555 Tempe Wick Rd,
Harding Twp. NJ

4 beds | 6.1 baths | 6.91 Acres | MLS/ID#: 3414436


Classic Tuscan Villa in New Vernon

Modeled after a 1914 villa built by Sebastian Kresge of S. Kresge stores, this Tuscan-inspired estate home in Harding Township recalls an era of casual elegance and sophistication. Situated on nearly seven bucolic acres, the grand home is nestled on gently sloping wooded and open property. A private roadway leads to the graceful stucco residence capped by a dark green tile roof, limestone window sills and extra height Kolbe windows. Inside, the four bedroom, six full and one half bath layout is arranged on three levels. 

Double doors opening to the ground level entrance hint at the magnificently-detailed floor plan. Flooring of custom patterned hardwood or limestone provide elegance underfoot. Solid core three-paneled mahogany doors are accented by simple levered handles in keeping with the Old World architecture. European lighting fixtures and sconces, custom millwork and three commissioned stone fireplaces are further grace notes.

From the primary entrance, a magnificent curving staircase ascends to the upper foyer designed with three French doors to an iron balcony overlooking manicured grounds. The front of the home presents a fireside formal living room and an expansive dining room served by a fully-equipped butler’s pantry.

The chef’s gourmet kitchen is a bright, airy space enhanced by limestone floors and two large counter-to-ceiling windows. In keeping with the Tuscan tradition of a designated cooking space, a stainless steel Thermador range and ovens, Thermador Char-Glo gas grill and professional-caliber stainless steel spice, oil, and utensil drawers simplify meal preparation. A 14-foot long furniture-quality island topped in a single slab of dark green granite invites serious cooks to the kitchen. Among the upper-end appliances are a Miele dishwasher, a freestanding Sub-Zero freezer and refrigerator and a trash compactor. The adjacent full butler’s pantry with dishwasher, wine cooler, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling cabinet for glassware makes entertaining easy.

Limestone flooring continues in the kitchen’s sun-splashed garden/dining room which connects to both a terrace and the covered loggia, an open air room warmed by an outdoor fireplace. Just off the kitchen, a family room is anchored by a stately limestone fireplace flanked by two doors opening to the loggia, plus an abundance of built-in cherry cabinetry. A small hallway leads to the mahogany-paneled library offering bookshelves, cabinet storage, a gas/wood-burning fireplace, and file drawers for storing important paperwork. This part of the home takes in splendid views of the extra-long lap pool and lush landscapes.

The curved staircase leads up to three bedrooms on the second floor, where an expansive master bedroom suite encompasses an entire wing. There are two sumptuous marble baths, two spacious walk-in closets and a private sitting room, creating a retreat-like space that celebrates the beginning and end of each day. Two additional en suite bedrooms on this level are beautifully designed. The front bedroom’s Art Deco tile bath is reminiscent of the New York’s famous Hotel Commodore. The next bedroom has an attached playroom and dressing area with multiple closets. The third floor provides a recreation room and numerous storage options.

On the exceptionally well-finished ground level, there is a gym with a full bath and sports closet. A fourth bedroom features a full en suite, bath, hardwood floors and window egress. Ample storage rooms and a hallway to the three-car garage complete this impressive level. 

The pastoral New Vernon section of Harding Township is characterized by preserved land, winding country roads and fine homes. Known for its proximity to New York City about 30 miles east, Harding offers low property taxes and a small town atmosphere near shops, restaurants and schools. Established in 1922, the Township was named for then-President Warren G. Harding. There are about 50 miles of bridle trails winding throughout Harding, which are maintained by the Harding Township/Green Village Bridle Path Association. This atmosphere is ensured for future generations since 40% of the township is protected open space. Numerous conveniences are nearby, including Midtown Direct train service in Morristown, less than 15 minutes away.

Bedrooms 4
Full Bathrooms 6
Half Bathrooms 1
Square Feet 6,173
Property Type Residential
Acreage 6.91
Style Custom Home
Taxes $23,145 (2017)


Elementary Harding
High Madison
Middle Harding
Number of Rooms 14
Basement Yes
Basement Desc. Finished-Partially, Walkout, Full
Approximate Square Feet 6,173
Community Living No
  • BarWet
  • JacuzTyp
  • TubShowr
  • StallShw
  • WlkInCls
  • AlrmFire
  • SecurSys
  • Shades
  • CODetect
  • CeilHigh
  • Skylight
  • SmokeDet


  • CarbMDet
  • Freezer
  • CentVac
  • GenBltIn
  • RgOvGas
  • Refrig
  • Washer
  • WatrFltr
  • Dishwshr
  • OvenSelf
  • WtrSftOw
  • KitExhFn
  • Dryer
  • WineRefr


  • Gas Fireplace
  • Family Room
  • Library
  • See Remarks
  • Living Room
  • Wood Burning


  • Carpeting
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Marble
  • Parquet-Some
  • Wood


  • 4Units
  • ForcedHA
  • Humidifr
  • MultiZon

Fuel type

  • Gas-Natural


  • Multi-Zone Cooling
  • Central Air
  • 4 Units


  • Well

Water heater

  • Electric


  • Private
  • Septic


  • Cable TV
  • Garbage Extra Charge

Room layout

Room Dimensions Floor
Master Bedroom 21x19 Second
Bedroom 2 28x26 Second
Bedroom 3 19x12 Second
Bedroom 4 19x15 Ground
Dining Room 20x16 First
Family Room 23x16 First
Kitchen 24x17 First
Living Room 26x19 First
Conservatory 18x14 First
Library 19x16 First
SittngRm 18x10 Second
Game Room 23x16 Third
  • Barbeque
  • Underground Lawn Sprinkler
  • Patio
  • Open Porch(es)
  • Thermal Windows/Doors


  • 3 Spaces
  • DoorOpnr
  • Oversize
  • Built-In
  • GarUnder
  • InEntrnc


  • Additional Parking
  • Crushed Stone
  • Paver Block
  • Circular
  • Off-Street Parking


  • Rubberized
  • Tile


  • Private Road
  • Open Lot
  • Wooded Lot


  • In-Ground Pool
  • Lap Pool
  • Heated

Listing Agent

Photo of Elizabeth Winter




Harding Township (New Vernon), NJ real estate market

Established in 1922, Harding Township was named for then-President Warren G. Harding.  Its location 45 minutes from New York City belies the pastoral scenery; where horses, sheep, and cows graze in meadows and open fields. There are about 50 miles of bridle trails winding throughout Harding Township, which are maintained by the Harding Township/Green Village Bridle Path Association. This atmosphere is ensured for future generations since 40% of the township is protected open space.

New Vernon and Green Village are two sections of Harding, in southeastern Morris County. Forbes magazine ranked New Vernon as "one of the 25 most expensive zip codes" in the country in 2006.

Green Village is an unincorporated area within both Harding Township and Chatham Township. Located just north of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Green Village has its own post office and fire station.

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