Chalan Farm – "The Glass Mega Mansion"
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Location: off of Canal Road in Somerset, NJ
Price: was on the market for $18,000,000
Square Feet: 34,000

This 34,000 square foot architectural masterpiece is located on the outskirts of Princeton, NJ. The home was built by John Boulton, a retired electronics magnate who invented a remote-control music system.

The 34,000-SF residence is on 48 acres of woodland, meadows and streams, and surrounded by hundreds of other acres set aside for land conservation, parks, walking paths, trails for horseback riding and the historic Delaware & Raritan Canal. Nearby is the first residence of George Washington after he became president.

Chalan Farm was designed by architect James Kissane with huge open interior spaces. Offered ready for interior finishing, the interconnecting modules of 14-foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls, as planned by the owner and adaptable for redesign, comprise the living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, master bedroom suite and dressing rooms, plus other open-space areas for entertaining. A glass-enclosed spa and swimming pool are located adjacent to the master bedroom suite.

Beneath the glass house is a 17,000 square foot basement carved from solid rock, offering ample space for an art gallery, gym, studio, screening room, staff quarters, a wine storage vault and interior parking for up to 10 vehicles. The sprawling complex leaves plenty of room for such add-ons as a helipad, private golf course, tennis courts and riding trails, projects that were the owner’s intentions.

(Real Estate Weekly, Dec 26, 2001)

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