Inside Smoke Rise, Luxury Living in New Jersey


‘Created by nature, preserved by man’ – Smoke Rise from within.

With 24-hour security, the exclusive, well-heeled, gated community of Smoke Rise, offers a distinctive country lifestyle in a pristine habitat. It boasts a private 120-acre spring-fed lake with three miles of irregular shoreline.

According to legend, Smoke Rise was once the hunting grounds of the Lenni-Lenape Indians. From watching the moisture off the lake create the illusion of smoke, they gave it its name ‘the land where the smoke rises.’

Smoke rise was long the estate of Francis Kinney of the Kinney Brothers tobacco company. The Kinney family (after whom Kinnelon was named) enjoyed the property for many years as a fully, self-contained, classic country-gentleman’s estate maintaining its own stables, blacksmith shops, gardens, greenhouses, piggery and firehouse.

John Talbot Sr. who was willed the estate from the last remaining Kinney heir, was one of the first in the nation to recognize the need for “suburban housing for discriminating people.” In 1946, he founded the Smoke rise club, which along with Tuxedo Park is one of the earliest residential club plans in the United States.

With rock formations, streams and rolling hills, Smoke Rise’s 3,500-acre natural ecosystem is filled with an extraordinary variety of bird and animal life. There are no sidewalks. There are no street lights. This is true country living at its very best.

Set high on a hill, the home at 5 Hemlock Terrace is a handsome, beautifully-designed, custom-built contemporary house on 1.65 acres, nestled among huge hemlock trees and towering rock formations with a grotto carved out of the landscape below.

Spacious and free-flowing with clean, architectural lines, this glamorous 14-room country retreat has four-bedrooms, three full- and two half-baths, three wood-burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings and walls of windows.

The living room with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling wall of windows has a wonderful, circular staircase by Atlantic Design Works. Also on this floor is a formal dining room, a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a sunny breakfast room adjacent to a sleek, very top-of-the-line designer kitchen. On the floor below in addition to three bedrooms there is another living room, a family room and an entertaining kitchen. There are California Closets throughout.

A truly spectacular master bedroom and bath were added in 1996. It was designed, engineered and fabricated by New England Outbuildings using authentic hand-hewn oversize barn beams with an amazing 35-ft expanse. There is an additional stone fireplace and a stunning wall of windows.

This sprawling, 5,100-sq ft home has four large cedar decks, extensive stonework and over 500 plantings and 40 varieties of specimen trees and plants.

A series of Tennessee Bluestone steps wind down through a rock garden and at the bottom, as if carved out by nature is a free-form pool, a waterfall and a water lily pond all enveloped by more tall trees.

From a 1,000 bottle mahogany wine cellar, to surround sound speakers inside and out, to an elevator and wires on the roof to melt snow, 5 Hemlock Terrace is rich in amenities.

A private lake for swimming, sailing, fishing and boating plus stables as well as the elegant Village Inn are a few of the many social and sporting opportunities right nearby.

Some say having a home in Smoke Rise is like living in an exclusive, private resort.

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