If you’re a seasoned house hunter in Montclair, you know once you cross the threshold of a home in Montclair, you can be in for a big surprise. Such is the case at 87 North Mountain, a single family Victorian home – fully loaded – architecturally speaking.
This well-maintained seven-bedroom, four level home has plenty of curb appeal, but the eye candy is all in the details inside. Built in 1900, Montclair Mayor Ernest C. Hinck and his wife Helena were the first of five owners.
Current owners, Jon and Marion Randel, restored this home with meticulous detail to Victorian authenticity and the Art and Crafts details present from subsequent additions. Their passion garnered a Victorian Society Preservation Award for outstanding renovations. The home is listed with Adriana O’Toole, Montclair Realty for $1,132,600. Taxes are $29,957. The property includes a two-car garage, and a well lit basement walkout with a home office and a “mother-in-law suite” with bedroom, full bath, and private entrance. Bonus for gardening addicts: there’s an attached potting shed, lovely mature plantings and a “secret garden” on the flag-shaped lot which is nearly half an acre.
Bright and roomy, the home is resplendent with carved antique woodwork, original light fixtures, stained glass, parquet floors, multiple fireplaces and leaded glass cabinets lending a museum quality to the house, plus the coziness of a bed and breakfast. A word of caution: don’t be afraid of wallpaper. Keeping with the period, owners have invested a fortune in historically accurate wallpaper, often applied in layers, from Bradbury and Bradbury. The dining room has interesting patterns on walls and ceiling, in subdued jewel tones.
Don’t miss the open house at 87 North Mountain, Montclair, this Sunday, January 31, 2-4 pm. For listing info, and a virtual tour of this home, click here.
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Throughout the house: french doors, pocket doors, period and original ceiling lights; the bright, eat-in kitchen is fully renovated with Viking double ovens, GE SS refrigerator. Original butler’s pantry cabinets, glazed Mexican tile floor, oak butcher block counters, and a wood-burning Soapstone stove add charm and warmth. Master bedroom suite inlcudes a sitting room and full bath. Adjacent is the 2nd floor library/sitting room with fireplace, bay window, built in leaded glass cabinets. All fireplaces are adorned with American Encaustic Tiles. Admire the sloped ceilings and warm tones of the “deer and rabbit” bedroom named for the frieze accenting the ceiling. Another bedroom has a sweet dressing area opening to a “Juliette” balcony.
Abundant Plantings at 87 N Mountain Ave: Blue Fescue grass,
Blue Spruce – Dwarf Globe, Butterfly Bush, Cedar (Black Dragon Japanese), Euonymus – Manhattan Euonymus, Heavenly Bamboo, varieties of Hydrangea, Japanese Maple (Red Dragon Lace), day lilies, Pyramidal Cypress St Johnswort – Sunburst, Viburnum, Red Twig Dogwood shrub,Iris (many rhizomes purchased from Presby Iris Gardens), pear tree, and more.
Listing office: Montclair Realty, Adriana O’Toole, 973-744-8377