2 Crownview Lane,
Bernardsville NJ

4 beds | 5.1 baths | 6.48 Acres | MLS/ID#: 3498454


For homes sited on Bernardsville Mountain, roots to the community’s gilded past as a summer colony for financiers and giants of industry are virtually a given. And such is the case for this lately-arrived custom European manor. Poised on 6+ acres, its landscape was originally included in the magnificent 19th century estate property of Robert Livingston Stevens. The Stevens family established an engineering dynasty by pioneering the use of steam engines to power locomotives and ships. They also founded Stevens Institute of Technology.  Completed in 2005 and further enhanced by its present owners in 2011-2018, the home takes inspiration from the past to craft an elegant, approachable present. Poised on a private road, an allegiance to beautiful materials is evident at the approach. A Dura Slate roof and stucco siding envelope the home's stately, wide-ranging lines. Tiers of landscaping frame the paver stone courtyard to the fore of the mahogany portico. Indoors, oak sweeps across floors and shapes staircases. Alder wood crown moldings, baseboards and trims are wide and doors are solid core. 

Flanking the foyer, French doors open to the dining room and to the library with wainscoting, granite-framed fireplace and yet more French doors opening to the covered bluestone porch. Ahead of the foyer, the eye is quickly drawn to the two-story breakfast room with pine-paneled ceiling, exposed barn beams and array of windows. Just as engaging is the adjoining open kitchen showcasing hand-detailed cabinetry, premier-rated appliances and an island with 12 ½ -foot solid mahogany countertop. The room’s generous dimensions ease to a wide gallery from which French doors open to a pergola-covered teak deck. The gallery continues past the light-filled handsomely detailed living room. Providing a resounding sensual finale to this level is the family room. Its pine coffered ceiling is flush with golden hues as is the paneled far wall inset with bookcases, limestone-surround fireplace and area for flat-screen TV. Further adding to the room’s enjoyment is a custom wet bar, multiple casement windows and wide French doors also opening to the teak deck.

The home’s second level is dedicated to its bedrooms. The gracious master suite includes a sitting room, dressing room with custom built-ins, cedar closet and beautifully refurbished bath. Two bedrooms are en-suite and two flank a Jack and Jill bath. 

Past meets present on the lower level where stone walls that once were the foundation for the caretaker’s cottage on the Stevens’ Estate (the original structure on this site) now add rustic allure to the recently added wine cellar and paneled bar room. Here too is a large lounge/play room, bath and several walk-outs to the arched loggia and grounds inset with infinity pool.        

Adding substantial value to this offering is the legal two-family duplex set in the rolling valley below the main house. Once the laundry cottage for the Stevens’ estate, the structure was completely renovated in 2011 to include three bedrooms, bath, kitchen, dining and living room. Each unit has its own utilities. A garage with storage shed is nearby.  Current rental property income covers property taxes.

Updated 2011 - 2018, paver courtyard, professional landscaping, stone walls, mahogany portico, teak deck. Inside beautiful natural-finish, solid hardwoods including doors, moldings, oak floors, paneled ceilings and walls. Refinished kitchen cabinetry, mahogany island, hi-end appliances, 2-story breakfast rm. Library w /fireplace. Family Rm w/ limestone fireplace, wet bar, built-ins. Master suite w/ sitting rm, dressing rm & cedar closet. Walk-out LL w/ 1200-bottle temp.controlled wine cellar, rustic wine tasting area w/ wet bar.
Bedrooms 4
Full Bathrooms 5
Half Bathrooms 1
Property Type Residential
Year Built 2005
Acreage 6.48
Style Custom Home, Extra House on Lot
Taxes $41,586 (2017)


Elementary Bedwell
High Bernards HS
Middle BernardsvilleMS
Number of Rooms 12
Basement Yes
Basement Desc. Finished-Partially, Walkout
Renovation Year 2011
Community Living No
  • Cedar Closets
  • Bar-Wet
  • Beam Ceilings
  • Walk-In Closet
  • Fire Alarm Sys
  • Security System
  • CO Detector
  • High Ceilings
  • Cathedral Ceiling
  • Smoke Detector


  • CO Detector
  • Central Vacuum
  • Range/Oven-Gas
  • Washer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen Exhaust Fan
  • Dryer
  • Microwave Oven
  • Sump Pump


  • Family Room
  • Library


  • Carpeting
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Wood


  • Forced Hot Air
  • Multi-Zone

Fuel type

  • Gas-Natural


  • Multi-Zone Cooling
  • Central Air


  • Well


  • Septic 4 Bedroom Town Verified

Room layout

Room Dimensions Floor
Master Bedroom 16x18 Second
Bedroom 2 16x16 Second
Bedroom 3 12x14 Second
Bedroom 4 14x15 Second
Dining Room 15x15 First
Family Room 19x30 First
Kitchen 19x21 First
Living Room 19x21 First
Bedroom 19x21 Second
Breakfast 10x21 First
Library 16x16 First
  • Storage Shed
  • Patio
  • Carriage House
  • Outbuilding(s)


  • 3 Spaces
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Attached Garage


  • Gravel
  • Blacktop


  • Slate


  • Cul-De-Sac
  • Open Lot
  • Wooded Lot


  • In-Ground Pool
Photo of Ashley Christus




Community Video: Bernardsville Borough

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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