371 Claremont Road,
Bernardsville Boro NJ

4 beds | 6.2 baths | 5.4 Acres | MLS/ID#: 9010043


This enchanting house, originally built in 1929 by Ellen Low Pierrepont Moffat, was named Little Thoresby after Thoresby Hall, the ancestral Pierrepont family seat in Nottinghamshire, England. Mrs. Moffat remained there for 30 years. The Crawford family became the next owners and renamed the estate Balcarres after their family house in Rumson, New Jersey (facts according to Jack Turpin’s book The Somerset Hills, Vol. 2). There have been several owners since then who have improved, updated and added to the original estate, currently making it a “new” old and charming property. A newly designed Belgian block-lined stone drive leads to an enlarged cobblestone parking court. This one-of-a-kind handmade brick house might remind a visitor of an antique estate in Europe, reminiscent of a bygone romantic era. Exquisite gardens, stately trees, a large pool, expansive lawns and bluestone terraces surround the very private manicured spaces outside. The interior of this beautifully restored and updated house features well proportioned rooms, original painted brick hallway floors, amazing plaster moldings, carved mantles, and all new windows along with preserved leaded glass windows which keep the antique flavor of this exceptional residence. A fabulous circular floating staircase built into an oast house-style turret graces a main hallway. The current owners have carefully updated the original section of the house and added a new wing, seamlessly blending the old and the new for the next owners of this cherished estate.
Bedrooms 4
Full Bathrooms 6
Half Bathrooms 2
Acreage 5.4
Style Custom
Taxes $0 
Number of Rooms 15
Basement No
Community Living No

Listing Courtesy of: Sylvia Kissel, Turpin Real Estate, Inc.

Co-listing Courtesy of: Rose Murphy


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Rose Murphy



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Bernardsville, NJ real estate market

Located in northern Somerset County, historic Bernardsville Borough is bordered by Mendham, Harding, Peapack-Gladstone, Bedminster and Basking Ridge/Bernards Township. Established after seceding from Bernards Township in 1924, Bernardsville has the distinction of being the only town with that name in the United States.

Bernardsville's bustling downtown district winds along Route 202 and offers shops, services, boutiques, a movie theater, two supermarkets, several restaurants and a New Jersey Transit train station for service to New York.

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