1053 Ardmore Avenue
Reimagined for contemporary living, this embellished traditional on alluring Ardmore Avenue reflects just-completed restoration and renovation throughout, enhancing its original glory while seamlessly integrating up-to-the-moment facets. Three levels of living space comprise considerable public rooms, including family rooms on two levels and three bedrooms, including a multi-room master suite. Preserved original elements infuse the home with a vintage sensibility, while new components complement the classic aesthetic in the kitchen, two full bathrooms plus powder room. Three broad openings connect to a dining-and-lounging deck and expansive, multifaceted garden.
Nestled in Crocker Highlands, picturesque Ardmore Avenue presents an ideal location. It undulates gracefully with distinctive architecture, forming a tranquil setting that remains convenient to everyday destinations. For shopping, dining, and recreating, the Lakeshore and Montclair hubs put everything within close proximity. Also within a scenic stroll lie transportation options and highly rated schools.
The home’s façade is infused with regal character and charisma. Marked by symmetry and French Eclectic touches, its steeply pitched hipped roof, popping with eyebrow dormers creates architectural interest, which extends to the interior.
With a central-hall floor plan, a ring of public rooms flows together via wide openings. Their substantial spaces, underpinned by hardwood floors, are suffused with natural light from large-scale divided-light windows and glass doors. The dining room basks in front-garden outlooks and is ornamented with decorative wall molding and a sideboard alcove. Living-room focal points include a window-flanked fireplace and a lighted nook bookended by display shelving. Similarly symmetrical, the adjacent library-sunroom features bookshelves outlining sliding glass doors offering bright, leafy sightlines plus seamless outdoor connection to the deck, with terrace and garden beyond. Laid out with areas for recreation and repose and laced with walking paths, the vibrantly landscaped garden brims with flowering perennials and fruit-bearing trees.
With all-new components and an ultra-current layout open to both a breakfast and family room, the kitchen also dovetails with the home’s bygone-era aesthetic. Carrera marble counters meet color-coordinated subway tile backsplashes. A suite of high-caliber stainless appliances includes a five-burner gas range and pair of wall ovens.
Three coved-ceiling bedrooms occupy the second floor, one with covered balcony, and the master suite containing a radiantly light sunroom with storage, well suited as an office or nursery. Expressing vintage virtues, master and hall bathrooms, as well as the main-floor powder room, contain iconic hexagonal floor tiles and fresh-white fixtures. A lower-level family room with exterior access doubles as guest accommodation.
Plentiful storage space includes a two-car garage at the base of the private driveway.