Colonial homes are great because they bring you a little sliver of what it was like to live in them 250 years ago. For the same reason, they’re also terrible. In 1750, there were no two-car garages, or built-in basement entertainment centers, or custom mahogany bars with Sub-Zero wine refrigerators, or granite countertops, or in-law suites complete with minibars. But what if you could have it both ways? All the flashy new stuff, right there along with the colonial history?
That’s exactly what’s offered in this “authentic Williamsburg reproduction” of the Tayloe House on East Main Street in Moorestown, NJ.
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Things in this home that are original to its 1840 construction: plasterwork, crown moldings. Things that were probably added after its 1999 restoration: James Dean’s head, appliances by Sub Zero, Viking, Bosch and Gaggenau. This seven-bedroom estate was built and restored in French Normandy style along the Rancocas Creek in Moorestown. Waterfront views look a little more Normandy than Jersey, too.
The room count alone in this estate is stupefying. There are two parlors, a great room, a formal dining room, a sunroom, a formal rotunda and a game room in addition to the bedrooms and half-baths. There are three (three!) walk-in “storage rooms.” And that’s just in the main house. The property also features a detached three-car garage, a guest house, a pool house and its very own chapel. The 8-acre plot also includes three other detached garages.
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Craig LaBan has tons of praise for Marc Vetri’s Osteria outpost at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey. Not the least of which is the cheaper wine prices. But other dishes stand out as well.
My ultimate Osteria splurge, though, is the $36 lobster spaghetti, a dish so intensely infused with lobster-ness – the sauce enriched with tomalley and roe, plus a stock fortified with shells – that casual seafood pasta eaters might not love it at first. But with the tender meat from a 11/2-pounder twined up in the al dente strands, a flicker of spice, brandy, and basil lighting the sauce, it was soon impossible to resist. (Plus, it’s no longer available in Philly.)
Three Bells – Excellent
Osteria Moorestown: A Vetri marvel at Jersey mall [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Osteria – Moorestown [Foobooz]
Osteria Moorestown is rolling out happy hour tonight. The happy hour or more precisely, happy hours run from 3 to 6 p.m. and include drink specials plus free bites to eat. Grissini with pecorino and prosciutto, polenta panino with taleggio and porcini mushrooms and pizza al taglio will all be available free of charge.
Drink specials include red and white wines for $5, Menabrea beer for $3.5 and $7 specialty cocktails.
And with happy hour at Osteria Moorestown being a seven day a week deal, it’s worth noting that the Regal Moorestown 12 is now open for business. Osteria happy hour followed by a movie? That’s a solid date night.
Osteria Moorestown [Foobooz]
This Moorestown, NJ, home has some good qualities, but it’s had trouble selling. We think we know why.
The Yellow Brick RoadWe understand the temptation to invoke Southern Europe with those pale bricks (we think that’s what’s going on). But reminding people of that fateful trip to Oz may be less appealing.
Built-in FormicaPoor formica. It was once so desirable. Now a house hunter spots some at an open house and runs screaming. There are several rooms in this house that appear to have built-in formica cabinetry, including a little bedroom, the master bath, and one of the bedrooms. It’s just a beleaguered material.
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This home, which the listing calls Gray Gables, is an interesting mix of two aesthetics: Murder, She Wrote, with traditional Americana/country kitchen design; and Hercule Poirot, with wood details that gleam with Pledge-like luster.
Either way, it is the perfect house for a murder mystery, or perhaps a real-life game of Clue. There are eight bedrooms (more than 5,000 square feet) so you figure seven guests come to stay the night — but the host is found dead, and the guests have to determine who’s to blame.
Possible locations for mysterious occurances: the pool; the cabana; the solarium; the conservatory; the butler’s pantry (with leather-studded countertops); the three-car garage; the wrap-around porch; or the grounds, which have a pear tree, a flowering cherry tree, grapes, holly trees, and much more — but the fruit trees are good for poisoning subplots.
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SPOTLIGHT LISTING: 19th-Century Moorestown Estate for Sale
French and American partnerships historically have been a beautiful thing—take the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, Charles de Gaulle and Franklin Roosevelt, or Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, to name just a few. Another example is this French Normandy-inspired 19th-century brick Moorestown estate for sale that’s updated with modern American luxuries. Restored in 1999, it includes South Jersey red pine hardwood and slate floors throughout and a gourmet kitchen with multiple islands and finished basement with gaming area. The home also boasts original plasterwork details, crown moldings and custom built-ins, as well as two original parlors. Oh, and you’ll also find a chapel on the property, along with a guest house, in-ground pool, pool house, and four detached garages, and beautiful views of the Rancocas Creek.
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351 Creek Road, Moorestown
SPOTLIGHT: Moorestown mansion for sale that’s perfect for entertaining
Ever think to yourself: I could really use a grand, two-story ballroom in my house. And a caterers kitchen. And a bowling alley. And half-court basketball court. And a movie theater. And a gym. If you have, the perfect 19,000-plus square foot Moorestown mansion for sale is yours for the taking. This entertainment-complex-cum-residence isn’t lacking for charm; at it’s core is an 1819 farmhouse that has been dramatically restored. And while it’s called “Tabula Rasa” or blank slate, the home overflows with top-of-the-line features from seemingly every corner of it.
628 Windsock Way, Moorestown
Me with GALAEI executive director Elicia Gonzales.
Miss Anita Manhattan, honey.
Lovebirds Devon Dixon and Dominique Darguin