This skillfully designed home offers the ultimate retreat on 76 acres located mere minutes from the Brick Farm Tavern and Hopewell Township.
Built in 2001, Freestone Farm’s main house was designed by renowned architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects in Seattle, Washington. It is the sole home designed by Cutler in New Jersey, with it being one of only a handful of his designs on the east coast. Cutler’s other notable projects around the country include Bill and Melinda Gates’ Washington state home.
The house was designed to be integrated with the existing landscape among the ruins of a bank barn, with the project inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Buffalo (N.Y.) and Wisconsin. Notably, Cutler utilized the stone bays and piers of the remaining barn wall to characterize the spaces on the first and second floors of the house.
A semi-open plan first floor with high ceilings, fieldstone fireplace, 28-foot beams of repurposed Douglas fir, and state-of-the-art kitchen offer residents a charismatic and comfortable living area.
The home contains four bedrooms plus six bathrooms (four full, two half). Each of the bank barn’s stone bays shapes a bedroom on the second floor, except for the primary bedroom which encompasses the space of two bays.
Stone, timber, and glass throughout the home create the perfect atmosphere for tranquil country living. The copious windows allow natural light to flood in while providing breathtaking views of the surrounding acreage.
The home’s exterior includes multiple stone terraces facing south and west, with one featuring an outdoor fireplace.
Cutler also designed a raised bluestone walkway to connect the house with the original, white weatherboard farmhouse where bestselling author Richard Preston penned five books within its historic walls.
Besides the Cutler house and original farmhouse, the property boasts a barn, garage, and smokehouse.
The property’s natural charms include a stream and swimming hole on the eastern side, which are rumored to have been used by George Washington’s soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Private walking trails extend throughout the property, including through some old-growth forest, while a public walking trail — administered by N.J. Trails Association — passes through the western end of the land.
A solar field provides much of the property’s electricity, while an energy-efficient heat pump system heats and cools the house.
This 76-acre property consists of two lots, with some of the acreages in farmland assessment. The house is situated on the 41-acre lot, while the adjoining lot consists of 35 acres.
The property, located at 318 Hopewell Amwell Road in Hopewell, New Jersey, is listed for $3,500,000.
Listing: 318 Hopewell Amwell Road [Zillow]