Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mediterranean Manor On Kings Bluff is Home to History

Home on the Hudson
Living on the Edge
Mediterranean Manor

Even in crowded Hudson County, there are private homes that are oases of history and space, especially in the Kings Bluff Historic District in Weehawken, a high ridge facing the Hudson River.  The winding turn off busy Boulevard East is easy to miss, and its residents probably like it that way, since the small enclave seems like another world.

Architect styles vary throughout the enclave, which is a magnificent maze of one-way streets and seeming dead ends that lead to more residential nooks.

One of those nooks is home to 1 Bellevue Terrace  - an early 20th century Spanish-style sprawling mansion on the edge of the bluff.

A 1917 ad for the home in Country Life Magazine does not reveal the going price but boasts that the home includes eight master bedrooms and a "garage with all improvements".

When the property was put on the market earlier this year, a descendant of the 1930's owner provided historic picutres of the home to be passed down to the new owners.  In addition to family shots throughout the interior, one photo shows an old view of New York City long before skyscrapers ruled the skyline.

The home now has 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 3 half bathrooms, and its own original elevator.  Stained glass, rich woodwork, and 4 fireplaces have been preserved, and exquisite detailing abounds.

Kings Bluff was named after the King family, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the United States, who came to Weehawken in 1832 and built several mansions throughout the township.

When the Kings left Weehawken, their estates were cut into parcels and later into building lots that now feature some of hte most beautiful and distinctive real estates in Weehawken today.

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty

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