This mansion under construction, dubbed Barons Court, is located in the Estates at Valhalla Community in Montville, NJ. The community boasts about a dozen or so custom multi-million dollar mansions. This particular manor home is still under construction. I took a picture of it yesterday as I was driving.

HERE ARE THE LISTING DETAILS:

A dramatic staircase cascades into the Foyer, which is flanked on either side by the Formal Dinning Room and Parlor.  Straight ahead the Lofty Two-Story Grand Room is surrounded by a wall of windows overlooked by a Romantic Second Floor Balcony.  Casual areas on the first floor include an oversized Conservatory Room, Library, Media Rooms and Guest Suite.

The Master Wing offers a Sitting Room and a sumptuous Master Bath and two walk in closets.  All Family Bedrooms are spacious with an adjoining Game Room.

Please note the home is serviced by a Three Story Elevator and Four Car Garage on over Two Plus Acres.

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  • Daniel

    Interesting home. Some of the exterior stonework(?) looks a little Disney-esque though.




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  • Hugh

    I love the floor plan. I wouldn’t change anything really.

    And its only 30 mins to NYC. I like the look of this community.

    I don’t mind the stonework. I think the window frames are a little kitchy though. If that’s a term.




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  • CincyRob

    Nice house, nice lot. Great floorplan. I do want to see the lower level too.




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  • Mak

    Whats a conservatory used for nowdays? I see the upstairs game room the same. Whats its purpose? Is it really a TV room in disguise? Loggia? Looks like a patio to me.

    Put the laundry room on the second floor damnit. Unless they have maid service, do you KNOW who’s going to lug the dirty clothes downstairs, and then back up again? MOM is. If this was my house, the architect would surely hear about that from me.

    And why do they make you walk through the “game room” to get to the other three bedrooms. It makes the game room a hall, and not a room.

    Cars. Where do they go? There’s no sign of stairs to a basement, or are they in the kitchen?

    I don’t like awkward, historical bastardizations, as this house surely is.




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    • Grrrowler

      You said it all for me. I’ve been in a house here that is about the same size of this, and half the top floor was accessed through a “game room” or “play room”. I guess it’s (incorrectly) assumed that anyone who wants a large house is going to have kids. So, builders put these rooms outside the kids’ rooms as a common play area.




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  • Mak

    I also wanted to add that I think the two bedrooms (#3 & 4) that are kinked by the bath room are also very awkward. Why are the closets outside the bedroom and accessed by the common area of the bath room? Why aren’t the accessed from the bedrooms themselves? If you’ve ever dealt with a sibling in the bathroom, you’re going to be arguing all the time about getting in there to get to “my closet”

    Then you have bedroom #2, that has its own bathroom (but no tub) and a tiny little closet. Which child is going to get that?

    These plans need some serious work.




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    • NOVA Ben

      I’m with you on ALL of your comments, excellent points. The closet layout for those two bedrooms is DUMB. I must say though that I don’t see an issue with bedroom 2 only having a shower…I think most kids over the age of 10 are probably showering instead of actually using a bathtub (but I could be wrong)
      Otherwise this plan just seems generic to me…nothing special.

      If I’m being completely honest, I’d say this post maybe doesn’t even belong on this site…the home really isn’t that extravagant, and is quite ordinary for the most part. NJ real estate certainly gets highlighted far more extensively than other areas on this site (which makes sense, you go with what you know) but I feel that this post goes a little too far. I know it’s convenient because it’s close to where Kenny lives, but sometimes there’s a little too much NJ coverage in relation to other regions.

      Or maybe I’m just talking out of my ass, if it’s what everyone prefers, I’ll gladly shut up 🙂




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  • James

    The exterior is a little over powering in the first photo, maybe once landscaped and things mature not as much so.

    The small upstairs game room seems to almost be an after thought considering the over all size of the home, maybe there is a larger one in the basement.

    Two bedrooms sharing a bathroom, very strange especially at the price level this house is lisited for.

    I do like the fact that the guest bedroom is down stairs on the main floor, always think it is best to seperate guest lodging from the families.




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  • rob

    Interesting Jacobean architecture. I like it and think it may be fairly true to form. As far as the layout, I like that as well. I like the idea of the conservatory and the library. As far as the upstairs is concerned, I am not sure. It looks like they are going to have one of those damn interior balconies that overlook the first floor. I just do not get that at all. It seems like almost all houses have that nowadays. Is that a way of raising the ceiling heights? I have never seen one of those in any old classical house. I am getting pretty tired of them..




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    • Charlie

      I love interior balconies… they are so classy. It also helps to integrate upstairs with downstairs which makes the home more cosy.




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  • richvanc

    Mak speaks the truth…and Venom tops it off. So what can I add? Not much, this place would be tortuous to live in…OMG!!! 😉




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  • Charlie

    Thank you for those floor plans; It shows how stupid and impractical it is to live in an over-sized mansion. Two staircases and an elevator next to each other means this is designed to be a mansion and never a home.




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