The story of 461 Florence Avenue
Indoor-outdoor livability and view savoring combine with exquisitely updated 1930’s allure in Upper Rockridge. Dovetailing with character-rich original architecture, the home’s reimagined dine-in kitchen and bathroom mix timeless marble compositions. Its radiantly light two-bedroom layout offers a grand-beyond-its-size style of living and extends via expansive glass doors to a deck with the air of an outdoor room. A vaulted, beamed canopy soaring overhead, this broad veranda offers part shade, part sunshine, Bay-view bliss, plus access to glorious grounds.
The elevated enclave of Upper Rockridge blends extraordinary architecture and picturesque panoramas. A secluded sensibility, free of traffic sights and sounds, belies its close proximity to everyday conveniences, commutes, and celebrated schools. The neighborhood features a precious café, giftshop, and gourmet market and sits convenient to cosmopolitan shopping, dining, and recreation throughout Montclair and Rockridge.
Amid a cultivated front garden, crosscut by a pea-gravel strolling path, the home reveals its pristine state, from rooftop to doorstep. With hallmarks of Thirties-era Traditional architecture, scalloped trim embellishes its cross gable and harmonizes with detailing above the welcoming entry portico. Upon entry, the foyer establishes variable-plank hardwood flooring and stretched-arch doorways. An outlook to the garden adds to the living room’s graceful tone set by a decorative beamed ceiling accented with corbels and rectangular-motif fireplace. Casement windows throughout formal living and dining rooms lavish the spaces with natural light, an effect that carries to the kitchen. Oriented to accentuate views, the airy kitchen features uninterrupted glass expanses that frame Bay vistas and flow to the deck, a span stretching the breadth of the home, ideal for year-round lounging and dining. Just steps beyond, the vibrant landscape comprises a pea-gravel terrace, lawn with stepping-stone walk, and flowering, treed borders.
Within the kitchen, elegance meets efficiency. Gray-veined marble counters join subway-tile backsplashes in a fresh take on an heirloom effect. All-new high-caliber stainless appliances integrate within an advantageous layout, the gas range part of a peninsula to enable interaction with diners in the seating area.
Also freshly rejuvenated, the bathroom features shades-of-gray marble hexagonal floor tile, which correlates to marble counter gracing a double-sink vanity. Renovations harmonize aesthetically with preserved elements, such as streamline Deco door hardware throughout the bedroom hall, where one bedroom is endowed with two closets, the other with long-range views.
The lower level provides storage, laundry facilities, and back-garden access.