Woodedge Classical Architecture on the Bernardsville Mountain
Truly a local landmark, Woodedge is one of the most historically important estates in the Somerset Hills. Designed by George B. Post, a pre-eminent Gilded Age architect, this renovated 1898 mansion was presented to his son, William, as a wedding present. Today, the illustrious estate is sited on over eight manicured acres atop Bernardsville Mountain featuring natural beauty in a central location amid specimen trees, boxwoods, exceptional gardens and level lawns. It represents a rare private setting in a sought-after mountain location.
The stately, Palladian exterior of Woodedge belies its more relaxed interior, where one room opens directly onto another for an easy flow, intimate yet perfectly suited for entertaining. Historical highlights include mahogany doors, pine floors finished in a rich patina, three original ornately mantled working fireplaces, glass-front cabinetry, transom-topped French doors and oversized windows. Pastoral acreage is enhanced by park-like grounds framed by a century-old allée of towering boxwoods.
Lovingly restored and sensitively updated by the current owners, Woodedge presents an artful integration of Gilded Age history and comfortable 21st century living. Beautifully designed and classical in proportion, the elegant 17-room layout contains five bedrooms, four full baths and three powder rooms.
A long center hallway reveals some of the main gathering spaces, where columned entries hint at the high level of detailing. The interior’s classic proportions and details have been complemented with a modern, fresh aesthetic. A bright, center island kitchen fitted with high-end appliances and adjoining butler’s pantry connects to the paneled dining room, and a fireside home office located in the former parlor. An effortless flow from family room to solarium to sun porch and outdoor terraces reinforces the home’s strong indoor-outdoor connection.
A centrally located study on the second level serves the spacious bedrooms including a master suite with dual marble baths and a master dressing room with custom cabinetry. Tumbled marble with custom mosaic inlays, granite, limestone and hand-rubbed cabinetry accentuate the home’s additional two full and three half baths.
On the finished lower level, an exercise room, lounge and workshop/hobby room accommodate multiple uses. Of special note is the cutting-edge technology throughout all the living levels including distributed audio, CAT 5 wiring, and wireless high-speed internet access. Smart Home technology controls security, lighting and six zones of gas heat and four zones of central air conditioning.
Additionally, a detached two-car stone garage and a rustic stone house are notable amenities. Originally the estate’s icehouse, the stone house offers finished living space in an entry foyer and a media room with home theater. There are storage options in the English basement, Pella windows and a Pella entry door, plus an integrated heating and cooling system. Outside, a raised bed vegetable garden has a built-in irrigation system.
Woodedge is located about an hour from New York City, with Manhattan-bound train service available in downtown Bernardsville. Newark Liberty International Airport is about 40 minutes away, and a network of local and interstate highways are additional conveniences. World-class shopping, dining, recreational and cultural events abound in the region. Woodedge represents a rare opportunity to acquire an estate of historic and architectural importance as well as an incredibly warm and comfortable home.
Lot Acres: 8.35