Hey guys! Well today I had the privilege of touring one of the most amazing homes that I’ve ever stepped foot in; THE STONE MANSION. Yup, that’s right, the $56 million Stone Mansion estate in Alpine, NJ! The owner’s son was kind of enough to give my friend and I a private tour of the estate this afternoon. What a very humble and down-to-earth guy he was! However, I couldn’t take any pictures, which I understand.

About the house:

My breath was taken away the minute we drove past the large iron gates. As we drove up the driveway, we were greeted by a fountain in the motor court. The front facade isn’t actually as imposing as I thought it would be. It’s stately, yet very elegant at the same time. Beyond the massive front door is the AMAZING 2-story foyer. WOW! The ceilings are super high and your eye goes straight to the sweeping staircase, which is definitely a lot larger in person. The staircase is different than most and isn’t the typical double bridal staircase which you tend to see in most mansions nowadays. To the left of the foyer is the gorgeous formal dining room with its huge crystal chandelier. There is also a hidden panel in the wall of the dining room that opens up and reveals a wood paneled china room. All of the rooms on the 1st floor are quite spacious and open; they all flow very nicely into one another. The great room has a huge fireplace and opens up to the terrace. The circular bar room is quite impressive as well. Beyond that is the ballroom, which is a masterpiece. Then you walk towards the office. There is a custom built-in bar between the ballroom and office as well, which is a nice break up between the two. The office itself has a phenomenal coffered ceiling and built-in bookshelves. Right next to that is the wood paneled den/library, which is twice the size as the office, but not double height. At the opposite end of the 1st floors is the large Christopher Peacock gourmet kitchen with TWO islands. The main island is massive and at least 15 feet long. The adjoining breakfast room and family room are quite nice as well. All the rooms at the back of the home look out to the backyard.

As you ascend the grand staircase to the 2nd floor, you can’t help but admire all the amazing details including the custom wrought iron and wood banisters. The entrance to the master suite is very IN YOUR FACE and features a huge rounded mahogany door. You enter into the sitting room, which is the size of a regular person’s bedroom. The bedroom area is twice the size of that. You then walk through a hallway into the his-and-hers bathrooms. Both are equally impressive. His bathroom features a built-in tv behind the mirror as well as a steam room! All of the secondary bedrooms on this level are huge and feature gorgeous bathrooms; all have jetted tubs and marble showers.

Okay, now for the most impressive part; the BASEMENT. The ceilings are super high; I’d say 12′. The wine cellar is acccessed by a fingerprint system and can hold over 3,000 bottles. Next to that is the home theater which boasts a a lobby. The theater itself is lavish, but not over-the-top. It’s in a neutral color, not like the gold and red that you see all too often. The rest of the basement is quite open and you can see all the way to the other end. There is a huge custom bar and multiple open spaces with mounted televisions on the wall. These areas all overlook the HUGE indoor basketball court with scoreboard and changing rooms. Past that is a gym and a 2nd kitchen with all stainless steel appliances.

The backyard is maintained nicely and isn’t too big; it’s the perfect size. It features a swimming pool and a cabana with kitchen and bathroom. There is also a tennis court and different leveled lawns.

I’m sure I forgot some things, but hopefully you liked what you read. All in all, this home is an extremely well done home. The attention to detail is apparent. What I liked about this home were all the GORGEOUS light fixtures throughout. From huge crystal chandeliers to old-world looking sconces, every room has some type of  fancy light fixture. The doorknobs and other fixtures were quite beautiful as well. The sink in her bathroom featured an LED light underneath! Also, the handles on the built-ins in “her closet” had little crystals in them. What a fancy little touch!

I am so grateful that I had to opportunity to tour this magnificent mansion and hopefully I’ll be rich enough one day to buy it! =)

CLICK HERE FOR THE HOME’S WEBSITE

  • Jodi Anderson

    What a wonderful experience, Kenny! I know you have admired this mansion for quite some time. I’m so happy for you!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Thank you so much, Jodi!! =)




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  • Marcus

    This is my second favorite house and I am very happy you got to take the tour.




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  • Iemand

    Touring a home like this is a dream.
    It’s one of my favorites too. Great job Kenny!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Thanks! 🙂




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  • Kyle

    That’s awesome Kenny! I am just curious, but how did you get to take the tour? I am assuming because of your blog, or can others our it as well…? Either, way sounds like it was a very incredible experience, congrats!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Hey Kyle. Well, I did a post on this home – http://homesoftherich.net/2012/03/lavish-stone-mansion-in-alpine-nj.html

      One of my readers commented on it and said that he could probably get me a tour of that home. The guy who owns the home is the son of Richard Kurtz, who owns the Stone Mansion a couple of street away. So, the guy emailed me and said he’d love to show me his house as well as the Stone Mansion. So, I saw two 25,000+ square foot mega mansions in one day! It was like Christmas for me haha




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      • Jane

        Congratulations, Kenny! So happy for you!

        But tell me, there are two Stone Mansions? Because the way I understood your comment is that a guy who commented knows RK’s son, and RK owns this house as well as another Stone Mansion “a couple of streets away”. A bit confusing. 🙂




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        • Kenny Forder

          Thanks, Jane!! Richard Kurtz’s son owns a home not too far away that also boasts a stone exterior done by the same company 🙂




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      • Kyle

        Kenny, thanks for the response, so you got to see both of those stone mansions, that is really cool!




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        • Kenny Forder

          Yup, they were both amazing! 🙂




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      • Joejoe509

        Oh wow Kenny! That must have been quite the day! Between the two, which was your favorite? Were they very similar or unique in their own way?




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        • Kenny Forder

          They were very very different. His son’s house was 25,000 square feet, but felt VERY cozy and homey. It had all wood floors and tons of wood paneling throughout. On the other hand, the Stone Mansion has lots of marble and little to no wood paneling. The Stone Mansion has a lot more volume and feels more like a hotel rather than a home.




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  • Sam

    I’m just gunna come out and say it, IM SO JEALOUS!




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  • James

    I wish you could have taken pics…was it layed out the same as the online floorplans? IM SOOO JEALOUS!!!! 😀




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    • Kenny Forder

      It was a lot more open and spacious than I thought it would be.




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      • James

        cool 😀 i love open homes




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  • Hugh

    Great read. House sounds amazing.

    I visited my dream home when I was 13. It has since been demolished so I will never be able to own it.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Roses-love-shack-gets-the-axe/2005/02/25/1109180088032.html




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  • Jane

    Let’s hope that now Sydell Miller invites Daniel to visit! 😀




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    • Kenny Forder

      He’d die from excitement lol




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  • george

    Kenny, was there any talk on pricing? It seems to me that on every other time you posted on this house, there was talk of their pricing strategy. You know, the ups, the downs, the ups, the ups, the ups. At this amount, I suspect, it won’t be you or your son who buys this house, but your grandson or great grandson.




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  • Plain J.

    OMG!!! The house is extravagant! =)
    Kenny, if you get this estate one day, you should have a housewarming party! 🙂
    Furthermore, it would definitely be awesome if you can invite HOTR readers to the celebration….ahhhh….If I had the opportunity, I will die from excitement! LOL!




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    • Kenny Forder

      Oh, of course! I’d have the biggest housewarming party EVER!!! haha. Yes, I’d invite all of my HOTR readers!! =)




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  • Marie

    Kenny I enjoyed reading your write up, so glad your dream came true to tour this fabulous mansion 🙂




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    • Kenny Forder

      Thanks, Marie! 🙂




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  • Jeff P.

    I am green with envy! Wish you could have taken some photos, but still… wow!




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  • Shannon

    I’m so jealous Kenny!!! Sounds like it was an amazing tour!! 🙂




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    • Kenny Forder

      It sure was! 🙂




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  • Joejoe509

    Wow! Kenny! Like the others, I’m pretty jealous! Those Stone Mansions have to be in my top 5 for sure! Congrats and thanks for the write up! Here’s to many more opportunities like this one in the future! 🙂




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  • Steven

    Does this mansion really have an 11 car garage?




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  • Brian degnon

    To see it in person is amazing!




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  • Simon

    This is MY DREAM HOME! I am addicted to researching this – I can’t stop. It feels really fancy, but it also feels like people could actually live here – it doesn’t look like a museum or anything like Fleur De Lys. Anyways, I was wondering if you know where any interior photos of the other stone mansion are…the tulip tree lane one? Thank you.




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