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Three stories, 58 rooms, 30-foot-high great hall, and 12 acres are details you’d expect to find in the description of a castle in Europe. But it’s actually the listing for a mansion available for rent in New Jersey.
Called “American Versailles,” Darlington Mansion is one of the most impressive properties on the market. The 50,000 square foot home was the dream of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker who enlisted architect James Brite to bring his vision to life. Brite, along with his partner, Henry Bacon, is also credited with designing landmarks like the original Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The result was a museum-worthy estate constructed in 1907 was modeled after an English castle with stunning views of the majestic Ramapo Mountains. Inside there’s hand-carved woodwork by master carver John H. Elliott as well as a great hall with 30-foot-high ceilings and a 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ, perhaps the only one in the U.S. And the library features a 15-foot-high ceiling painted by muralist James Wall Finn, who also completed the Payne Whitney Mansion and the New York Public Library.
Elsewhere you’ll find a formal tea room, restaurant-style kitchen, formal dining room, wine cellar with a tasting room, cigar room, beauty salon, double master wing, theater, billiard room with bar, poker room, game room, spa with lap pool, steam room and sauna, massage and exercise rooms. And spread out over the 12 acres is a tennis court with cabana, two fountains, two pergolas, a gazebo, outdoor pool with cabana, eight-car garage, and staff quarters with five suites and lounge.
Although the home features many historic details and is now listed with both the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, it saw a massive renovation over the last seven years. All the bathrooms were rebuilt, mechanical systems were replaced, and 12,000 square feet of living space was added. At the same time, expert artisans were brought in to preserve original details and materials.
The incredible home, which is listed by Sonja Cullaro of Christie’s International Real Estate Northern New Jersey, is available for $150,000 a month.