Upper Saddle River Residence a Stunner Inside and Out

When designing their dream home in Upper Saddle River, the Davis family had a short and fairly simple wish list: With three kids in the family, it had to be family-friendly, and it had to be a comfortable place where their friends and their children’s friends would gather.

“Our kids were younger when we built the house, and it was very important to us to design it with them in mind, to make the next decade of their lives happy and fun in their new home,” Jack Davis says. “We wanted a place where neighborhood friends would want to come and hang out.”

And the location of the property, on a quiet cul-de-sac with only about a dozen or so homes, fit the bill perfectly.

“With a very large and flat front lawn, we became sort of the neighborhood playground,” he says.

Soccer, baseball, football, whiffle ball—you name it—and it was being played out front.

At over 6,500 square feet, with four bedrooms, six bathrooms and living areas on three levels, space is aplenty. The lower level contains a full second kitchen, a large entertainment room and one feature likely not found nearby: an Irish-themed pub.

“This was my dream,” Jack says. “I had been thinking for a long time about creating an authentic Irish pub in my home. When we started building it, I spent a lot of time getting the right stone, the right flooring, the whole look and feel had to be right. That was very important to me. It really was a labor of love.”

Wanting to use both indoor and outdoor space for entertaining, they built two porches, one in the front of the house and the other on the side.

“They’re great for happy hours or quiet reading,” he says.

The pool in the back brings friends to gather for several months of the year, and a hidden bonus to the property lies behind the trees in the back.

“In the woods behind the pool, there is a stream that runs through the property,” Jack says. “This became a major attraction for kids in the neighborhood, catching frogs, exploring and playing in the woods and in the water. We loved seeing them play outside, just being kids.”

The end result couldn’t have been more perfect for them.

“Making this home right for our family was really the underlying factor with so much of what we did,” he says.

Even as their kids have grown and graduated college, sleepover space in the lower level has turned into entertaining their own friends in their dad’s pub.

“They probably use it more than I ever did,” he says. “But it’s really fun to see them as adults with friends they have known their whole lives still enjoying being in our home. A house reflects who you are, and I think within each individual space in our home it reflects us perfectly.”

With their kids grown, this family is ready to pass off their home filled with special memories to a new family.

“They have created such a warm and welcoming environment for friends and family to gather over the years,” says Lisa Sammataro, realtor sales associate at Keller Williams Village Square Realty. “Now is the right time for a new family to create their own wonderful memories in this extraordinary home.”