45 School House Lane,
Morris Twp. NJ

5 beds | 7.2 baths | 7.3 Acres | MLS/ID#: 3458609


“Strawberry Fields” is an impressive French Country Manor nestled amid towering trees on 7.3± acres in the prestigious Washington Valley section of Morris Township. Approached by a charming private lane, a porte-cochère with mahogany coffered ceiling leads to an elegant center courtyard. Built in 1929, this extraordinary home was masterfully expanded in 1998 by renowned architect/builder Peter Dorne of Morristown. Incorporating architectural features that are his hallmark, Dorne seamlessly added a new wing to the original home.  Expansive walls of windows, custom-built cabinetry and bookcases, dimensional ceilings and intricate millwork abound. The updated residence, which also features distinctive chimneys, three solid mahogany garage doors and illuminated eight-sided cupolas, presents a wonderful combination of Old World character and fresh, modern design elements.  The floor plan features five bedrooms, seven full baths and two powder rooms. Six fireplaces and approximately 9,100 square feet of living space span across three finished floors. Highlights of the welcoming foyer include beautiful millwork and hardwood floors. Adjacent to the foyer, a cherry-paneled library is fitted with a coffered ceiling and custom cabinetry. Cozy fires can be enjoyed by the wood-burning corner fireplace with original brick surround. The foyer also leads to a spacious living room featuring hardwood flooring, a marble surround wood-burning fireplace, custom-built bookshelves and cabinetry. The wall of picture windows and French doors provide an abundance of natural light. French doors connect to the dining room appointed with hardwood flooring and classic raised panel molding. A full wall of mahogany cabinetry showcases a wood-burning fireplace with marble surround. Steps away, the well-appointed butler’s pantry features a coffered ceiling, custom cabinetry, polished granite countertops, refrigerator, sink and dishwasher. The French-Normandy style gourmet kitchen has white-washed cabinetry, polished granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. The oversized kitchen island with carved dark wood base easily seats four. Additional seating is accommodated in the breakfast alcove open to the second floor atrium, where an exquisite two-story chandelier illuminates the space. Steps away, a computer workspace and storage pantry are tucked behind French doors. The step-down family room opens to the kitchen and features an entertainment center with cherry cabinetry, gas fireplace with granite surround, and double French doors to a bluestone terrace. A hallway adjoining the family room has a laundry room and leads to a second front foyer and entrance. Spanning from this dramatic two-story foyer are a powder room and sweeping staircase that leads to the second floor.  Upstairs, the generously-sized master bedroom suite has a gas fireplace and spa-like marble bathroom offering a Jacuzzi tub, custom cabinetry, marble countertops and radiant-heated floor. A separate stall shower has a built-in bench and rainfall shower head. The elegant dressing suite and handsome walk-in closet enhance this luxurious retreat. Four additional en suite bedrooms and a second laundry room complete the second level. A roomy multi-functional space with full bathroom and walk-in cedar closet characterizes the third floor.  The lower level offers a finished exercise room and extensive unfinished storage areas. Outdoor amenities include a heated pool with spa and an entertainment-sized Belgian block pool deck and patio. There is also a spectacular one-bedroom carriage house with a fully-equipped kitchen, two full baths, washer/dryer, game room and attached three-car garage. The carriage house is a legal rental. Completing this timeless property is a garden potting room adjoining the porte-cochère, where a striking floor-to-ceiling wood-burning brick fireplace detailed with carved stone relief and decorative corbels creates a majestic focal point.  Morris Township in Morris County surrounds vibrant Morristown, home to Mayo Performing Arts Center and a wide array of fine restaurants and shopping.  Midtown Direct train service to Manhattan and easy access to Newark International Airport and commuting highways all add to the area’s strong appeal. 

Elegant walls of windows, stunning millwork, solid mahogany 3-car garage doors, illuminated cupolas and distinctive chimneys. Gourmet kitchen; 5 en suite bedrooms; 7 full baths and 2 powder rooms; multi-functional third floor space. Potting Room has dramatic floor-to-ceiling wood-burning stone fireplace. Outdoor pool and spa with expansive pool patio area. Separate 1 BR, 2 full bath, 3-car legal rental Carriage House has own utilities, septic system, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer. Convenient to vibrant downtown Morristown. Recent tax reduction by almost $10k!!
Bedrooms 5
Full Bathrooms 7
Half Bathrooms 2
Square Feet 9,123
Property Type Residential
Year Built 1929
Acreage 7.3
Style Colonial, Custom Home
Taxes $40,558 (2017)


Elementary Hillcrest
High Morristown
Middle Frelghuysn
Number of Rooms 14
Basement Yes
Basement Desc. Finished-Partially
Approximate Square Feet 9,123
Renovation Year 2000
Community Living No

Co-listing Courtesy of: Sally Aspero

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  • CeilHigh
  • Skylight
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  • Sat/Ant
  • Washer
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  • Dryer
  • Microwav


  • Foyer/Hall
  • Bedroom 1
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Library
  • Living Room


  • Tile
  • Marble
  • Wood


  • Forced Hot Air
  • Multi-Zone

Fuel type

  • Gas-Natural


  • Multi-Zone Cooling
  • Central Air


  • Well

Water heater

  • Gas


  • Septic


  • Cable TV
  • Garbage Included

Room layout

Room Dimensions Floor
Master Bedroom 22x18 Second
Bedroom 2 23x16 Second
Bedroom 3 18x12 Second
Bedroom 4 12x9 Second
Dining Room 19x15 First
Family Room 29x24 First
Kitchen 20x19 First
Living Room 26x17 First
Bedroom 22x12 Second
Library 15x10 First
Media Room 24x17 Third
Exercise Room 12x11 Basement
  • Patio
  • Carriage House
  • Greenhouse Type Room


  • 3 Spaces
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Attached Garage
  • Oversize Garage


  • 2 Car Width
  • Paver Block
  • Blacktop
  • Circular


  • Composition Shingle


  • Private Road
  • Open Lot
  • Wooded Lot


  • In-Ground Pool
  • Heated

Listing Agents

Photo of Sally Aspero


Doris Ju



Sally Aspero



Morris Township, NJ real estate market

Incorporated in 1740, Morris Township in Morris County is an idyllic community of about 15 square miles containing rolling hills, open space and established neighborhoods. Often referred to as a "donut township" since it surrounds Morristown, it shares a school system and library with Morristown, although both maintain separate municipal and public services.

The township motto: "A community rich in history with a constant striving for a better tomorrow," reflects the feeling of preservationists and the local government, who are devoted to acquiring open space while keeping large-scale development at bay. 

Morris Township is one of the most affluent areas in the County. Major corporations including Honeywell and Mennen have their headquarters in the township.

Many residents commute into New York City about 35 miles west, catching the train in Convent Station, Morris Plains or Morristown. The township enjoys a location close to many museums, entertainment venues, restaurants and shops due to its close proximity to Morristown.

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