LOCATED IN NEW JERSEY’S FAMED HORSE COUNTRY, THIS PALATIAL, 160 ACRE ESTATE AND THOROUGHBRED HORSE FARM IS THE APEX OF RANCH LIVING
BY ELIZABETH HAZARD PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE LISA POGGI TEAM
Pristinely perched on 160 luscious acres of land in Colt’s Neck, one of Monmouth County’s most desirable residential areas (according to Realtor.com, the median home listing in October 2022 was $1.5 million), sits a breathtaking estate and horse farm that is the alchemy of dreams for any thoroughbred enthusiast. Between the mega mansion, Amish built barn, and palatial grounds, the estate (aptly named Discovery Stables) presents as a treasure chest, brimming with luxuries to unearth. Located just one hour from Manhattan and a short drive to the beaches of the Jersey Shore, this stunning home is a rare find, not just for its amenities like a 3,500 bottle wine cellar and antique tile showers but also for its revered history as a horse farm, dedicated to the breeding, sale, and racing of thoroughbreds, which is fitting for its close proximity to Monmouth Park Racetrack and Freehold Raceway.
Fiercely green and meticulously manicured, the picturesque land sets a beautiful scene for the classically inspired main house, built in 2007 by architects Sanna & Loccisano. Clad entirely in Jerusalem limestone, the seven bedroom, 12 bathroom home stretches 25,000 square feet of artisan crafted, stunningly designed interior living space that oozes grand scale living.
A long, winding driveway journeys past a large running fountain in the front yard, leading to the regal entry, inviting guests inside a home simply made for entertaining. Each room features its own distinct design elements. Rich wooden coffered ceilings top a study, for instance, while deep red walls cloak a dedicated bar room. But even with the tapestry of different colors and materials, there’s a fluidity to the property, a sense of warm yet regal elegance that welcomes denizens home.
The main level of the home includes a formal dining room that seats 24 guests, a gourmet kitchen fit for a professional chef, an expansive living room complete with a real wood burning fireplace, a lounge and eight seat bar, a great room, and a sun drenched conservatory. A grand staircase connects the home’s three luxurious levels, in addition to another elevator that services all floors of the four story home.
The third floor includes a home office, four massive en suite bedrooms, and a lavish primary suite complete with a bathroom fit for royalty. The deep soaking tub, bedecked in marble and tile, is anchored by four Roman Tuscan style columns. The spacious double shower also flaunts exquisite tile work, juxtaposed by golden fixtures.
A private staircase leads bewildered guests to the fourth floor, where you’ll find two en suite bedrooms, a sitting room, and a dining area served by a Pullman kitchen. The home’s lower level could have a ZIP code of its own. This floor completes the gorgeous estate with luxurious amenities, including a dedicated 3,500 bottle wine cellar and tasting room, a 12 seat movie theater with rich fuchsia accents, a state of the art fitness center, and a large game room centered on a billiard’s table.
While the estate is breathtakingly beautiful and complete with all the perks of luxury living, it’s the home’s rolling grounds and stately stables that really sets this property apart. Originally a farming community, Colts Neck has long been known for its large number of equestrian farms. Iconic rock legend and NJ royalty Bruce Springsteen owns a 378 acre horse farm close by in the sprawling Monmouth County town where land and luxury abound. The listing agent Lisa Poggi noted the riches of the surrounding area’s history. “Colts Neck is known as horse country, and this property is a thriving thorough bred horse farm, sitting atop massive acreage. It’s a really well planned estate with a booming horse farm business. One of the most interesting elements is the barn, which was built by the Amish. It’s immaculate; you could practically eat off the floors.”
Lush landscaping, fantastic fountains, a majestic pool, enchanting circular driveway, and a beautifully manicured body of water complete the estate’s scenic qualities. Two horse barns contain 32 stables. Three fountains adjoin the main house. The largest is a hand carved fountain containing three large lions, a wall of carved race horses, and a large bowl, which can be lit at night. A second bowl fountain may be found on the upper patio terrace to the rear of the main house and can also be lit in the evening. A third wall fountain containing lions’ heads and a spilling bowl can be found on the lower patio. The statue located in front of the main barn is a bronze sculpture of a thoroughbred horse and jockey. The pool area and surrounding patio are accented with a wrought iron cupola and stone columns, giving an added look of luster and luxury.
There’s plenty to offer both horse and home enthusiasts at the sprawling Discovery Stables and Estate in beautiful Colts Neck. Sprawling land, beautiful views, architectural accents, awe inspiring amenities, and a coveted location complete this beautiful property off Route 537. This is one offering with some serious horsepower.
This home is listed for $24,900,000.
Lisa Poggi of The Lisa Poggi Team
221 River Street, Hoboken / 201.584.8860 thelisapoggiteam.elliman.com