Jon Bon Jovi listed his New Jersey estate for sale this winter. The rocker is asking an unknown amount for the manor-style home, and the fifteen acres that comprises its grounds; it’s perhaps not a good fit for those livin’ on a prayer. But qualified buyers can be in on the secret.
The property is called High Point Estate. It’s situated on the banks of the Navesink, a tidal river, and within the Shrewsbury Township borders. Bon Jovi had the mansion custom designed and constructed by prominent New York City architect Robert A.M. Stern in 1999; Stern’s high-rise projects in Manhattan of the last five years include instant residential landmarks 200 Central Park South and 70 Vestry.
High Point is constructed of limestone—Stern’s favorite material for exteriors—as well as stucco. The interiors are at their best when they accumulate familiar tropes into a comforting amalgamation.
The kitchen is a good example, with brick barrel ceilings, plank hardwood floors in a semi-satin finish, subway tile, butcher-block countertops, stenciled beams, and a Tuscan color palette forming a convincing, if idealized, representation of the southern European country house living style. The rotunda, near solarium dayroom follows suit.
Elsewhere, the six-bedroom house descends into grandiosity, with a more ponderous design style clumsily attempting to suggest an aristocratic lineage. The living room is weightily French in concept, with drapery that sells by the pound, rococo sconces, a not-bad romantic French marble fireplace which looks to have been sourced as reclaimed, and lovely inlaid oak floors.
The grounds are astonishing. Wide swaths of lawn slope to the water, and gardens and forest are punctuated by a footbridge; a large terrace with an attached pergola overlooks the river.
Bon Jovi—the man, and the band—will soon be hard at work again. The 2020 tour begins in June.