Offered for the first time in over 66 years, Singing Wood is one of the area’s most famous estates. This finely-appointed mansion is set on 30+ picturesque acreage with sweeping countryside views. The property was owned by former congressman Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Jr. from 1948 until 2011. Frelinghuysen was an environmental champion who prevented the Great Swamp from being developed into a major airport. Singing Wood was designed by James W. O’Connor, an architect credited for some of the most elegant residences on the East Coast. He integrated classic details such as intricate moldings, arched doorways and pediment-framed doors in the home. Constructed on a magnificent scale, the landmark home is finished in red brick and white clapboard. Its distinguished architecture is prominently on display from its circular drive approach. Highlights of the dramatic interior include detailed plaster moldings such as ornate crown, egg and dart and dentil trim, elaborately-mantled fireplaces, hardwood floors and oversized windows. Entered by a wide foyer graced with a curved staircase, gathering spaces include a living room clad in vintage Chinoiserie wallpaper, a banquet-sized dining room featuring a huge bow window, a sun-filled family room, and a library clad in rich wood tones. Each of these primary rooms features a beautifully-mantled fireplace. The spacious eat-in kitchen is served by an oversized butler’s pantry. Among the numerous bedrooms is a master suite containing a bed chamber, dressing room, private bathroom, office and sitting room. Outdoor amenities include a bluestone terrace and covered porch overlooking perennial plantings, specimen trees and shrubs; a sunken garden bordered by fieldstone walls; a formal fenced rose garden; and an in-ground swimming pool. Truly a home for the ages, Singing Wood is a rare estate offering in a coveted locale.
James W. O'Connor, designed the residence finished in red brick and white clapboard, it's elegant architecture is prominently on display from its circular drive approach. Highlights of the dramatic interior include detailed plaster moldings such as orante crown, egg and dart & dentil trim, elaborately-mantled fireplaces & oversized windows. Entered by a wide foyer with a floating staircase, gathering spaces include a living room clad in vintage Chinoiserie wallpaper, a banquet-sized dining room featuring a huge bow window, wood-clad library, family room, each w/fireplace. Expansive mstr.suite. Add. Acre.Avail.
Property Features Include: Detached Garage, See Remarks, heating unit, partially finished basement
Amenities Include: In-Ground Pool
Additional Information: OvnWElec,CookGas,Washer,Dryer
Built in: 1938
Exterior: Brick, Clapboard
Architectural Style: Colonial
Lot Acres: 32.06