19th Century Estate With Modern Touches

New Jersey's 'Appletrees' estate features a 10,000-square-foot main house with 18 rooms.
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A beautiful country estate situated atop posh Bernardsville Mountain, N.J., has hit the market.

Originally built by stockbroker Ramsay Turnbull in 1893, the estate is called "Appletrees" and features a 10,000-square-foot main house with 18 rooms, along with a separate three-bedroom guest house on its own separate lot.

The current owner is looking to sell the entire 12-acre estate altogether but is willing to sell off the guest house first since he plans to live in the main house for another year at most.

The main house is listed at $8.5 million. The guest house, which sits on five acres that include a pond, is on the market for just under $2 million.

The current owner, technology executive Peter Licata, bought the main house for $6.1 million in April 2004, and a corporation affiliated with Licata bought the guest house for $1.5 million at the same time, according to property records. Licata spent an undisclosed sum adding to renovations of the house, including a new kitchen and additional bedrooms. Licata could not be reached for comment.

The recent owners "kept all the ambience of the age and just refined it," says Molly Tonero, the listing agent with Turpin Real Estate. "You walk in and you're not intimidated by the fact that it was built in the late 1800s."

The main house features expansive entertaining rooms with high ceilings and original wood floors. A solarium looks out across perennial gardens at a reflecting pond, with the mountains in the distance. The trees on the property are hundreds of years old. The estate also features a pool, gazebo, tennis court and six-car garage.

The three-level main house boasts a stone-walled wine cellar, billiard room, and entertainment room. Fireplaces grace each of the seven primary rooms.

In the latter part of the 19th Century, wealthy businessmen flocked to Bernardsville Mountain to create sprawling country estates. The extension of the railroad to the area in 1872 from New York City helped fuel the building boom. The area remains a wealthy suburb with a rural feel, located 1.5 hours by train from Manhattan, and a one-hour drive from the Jersey shore.

10,000-Square-Foot Main House

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Actress Meryl Streep grew up in Bernardsville. Current prominent residents include Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and journalist Bill Moyer.

Guest House

Source: Turpin Real Estate

Interior of Guest House

Source: Turpin Real Estate