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Old World Craftsmanship Available for Immediate Delivery at Pheasant Crossing in Bernardsville / Basking Ridge, NJ

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 / Coldwell Banker New Homes & Condominiums

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ, JUNE 1, 2010 – Home to some of the most elegant estates in New Jersey, Somerset County has long held the prestige of alluring million dollar home purchasers to its sweeping countryside, renowned golf courses, excellent schools and convenient shopping and restaurants.  According to Coldwell Banker New Homes & Condominiums, one of the nation’s largest award winning residential brokerage firms, two luxurious estates tucked away in this panoramic setting are available for immediate delivery at Pheasant Crossing, a collection of custom estates on a cul de sac in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge by the award winning talents of Mark Built Homes.


What’s more, another estate is just beginning to take shape, perfect for the purchaser who wishes to work with the builder to fully customize the home.  Prices in the collection start from $2,195,000.


The beauty of Pheasant Crossing begins with its “shingle-style,” old world craftsmanship.  Each estate has been personally designed and built by a very unique builder – Michael Markovitz of Mark Built Homes.  Coldwell Banker New Homes & Condominiums Vice President David Schoner states, “Michael is a third generation builder, having learned his craft from his family, who instilled upon him a simple philosophy behind their craft- ‘it’s about the customer and the details – it’s always about the details.’”


Schoner continues, “Michael’s dedication to customer ideas compelled him to seek a profession in architecture and then construction.  Through his dual knowledge, Michael is able to first design each home with the most requested features and ‘details’ included.  Then, he’s on-site overseeing its construction to make sure each home provides its owner with the highest level of fine craftsmanship.”


The estates under construction on approximately three sweeping acres perfectly illustrate Michael’s craft and his ability to lead a team of top notch tradesmen and professionals in the design of each home at Pheasant Crossing.  New Homes Associate Margaret “Marge” Mueller of Coldwell Banker in Bernardsville describes them as “nothing short of spectacular.”  She states, “Just the exterior alone with beautiful roof lines, cedar shingles, pergola and stone evokes a distinctive characteristic that invites purchasers ‘home.’  Inside, the space is designed with imagination, creativity and a flair for fine living.  There are detailed architectural trim and elaborate moldings, most of which are hand fashioned on the site, as well as hardwood floors throughout the home.  Just enter the two-story foyer with sweeping staircase and sneak a peek at the gallery for fine art and you know this home was created for those who have a personal style and grace.”


Entertaining is elegant in the formal living room and dining room with butler’s pantry.  Detailed soffit ceilings add grandness to these rooms.  Mueller points out that the elegance is balanced by wonderful “family-style” space in an expansive family room with traditional fireplace.


She adds, “The adjoining gourmet style in each home beautifully showcases the many design choices that Michael offers.  One or two center islands, custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, walk-in  pantry and professional line appliances set the stage for gourmet meals or informal gatherings.  The turreted morning room opens to a beautiful stone terrace.”


The first level of each estate also features a warm cherry library with wainscoting, coffered ceilings and granite surround fireplace; two powder rooms; family staircase; and laundry / mud room with benches and storage niches.  Access to a four-car garage completes this level.


Upstairs, owners will be pampered in their spacious master bedroom retreat, which spans a full wing of the home.  Mueller notes the suite includes a fireplace; sitting room with walls of windows; custom designed walk-in closets; a cedar closet; and marble master bath with whirlpool tub set in a marble platform, soothing shower with multiple heads and full body spray in a frameless glass enclosure and dual vanities in custom cabinetry.”


Five additional large bedrooms and four full baths, including a popular Jack and Jill style bath complete the second level of the homes.  Other fine details include hardwood floors throughout, ten foot first floor ceilings, foyer chandelier lift, plenty of storage closets and extensive recessed lighting.


Pheasant Crossing is complimented by its exceptional location in one of the state’s most prestigious areas.  “Numerous estates dot the hills and valleys of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge,” notes Mueller. “Owners enjoy exceptional views and beautiful open countryside, yet they are within minutes of major business areas via Routes 202/206, 78 and 287.  Residents also enjoy an easy commute into New York City via train or bus.”


Mueller also points out that the area features lovely downtown and boutique-style shopping, fine restaurants and a plethora of recreation including renowned golf courses and country clubs.  “While the public schools are outstanding,” explains Mueller, “there are also many private schools to choose from.”


Prospective estate purchasers, who are searching for a custom crafted home built in the Old World tradition in one of the state’s most sought after locations, should tour the homes available for immediate delivery at Pheasant Crossing.  To set up an appointment, please contact New Homes Associate Margaret “Marge” Mueller at Coldwell Banker in Bernardsville at (908) 766-2900, on cell at (908) 803-4104, or visit


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, a leading residential real estate brokerage company, operates more than 60 offices with over 3,600 sales associates serving communities from Rockland County, N.Y. to Monmouth County, New Jersey. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. ( is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company.  NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices.


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