It’s an honor to present this exquisite and magical one-of-a-kind home and its enchanted gardens and artist’s studio.
The custom Craftsman style front/side porch is the envy of the neighborhood, and we could not imagine a more perfect place to have friends and family over for dinner or enjoy quiet evenings alone … that is, until we discovered the spectacular, private backyard, captivating graveled firepit area, enchanting landscaping, custom carpentry, patio and deck. This is the first outdoor shower we can remember seeing in Montclair and it made us smile to find a little piece of Cape Cod here in the NYC ‘burbs. The current owners have created the most gorgeous oasis and have maintained pesticide-free vegetable beds – a true labor of love.
The one-time garage has been converted into a fantastic artist’s studio. The foundation was reinforced, a new concrete floor poured, insulation and electricity were added, and new windows and a wood stove installed. When you experience the French doors open and the sound system playing, we think it might be hard to convert it back to use as a garage but that would be possible.
The inside of the home is equally magical. As you enter from the side porch into a four season sunroom, its spectacular window seat provides a clear view of the beautifully landscaped front yard. It seems like there are doors and windows everywhere you turn, bathing the house in sunlight. The first floor is open concept and can be arranged into multiple living spaces. Gather reading chairs or sofas around the fireplace, or leave wide open through to the large living room beyond. The powder room is located off to the side near the fireplace. The dining area opens into the updated “stainless/quartz” kitchen, and, through more French doors, into a cosy den. The indoor/outdoor flow continues to the back of the house, as both the living room and kitchen access the rear deck. Please note the rear deck is being sold in “as is” condition.
Tucked away in the back of the kitchen is a butler’s pantry, before you head down the stairs to the basement. Currently unfinished but with French drains in place, there is plenty of space and headroom to create a family room, extra bathroom, laundry room, or office space.
Upstairs are three bright, sunny bedrooms, and a stylishly renovated bathroom. Other features of this incredible home are newer windows throughout, leaded glass picture windows, newly refinished hardwood floors, a storage attic, tankless hotwater heater and numerous built-in shelves. For some, the house will be the perfect size as it is. Others will appreciate how extra space could be built as needed.
Columbus Avenue is a very pretty block, and has the advantage of being only 0.5 mile to Walnut Street train station, the Farmer’s Market and the up and coming shopping/restaurant area that has an unmistakably Brooklyn vibe. Bus commuting is also extremely convenient from Grove Street, where you can pick up the Decamp 33 and 66. Another desirable option is the Glen Ridge jitney, which stops close by as it runs down to the Glen Ridge train station.
This is truly a rare and special home that will touch your heart and soul.