Posted on: 09-25-20
Marquee residence slated for renovation
RPM Development Group recently announced the sale of a home widely considered to be the most notable at East Gate, the upscale collection of residences created in century-old Officer’s Housing on the 1,126-acre Fort Monmouth former U.S. Army post. The famed “General’s House” has been sold to inspiring new owners who have set their sights on creating one of the most distinctive homes in the Monmouth County marketplace.
The General’s House is the most recognized address in Officer’s Row, a collection of signature homes at East Gate that are aptly named after its former purpose as residences for high-ranking officers stationed on Fort Monmouth.
The five-bedroom home was sold “as is” to Diane and Bob Baxter, a local couple who envision an estate that maintains the residence’s formality and historic elements, but also features contemporary and modern luxury and comfortable, relaxing living spaces. At about 4,500 square feet, the marquee General’s House is the largest residence in East Gate and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully renovate a one-of-a-kind floor plan. The home, identifiable by its brick exterior, eye-catching portico entryway and location at the head of the community, stood out to the Baxter’s for its uniqueness inside and out.
“We were attracted to the formality of the home design, as well as the solidness of the brick structure,” they say. “The archways, high ceilings, crown moldings, French doors, and the beautiful staircase, all stood out.
Most important were the two sun porches off the back of the house and the beautiful view overlooking Parker’s Creek. While many of these features may require restoration, we will keep what we can and replace what we have to.”
The first steps in the revitalization of the residence will not be glitzy, the Baxter’s indicate, with a focus on bringing the home systems up to 21st-Century standards.
After the upgrades are complete and the canvas set, the Baxters will get started on making their vision for the General’s House a reality.
It begins with a design theme that combines older charm with newer interior appointments, not unlike historic dwellings of modern distinction seen worldwide.
“We’re aiming to have an eclectic mixture of a historic and structured layout with modern and relaxed feel,” say the Baxters.
“For example, if you can imagine walking into a Connecticut farmhouse that retains its historic country charm, but is still fully up to date and livable, or a Parisian apartment where modern furniture and fixtures seem to be dropped into an 18thcentury building with its retained crown molding and paneled walls.” Certain aspects of the floor plan will change, and specific rooms will be converted to fit the lifestyle needs of the Baxters.
The interior motif and palate will include personal flair.
“There’s two parts of the project that are very exciting to us right now,” they said. “We have a friend who is a very talented artist and will be painting a mural on the dining room wall. We have also decided to move the kitchen to the back of the house where the dining room was. We feel the flow from the living room opening to the sun porch will be ideal for our lifestyle. We will also likely put a breakfast dining table and sitting area on the porch.”
The integrity of the General’s House will remain firmly in place, the couple points out, with some of its older spaces transformed into contemporary uses. The general’s office is slated to become a library, a bedroom will be transitioned into a home gym, the attic utilized as a game room and additional storage space, and a portion of the basement targeted to become a wine cellar.
The General’s House is part of a dynamic collection of luxury homes created by developer RPM Development Group at East Gate in Oceanport, NJ. The remaining residences offer all of the attributes that drew the Baxters to purchase at the fast-selling community, with the added benefit of being movein ready with home systems fully brought up to modern standards and remodeled, and contemporary interiors lined with stylish interior appointments and finishes.
Included in the available inventory are the highly popular singlefamily attached homes located in sought-after Officers Row. Like the General’s House, the spacious and well-appointed homes blend modern luxury and old-world charm with the same historic and preserved Federal-style construction that has made East Gate so unique, and offer water views of Parker’s Creek, according to CB New Homes of Florham Park, NJ, its exclusive marketing and sales agent.
Priced from the upper $700,000s, the three-bedroom single-family attached homes boast uniquely wide floor plans that feel and live like expansive single-family homes inside and out, without the hassle and headaches of tiresome maintenance.
The floor plans offer 2.5 baths, dining/living room, open-concept kitchen, expansive master bedroom suite with lavish master bath and sitting room and den that makes for the perfect home office that everyone wants and needs in today’s business climate.
Crown molding can be found throughout the main living level and hardwood flooring is included on both the first and second floors. Outside, each home has a large patio to fully enjoy Fort Monmouth’s natural surroundings that are both tranquil and scenic.