Prime location. Understated elegance. This outstanding Colonial at 25 Lenox Road is a classic beauty in every sense of the word, a significant home in the heart of Summit’s prime Northside that was once the residence of former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine; since then it has been extensively re-imagined by noted architectural firm, Rosen Kelly Conway in two renovation projects in 2008 and 2013 and custom built by Lee Barnes builders for its present owner.
French doors from a marble-floored vestibule introduce a formal reception hall with graceful bridal staircase to the second and third floor, elaborate crown moldings and hardwood floors. Formal rooms on either side create an enviable center hall floor plan designed for the time-honored tradition of elegant entertaining. Six-foot high paneled wainscoting surrounds both the living room and dining room, lending distinction to each. A stunning fireside living room enjoys both front and back property views and has two walls of beautiful leaded glass-front bookcases. The formal dining room is set beneath a ceiling medallion and accesses the butler’s pantry. A sun-filled den/solarium, renovated in 2008 with exposures on three sides, is the perfect quiet respite after a long day.
At the heart of the home is a fabulous open concept kitchen and great room annex that features soft white custom cabinetry and dark green marble countertops in the designer kitchen with see-through upper cabinets that let light through from the great room. Professional-grade appliances include a Wolf six-burner cooktop with griddle, double Wolf wall ovens, Fisher & Payke dual dishwashers, and more. A center island with seating, bar sink and under mount beverage fridge makes a statement. A sun-filled breakfast area is set beneath a vaulted ceiling with three skylights and a bowed window that takes in lovely rear property views. The sumptuous great room is upscale yet comfortable, with a wall of sliding French doors that open to a bluestone terrace with gas grill that overlooks a secluded level yard framed with lush privacy trees, hedgerows and plantings. A renovated half bath with custom vanity with marbled onyx top is located nearby. An open second floor landing overlooks the floor below and introduces two tastefully renovated ensuite family bedrooms with private marble-clad baths - one with tub shower and frameless glass doors; another with oversized frameless steam shower and access to its own private balcony.
The master suite was completely redone to include his- and her- custom walk-in closets and a wall of built-ins that house a media center. The master bedroom opens to the renovated luxury master bath outfitted with cherry wood vanity with marble-topped double sinks, an oversized frameless shower, deep jetted tub and separate water closet. An attractive home office features two walls of custom built-ins and large windows for added charm and versatility, along with the convenience of a fully equipped laundry center that was added on this floor. A new staircase (2013) to the third floor continues its graceful curve to a third floor landing and sitting area. Two additional bedrooms (one features an expanse of built-in bookshelves and desk) are privately set on this level, along with a fully renovated hall bath and tub shower that serves them. A generous renovated bonus room/home office/bedroom offers versatility of use, enhanced with a built-in work station. Two back staircases lead from the first floor to a garden level mud room featuring an abundance of built-in cubbies and a walk-in closet, as well as direct access from a three-car heated garage that has built-in storage closets. The lower level recreation room is trimmed in tongue and groove wainscoting, a second laundry center with built-ins, a second half bath, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and an exercise room with floor lowered in 2008 to achieve a greater ceiling height. Sophisticated mechanical systems are 21st-century enhancements made to the home. Ideally situated in one of Summit’s limited edition Northside neighborhoods, convenient to downtown, New York City trains and area schools, this fine residence is a special find not to be missed!