Blue Chimneys
7 Horseshoe Bend Road | Mendham Borough, NJ 07945




  • Blue Chimneys

This picturesque 41-acre property and classic brick country home is tucked into the hills and dales of rural Mendham Borough. The approach is a private road that winds through a storybook setting of rolling open meadows and patches of woodlands. A dozen or so other estate properties and horse farms dot the landscape.

Dating to the 1930s, the property, known as Blue Chimneys, offers peaceful seclusion among discreet neighboring landowners, just at the crest of the storied Bernardsville Mountain. The house was designed by the New Jersey architect Seymour Williams, who headed the New Jersey chapter of the Historic American Building Survey during the 1920s. The original parcel of land was once part of the borough’s renowned Talmage estate.

The nine-bedroom house is built in the French Revival style, noted for its steeply pitched slate roof and arched French windows. This eclectic architectural design, combining various elements of French country residences, is evident in many high-style American country houses of the era.

Graceful arched entryways are a hallmark of the house and can be found throughout the grand entertaining rooms that grace the first floor. Leaded glass windows, many of them casement, attractive wood paneling on the walls and dentil molding on the ceilings, and a wood-paneled family room/library are of note. There are six fireplaces, two of which are in second-floor bedrooms, including one in the master suite. A service wing for staff, a third-floor games room, and a three-car garage, make this spacious home easily able to accommodate a growing family and their guests. The fine bones of this house eagerly await your facelift.

At the back of the house a bluestone terrace offers tranquil views over the property’s three-acre manmade lake. This is truly a private paradise, perfect for fishing, boating, or simply enjoying the prolific bird life attracted to the water. Opportunities for subdivision of the property are awaiting approvals.

Beyond the borders of Blue Chimneys is some of the prettiest countryside in the historic Somerset Hills, which at the end of the nineteenth century—the so-called Gilded Age—attracted the attention of America’s mighty industrialists and financiers. The area’s beauty and proximity to New York City made it an ideal location for summer and weekend retreats. Just a stone’s throw from Blue Chimneys are two of New Jersey’s most notable golf courses.

The delightful nearby town of Mendham, dating back more than 250 years, prides itself on its colonial heritage. Over 140 buildings are listed on its Historic Registry, including stone churches and clapboard farmhouses. Today, a first-class school district, charming shops, and all levels of dining, from cafes to haute cuisine, blend with the township’s rich history to offer a desirable lifestyle.

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Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty
454 Main Street, Bedminster, New Jersey, 07921, United States  |  +1 908.285.0666