Yes, the river is always amazing. And the landscape, especially at this time of year, as the fall foliage enters its peak, rivals some of the most seductive corners of the country. But that’s hardly the only eye candy around here. For many, it’s not even their favorite part of their Sunday afternoon-drive through the twisting, rolling roads of Bucks and Hunterdon counties.
That would be the lavish homes.
There’s something for everyone, regardless of which way your sensibilities lean, from newly constructed, minimalist temples to period-accurate, 19th-century stone farmhouses. And somehow, both (and everything in between) seem perfectly at home among the uncommon scenery.
So we started thinking—fantasizing, really: If we had $5 million (and change) to spend on our next home, where would we land? This is what we came up with. (There’s no unseeing what you’re about to see. Consider yourself warned.)
Asking price: $5.9 million
Total square feet: 8,340
At the heart of this 50-acre gentleman’s farm is a massive country manor that grew out of an 18th-century farmhouse. So the many rooms teeter back-and-forth between feeling a tad tight by today’s scale and gigantic by any measure. If you’re a big fan of the region’s deep history, the true beauty of Stone Creek is in the details, like the stone walls, hand-hewn beams, Dutch doors, and walk-in fireplace. That barn, which dates back to the 1740s, was meticulously restored, too. Even if history’s not your thing, there’s a slew of luxury amenities to indulge in instead, including a Carrera marble bath and shower room in the master bathroom, a thousand-bottle wine cellar, and a fully-equipped gym and sauna. And then there’s the outside: a saltwater pool and spa, a stocked pond, an orchard, and acres of meadows and woods between you and your nearest neighbor.
Asking price: $3.495 million
Total square feet: 4,856
At the other end of the spectrum, aesthetically speaking, is this sleek, minimalist marvel that takes full advantage of what feels like pure, unadulterated views for miles. The openness of the main living space is accentuated by a soaring ceiling and a wall of windows that looks out on an enormous patio, a generously-sized pool, a sprawling lawn, and, again, that view that goes on for days. This home is designed for people who need to entertain, each room spilling into the next, cozy fireplaces anchoring intimate nooks. But, then, as impressive as the interior spaces are, there’s never a question as to who the real star is. From every vantage point, even in the master bathroom, there’s a large picture window enticing you to stare outside. And there’s no point in trying to resist.