Grand Opening of New Hillcrest Model To Be Held This Weekend at Legacy of Mountain Lakes

Carriage ExteriorsMOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. –  HornRock Properties will host the Grand Opening of a new, professionally-decorated Hillcrest model home this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th) at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, the upscale collection of townhomes in this prestigious Morris County borough.  The official opening celebration — which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — will not only highlight the luxury interior and upscale finishes offered in the popular three-bedroom Hillcrest design, but also the enviable lifestyle available in one of northwestern New Jersey’s most sought-after residential suburbs.

Highlighted as part of the Carriage Series at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, the Hillcrest is one of the few remaining opportunities to purchase at the community.  The Carriage Series homes are priced from $599,900.

Also debuting this weekend will be limited-time homebuyer incentives which create great value at Legacy of Mountain Lakes.  Available until March 31st, the special program provides purchasers up to $25,000 in savings for the Carriage Series homes and up to $35,000 in savings for the Signatures Series homes.

Only nine townhomes remain available at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, which is on the verge of a complete sell-out thanks to its blend of spacious and luxury housing designs, complete lifestyle and desirable location.  Justin and Anna Zhang are just one of the many families who have discovered all these attributes that make Legacy of Mountain Lakes a special community.

The couple were living in a two-bedroom apartment in Randolph last year when they decided it was time to purchase a new residence. They liked living in Morris County, so they began searching in nearby communities. About ten miles away, they fell in love with Mountain Lakes, a classic American lake town with upscale suburban tranquility.

While the Zhangs immediately fell in love with the town, they found it wasn’t compatible with their preference for new construction residences. Most of the housing supply in Mountain Lakes is elegant and charming, but several decades old. Fortunately, the Zhangs discovered Legacy of Mountain Lakes. They bought a spacious Hillcrest townhouse, moved to the community in December and they are loving every minute of it.

“This was the newest construction available in Mountain Lakes, and it is an inviting boutique community with great architectural design,” Mr. Zhang said. “We really liked it. I am especially fond of the low-maintenance lifestyle. It saves a lot of time and energy not to have to shovel snow, rake leaves or cut the grass.”  The Hillcrest” floorplan is one of four designs available at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, and one of two in the community’s Carriage Series. The home includes two full baths, two half-baths and a two-car garage. It was designed to take advantage of every square inch of its 2,162 square feet of living space.

The Hillcrest home opens on the recreation level, where a spacious recreation room is flanked by the home’s porch and an inviting patio. The Zhangs particularly enjoy the intelligently-designed living level, which features a large, well-appointed great room and dining area that is coupled with a country kitchen with a large center island, all arranged in a manner that maximizes living space and offers all of the advantages of an open floor plan.

“We were looking for a home with lots of storage and an open-concept living room,” Mr. Zhang said. “The Hillcrest floorplan was perfect for us.”

The Zhangs’ home also includes an impressive bedroom level with a master suite that is complete with a walk-in closet and master bath with granite countertops, dual sinks and Kohler fixtures. Two other well-appointed bedrooms are also located on the bedroom level.

The Zhangs have enjoyed the lifestyle their new home offers them. Mr. Zhang works for a pharmaceutical company in the area and has an easy driving commute to work. Mrs. Zhang takes the train to her office in Manhattan. They like to get outdoors too, and the pleasant vistas and nine scenic lakes in Mountain Lakes gives them plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation practically in their backyard.

“I like to go for runs on Boulevard, where there is a running and biking path alongside the road, and I work out at the YMCA on Fanny Road, which is within walking distance,” Mr. Zhang said. “Everything I want to do is close by, so it is an excellent location.”

Legacy of Mountain Lakes offers two distinct housing collections. In addition to the Hillcrest, the Carriage Series collection includes the “Midvale” design, with three bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths and a private garage. Homes in the Carriage Series range from 2,162 to 2,236 square-feet of finished living space and are priced from $599,900. Both Carriage Series homes feature expansive living spaces, exquisite finishes and a modern, “open concept” layout.

Legacy also offers its “Signature Series”, which includes an elegant “Briarcliff” model townhome which is now available for sale. Both the Briarcliff and the “Fernwood” layout offer buyers a three-bedroom, 2 ½-bath floorplan, all of which back up to premium wooded locations. The homes range in size from 2,829 to 2,853 square feet of luxury living space, but can be upgraded to 4,700+ square feet of living space with a finished lower level and 4th level. They also include an attached two-car garage. Prices for the remaining Signature Series homes start from $839,900.

Mountain Lakes is extremely well-connected with Routes 287, 80, 46, and 202 intersecting just outside of the town’s border, and the Mountain Lakes NJTRANSIT station offers commuters service on the Montclair-Boonton line.

Home buyers at Legacy become part of a community with an award-winning school system, an attractive collection of streets, public parks and homes, and unique attractions, such as a private lake club. Several popular shops and restaurants are nearby. The quaint, sophisticated colonial town center of Morristown offers additional shopping, dining and nightlife options just a 10-minute drive away. The neighboring town of Boonton features a charming Main Street with shops, restaurants, a historic vaudeville theatre, and other attractions. Golf courses are nearby, and the Lakeland Hills YMCA right down the street from Legacy of Mountain Lakes offers a pool, gymnasium, child care, summer camps, fitness facilities and more, all within walking distance.

For more about The Legacy of Mountain Lakes, or to schedule a tour, please contact the sales office at 973-265-0899 or visit

Want to see some of the most beautiful Fireworks in New Jersey? It’s right here in Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a daytime BBQ on Saturday, July 4. Both will take place at the Mountain Lakes Club. The fireworks will start about 9:00 p.m. They are staged from a barge in the middle of Mountain Lake for better viewing and photographing around the Lake. Island Beach will be open for residents to use. The fireworks are supported by donations from the community and they are organized by the recreation department.


Mountain Lakes Manna – Reprinted from HudsonMOD Magazine

GacLeg05By Sue Brisolla

MOUNTAIN LAKES is one of northern New Jersey’s most affluent towns. Because of its elite status, HornRock Properties has chosen it to debut their newest luxury residences. The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is a community of townhomes nestled in the quaint woods of Morris County. These lavish units cater to homebuyers who want a small-town charm while being close to busy city life.

New York City is easily accessible via New Jersey Transit trains and buses, as well as Routes 46, 80 and 280. Mountain Lakes’ school system is top rated in New Jersey. Students’ Advanced Placement participation, SAT scores and graduation rates are all very high. Its proximity to parks, lakes and outdoor facilities makes it a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

“The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is a housing opportunity that doesn’t come around very often in the exclusive Morris County market,” says David Hornblass of HornRock Properties. “It’s a rare chance to purchase an upscale, brand-new townhome that includes an array of modern and contemporary finishes not commonly found in the area’s existing housing inventory.”

The Carriage Series includes the Midvale and the Hillcrest, and the Signature Series consists of the Fernwood and the Briarcliff. Both series boast a multitude of amenities such as hardwood floors and top-of-the-line appliances and feature beautiful stone and stucco exteriors.

The Midvale and Hillcrest feature three full bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, one- or two-car garages, designer kitchens, dining and family rooms, patios and master suites.

The Fernwood and the Briarcliff have three full bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms, two-car garages, designer kitchens, Great Rooms with fireplaces, libraries, walk-out basements, granite countertops and spacious master suites and master baths with Kohler fixtures.

The Legacy offers upscale gourmet cooking amenities, including premium Wolf ranges and ovens. In addition, the homes are sleekly styled and furnished with top-quality finishes. The open-floor plan allows easy entertainment of guests, and the location makes it ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.

“This sought-after neighborhood fulfills all the luxury lifestyle needs of today’s sophisticated homebuyer, with a wide selection of well-designed and exquisitely appointed floor plans and open and airy interior spaces. Of course, homebuyers receive all this in an affluent borough that offers all the attributes of the perfect suburban lifestyle,” says Hornblass.

For more information about the Legacy of Mountain Lakes, please visit

Why Mountain Lakes?
High-ranking New Jersey public school system
Near recreation such as the Mountain Lakes Club, Rockaway Valley Country Club and Lakeland Hills YMCA
Close to parks and jogging and biking trails
Just 15 minutes away from historic Morristown
Access to public transportation
Close to restaurants, shops, golf courses and other entertainment
Routes 80, 46 and 287 easily accessible

Did You Know? Here’s A Little History on Mountain Lakes.

In 1910, Mountain Lakes was a rural woodland owned by a few families with names such as Righter, Grimes, Ball and Van Duyne.  In the space of ten years, however, the entire face of Mountain Lakes changed from a wilderness of Dutch and English properties to a planned suburban community of large stucco houses now affectionately known as “Lakers.” During this single decade, the natural and architectural character of Mountain Lakes was developed.  Since then, despite superficial changes, the original design imagined by the local engineer, Lewis Van Duyne, and executed primarily by developer, Herbert J. Hapgood, remains intact.
Today, some 90 years later, Mountain Lakes is still prospering, essentially intact, whereas other planned communities have lost their identities to intrusive development.  Mountain Lakes ability to preserve its original design and character has been cited by professional planners as unique among American communities.
Herbert J. Hapgood

Fifteen years after Lewis Van Duyne surveyed the site for the nearby Boonton Reservoir, his practiced eye conceived a design for the development of the property adjacent to the city-bound branch of the Lackawanna Railroad.  The site was a large tract of pristine land, one of rolling hills, woods, swamps and boulders.  With the vague idea in mind of clearing the land and developing the site, he contacted developer and entrepreneur, Herbert J. Hapgood.
Hapgood, together with his landscape engineer, Arthur T. Holton, had a vision.  He wanted to build homes in a popular, marketable mode.  So he set out to build a gracious planned community to provide future homeowners with comfortable family-oriented homes.
As the first houses were built, residents ventured out from New York to escape the city heat.  The first family, the Lawrence W. Luellens, moved into 46 Dartmouth Road on March 17, 1911.  By the end of June, some fifty families had taken up residence.  After the railroad station was completed in November of 1912, commuters were ready to take advantage of a direct train line to New York.  By the end of 1912, two hundred Hapgood homes were sold and occupied.  By 1923, approximately six hundred stucco houses were built to meet the overwhelming demand.
Hapgood was particularly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, at the height of its popularity in 1910 when he started building.  He took many features of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman architecture and philosophy and adapted them to his own designs.  His houses were solid and boxy in appearance.  They were large yet non-ostentatious homes with variations of colonial or neo-classical detail.  All showed a clear relationship to the natural environment and promoted outdoor living.  They were made to fit into the landscape, located on natural rather than graded terrain.  Narrow roads were curved to fit the contours of the land.  Local boulderstone was used extensively.  The houses were designed to appeal to upper middle-class people who wanted to raise their families in a wholesome country environment filled with recreational opportunities and neighbors who would share their values.
An early advertisement features three distinct types of houses which were built on lots near the banks of Wildwood and Mountain Lakes, these lakes having been created for the residential park by three earthen dams.  Hapgood named them the Manor House, the Semi-Bungalow and the Swiss Chalet.  These styles were actually adaptations of the Foursquare House common in American towns in the early part of the twentieth century.  In an article entitled, “The American Foursquare,” in The Old House Journal (February 1982), the architectural historian, Renee Kahn, defines the Foursquare as a two story house with “a square boxlike shape, and a low hipped roof with broad overhanging eaves.  The exterior is unadorned, relying for impact on its shape and proportion.  There is usually a porch extending the full width of the front elevation.  Most often, there is a dormer in the roof facing front; sometimes there will also be dormers on the two side planes of the roof.  Occasionally there will be a bay window or other architectural feature that breaks up the absolute flatness of the sides.”
The Hapgood model homes were early forerunners of the modern development, but each house was modified to suit individual tastes.  To the basic styles of these houses, Hapgood added colonial and craftsman features.  He reversed floor plans, and inter- changed architectural details.
The choice of materials used in the Lakers reflected both local availability and the fashion of the times.  The fieldstone of the chimneys, walls and foundations was deposited regionally by the Wisconsin glacier ten thousand years ago.  Chestnut paneling, ceiling cross beams and oak flooring were cut from trees by Hapgood at local sawmills using the timber cleared from the construction sites.  Around 1910, builders began to show increased interest in stucco.  Renee Kahn states, “Although its initial cost was slightly more than wood, it required little or no maintenance, and could be tinted delicate pastel colors when wet …  A soft beige/brown appears to have originally been the most popular color.”
As is generally the case in planned communities, most of the trees and plants were removed for ease of construction.  Trees and bushes which have sprung up since reflect the natural, informal landscaping that was prevalent at the time.  The mountain laurel and rhododendron, for example, are specifically adaptive to our acid soil.  Other decorative outdoor structures consisted of garden trellises, pergolas, gazebos, boathouses and tennis courts designed to enhance the enjoyment of the outdoors.
An unusual feature of the development was that so many houses, nearly 500 of them, were built by one developer.  That so many of them have survived is also unusual.  In fact, the 454 original houses still remaining is one of the largest collections of Craftsman-influenced houses in the United States.
The original design layout and the “Hapgoods” established the community as an ideal garden suburb and inspired subsequent development.  The later homes were, for the most part, smaller and of various styles, but the original standards of quality in materials and craftsmanship were continued.  Although there is no code in the Borough to control style of architecture, there exists nevertheless a certain homogeneity within the community derived in large part from the prominence of the old stucco Hapgood homes and the dominance of colonial styles among newer buildings.
In 1923, when Hapgood’s enterprise failed, the Belhall Company was formed to take control of undeveloped land and steps were taken for Mountain Lakes to become a separate municipality.  It is significant that, at this time, a committee was formed to draw up possible boundaries for the new Borough.  So it was, that only a little more than a decade after the first construction, boundaries were drawn that went to the Denville border on the west and to Intervale Road on the east, explicitly “in order to permit continuity in development.” This was recognition of the idea that Hapgood’s vision extended not only to the properties he owned but to others that were contiguous.
Also in the 1920’s, well after the Hapgood development was established, the Arthur D. Crane Company bought land from the St. Francis Health Resort and created the Lake Arrowhead development with its own distinctive type of architecture and design upon the land.
Immediately after World War II, a major new development occurred on a large, relatively flat tract of land between the railroad and Intervale Road.  There the Fox Development Company erected some 67 smaller homes that filled an important demand for housing for returning veterans and their young families.
Two other events of major importance to the Borough were its acquisition in 1938 (toward the end of the Depression) of titles to most of the prime undeveloped building lots remaining in the Borough and, in 1952, the purchase of 250 acres of woodland around Crystal and Birchwood Lakes and up to the Tourne.  Both of these acquisitions gave Mountain Lakes the opportunity to control its own destiny, to avert the intrusive over-development that destroyed so many other planned communities, and to maintain its unique character.
Today, the grand gardens have been simplified, houses have been renovated and the servants are gone.  Still, the essential character of the Lakers in their environment remains.  The rustic suburb of Mountain Lakes has maintained its unique character, environment and sense of place created in the two decades following its founding, fulfilling Hapgood’s vision of an ideal community.  This town’s ability to regulate its growth and thereby control its destiny, cited as unique by Mel Scott in American City Planning Since 1890, is carried on today with renewed dedication to its original ideals.

HornRock Properties’ New Home Communities Offer New Suburban Lifestyle in the New Year

Great Room & Kitchen DSC_0061City sidewalks may be dressed in Holiday style, but homebuyers in large numbers are deciding it’s the perfect time to escape the hustle-and-bustle of urban living and retreat to suburban settings throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Now more than ever, young families are finding tremendous opportunities to live in new home communities that offer great seasonal deals and feature homes with dramatic living spaces, locations with award-winning school systems and commuter-friendly access and the peace and tranquility of scenic natural beauty. Such is the case at Legacy of Mountain Lakes and The Rise at HighPointe, two signature residential developments from HornRock Properties.

Legacy at Mountain Lakes in Morris County, N.J. has become a popular destination for young buyers migrating to the suburbs for comfortable and luxurious homes, open space and good schools. The collection of just 39 three-bedroom townhomes is situated in one of New Jersey’s most prominent residential settings with a top-notch public school system that’s continually cited by renowned publications for its excellence.

“Legacy combines all the attributes that have traditionally drawn City residents to the suburbs, all in one community,” says Maurice Hornblass, a principal of HornRock Properties.

Two separate housing collections are offered at The Legacy, each with host of upscale design elements. The “Carriage Home Series” will feature townhomes ranging from 2,162 to 2,236 finished square-feet of luxury space and boasting 2 ½ baths and one- or two-car garages. Two layouts – the Midvale and Hillcrest – are highlighted in the “Carriage Homes” priced from $579,900.

Residences in the community’s “Signature Home Series” feature three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and either 2,829 or 2,853 square feet of luxury living space, priced from $799,900.

“There are very few new construction townhomes in Morris County being offered with this level of luxury,” Maurice adds. “Legacy provides the unique scenario of living in an expansive, upscale home with modern amenities and features, yet still enjoying the advantages of a care-free lifestyle where many daily tasks such as landscaping and snow removal are performed. It’s an attractive situation for those moving from high-rise apartments or smaller condominium in urban areas.”

Legacy also offers a convenient location just off Route 287 with easy access to Routes 46 and 80, bringing the business and entertainment centers of New York City and northern New Jersey within quick reach.

Similar reasons are drawing homebuyers to The Rise at HighPointe, a collection of 31 single-family homes rising on a hilltop site in the Woodbury Junction community in Orange County, N.Y.’s Central Valley, NY.

“A high percentage of homeowners at HighPointe are young families who want the ‘American Dream’ lifestyle, but are priced out of New York City’s immediate suburbs,” says David Hornblass, another HornRock principal. “They are turning to Orange County, N.Y. and The Rise at HighPointe where they can find spacious single-family homes surrounded by majestic beauty and located in an established, inviting neighborhood setting. With pricing significantly less than Bergen, Westchester or Rockland Counties, this community provides an opportunity to realize the dream of homeownership well within their budget.”

Priced from $439,000, homes at The Rise include 2,040 to over 3,400 square feet of living space and an open layout on the first floor, with one model offering a first-floor master-bedroom suite, all on property lots of ¾ of an acre and larger. Many high-end features that are upgrades in other communities are standard in the homes at The Rise. Upgrades for features such as custom faucets, lighting, bonus rooms, flooring and three-car garages are also available. Homes are available in five different designs and with three distinct architectural styles: Traditional, Farmhouse (with great front porches) and the extremely popular Arts & Crafts.

The community is just minutes from The New York Thruway/Route 87, Route 17 and several public transportation options, and also just a short walk away from the town’s award-winning schools. The town of Woodbury’s “Woodbury Rec” program provides swimming, boating, day camps, fishing, sports fields, roller hockey and other programs for children of all ages. Residents of The Rise will also enjoy such future resort-inspired amenities as a swimming pool and clubhouse.

For additional information on Legacy of Mountain Lakes please contact the sales office at 973-265-0899 or visit For more information on The Rise at HighPointe or to arrange a tour, please call (800) 689-3320 or visit


How to Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

iStock_000041911150MediumThanksgiving is arguably the biggest meal of the year.

It is a time when friends and family come together to share food and enjoy one another.  But there is usually a lot of stress that goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving meal.  The key to a stress-free holiday is advance planning.  Here are a few tips that will keep your stress levels in check:

— Make a holiday meal plan.  Write out the dishes you have in mind and the names of the guests you are expecting.  Be sure and allow for an uninvited guest or two.  Remember, part of what people look forward to on Thanksgiving is leftovers for days to come.

— Start shopping early.  Grocery stores usually begin running holiday sales on turkeys, hams, and dessert items in late October and early November so there is no reason not to take advantage of those pre-holiday specials.  Remember, most people wait until a few days before the holiday to shop.

— Cook ahead.  Many dishes can be made, at least in part, ahead of time.  Casseroles can assembled and frozen.  Pie crusts and bread dough can be prepared weeks before the big day and frozen.  You can even mix all but the wet ingredients in cake and muffin mixes before holiday festivities begin.  Doing what you can far in advance of Thanksgiving will be a real stress-reliever – not to mention a time-saver.

— Plan a buffet-style meal.  Serving a meal buffet-style eliminates the need for one person to be responsible for serving a large group.  It also eliminates the need to set a table to perfection.  Just stack up some plates and lay out some silverware and let everybody get their own plate.

— Make it potluck.  Gone are the days when just a few good cooks carry the burden of all the holiday cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with requesting that everybody pitch in.  Call your guests ahead of time and ask them to bring appetizers, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, or paper products.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be spent being thankful for blessings and spending quality time with family and friends.  It shouldn’t be a time of stress and anxiety.  Follow these tips for an unforgettable and stress-free Thanksgiving meal.

Time Running Out To Receive Fall Savings at The Legacy of Mountain Lakes

Midvale Kitchen_HDR2MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. – Time is running out for prospective homebuyers to benefit from a special “Fall Savings Package” at The Legacy of Mountain Lakes, the intimate collection of luxury townhomes in this highly sought after Morris County Borough.

Scheduled to end in the weeks ahead, the tremendous incentives include finished walk-out basements valued at almost $40,000 included in the purchase price of homes in the community’s “Signature Series” and $20,000 in free upgrades and features offered on residences purchased in the “Carriage Series.”

“These Fall savings have quickly captured the attention of homebuyers who want upscale Mountain Lakes living at a value-packed price,” says Maurice Hornblass, a principal of HornRock Properties, developer of The Legacy.

“We’ve had a number of homebuyers who have been moved to purchase in order to receive these limited-time incentives before it’s too late.  Unfortunately, we can’t make these deals available forever and these are the final weeks for those interested to add another level of luxury to their home purchase.”

The limited-time incentives enhance the already exceptional value the community offers through its spacious layouts, upscale appointments and ideal location in one of New Jersey’s top school districts.

Four distinct home designs are available at The Legacy. Homes in the community’s Signature Series feature three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and either 2,829 or 2,853 square feet of luxury living space, priced from $799,900.

Homes in the Carriage Series are offered in two designs, the “Midvale” and the “Hillcrest”, both of which offer three-bedroom layouts with two full baths, two half baths and one- or two-car garages. These three-story townhomes range from 2,162 to 2,236 finished square-feet and are priced from $579,900. The Carriage Series homes were designed with the needs of today’s young suburban home buyer in mind, as they feature expansive living spaces, exquisite finishes and a modern, three-story layout.

“Many buyers who have their heart set on Mountain Lakes are pleasantly surprised to learn about the multiple townhome designs we offer and just how much quality, space and comfort they are receiving for their home buying dollar,” said David Hornblass, another HornRock principal. “The combination of a beautiful new construction townhome and this classic American small town setting is proving to be a tremendous draw.”

Legacy of Mountain Lakes has proven to have broad appeal to a wide range of home buyers.  Buyers to date have cited the community’s visually stunning location, excellent quality-of-life and top-notch public school system as motivating factors.

Situated at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Fanny Road, Legacy of Mountain Lakes offers a superb Morris County location characterized by winding country roads, bucolic lakes and heavily wooded terrain. With its attractive setting and close proximity to convenient transportation, the community unquestionably offers a prestigious address. The community features easy access to Routes 46, 287 and 80, putting residents just minutes from world class shopping, entertainment and major business centers. The quaint but sophisticated colonial town center of Morristown with top-rated restaurants, shopping and nightlife is about a 10-minute drive away.

Mountain Lakes is home to countless parks and nine lakes, making it ideal for outdoor recreation, all right in the heart of one of northern New Jersey’s most picturesque settings. Golf is abundant in the area, and lake clubs, such as the Mountain Lakes Club, offer a variety of outdoor activities and dining options. The Lakeland Hills YMCA is right down the street from Legacy of Mountain Lakes, offering a pool, gymnasium, child care, summer camps, fitness facilities and more, all within walking distance.

If you wish to arrange a tour of the model homes or learn more about The Legacy of Mountain Lakes please contact the sales office at 973-265-0899 or visit


Midvale Kitchen_HDR2Your dream kitchen is officially a reality.

As part of ‘The Midvale’, the latest from the Carriage Series at the Legacy of Mountain Lakes, this spectacular kitchen boasts raised panel cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.

Can’t you just picture yourself here? We’re here to make that happen.
Give us a call at 973-265-0899 to learn more!

Mountain Lakes, N.J.: A ‘Resort Getaway’ to Call Home


via Jill P. Capuzzo/ The New York Times

This week’s “Living In” section features HornRock Properties‘ The Legacy of Mountain Lakes in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

2014-06-25_10-37-59What You’ll Find

The Lake Arrowhead section and “the Village” are two areas where more modest houses were built after World War II, with a mix of ranches, Capes and cottages. The borough has two established townhouse condominium developments, Pine Edge and Spruce Edge, with a total of about 115 units, and a third, newer townhouse development called Legacy of Mountain Lakes, with 39 units.

What You’ll Pay

As of June 23, there were 55 houses on the market in Mountain Lakes, the highest priced being a six-bedroom three-bath lakefront home built in 1930 on three-quarters of an acre, listed at $2.55 million, and the lowest a three-bedroom two-and-a-half-bath 1940 bungalow on 0.23 acres, listed at $439,000. The average price of the 27 homes sold through mid-June was $905,430, compared with an average price of $849,503 for the 69 houses sold here in 2013, according to the Garden State Multiple Listing Service.

Three-bedroom townhouses in the older developments are listed in the $600,000s, while the newer Legacy townhouses are listed with prices ranging from the high $500,000s to the $800,000s.


Legacy of Mountain Lakes Offers Classic Upscale Townhomes in Charming Small Town Setting

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Buyers Respond to Elegant New Model Home in Desirable Morris County Borough

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. – With tree-lined streets, rolling hills, stately homes and nine pristine lakes scattered within its borders, the Borough of Mountain Lakes is a community well-known for its scenic beauty. Families flock to the town for its excellent schools and its “tucked away” location in a peaceful corner of Morris County near major business and entertainment centers. Whether it is the allure of spending the day at a lake club or simply the desire to enjoy all of the attributes of a classic American small town, the community consistently ranks as one of New Jersey Monthly’s “Best Places to Live” in the state.

It’s no surprise, then, that homes in Mountain Lakes are in high demand. Recognizing the strong appetite for new construction homes in the community, developer HornRock Properties launched sales at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, an upscale collection of 39 townhomes. Now buyers can enjoy a spacious, new construction townhome at a price point that makes it an affordable option for many families looking for a Mountain Lakes address.

Two furnished models are available to tour at Legacy of Mountain Lakes.  The new “Fernwood” model home, one of the two floor plans that comprise the Signature Series of homes at Legacy of Mountain Lakes, is drawing rave reviews from buyers. Guests who have toured the new model home appreciate the level of luxury and comfort that it offers, blending the relaxed, low-maintenance townhome lifestyle with the space, privacy and grandeur of a stately single-family home.

The Fernwood floor plan is a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath layout with 2,829 square feet and the option to upgrade to more living space. Merchandised by the prominent interior design firm Gacek Design, the open floor plan includes an expansive first floor great room with fireplace, access to an outdoor deck, designer kitchen with raised panel cabinetry and lustrous granite countertops, and a lavish master bedroom suite with a massive walk-in closet and a granite-clad master bath with Kohler™ fixtures.

The Fernwood model complements the highly-praised “Briarcliff” furnished model the community opened in February, which boasts a spacious three-bedroom, 2.5-bath layout with a walk-out, lower level recreation space.

“One thing we have heard over and over again from our guests is that they were expecting our model homes to be very nice, and we still exceeded their expectations,” said David Hornblass, a principal of HornRock Properties, the developer of Legacy of Mountain Lakes. “We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on our Fernwood design since debuting that model.”

Home buyers interested in making Legacy of Mountain Lakes their new home may want to schedule their visit as soon as possible, as the most desirable locations are going very quickly. In a town like Mountain Lakes, long known for its excellent schools, high quality-of-life and family-friendly atmosphere, homes do not sit on the open market for long.

Priced from $799,900, the two floor plans in the “Signature Home Series” at Legacy of Mountain Lakes feature three-bathrooms, unfinished walk-out basements, two-car garages and either 2,819 or 2,853 square-feet of luxury living space. Upgrade packages are available to expand to even more living space. Optional finished basements, elevators and loft spaces which can be used as an additional bedroom or flex space with full bath are available.

Legacy of Mountain Lakes also offers two additional designs in its “Carriage Home Series” collection. The “Carriage Home Series” features three-bedroom layouts with two full baths, two half baths and one- or two-car garages.  The three-story townhomes range from 2,162 to 2,236 finished square-feet and are priced from $599,900.

“The Carriage Series particularly appeals to couples and young families looking to upgrade,” Maurice Hornblass added. “We have received a lot of inquiries from buyers in their 30s and 40s looking for a home in a family-friendly location, and they are pleasantly surprised to learn that not only can they afford Mountain Lakes, but they can afford a brand new townhome in our Carriage Series.”

Legacy of Mountain Lakes has proven to have broad appeal to a wide range of home buyers.  Buyers to date have cited the community’s visually beautiful location, excellent quality-of-life and top-notch public school system, which boasts the 7th best high school in the state, according to the latest New Jersey Monthly ranking of Top Public High Schools in New Jersey, as motivating factors.

Situated at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Fanny Road, Legacy of Mountain Lakes offers a superb Morris County location characterized by winding country roads, bucolic lakes and heavily wooded terrain. With its attractive setting and close proximity to convenient transportation, the community unquestionably offers a prestigious address. Routes 46, 287 and 80 are all nearby, putting residents just minutes from world class shopping, entertainment and major business centers. The quaint colonial town center of Morristown is about a five minute drive away.

Mountain Lakes is home to countless parks and nine lakes, making it ideal for outdoor recreation, all right in the heart of one of northern New Jersey’s most picturesque settings. Golf is abundant in the area, and lake clubs, such as the Mountain Lakes Club, offer a variety of outdoor activities and dining options. The Lakeland Hills YMCA is right down the street from Legacy of Mountain Lakes, offering a pool, gymnasium, child care, summer camps, fitness facilities and more, all within walking distance.

Guests who wish to arrange a tour of the model homes or learn more about Legacy of Mountain Lakes can contact the sales office at 973-265-0899 or visit

About HornRock Properties

Led by brothers David and Maurice Hornblass, HornRock Properties is a rising development company that’s quickly gaining a strong foothold in the mid-Atlantic region. The Paramus, N.J.-based developer of residential and commercial properties is building a sterling reputation for signature properties that combine quality construction, dramatic homes and a personal approach to customer service.  In addition to Legacy of Mountain Lakes, HornRock Properties has launched an aggressive acquisition program to significantly expand its portfolio in the Northeast by acquiring real estate developments, with a focus on the New York/New Jersey urban and suburban markets.