Post-Contemporary in Voorhees for $649K
This lovely custom-built contemporary home has reminders that many of us are traditionalists at heart sprinkled throughout it.
One of the great things about the Postmodernist movement in architecture is that it gives everyone permission to ignore all those pesky, rigid rules about traditional vs. modern design.
Clean lines and crenelated fireplace mantles? Both perfectly fine. Paneless windows and chandeliers hanging from ceiling medallions? Go right ahead.
Which is what the owner of this handsome 1980s contemporary home in Voorhees’ Huntington Ridge subdivision did, most likely sometime after buying this home in 2003.
Its modernist sensibility is evident both inside and out, from the attractive fieldstone-and-cedar front facade to the huge single-pane casement windows to the styling of the two-story-high entrance hall to the high-gloss white lacquer cabinets in its upgraded kitchen.
But it looks as though the owner (correctly) divined the ghost of a center-hall Colonial inside and gave its living and dining rooms especially dress more suitable for that period.
You’ll find crown moldings in both. The living room has a custom marble fireplace and crown molding in the 18th-century manner, while the dining room’s lighting and furniture give off more of an Art Deco air.
The fireplace and wall sconces in the great room also add notes of Art Deco to that space and its huge wall of windows, and you’ll find a traditional neo-Georgian lamp hanging from a medallion in the sunny den off the living room.
Yet for all these classical elements, this remains a totally modern home. It has the features modern buyers demand, like professional-grade kitchen appliances and a luxurious tile steam shower and whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.
It also has a roomy rear deck, a patio perfect for grilling and a beautiful, professionally landscaped wooded setting that harmonizes with that wood-and-stone exterior.
But you’d be forgiven for some confusion about what architectural era this home belongs to. To a postmodernist, that stuff really doesn’t matter.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 4 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 5,232
SALE PRICE: $649,000
OTHER STUFF: This home also comes with a three-car garage, a one-year home warranty and a bunch of other nice goodies you can read about in the agent’s description.
9 Edelweiss Lane, Voorhees, N.J. 08043 [Andrew D. Kanicki | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]