Rock icon and New Jersey philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi offers his French-inspired château overlooking the tranquil Navesink River for sale.
Editorial Team ! 20th November, 2020
Sited on 15 lush acres with panoramic water views, the High Point Estate boasts a main residence by Robert A.M. Stern and original landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers. The High Point Estate, named for its breath-taking vantage above New Jersey’s Navesink River, is a triumph of award-winning architecture and landscape design. The 18,000-square-foot main residence was conceived by the internationally renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern.
The impressive property would make an ideal home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are currently on the lookout for a family home and with the Bon Jovi frontman, who is set to record a charity single for Prince Harry's Invictus Games in March what a better time to pitch it to them!
The main residence of stucco and limestone is introduced by a double-wide entrance driveway, brick courtyards, French balconies, tall and wide mullioned windows and arched alcove windows. Solid wood double doors open to a two-story foyer with limestone flooring and a custom circular staircase detailed with a hand-forged wrought-iron banister. The interiors are appointed with intricate glazing, 18th- and 19th-century patinas and handmade plaster finishes.
Kathleen Coumou, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate commented that “The property boasts the talents of the world’s most esteemed visionaries in music, architecture, landscaping and interiors. The result is an estate that is a work of art to be lived in.”
The living room, with a 12-foot-high ceiling and a welcoming fireplace, is completed with intricately painted woodwork and parquet flooring, then flowing to the bar area with a large French mirror positioned to further accent the river views. The dining room was designed to accommodate a round table to encourage dinner conversations. A brick barrelled ceiling and wide-planked wood floor infuse warmth to the kitchen. An intimate family room has a beamed ceiling, built-ins and a fireplace, and then opens to an outdoor retreat with a fireplace and a pergola to view sailboats passing on the river. The main floor also includes a home theatre.
The second floor has two distinct wings, one reserved for the family and the other for guests or staff. The family wing has four en-suite bedrooms. These include the master suite, complete with a balcony, a master bath with steam shower and a freestanding soaking tub, generous his-and-her walk-in closets, a seating area and a kitchenette. The guest wing offers a full gym with bathroom and steam shower, while the staff quarters offers two bedrooms, a full bath and a kitchen, an elevator serves the home’s multiple levels.
The pool is an oasis of tranquillity. Entered through a courtyard and Renaissance-inspired gardens, its large slate patio and shady pergola is further served by two full, cedar bath cabanas and a separate kitchen and laundry room. A 6.5-acre parcel of the estate can be subdivided. Says Gloria Nilson of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate: "The High Point Estate is the rare confluence of an esteemed architectural masterpiece poised on a once-in-a-lifetime setting capturing the river's ever-changing vistas. Beyond these gates is a graceful lifestyle ready for the next owner."
An additional four outbuildings grace the grounds: a carriage house dating back to 1910 with three bedrooms, a living room with the original fireplace and a full kitchen; a pub with its bar imported from France and a billiards area; a recording studio with seven double-door garages beneath; plus a separate structure with a workshop and storage. The property also has a dock and boat lift.