If you’re a Beastie Boys fanatic—or looking to score a turnkey midcentury for less than one million dollars—this lakefront home may be of interest. Tucked away in Hewitt, New Jersey, just 35 miles from New York City, the single-family residence was built in 1955 and comes packed with period charm.
Beastie Boys’ Adam Keefe Horovitz—better known as Ad-Rock—purchased the dwelling in 2006 with his wife, musician and feminist activist Kathleen Hanna, for $$799,000. Over the last 15 years, the creative duo have primarily used the property as a weekend/summer retreat.
"Some of our favorite times included water skiing or pulling our friends on a big inner tube around the lake," says Kathleen. "We also loved picking blueberries for pancakes at Blueberry Island—which is an uninhabited island you can swim to from our dock—and having our annual party for our Softball Team every summer."
Spanning two floors, the home offers a bright, open layout, with the primary gathering spaces housed on the upper level. Walls of windows fill the interiors with ample natural light while framing striking views of the lake. From the fireplace separating the living and dining areas to the tiled bathrooms, nearly each room is dotted with original character.
"The former owners of the house were meticulous and left extra vintage tiles and parts for almost everything, which made it easy for us to keep it in original condition," explains Kathleen. "We love the overall architecture and the little details like the blender built into the counter (which still works!), and it was important to us to not mess it up."
"There’s a lot of sneaky Jetsons-style stuff in the house which felt more modern than even a new house would," she continues.The home includes three bedrooms, three baths, and several bonus areas. A double slip dock with a pontoon party boat is also included in the sale.
After quarantining on the West Coast during the Covid-19 pandemic, the couple are "finding themselves to be more West Coast people at the moment," so they’re seeking to cut ties with their lakefront property. Scroll ahead to see more of the home, currently listed for $975,000.
17 Emerson Road in Hewitt, New Jersey, is currently listed for $975,000 by Maggie Sherman D'Aquila of Compass.
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