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In the heart of Monmouth County, New Jersey, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Navesink River, and just one-hour outside of New York City, lies one of the East Coast’s most beautiful and affluent communities, the Navesink section of Middletown.

High Point Estate, rich in architectural symmetry, is perfectly positioned on fifteen+ professionally landscaped acres with breathtaking vistas and includes seven hundred feet of Navesink river frontage.

This elegant French-inspired chateau, magnificently designed by the renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern of New York City, features architectural details requiring exceptional materials, skill and craftsmanship.

The main house is an 18,000 square foot stucco and limestone home, detailed with a double-wide entrance driveway, brick courtyards, French balconies, tall and wide mullioned windows, historic and wrought iron ornate accents, arched alcove windows, slate roofs, tall chimneys, and copper gutters. Enter the main house through solid wood double doors and vestibule to an open two-story elegant foyer with limestone flooring, exquisite architectural details and a custom circular staircase detailed with a hand-forged wrought iron banister.

The interior was masterly painted by internationally acclaimed Pierre Finkelstein, his realistic wood graining, intricate glazing, 18th, and 19th-century patinas, gilding, handmade plaster finishes, ornamentation, custom-cut stenciling, and architectural trompe l’oeil is detailed throughout the home. The first and second-floor foyers are intricately hand-painted Venetian plaster in a design that appears textured but smooth to the touch.

The fifty-foot living room, with twelve-foot ceilings, a grand fireplace, intricately painted woodwork, bookshelves, and parquet flooring is also home to a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art Movie Theater. Just next to the living room, enter the elegant river view bar which is designed in exquisite Pierre hand-painted carved wood details with a large French mirror reflecting the river. The dining room was designed for a round dining table of eighteen, thus putting everyone at the head of the table creating the perfect riverfront dining experience.

The kitchen features a handcrafted brick barreled ceiling with hand-painted beams, wide-planked wood floors and honed alabaster countertops with a large island and state-of-the-art kitchen amenities and a breakfast room that captures the river views.

A warm and calming family room with beamed ceilings, built-ins, wood-planked floors and a fireplace that doubles as an outdoor fireplace with a pergola and seating area to view the sailboats on the river as they pass by.

The second floor consists of two wings; the family wing and the guest or staff quarters. The family wing consists of four en-suite bedrooms, including the master suite. The master suite has a balcony with panoramic views overlooking the river, a master bath with a curved steam shower and a free-standing soaking tub overlooking the river with alabaster and marble accents. The bedroom has expansive his and her walk-in closets, a seating area, a private hallway, French pocket doors, and a kitchenette. The three additional bedrooms are large with full baths and expansive closets. With one bedroom offering a large balcony overlooking the river. The guest wing or staff quarters has a private entrance and offers two bedrooms, a full bath, and a kitchen. There is an elevator that leads from the basement to the first and second floors. State-of-the-art systems are housed in the basement and attic.

There is a three-car heated garage and a French-inspired courtyard. Through the courtyard open the baroque French barn door which leads to the outdoor space set in era reminiscent of a renaissance garden with a large slate patio, stone walkways covered by a pergola – overlooking beautiful gardens and long stretches of grass lawns offering total privacy, tranquility and an astonishing river views from the heated in-ground pool. The pool area offers two full cedar bath cabanas and a separate kitchen and laundry room.

There are four outbuildings including a timeless carriage house of the original 1910 architecture with three bedrooms, three full and one-half baths, a living room with a cathedral wood and beamed ceiling with the original fireplace and a full kitchen. The second building known as the charming “Shoe Inn” Pub, offers a living room with a fireplace, pool table area, a period designed imported bar from France and a one-car garage. The original stables now house a loft-style recording studio on the second floor with seven double door garages beneath. A separate stables building has a laundry room, workshop, and storage area.

The professionally landscaped and fastidiously maintained French landscaping of The Olmsted Brothers design, the landscape architects known for designing the grounds of some of the country’s most prestigious universities and parks, is the heart of the grounds with symmetry, order, green space, and courtyards. The property has a dock and boat lift equipped with electric and water. Middletown, NJ is within a one hour’s drive to New York City and approximately 45 minutes via the SeaStreak Ferry.

– 18,000 square foot main residence designed by Robert AM Stern with 6 bedrooms, and 7 full baths
– 15 acres of Olmsted Brothers designed manicured grounds with formal gardens and courtyards
– Elevator serving all floors
– Heated outdoor pool with 2 cedar bath cabanas and separate kitchen
– Four outbuildings including carriage house, barn, music studio and recreation building, and stables
– 750′ of river frontage, glorious views, and a dock with boat lift
– Within 1 hour to New York City and an easy commute via the SeaStreak Ferry

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