When Eldon and Fern Priestley toured one of the penthouse residences at 40 Park in downtown Morristown they knew it was the perfect change for them. The Priestleys were getting tired of maintaining their large home in Mendham and they wanted more time to travel the world. In addition, they saw that they could change the style of their home without sacrificing much living space.
“We walked in and we said ‘this is perfect,’” Mrs. Priestley said. “We wanted to be close to everything that Morristown offers. And we like to travel, so we wanted to be able to just lock the door and go whenever we felt like it.”
The Priestleys moved into their 40 Park penthouse in September. The 3,200 square-foot features three bedrooms, 3 ½ baths and an 800-square-foot outdoor terrace that overlooks the Morristown Green. The spacious floorplan also offers a gourmet kitchen, formal dining area, living room with high ceilings and a customizable den. Elegant French doors connect the living room to the outdoors and their private view of the Green.
Because the Priestleys took a month-long vacation to Israel and Europe soon after moving in, they didn’t get a chance to use the terrace much during warm weather months. Now that spring has arrived, they’re eager to take maximum advantage of their outdoor sanctuary. Soon, potted plants, patio furniture, friends and family will fill this private entertaining area that is unique in New Jersey.
Just as important as the ability to travel and entertain for the Priestleys is the shopping, dining and mass-transportation options downtown Morristown offers right at their front door.
Walking to the pharmacy, dry cleaners, the community theater or their favorite restaurant is easy. The couple also enjoys overnight trips to New York City, which are much more convenient when you can walk to the train station.
“We’re ten minutes from everything: five minutes from the library and a short walk to the train station,” Mrs. Priestley said. “We like to go to Carnegie Hall and to the museums in New York quite often, and when we do, we will stay overnight. It’s nice not having to worry about where we parked our car. We can just get on the train and come back whenever we like.”
The Priestleys moved just in time to avoid a winter full of snow shoveling and windshield scraping. Mr. Priestley, a retired lab manager, said he was actually able to enjoy the snow for the first time in decades. He would sit in his warm penthouse or grab a table at Greenberry’s Coffee and Tea Company and watch it accumulate on the Green.
Having lived in nearby Mendham for more than 20 years, The Priestleys watched Morristown evolve into a thriving, upscale urban community. They were excited to become a part of it, embracing the “new urbanist” way of life.
“We think Morristown is great. It’s a town that cares about its beauty and its architecture,” Mr. Priestley said. “Any time a building is constructed or renovated, they always do a beautiful job. There is so much to do — from feeding your cultural appetite to feeding your natural appetite. We jumped at it when we had the opportunity to buy here, and we couldn’t be happier.”
Located in a distinctive seven-story building, 40 Park features 76 luxury condominium residences with a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. Prices currently range from the mid- $700,000s to $1 million for the Signature residences. The building’s Penthouses, priced from $1 million to $2.2 million, include up to 3,200 square feet of living space and provide extraordinary private terraces of up to 1,800 square feet of outdoor living space. Only a limited number of homes are available in the award-winning building.
All homes at 40 Park feature a variety of upscale finishes and appointments, such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Kohler whirlpool tubs and walnut or cherry hardwood flooring. The Park Center, a private amenity floor, boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiard tables, flat screen TVs and a media room. The homes also come with private, indoor parking and concierge service.
Developed by Roseland Property Company and Woodmont Properties, 40 Park also features street-level retail space as part of “The Shops on the Green” which currently includes such upscale tenants as Starbucks, Roots Steak House, Urban Table, an AT&T retail store and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Discussions with additional tenants are underway.
For more information on 40 Park, call 973-359-0010, or visit www.40park.com. The community is located at 40 W. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.