Close your eyes, and imagine the ultimate Jersey Shore waterfront luxury property. Picture the tall ceilings and hardwood floors; the wide windows filling spacious rooms with light and a delectable ocean breeze. Visualize a large, green backyard and picture yourself enjoying the breathtaking ocean views from a pool lounge chair. Chances are you’re imagining a property much like 27 Ward Ave.
Located in the glamorous coastal borough of Rumson, in Monmouth County, NJ, 27 Ward Ave is a gem of a luxury property. Sail up the Shrewsbury River and you will see it emerge from the riverbanks like a polished pearl, drawing your eye and demanding your attention. The house itself sits in the middle of a long, 3.25-acre lot overlooking the river, which is accessible through the property’s 120ft waterfront at the end of its exquisitely manicured lawn. With twelve bedrooms and eight bathrooms, 27 Ward Ave was a project that called for multiple world-class architects and designers’ talents and expertise.
This is because the property is an almost monumental project: at nearly 17,000 sqft, it is an enormous, sprawling structure that was built in some interesting ways. For example, rather than being constructed out of wood frames and plywood, 27 Ward Ave was built using the highest quality, specifically poured-in-place concrete, which makes up the walls’ structure on every level. “It made the house ultra-energy-efficient, and it allowed us to remove columns in certain places, making room sizes larger.” said the former owner on a phone interview with VUE Magazine. “It also allowed for higher ceiling heights.”
Its exterior architectural style is also rather distinctive: with its warm beige limestone-cladding, round arches, and classically-inspired columns, the outside of the house is reminiscent of Spanish villas—a far cry from the coastal colonial style common along the Jersey Shore. “Aesthetically, we were going for a contemporary, Mediterranean villa type of design. We wanted a blend of the Mediterranean and French contemporary style,” said the former owner. The interior design, which was handled primarily by NYC-based group Robert Henry Design Architects, is more minimalistic than the outside suggests—featuring an open floor plan, clean lines, imported marble, and neutral, trendy tones. “It’s a clean, transitional style,” said Joshua Baris, a FIVESTAR® Professional and Luxury Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty who listed 27 Ward Ave. “It’s California, LA meets Soho. Very hip, very trendy, but at the same time extremely elegant and clean”.
You would imagine, then, that a property of this size would be chock full of luxury amenities – and you would be right! There is plenty to do at 27 Ward Ave. Take a dip in the property’s pool or unwind in its private indoor spa custom designed by a firm specializing in hospitality, and featuring a plunge pool, a sauna, and steam. Wellness-minded residents can stay in shape by using the fitness center and even follow up their workout with a spa experience in the private massage room. Furthermore, it is one of the few waterfront properties with a pier large enough to fit a yacht and its four-car garage ready to house your luxury vehicles. But doubtlessly, one of the most pleasurable activities to partake at the property is to appreciate the beautiful ocean vistas from the balcony while enjoying a nice drink.
27 Ward Ave is no longer on the market, having been sold earlier this year at over $8 million. Top Luxury Agent, Joshua Baris sold this gem less than a week prior to listing it on the market. A spectacular luxury listing in a prime location, it’s the type of property that must be toured to be truly appreciated. Indeed, you could very well say that it is more than a single-family home—it is almost a lifestyle, an experience, an exemplification of the best that the world of luxury has to offer.