62 Undercliff Road, Montclair
List Price $1,500,000
Listing Agent: Roberta Baldwin, Keller Williams Towne Square 973-420-9043
OPEN: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2-4pm.
The circa 1910 Tudor manse at 62 Undercliff sits on 2.5 acres backing up to Eagle Rock Reservation, looking out to the Manhattan skyline. Big and beautiful, the impeccably maintained exterior ranks high on curb appeal. Little did I know it was hiding a very unique room inside…
I did say big, didn’t I? There’s enough space inside the 17-room, 11-bedroom, 5.5 bath house for a small village – or a multi-generational family with a home business.
Entering through the front door, it seems even bigger while taking in the center hall colonial layout. Massive high ceilinged rooms flow easily into consecutive open entertaining spaces which feature big picture windows, exquisite traditional molding, built-in bookcases, and window seats. The pristine wood floors are all recently refinished. Not a trace of Tudor on the main floor, whose cream colored walls offer a happy blast of brightness. On the South wing is a terracotta floored sunroom with fireplace. It opens onto a huge outdoor covered flagstone terrace, where you could party all summer long.
The expansive updated kitchen with requisite granite countertops and a center island the size of a wading pool is blessed with tall windows that light up the cooking, entertaining, and work spaces.
Go up the carved oak staircase to get from bigger to biggest. With so many rooms, you can get lost among two master bedroom/bathroom suites and three bedrooms on the second floor, and six large bedrooms on the third floor. Some of the bathrooms have a vintage look – one with maroon and pink tiles, others need updating, and a couple have been renovated. And like the main floor, the feeling of the rooms is crisp and contemporary.
Get thee to the basement for a bit of fun, where it begins to feel Tudor. Exposed beams and dark wood paneling adorn a recreation room currently housing a pool table. Behind a dark wooden closet door – surprise! It’s a beautiful pub-room, which I suspect could’ve been the neighborhood speakeasy back in the days of prohibition. Bar stools and a long high-backed church pew can seat a small crowd. Note the metal door behind the bar leading to a bottle storage room, and the easy entry/escape door to the side yard.
62 Undercliff is a strong and sturdy home for living large, lending itself well to some easy updating. The slate-roofed four-car garage out back is sweet. GSMLS info and photos, here. Cruise through more interior photos, here.