3480 Valley Rd,
Bernards Twp. NJ

5 beds | 3.2 baths | 1.39 Acres | MLS/ID#: 3588763


Designer Colonial at Shady Brook Farm

Inspired by the classic Colonial architecture of an 18th-century farmhouse, this custom-built residence is an elegant presence in Basking Ridge’s desirable Shady Brook Farm enclave. Close attention to detail is evident throughout the inviting five or six-bedroom, three full and two half bath layout. 

Equally impressive are the outdoor features such as an expansive wraparound covered and open mahogany porch, bluestone terrace, colorful gardens, green lawns and Belgian block curbing. Storage needs are easily met in the attached oversized two-car garage, garden shed, basement and attic storage areas. Situated on 1.39 acres of professionally landscaped grounds, this magical setting invites relaxation and serenity.

Built for and enhanced by one of the area’s top interior designers, the home showcases an impeccable sense of style. Highlights of the graceful interior include custom painted rooms and finishes, hardwood floors, grasscloth wallpaper, a wood-burning fireplace, traditional millwork, high ceilings, arched room openings, French doors, customized built-ins, closets fitted with wardrobe organizers, upgraded baths, a chef’s center island kitchen and finished daylight walkout lower level which incorporates the same design quotient as the rest of the home.

Introduced by a solid mahogany door edged by a transom window and sidelights, the two-story entry has artisan-painted wood flooring, a traditional staircase and sightlines into some of the main rooms. Flanking the foyer are spacious formal living and dining rooms, both ideal venues for special occasions. In the family room, a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by a custom mantel and triple French doors to the wraparound porch are exceptional amenities. 

Of special note is the gourmet kitchen presenting Ultracraft mocha glazed maple cabinetry, a center island with breakfast bar seating, beaded board backsplash, Viking refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and microwave oven. Natural light streams into an adjoining breakfast room overlooking the lush grounds. Nearby is a privately situated study or sixth bedroom, powder room, mudroom with ample closet space and garage access.

Upstairs, the tray ceiling master bedroom is a light, bright take on European elegance; it is designed with upholstered walls and custom draperies from Cowtan & Tout’s designer Jane Churchill “Follies” fabric, hand-painted window cornices from renowned artist William J. Totten, deep crown moldings, chairs rails and picture frame millwork, plus dual walk-in closets with organizers. A spa-like master bath offers a jetted tub, separate clear glass-enclosed shower with seat, vaulted ceiling, tumbled Durango travertine stone tile flooring and an antique chandelier. Four additional bedrooms, a laundry room, oversized storage room and two more full baths complete the second story.

Beautifully finished, the walkout lower level contains an extra-large recreation area illuminated by a handmade billiard light, a media room with a full wall built-in entertainment center and a fabulous home office entered by a set of divided light pocket doors and featuring two built-in desk areas with enough space for a third desk.  A powder room, multiple closets and storage room are also on this well-designed level. French doors open to the bluestone terrace enclosed by natural stone seat and retaining walls.

Outside, a picturesque storage shed with new roof is embellished with a custom garden trellis entry to the backyard, a private and wooded sanctuary that is perfect for entertaining or quiet reflection. Exquisitely designed perennial and annual gardens, manicured lawns, professional landscapes, exterior lighting, invisible fencing and underground irrigation are further details that enhance this exceptional Basking Ridge property filled with custom designer touches throughout.
Bedrooms 5
Full Bathrooms 3
Half Bathrooms 2
Property Type Residential
Year Built 2001
Acreage 1.39
Style Colonial, Custom Home
Taxes $19,171 (2019)


Elementary LIBERTY C
Middle W ANNIN
Number of Rooms 13
Basement Yes
Basement Desc. Walkout, Finished, Full
Community Living No
Pets Allowed Yes
  • BarDry
  • JacuzTyp
  • WlkInCls
  • StallTub
  • Blinds
  • Shades
  • WndwTret
  • CODetect
  • CeilHigh
  • CeilCath
  • SmokeDet


  • CO Detector
  • Range/Oven-Gas
  • Refrigerator
  • Water Filter
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Kitchen Exhaust Fan
  • Microwave Oven


  • Family Room
  • Wood Burning


  • Carpeting
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Wood


  • 2 Units
  • Forced Hot Air
  • Multi-Zone

Fuel type

  • Gas-Natural


  • Multi-Zone Cooling
  • 2 Units
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Central Air


  • Public Water

Water heater

  • Gas


  • Public Sewer


  • Cable TV
  • Fiber Optic Available
  • Garbage Extra Cha

Room layout

Room Dimensions Floor
Master Bedroom 13x20 Second
Bedroom 2 11x14 Second
Bedroom 3 11x13 Second
Bedroom 4 13x13 Second
Den Room 13x11 First
Dining Room 13x18 First
Family Room 15x18 First
Kitchen 21x17 First
Living Room 13x16 First
Bedroom 14x13 Second
Media Room 16x15 Basement
Rec Room 34x17 Basement
Office 12x15 Basement
  • Storage Shed
  • Underground Lawn Sprinkler
  • Patio
  • Open Porch(es)
  • Deck
  • Sidewalk
  • Thermal Windows/Doors


  • 2 Spaces
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Attached Garage
  • Oversize Garage


  • 1 Car Width
  • Additional Parking
  • Blacktop


  • Composition Shingle


  • Level Lot
  • Wooded Lot
Photo of Ashley Christus




Bernards Twp. (Basking Ridge), NJ real estate market

Basking Ridge in Bernards Township has retained its small-town charm for over 200 years. Most of the shops, restaurants, and services along tree-lined South Finley Avenue are located in historic 19th-century houses. In fact, the downtown area has so much history that it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Bernards Township was originally formed by Royal Charter as Bernardston Township. The name Bernards Township was given to the area in 1760 by King George II to honor Sir Francis Bernard, Provincial Governor of New Jersey from 1758 to 1760. It was incorporated as Bernards Township in 1798. Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons, and West Millington are located within Bernards Township, while Martinsville is split between Bernards and Bridgewater Townships.

Even though maps indicate that Basking Ridge is a small commercial district in the northeast section of Bernards, about 95% of the township is referred to as Basking Ridge and has a Basking Ridge postal address. The only major parts of Bernards that do not have Basking Ridge addresses are the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lyons and Liberty Corner, a small historic district in the southern portion of the township.

The Bernards Township municipal building on Collyer Lane is housed in a circa 1912 brick Tudor mansion detailed with French pocket doors, maple and mahogany paneling, and marble fireplaces. The house and its 28 acres were sold to the township by John Jacob Astor VI for $140,000 in 1968.

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