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A Place for Family - The Castelluccis
The Castelluccis Find the Perfect Home for Everyone
In the spring of 2004, when it became obvious that Victor Castellucci’s aging mother would no longer be able to live on her own, he and his wife Irma decided to sell their home in Staten Island and find a new place to call home that could accommodate their needs as well as his mother’s.
For years, while traveling south to spend summer vacations in Lavallette, the Castelluccis had passed through and been quite taken with the town of Holmdel, so, it was little wonder that this new turn of events led them to start their home search here. The family was looking for a home that was move-in-ready to help make the transition as easy as possible for everyone, and they quickly found exactly what they needed. That July, Victor, Irma, Victor’s mother, and the youngest of the Castellucci’s three children moved into their new 4,700-square-foot center-hall colonial, set on a little more than one acre of land. Since the home had been the first model home in a recently constructed, exclusive neighborhood, it was loaded with every upgrade imaginable and was ready for immediate ccupancy.
A bedroom suite on the first floor was the perfect place for Victor’s mother. She had a space to call her own, and the family had peace of mind in knowing that she was under their roof, just down the hall. The backyard was another story. When the Castelluccis moved in, it was nothing more than an area with a few pine trees and thick underbrush. They never realized just how large their property actually was until they had the yard cleared. Irma jokes that if they had known this beforehand, they probably would never have purchased the house! But, soon they began to ponder the possibilities. They hired a landscaper and a builder to install a swimming pool and put a plan into action. By the next summer the entire family was enjoying an outdoor space that more closely resembled a private resort than a backyard.
Over the next few years, Victor and Irma’s youngest daughter left the nest and Victor’s mother eventually passed away, but the home still bubbles over with activity thanks to four Retrievers and an African Grey Parrot named Chuck.
High above the two-story entryway is an impressive chandelier
that can be lowered for easy cleaning and light bulb changing.
The great room is warm, inviting, and perfect for living. Victor and Irma enjoy the wood-burning fireplace during the long, cold winter months.
The gourmet kitchen has breathtaking views of the backyard, and features cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, tile backsplash, Viking® appliances, and a Sub-Zero® refrigerator. There is also a convenient butler’s pantry with a wine cooler, wine rack, and sink.
An arched entryway leads to a dining room with cream-colored
walls that match the upholstery
of the eight chairs that surround
a thick, glass-topped table.
Victor and Irma’s spacious master bedroom features a tray ceiling and a gas fireplace. The black lacquer and exotic burled African bubinga wood furniture was custom made in Italy more than 25 years ago.
The luxurious tiled master bath has a full walk-in shower, double sinks, and a Whirlpool® tub.
Spectacular herringbone-patterned, hardwood cherry floors flow through French doors between the library and the sitting room. The large crown moulding tops off the rooms perfectly.
The focal point of the Castellucci’s stunning, private backyard is the custom heated in-ground pool, complete with waterfall. Surrounding the pool are lush, ornamental gardens where visitors find whimsical surprises at every turn.
Four of the best-behaved Retrievers that one could ever encounter have full run of the fenced-in backyard and love to take full advantage of the pool. Chuck, the African Grey Parrot, considers himself the King of the house, and lays claim to his “kingdom” by squawking, “Go away you bad dogs!”
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