Hilltop—long recognized as one of Tewksbury Township’s most exceptional estate properties-- is available for just the second time in its history. When Eileen and Jerry Ford, founders of the international Ford Models agency, sought to build a country retreat, they were drawn to a 20-acre mountaintop location featuring long views reaching as far as New Brunswick, Bridgewater, Round Valley Reservoir and the distant Hunterdon Hills. The rare topography consists of significant flat terrain for the residence, pool and tennis court, all carefully situated to take in dramatic panoramas.
Close attention to proportion and scale resulted in an intimate yet grand three-level home measuring approximately 9,556 square feet. Hilltop’s expansive floor plan contains eight bedrooms--five of which are en-suite--and four half baths.
Soliciting the design services of renowned architects and designers, the Fords also scoured the world for unique architectural elements to distinguish their tranquil refuge. On trips to Europe, they acquired stunning antique tiles for the kitchen, baths and fireplace surrounds. Their travels also led them to install 17th century French limestone floors and a limestone fireplace for the screened porch. Arranged in a traditional center hall layout, the interior brims with warmth and character.
An abundance of French doors and oversized windows allow south-facing principal rooms to take in maximum sunlight; the expansive living and dining rooms and a wood-paneled library featuring millwork crafted by Austrian woodcarvers are bathed in natural light throughout the day.
Off of the stunning gourmet kitchen, a family and informal dining room opens onto a bluestone terrace bordered by stone walls, a popular spot for warm weather dining and enjoying the magnificent sunsets over Round Valley Lake.
Among the eight bedrooms, an impressive master suite stands out based on its lavishly outfitted dressing area, romantic fireplace and luxurious custom-tiled bath.
Outdoor amenities such as a 50’ x 25’ heated pool, Har-Tru tennis court and brick and bluestone patios surrounded by colorful perennials enhance the scenic natural beauty of the acreage.
Located on the border of Somerset County in Tewksbury Township, Hilltop is conveniently located 45 miles from the Holland Tunnel. Its highly secure location offers a gated entry, full security system and fencing. Truly an unparalleled offering in today's market, the current owners have thoughtfully preserved the Ford's innovative vision for a comfortable, sophisticated lifestyle.
Property Features Include: Oversize Garage, Multi-Zone Cooling, Central Air, 4 Units, 4 Units, Multi-Zone, Finished-Partially, Full
Amenities Include: Outdoor Pool, Heated
Additional Information: Carbon Monoxide Detector, Central Vacuum, Generator-Hookup, Refrigerator, Washer, Dishwasher, Self Cleaning Oven, Dryer, Microwave Oven
Built in: 1995
Exterior: Clapboard, Wood, Wood Shingle
Lot Acres: 19.71