Firm -- astound the visitor, melding sheltered, park-like privacy with meticulous plantings, dozens of perennials, rose garden, more than thirty new trees -- protected by expanded irrigation – and complimented by a backyard in-ground salt-system pool, hot tub, pavilion with fireplace, fountains, patios, summer kitchen and leafy outdoor dining area.”

Realtors continue:

“Stone-wall frontage guides your gaze along a broad, circular drive to the monumental 9933 sq ft Tudor residence, noted in its day as fireproofed by hollow tile beneath a cast plaster/stucco surface. Visual delights abound throughout 24 rooms/9 bedrooms/6.3 baths on three living levels, with a full basement for storage and utilities. There are unique, restored casement windows, built-in bookcases, brass and wrought-iron railings, timeless plaster moldings and six upgraded gas fireplaces. Several formal entries to the first-floor array -- including the original “carriage-stop” portico -- float off a wide, deep Front Hall, providing exceptional formal and casual entertaining possibilities; and, adjacent to the deep living and dining rooms, a Santa Fe-inspired sunroom bursts with colorful energy.”

There’s more, realtors say:

“The marvelous kitchen boasts state-of-the art appliances, two pantries, limestone island, gas hearth, spacious, light-infused breakfast area, and a breathtaking bay-window perspective overlooking lush rear gardens. Hang your coats and drop your sports gear in the ample adjoining modern mudroom. Century-old patinated wood flooring, curvaceous moldings, and whimsical nook-and-cranny spaces throughout the Main Residence delight the eye -- Including the original “cubby” where, over a century ago, one of the first residential telephones was installed. More recent enhancements include the whole-house Sonos speakers and music system; a gracious primary bedroom suite with a glorious, bright, Sally Ross-designed dressing room and tons of closet space; its elegant, spa-like bathroom offers a soaking tub, double sinks and maximized shower. Wide, east-facing promenade-hallways on the second and third floors provide luminously engaging spaces for work, school -- and play.”

Got guests? There’s a place for them, realtors add:

“Across the tiled side courtyard is the secondary residence atop a six-car garage, currently used as a Yoga/workout studio space. The charming, updated, income-producing three-bedroom carriage-house flat with updated forced air heating and air conditioning, is perfect for home offices, guests or tenants. This secondary building is on a separate plot of land, a deep, fenced backyard matching the style of the main residence, including a leveled playing field in the back garden.”

The home is being marketed by Roberta Baldwin and Nancy Chu of the ChuBaldwinHomes Team at Keller Williams NJ Metro Group. Viewings are by appointment only (learn more here).

Take a video tour of the property below.

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