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Forest Dryden’s Mansion in Somerset Hills, NJ (Listed for $18 Million)

This is a view of the back of the house from the vantage of the poolside area. Here you can see the large estate and its earthy exterior walls complemented by the warm glow of the interiors. This also shows the tall towering chimneys on the roof. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.


Forest Dryden is the highly successful businessman and founder of Prudential Insurance. His mansion in Somerset Hills, New Jersey is now on the market priced at $18 million.

The mansion is measured at 30,000 square feet with seven bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, foyer with staircase, formal living, and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, family room, home office, conservatory, patios, and a swimming pool. The estate also has a separate building with an indoor basketball court.

Stronghold, the mansion of Prudential Insurance founder Forest Dryden is listed under Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

All photos are used with permission from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Bernardsville, set in the Somerset Hills of New Jersey and about 35 miles from New York City, was the ideal location for the turn of the 19th-20th century, wealthy industrialists and entrepreneurs, to build their summer villas. They were attracted not only by the area’s natural beauty and the proximity to New York and Newark but also by the cool breezes that roll down from the nearby hills.

The Morristown National Historical Park is just minutes away and 112 acres of parkland and nature reserves are within the borough. Two New York businessmen who were among the well-to-do original summer residents were Forest Dryden, founder of Prudential Insurance, and Charles Pfizer of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Stronghold, the 30,000-square-foot brownstone castle-like mansion of Forest Dryden, was built in 1899 and included eight bedrooms and four kitchens. The estate stayed in the family until 1940 when it was turned into an all-girls school named Miss Gill’s School. In 1972, Miss Gill’s School merged with St. Bernard’s School to become Gill St. Bernard’s School.

In 1997 the Stronghold campus was closed. The current owner has done extensive restoration since they purchased the property in 2005, which includes the existing marble and metal, interior rooms, the pool, and grotto.

Today, the 30,000-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, foyer with staircase, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, family room, home office, conservatory and more. There is also a separate building with an indoor basketball court. Outdoor features include patios and a swimming pool. For more information.

Stronghold, the historic 115-year-old brownstone castle estate of Prudential Insurance founder, Forest Dryden, in Somerset Hills, New Jersey, is now for sale, asking $18 million.

Source: www.coldwellbankermoves.com

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This is a look at the front of the house with bright white exterior walls adorned by the colorful shrubs, tall trees and a large fountain surrounded by low hedges. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.

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