INSPIRED BY THE RELAXED ELEGANCE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST, THIS TWO RIVERS ESTATE EPITOMIZES LAID BACK LUXURY
BY AMANDA McCOY • PHOTOS COURTESY OF GLOBAL REALTY SERVICES
Stretching a short eight miles through Monmouth County, the Navesink River connects some of the most affluent ZIP codes in the country. The waterside communities of Red Bank, Fair Haven, and Rumson boast breathtaking homes in a medley of styles, from 1950s ranch to sprawling gated compounds. But even in a sea of stunning real estate, one home in particular sets itself apart, complete with a jet setter flavor that makes it feel like a vacation retreat on the Italian Riviera. Welcome to 67 West River Road.
“The design was inspired by the beauty of Italy’s casual elegance,” noted the property’s listing agent, Blair O’Connor, from Global Realty Services LLC. Set just one mile from the beach, the seven bedroom, six and a half bathroom estate in Rumson blends comfort and relaxation with European sophistication.
It might span an impressive 9,000 square feet, but this sunny home is just as warm and welcoming as it is grand. Unwind in the light flooded library, or perhaps by the cascading waterfall in the exquisitely manicured backyard? Relaxation options abound.
The front façade features soft hues of beige, white, and baby blue a Juliette style wrought iron terrace perched atop the front entrance. Enter through the dark wood and glass French doors to find an airy open layout with notably high ceilings and detailed crown moulding. Rich mahogany floors span the entire house. The first floor includes a large living and dining room that leads to a traditional auntie’s room and library, perfect for curling up with a favorite novel or enjoying hot chocolate by the fire on a chilly night. The family entertaining space is quite generous, flanked by double French doors leading to the backyard and finished with four fireplaces, multiple chandeliers, a butler pantry, and a mudroom.
The gourmet kitchen is, quite simply, an entertainer’s fantasy. An additional dining area is attached and harbors seating for up to 12; for larger affairs, the oversized center island provides even more accommodation. Classic cream color cabinets and marbled countertops in the preparation areas are contrasted by contemporary stainless steel appliances. A crystal chandelier hangs over the dining area, adding yet another dose of elegance.
Climb the wood and iron staircase that sweeps up to the second floor, which boasts five oversized bedrooms, all accompanied by full en suite bathrooms. The bedrooms are warm in conception and atmosphere each draped in a different color, from soft blue to vibrant red, and flooded with natural light thanks to ample windows. The master suite is peppered with thoughtful touches like a generous dressing area with custom built cabinetry, a Zen like sitting area, and a lavish master bath with dark wooded fixtures and a retro black and white floor.
One more stairwell leads to the top floor, which was thoughtfully designed to include an au pair’s apartment. It features two bedrooms, a full bath, and two massive walk in cedar closets. (Generous closet space is a common design theme throughout).
Three levels down, the basement offers surprisingly high ceilings and houses a full gym and additional gathering and leisure areas.
But the outdoor footprint is arguably the mansion’s most treasured area. Impeccably manicured and studded with Mediterranean influences, the sprawling backyard provides endless opportunities for entertainment, relaxation, and play. Its terrace features two covered eating and sitting areas, perfect for firing up a grill or enjoying a cocktail and laughs al fresco. Just a few steps over, the open grassy yard is inlaid with numerous stone tiles in a sleek checkerboard pattern. And on the other side of a stone and hedge wall lies the open air pool house and an oversized poured concrete infinity pool, with ample space to sunbathe and mingle around the water.
“The vibe feels like you are vacationing at home,” added O’Connor. “The landscaping provides a simple yet elegant pairing for the infinity swimming pool complemented by bluestone surrounds that lead to the grass carpet,” adding that the property is encircled by dense trees and hedges, providing tranquility and privacy from the surrounding neighborhood. 67 W. River Road is listed for $3,995,000.
Global Realty Services LLC
2222 Richmond Avenue,
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