The story of 1 Downey Place
A private lane extends from Crocker’s exquisite Downey Place cul-de-sac, at its tranquil and treed end lies this renovated period estate. Idyllically secluded, the quarter-acre-plus grounds grant a retreat sensibility, with sculpted garden and outdoor-living spaces outlined by an oak grove. Extraordinary renovations preserve and polish the home’s time-honored rustic grandeur. With three levels of living space, it comprises architecturally embellished rooms including an open-to-dining-room connoisseur’s kitchen, living room tented by cathedral-beamed ceiling, fireplace-embellished family room, wine-tasting room, and more; five bedrooms include one that doubles as a library, a lower-level suite ideal as an au pair, and multi-chamber master suite.
The serene setting, with the sound only of fountain water falling and outlook exclusively of the property, belies the location’s convenient proximity to everyday destinations. Highly rated schools, vibrant shopping, dining, and recreation in the Lakeshore, Montclair, and Park Boulevard hubs, plus highways and commuting options all exist within a stroll, bike ride, or short drive.
With restoration and transformation befitting its charismatic provenance, the 1930 home embodies an up-to-the-moment, enduringly timeless duality. Public rooms showcase Mediterranean flair through richly grained dark hardwood floors, arched wide entries and alcoves, iron balustrades, dark-wood beams, and oversized windows with leafy outlooks. The lofty formal living room, graced with a Juliet balcony and stacked-stone fireplace, becomes doubly airy when French doors open and disappear, seamlessly connecting a broad stretch of the room with a terra-cotta balcony. Contemporary in its capability, the kitchen features professional-caliber appliances, including a DCS six-burner range with grill and double ovens and a wine refrigerator augmenting the home’s substantial wine cellar. Appliances integrate amid consummately configured, furnished-effect cabinetry. Farmhouse-style elements, a molding-trimmed hood, farm sink, and butcher-block plus quartz countertops, meet a marble mosaic backsplash. Laid out for gathering, a peninsula offers bar seating, and office alcove provides a smart work space.
Three full bathrooms plus powder room, all completely reimagined, correspond to the home’s rustic-refined aesthetic and intermix combinations of natural stone in neutral hues. Bedrooms are noteworthy for generous room and closet dimensions and architectural allure; one features a balcony, while the master suite presents a Bay window seat and sunroom with closet, making it well suited as a nursery or office.
Resort-like ambiance and amenities invite everyday enjoyment and elevated entertaining. The interior, endowed with cedar sauna room among its amenities, opens extensively to outdoor features: balconies, stone-terrace lounge with focal-point fireplace and inset DCS grill, manicured lawn and garden with canopied daybed, deck with hot tub, and creative studio/play cottage with climbing wall.
Abundant storage includes a basement that spans the footprint of the home and an attached two-car garage.