Mountain Lakes, NJ

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All About Mountain Lakes

In the early part of the 20th century, many new planned communities sprang up across the United States. Mountain Lakes Residential Park was one of these. In 1910, Mountain Lakes was 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 100 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.

Fifteen years after L. 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.

As the first houses were built, residents ventured out from New York to escape the city heat. The first family, that of Lawrence W. Luellen, 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’ homes were sold and occupied. By 1923, approximately 600 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 Craftsmen architecture and philosophy and adapted them to his own designs. His houses were solid and boxy in appearance, 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. The houses were designed to appeal to upper middle-class people who wanted to raise families in a wholesome country environment filled with recreational opportunities and neighbors who would share their values.

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Mountain Lakes Properties

Inspired by the craftsman style of Herbert Hapgood, Mountain Lakes founder, home has 9 foot ceilings, elevator to all floors, hardwood floors throughout and many upgrades as one of the builder’s model homes. This home backs up to Halsey A Fredrick Park. A 2 car garage, balcony off the master bedroom and deck off the […]

3 beds 4.1 baths
3 beds 4.1 baths

Sensational office/library stacked to the ceiling w/bookshelves & built-in desk. Mater Suite w/2 large walk-in closets & Master Bath that is not only beautiful but has all the comforts to relax. A soaking tub, rain shower and a dressing table brings one to a special place. Loft area for another office or sitting area. Finished […]

5 beds 3.1 baths
5 beds 3.1 baths

When you see the breathtaking lake views from nearly every room of this home, you’ll understand why the original builder and developer of Mountain Lakes selected this site to build this statley, one of a kind mansion, with covered porches traversing the entire rear of the home, on both elevations. Truly unique top ten homesite […]

6 beds 2.2 baths
6 beds 2.2 baths