A first-class example of Victorian artistry, 97 Watchung Avenue built in 1882, symbolizes the many charming characteristics of this beloved style and time. The home’s exterior, painted in a vibrant purple with white and gold ornamentations and trims, resembles a storybook Victorian home with lattice windows, a front porch with detailing and flower boxes, columns, bay windows and cornices all classic examples of the period architecture.
Step into the Entry Foyer and you are immediately captivated by the vintage charm and distinct accents including original colorful stained glass windows, inlaid hardwood flooring and decorative columns. Ten-foot ceilings and an open floor plan make living and entertaining ideal. The Living Room setting has inlaid hardwood floors, crown molding, pocket doors, gas fireplace with brick surround and a small built-in bookcase. There’s a cozy sitting area partitioned under an arch and surrounded by a set of latticework windows that gives the room an extra touch of grace. Just beyond is the elegant formal Dining Room with inlaid hardwood floors, decorative cornices, picture window and a built-in cabinet. The Parlor reminiscent of the home’s history has a decorative fireplace and original floor to ceiling windows overlooking the quaint front porch. Painted in soft, classic Victorian shades highlighted by decorative ceiling medallions with crystal chandeliers**, you can easily savor the romance of the period.
A thoughtfully renovated kitchen and the addition of a sunroom enhance the First Floor’s blueprint to near perfection. The Kitchen has been designed to meet every need of the modern day family in paramount taste and style. A limestone tile floor, custom cabinetry and neutral granite counters complement sleek top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and a touch of the old still remains in the exposed brick wall with built-in decorative fireplace-- a kitchen to be treasured. The Sunroom with a pass through to the kitchen creates seamless entertaining, a matching limestone tile floor, built-in shelving and plenty of natural light comes through large surrounding windows.
Take the stately spindle staircase up to the Second Floor where the Victorian enchantment continues. Four large bedrooms and two bathrooms assure a restful nights’ sleep for family and guests alike. Bright natural light shines through the windows into all bedrooms with warm, neutral carpeting, ceiling fans, built-ins and plenty of closet space.
The Third Level has a walk-up attic with plenty of storage space and an additional bonus room keeping the clutter out of the main living quarters.
There’s also a Lower Level with a finished Recreation Area with laminate flooring and decorative columns, a great space for relaxing with friends, watching TV or a playroom for the kids. A laundry area and additional storage complete this level.
This is more than just a home, it captures a period in history. Enchanting and bright, a Victorian treasure in a town that has been ranked by both CNN/Money and Money Magazine as ninth on its annual list of 100 Best Places to Live in the United States and by New Jersey Monthly as its 25th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey.
New carpeting (2010), New Roof (2008), New Kitchen Appliances, granite counters and tile backsplash (2007), New Furnace/Air Conditioning (2005).
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