This newly built manor home is located at 35 Sinclair Terrace in the affluent suburb of Short Hills, NJ, which is an unincorporated area of Millburn Township. The 11,000 square foot home is situated on just under an acre of land and boasts 2 entryways, 7 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, dramatic foyer with y-shaped staircase, beautiful hardwood floors, extensive crown molding and wainscoting, formal living and dining rooms, conservatory with stone fireplace, library, butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen with adjoining breakfast room, family room with fireplace, back staircase, elevator, stone terrace and a 4-car garage. It is listed at $5,995,000.

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  • Siobhan

    There’s a lot to like here – a reason why this layout remains functional and popular – but I have to say we’ve seen it all before. (Builder grade, admittedly by a builder with relatively good taste and an above-average budget.) For anyone who has looked at house plans since the late ’80s, this home is a reminder that either the layout is time-tested or worn out.

    Two things that jump out at me: the ceiling line at the top of the stairs looks like jagged teeth, and the floor in the ‘conservatory’ (what a lame room name) looks really cheap.

    This home would be complete with some fake flowers and striped couches.

    All that being said, I’d kill for a butler pantry.




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    • Architect 121

      I was just going to say, having been an architect for 24 years now, the first floor plan looks extremely like many spec homes circa 1990.




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  • Daniel

    Odd exterior. Too many different materials used in my opinion (Especially the took white stone corners used with the brick section…looks like the brick feel off the corners).

    Kitchen is my favorite part. Everything else seems rather typical for a home in this part of the country.




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s very lackluster at best. It looks like any other suburban tract house, albeit a very large one.

    The layout is quite good for the most part. The biggest glaring mistake is the guest room right off the garage. Apparently that’s where you put the guests you want to encourage to leave quickly. I like the layout of the master suite, especially the dual WCs in the bath. That will promote more marital harmony than any good counselor. The only thing I would replace the bar with an additional WC so that the occupants don’t have to grope their way around a corner, down a hallway, and through two doors to use the facilities during the night.




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    • Kenny Forder

      Agreed. Most high-end new builds where I live (Northern New Jersey) all have the same layout and finishings for the most part. Also, most if not all 10,000+ square foot new builds in New Jersey have a guest bedroom right next to the garage and laundry room. I agree, it’s not an ideal location.




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  • Mak

    Meh…

    One thing I particularly don’t like about it is the location of the “rec room” If its really a game room for the family and guests, then it shouldn’t be located upstairs, (or if it has to be there, there should be a staircase that leads right into it, rather than having to traipse down more private areas of the house to get to it.




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    • Daniel

      Isn’t that a staircase right next to it, though? I count three total in the house.

      I agree with you though, that a “rec room” should be on the main floor with all the other “living” areas. Personally I’d replace the conservatory with the rec room, and make the upstairs rec room a theater.




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      • Grrrowler

        The staircase right next to the rec room must lead to the attic. If it leads down, it would land directly in the guest room next to the garage. I’m guessing the rec room is located upstairs, and near the secondary bedrooms, as a place for the kids to play more than anything. If that’s really the case, it’s ideal that it’s near what would be the kids’ bedrooms and as far away from the master bedroom as possible while still being on the same floor. It’s also above the garage so the kids can make all the noise they want through the floor without disturbing anyone below. I certainly wouldn’t want this house, but if it were mine I would make that rec room into a theater.




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  • Cole

    Very dramatic foyer! Overall, I like the floorplan but I think it’s silly that the conservatory can be accessed only from other rooms, and not the hallway.




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  • Todd

    That house is so cheap looking. The builder even cut corners on the fake panel walls. If you’re going to do panel walls, then do it right, don’t put wood strips on drywall and hope it tricks my eye.

    To use flat sawn oak, then stain it to make it look cherry is another clue that this builder cut too many corners.

    Bad product!




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