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Florida? Nope. Paradise Built For Palm Trees Here In Closter

This Closter home has several never-before-seen features, including an in-home palm tree.
This Closter home has several never-before-seen features, including an in-home palm tree. Photo Credit: Jason Pierce
It features a hot tub in the solarium to help orchids grow.
It features a hot tub in the solarium to help orchids grow. Photo Credit: Jason Pierce
The Durie Avenue home is on the market.
The Durie Avenue home is on the market. Photo Credit: Jason Pierce

CLOSTER, N.J. — A plant-lover's paradise has hit the market at $2.48 million in Closter.

The Durie Avenue home is like nothing its realtor has ever seen before.

"It's a masterpiece, like a work of art" said David Axelrad of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, agreeing with his listing partner Jason Pierce.

The U-shaped house was built by its owner, a Romanian architect, who put the focus on the courtyard in the back.

"When somebody who cares and is so passionate about what they do builds a home for themself, it speaks volumes," Axelrad said.

"It really is a work of art."

There are many never-before-seen features to the home that makes it extremely unique.

For starters, it features a glass dome in the center of the roof, allowing natural light to shine through a three-story foyer with glass flooring.

The architect cut a hole into a concrete slab of the solarium so he would be able to plant a palm tree in the basement and have it grow into the solarium.

A hot tub sits inside of that same solarium, creating humidity to help the orchids grow, the realtor said.

The whole focus of the house, though, is the backyard.

"When you open the home's two, front doors all you see is glass looking right into the courtyard in the back," Axelrad said. "There is so much energy and focus.

"It's warm and inviting."

There are seven entrances around the home leading to the courtyard, which is partially covered.

"I can't tell what part of the world I'm in when I'm at the house," the realtor said. "Then I realize, I'm still in Closter."

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