One of the most admired homesteads in Harding Township--an area known for its treasured historic homes and rural settings-- is known as the Colgate Stables. Located on Blue Mill Road in the eastern portion of the township, the current 4.6-acre lot was once part of the larger land holdings of Henry Auchincloss Colgate whose farm extended from Van Beuren Road through what is now known as Holly Hill up to Silver Lake. Around 1924, he built the Colonial Revival- style stables using steel and concrete to last for generations. In the 1950s the stables were transformed to a 14-room, six-bedroom residence. The cupolas atop the gambrel roofing remain and accent the historic structure. Two long wings of stalls became, over time, an open-air pool house that now links the garden-filled courtyard to the pool area and a small guest apartment on the opposite wing. The carriage house portion at the center became the vast living room with French doors opening to the front and rear, flooding the room with sunlight and welcome views to the protected courtyard. But perhaps the most beguiling part of the transformation is now the inner ring of covered open porches that link the rooms of the home to the courtyard, providing an expanse of sheltered outdoor living edged by wisteria and flowering beds. On the first floor, a graciously-sized dining room enjoys a wood-fired fireplace. The kitchen has a center island and breakfast nook that is accented by wooden beams. A powder room off the living room is conveniently located. As part of the original plan, a charming card room is lined with cabinets that house a wet bar, wine and liquor storage and a bookshelf. Just beyond, a former tack room was transformed to the library which now includes a gas fireplace and access to the custom-designed elevator to the primary bedroom above. All but the guest apartment bedroom are located on the second floor. The primary suite has lovely arched Dutch doors that are permanently closed but beautifully flank the gas fireplace. Double bathrooms and a large hall lined by closets and a dressing area end at a door to an unfinished attic. This space presents an opportunity to enlarge the primary suite or perhaps create a generous home office suite. Four other bedrooms and a laundry room are complemented by two full bathrooms. Atop one of the wings: an expansive 67-foot-long family room is designed with a peaked ceiling and long shed dormer windows. This is a rare and classic offering with terrific 'bones' and endless potential. The fact that it has access to Silver Lake makes it even more special.
Property Features Include: Detached Garage, Baseboard - Electric,Multi-Zone,Radiant - Electric,Radiators - Steam
Amenities Include: In-Ground Pool
Exterior: Dog Run,Wood Fence,Open Porch(es)
Lot Acres: 4.60