Sparta’s historic Chaumont estate, a 58 acre property located at 210 East Mountain Road with a famous past, is now being offered for sale through Lynn Garafola and Team Nest Builder, of Realty Executives’ Sparta office.
Owner Stephen Tilton reminisces, “Growing up in Lake Mohawk, I worked as a landscaper on the property. I would sit on the patio looking out over Lake Mohawk all the way to the Delaware Water Gap.” Years later, Tilton and his wife purchased Chaumont as a summer home for their family. “My youngest son held his wedding with 400 guests here.”, adds Tilton.
The history of Chaumont can be traced to the 19th century, when Sparta’s revered iron businessman James Titman owned the land. Following the Great Depression, the Force family of Pennsylvania steel and mining fortune purchased the property as they desired a home equidistant from their New York City and Pennsylvania family residences. The Force’s commissioned a famed Madison Avenue architect to design the home, which was constructed with 2-foot thick Pennsylvania mica stone walls by local Sparta masons and completed in 1934. Tage Jonsson, related to the founder of the Volvo automobile company, next owned the property from 1962 – until the early 1980’s.
In 1981, Ross Johnson, famed CEO of RJR Nabisco purchased the property, mentioned in New York Times bestseller Barbarians At The Gate: “Johnson continued to upgrade his own life-style, buying a huge French chateau-style house with a 40-acre estate in Sparta, New Jersey. He attempted to commute via helicopter to Nabisco’s headquarters in East Hanover, New Jersey, but was thwarted when town fathers repeatedly refused helicopters to land there.” Johnson surrounded himself with the rich and famous, Bobby Orr, Dinah Shore and Burt Reynolds amongst those, throwing massive parties at the estate, including the 600-guest RJR Reynolds/Nabisco merger party. Guest Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada, christened the property “Chaumont”, meaning “warm mountain”.
Today, the gated, gorgeous Chaumont estate awaits a new owner looking to enjoy all it has to offer. With 5 bedrooms, 5-1/2 bathrooms, a family room, media room, dining room, sunroom, office, updated kitchen and more, there’s plenty of space in which to spread out. Amenities including an elevator, 3 fireplaces, a sauna, steam room and outdoor pool add to Chaumont’s panache. The luxurious 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom pool house, added in 1984, also offers a full kitchen, living room with built-in bar, dining room and family room. The very private, park-like grounds also possess a creek, and hiking and snowmobiling trails.