Sotheby's International Realty - Princeton, NJ

From the setting, to the craftsmanship, to the architectural design, this hidden-away home is exceptional in every way. Perched above a particularly charming section of Stoney Brook favored by egrets and eagles, balconies and terraces bask in natural splendor. French doors and a multitude of transom-topped windows bring the view and plenty of fresh air inside. As the name implies, the Arts & Crafts style showcases artisan-made elements, such as iron railings by a NY area designer, custom Cherry woodwork and incredible Macacauba floors. The open main living areas - the living room, circular sunroom and gourmet kitchen - feature stone fireplaces. Double islands, two sinks and a huge Wolf range under a hand-crafted copper hood turn cooking into a communal event. Past a study with a hidden wet bar is the main level master suite with a spa-like bath flooded in sunlight and separate dressing rooms fitted with furniture-quality storage. A second master-worthy suite with access to the observatory is directly above. All bedrooms have private baths and features that make them special, including a suite with private entry and a kitchenette. The walk-out lower level has dedicated spaces for exercise, entertaining, wine collecting and marathon movie nights in the home theater with Pioneer surround sound. This lightly lived-in house is elevator-ready and highly efficient thanks to 6 HVAC zones.

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