New Jersey gets a bad rap. I hate to say it, but these days it's probably best known in everyday conversation for the Jersey Shore. And I ain't talkin' about the beach. (For those so fortunately out of the know as to have missed that reference, there's a "reality" TV show about a bunch of rowdy kids that invade the shore every summer. You aren't missing anything.) And the it's-too-hard-to-watch-yet-I-can't-peel-my-eyes-away Real Housewives of New Jersey comes in a close second, also managing to smear (or rather completely graffiti over) the reputation of this original colony state.
Anyway, I figured it was time to really put the spotlight on this beautiful Garden State. Please try to ignore the reality shows. Here are a few listings that show "the Jerz"'s more serene and stately side.
Riverside Estate - Middletown, New Jersey
How can you go wrong with a description like this? "A long, winding tree-lined drive leads to this exquisite canvas, richly colored by lushly landscaped grounds, towering specimen trees and beautiful plantings. This lavish estate, occupying 12 prime acres and spanning over 650 feet of pristine waterfront is gracefully perched atop a picturesque terraced bluff, offering the ultimate privacy and sweeping views of the Navesink River. The shore line includes a sandy beach, dock and five acre Riparian Grant. "
Nathaniel Smith House - Middletown, New Jersey
This 18th century center chimney saltbox was erected in Massachusetts in 1732, dismantled and then restored and moved to this beautiful setting in the 1960s. Originally a toll house, this home has been restored with many of its antique features intact.
Jacob C. Allen House - Hackettstown, New Jersey
This beautiful Italianate home features walk-in closets in every bedroom (listing the most important features first, of course), a conservatory, ponds, an in-ground pool, original hardwood floors throughout, period lighting, high ceilings, crown moulding, and a garage.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is, quite possibly, driving through the great state of New Jersey as you read this. See yesterday's blog post.