On the market: In the grand manor
Published 11:36 am, Friday, June 19, 2015
If ever there was a modern-day castle the grand English manor-style house at 69 Red Coat Road is it. The palatial espresso-colored house features a contemporary take on a turret on the shingle, stone and wood front façade and its amenities, inside and out, are fit for a royal family.
Completed in 2008, the house and its 2.73-acre landscaped grounds were inspired by renowned 20th century English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It has within its 9,567 square feet of living space, numerous features befitting day-to-day living and opulent entertaining. Inside, there is a walk-in humidor, home theater and wine cellar. There is also an elevator with leather walls and a mirrored ceiling.
Outside, there is an outdoor kitchen, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, outdoor shower and changing room.
The regal appearance, as one approaches the property from the portion of Red Coat Road that is a cul-de-sac, features a stone wall and stone pillars at the driveway entrance. The dramatic front entrance features a covered front porch with graceful curves and attractive angles, which are repeated inside throughout the house.
The front-to-back center hall has a graceful circular staircase and leads to a gallery with enfilade arches. French doors at the far end open to one of the home’s many bluestone patios. Venetian plaster covers the walls of all the first-floor rooms except the formal dining room.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 69 Red Coat Road
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 19
FEATURES: walk-in humidor, elevator, home theater, wine cellar, outdoor kitchen, Gunite heated in-ground swimming pool with electric pool cover, spa, outdoor shower and changing room, bluestone patios, porches, whole house generator, 10-foot ceilings, central vacuum system, insulated windows, audio system, butler’s pantry, invisible pet fencing, deer fencing, gated property, front and rear staircases, full finished walk-out basement, finished walk-up attic, hand-split wood shingle roof, privacy yet proximity to Merritt Parkway, seven fireplaces, six bedrooms, seven full and one half baths
SCHOOLS: Coleytown Elementary, Coleytown Middle, Staples High
TAX RATE: 17.94 mills
The formal living room has the first of the home’s seven fireplaces, this one with a limestone surround. In the dining room the marble fireplace has an arched millwork mantel and patterned red brick firebox. The fireplace in the library, which currently serves as a music room, has a honed black absolute granite surround. This room also has door to a private veranda. Several sets of French and other doors in many rooms lead to various porches and patios.
The cavernous professional kitchen could almost double as a sun room. It is that sunny and open; its plentiful windows providing attractive views of the spacious backyard and gardens, which include beds for cutting roses and organic vegetables, and a strawberry patch. Kitchen features include marble counters, a huge center island, exposed beams, a custom-designed hood, Wolf six-burner range and two ovens, and breakfast room with a 15-foot ceiling and sliding doors to a patio and the section of the yard that houses the pool.
Off the kitchen is an attached cabana/changing room with a shower and a farm sink. There is also an outdoor changing room and shower. The mudroom has an auxiliary washer and dryer, which is great for laundering pool towels and swimsuits. It also provides access to the heated, attached, three-car garage.
On the second floor the master bedroom suite has a fireplace and French doors to a private balcony. The spa-like master bath has crema marfil marble flooring, a huge shower with slab marble, a rounded alcove that houses the jetted tub, dressing room with his and hers walk-in closets and a deep cedar closet.
On room could serve as a bedroom or a second family room, this one on the second floor, or homework room. It has built-in bookshelves and lower cabinets and built-in window seat/day bed with storage drawers underneath. The finished third floor was not an afterthought. It is a large, open room with exposed beams, a built-in desk area, bedroom and full limestone bath.
The cavernous finished basement has a 1,000-bottle wine cellar with a tumbled marble floor, a walk-in humidor, home theater, game room, wet bar, gym, sauna, full bath, guest bedroom, crafts room with a sink and granite counters, and a second office (the first is on the first floor).
Despite the size of the house, the design does not sacrifice warmth.