This behemoth of a home is located off of E Main Street in Moorestown, NJ and is the largest private residence in the state. I’ve known about this home for quite sometime, but never did a post on it. So, like me, some of you might already know about this home. Well, this 45,854 square foot estate, dubbed Villa Collina (Italian for “Hill House”), is owned by Vernon Hill. Vernon is the founder and former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancorp and Commerce Bank. He resides in the home with wife Shirley Hill, owner of the InterArch design firm, one of his four children and their dog.

HERE IS AN EXCERPT TAKE FROM AN ARTICLE WHEN THE HOME WAS FIRST BEING BUILT:

Sitting atop a built-up knoll, the stucco-and- limestone-faced house will be accented with a row of Ionic-style columns along the first floor and Corinthian columns across the second-floor facade. Inside the front door (one of 94 doors in the sprawling mansion), the foyer will be dominated by a marble fountain and a 26-step curved stairway, beyond which sits a two-story atrium-windowed room that will serve as the formal living room. For more casual gatherings, the house has a billiards room, a library and two viewing rooms with fireplaces and wall-sized televisions — among the 14 built-in television screens, including several in the bathrooms, to be spread throughout the house.

A family kitchen and a second prep kitchen, a greenhouse, a guest room and quarters for live-in help complete the first floor, while the second floor features five sprawling bedroom suites with accompanying bathrooms, some of which are just as large. Then there is the exercise room, which at 4,000 square feet is bigger than many health clubs. The subterranean level includes a bar and a conference room with a table for 10.

The drawings list a total of 131 windows in addition to the 94 doors. Floor and wall surfaces will be finished with cherry and maple wood, green marble and black lacquer, Italian plaster and textiles. Twin two-story garages on either wing of the home are expected to accommodate up to 30 cars each.

The couple paid $2.1 million for the 44.2 acres of land here, while the original construction costs of $1.85 million now appear modest. Plans for the surrounding grounds are somewhat sketchier, though there is talk of a helipad and an artificial pond.

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  • Al Robinson

    Ah, yes! The Hill House. It’s places like this why I love architecture so much. I would LOVE to see the inside of this place. I like how it’s hidden back there, and with the grounds so beautiful.




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  • Venom

    I don’t know, if you have 44 acres you should at least have a section laid out that you could have horses.
    This just comes across as a monument to the owner’s ego, a modern day pyramid. No surprise that it belongs to a banker…
    I don’t think it looks particularly great either.

    What the hell do they need a 4,000 sq. ft gym for? Are they bussing people in everyday to workout at the house?

    All the massive fountain area in the front of the home, but no outdoor pool?
    I mean if you are going to be excessive, go all out and build some ridiculous pool outside too.




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  • rob

    So this is the biggest house in New Jersey and it still doesn’t strike me as very classy. Are there any old money sections in New Jersey. I know Alpine is the richest zip code but it doesn’t seem to have any class. Is all of New Jersey filled with tacky new money gaucherie? There must be a refined neighborhood in Jersey. Anybody know?




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    • George

      The Jersey Shore?




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      • LE

        I grew up in NJ and lived in the bergen county area for many years and I can report that there are some beauty and very nice towns in that county as well as other parts of NJ. Saddle River was right next door to where I lived and could easily be compared to that of greenwich, CT. Rolling hills and stately properties. I dated a girl from SR and had many friends who had very wealthy parents so I had a chance to visit many of these new and ‘old school’ mansions. Beautiful town. Very low key. In fact, President Nixon lived there as well. Hmmm..not sure if that’s a good thing to mention about this town.
        Anyway, there are some really nice neighborhoods in NJ including Englewood, Morristown, Peapack and others that I can’t remember right now.




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    • Matt

      Mendham, Far Hills, Peapack, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Harding, Summit…there are many to name…old/new money estates in these towns




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    • Margs

      rob, are you serious? Have you been to Moorestown? Plenty of old money, our share of Nouveau riche, but that’s unavoidable in this generation. Money talks “refined” as you call it neighborhoods are a thing of the past.




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    • Rick

      There are plenty of old money houses in Moorestown. The town dates back to the 1700’s This house will come and go in my opinion and will certainly not be around in 200 years.




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      • Rick

        PS, I grew up and lived in Moorestown for 20 years, I know it pretty well. The open area off main street just to the West of this house was Known as Stokes Hill. We all went sledding there as kids. The first property to the West of Stokes Hill was owned by the Dr. Leonberg family a local neurosurgeon. I knew the family and visited there as a boy several times. To the East of this house is the South Valley school, I played baseball there as a boy and went to summer school there one year.




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  • George

    Guys, I think we are being a little too harsh on Kenny’s new house.




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  • Hugh

    I quite like the look of this house.

    The surrounding forest is nice, and the front water feature and driveway are amazing. The best i have ever seen.




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  • Kyle

    How much does this home cost? The article says it had an original construction cost of $1.85 million? $1.85 million can’t be right for a home of that size.




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  • Chance

    This is the biggest house in New Jersey? I thought there was a 60,000 sq.ft house in Alpine.




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  • LE

    Riding on the coat tails of this posting, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to post this link to my childhood fantasy mansion. It’s in Mahwah NJ and is dubbed the “Crocker Mansion.” I was built 100 years ago and was set on a hill top overlooing the Ramapo Valley. We lived about 2 miles down the road from this estate and can fondly remember riding past the enormous entry gates and driveway that dissappeared into the woods. From a distance all you could see was a cooper roof and many brick chimney’s rising about the trees.
    The 45,000 sq ft mansion changed ownership a number of times until it was turned into a seminary.
    Eventually the seminary moved and the property was sold off to a developer who turned the estate into a housing development with hundreds of mcmansions. I thought for sure the Crocker mansion was going to be torn down but then I read an article that someone purchased the mansion for $8.8 million and will continue to use it as a private residence…whew…I’m thrilled to know that it survived.

    Here’s a link to the crocker mansion website…enjoy…
    http://www.crockermansion.cc/index.html




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  • Daniel

    Well I think it is a fantastically impressive home. However, the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was the house in Los Altos Hills that the Russian bought; the layout is VERY similar. I love the gardens, love the landscaping, love the fountains. Size-wise, I am not going to say it is useless without seeing a floor plan first.




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  • Mike

    They have a deal with Moorestown, they don’t pay property taxes. They would donate the house to the town when they pass on.




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  • Al Robinson

    The specific address is:

    262 E Main St
    Moorestown, NJ 08057-2931

    YAY! I’ve finally reached 100 comments.




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  • NOVA Ben

    Everything about this property is beautiful…except the home. Plenty of land, heavily wooded in places, jaw-dropping fountains and formal gardens. And then, in the middle of all this beauty, a straight-up UGLY house. I’m sorry. Making a 45,000 sq ft home attractive is EXCEEDINGLY hard to do, in my opinion. Even architectural styles that are gorgeous at 10, 15, even 20,000 square feet become tacky when you get to this size. It’s an impressive home for its sheer scale, but otherwise a waste.




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    • Kyle

      Not saying I agree with this home’s architectural style, but I think you can definitely design a home to be beautiful even when at 20,000+ square feet.




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  • Kyle

    IMO, the whole property isn’t very attractive at all, neither the home nor the landscaping. That guy in Canada’s home was an example of stunning landscaping and architecture IMO.




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  • Tay

    I like the house but I think that it could use more privacy, too close to that school and the other “homes”, key word (homes). Anyways I really dont think any town in NJ can be compared to Greenwich, just size wise, Greenwich has the population of a small city and the sheer number of old money and new money estates blend for a classy and oppulent, but refined atmosphere. I’m sure you could easily compare CT towns like New Canaan or Darien to towns in NJ.




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  • Shelly

    Why would anyone build a mansion that size next to a bunch of regular houses? You would be a target for the have nots.




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  • Cmichael

    This house is hideous. Another example of some of the readers of this blogs sizist tendancies to say something is awsome just bc it’s big.

    They saved millions in tax cost by putting it where it is, and built it to be their death house… could never sell in that location. Another example is no pool, clearly they don’t use one, so they didn’t put one in. Who cares about whats next, they’ll be dead.

    That Crocker Mansion looks more like an old ass apartment building to me. Big and beautiful, but not really private residence in overall look.




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  • LE

    Wow…after reading and replying to this post last week I just got an assignment to train an office that’s about .75 miles away from this house and I live in NC. So weird.




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  • Barney

    OVER FORTY-FIVE-F*CKING-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET.

    ABYSMALLY WRETCHED, DISGUSTING, NAUSEATING, REPELLANT and class-less display of greed beyond ALL imagination.




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  • matt

    I’m from the area. I remember reading in the paper that this guy filled his reflecting pools with water while we were in a major drought and weren’t allowed to use a hose to wash our cars. Also, his neighbors were upset because he would leave for work in his helicopter at 7 am every morning.




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  • WEA3rd

    Before this home home was built, not saying that it has more sq. ft., Dr Stoke’s home on Chestnut, had 109 rooms and a private 9 hole golf course, now call Moorestown Field Club.




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  • Cathy Abraham

    No pool??




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