Featured Agent: Dylan Smith of Chris Smith Realty

While working for a production company in New York City, Dylan Smith received a rare opportunity to pursue a career alongside some of the most creative and accomplished names in television. His demanding schedule required diligence, perseverance, grit, and strong communication — skills needed when addressing many of the renowned guests and high-profile staff.  “These traits are an absolute necessity in real estate,” says Smith.

As a real estate professional with Chris Smith Realty, he serves as an able adviser and powerful advocate. His ability to empathize and connect with clients is one of his strongest assets when helping clients find new homes, or aggressively marketing the ones they have. “The real estate industry is constantly changing, and, as agents, we need to be adaptable,” says Smith. By studying trends in the housing market and keeping up with advancements in technology he has developed a strategy that works. “With a genuine approach to your needs, you will acquire a tenacious supporter, and also a friend,” says Smith.

Dylan has spent his entire life calling Southern Monmouth County his home. “These roads, bridges, and boardwalks were the foundation of my childhood and a fundamental aspect of who I am today,” says Smith. “Serving these communities and the people within them is so much more than just a job to me.”


Dylan Smith

Chris Smith Realty


C. 732.682.3268  | O. 732.449.3777

Nestled in one of Holmdel, NJ’s most desirable neighborhoods, this home is positioned on 1.4 private acres. The brick masterpiece is adorned with a brand new roof and over 6,000 square feet of extraordinary quality and design. Fine details include a stunning two-story foyer, grand staircase, sun-drenched palladian windows, ornate moldings, wide plank hardwood floors and palatial ceilings.

This home is perfect for anyone looking for a luxurious and private residence offering the finest amenities,” says listing agent Doreen DeMarco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach. 


The home features a living room with French doors; an intimate library with a hand-painted mural and marble fireplace; a gourmet kitchen; and a main-floor master bedroom suite with high ceilings and a beautiful marble bath area equipped with a cedar sauna. There are also unsurpassed views of the backyard oasis and it is a true show stopper.  

“The 2,500 square feet of outdoor terraces overlooking the stunning pool and resort-like grounds truly make this home one-of-a-kind,” says DeMarco.

The home, listed for $1.449 million, is in a prime location close to all New York City transportation, local shopping and Jersey Shore beaches.


This stunning Georgian-style estate home in Holmdel, New Jersey is in a private, secluded setting, surrounded by towering trees and lush grounds.

The home overflows with exceptional architectural details — interior elements are accented with beautiful archways, custom ceiling trim and moldings throughout, cherry hardwood floors, walls of windows, and high ceilings — which create an open and airy living space.

This five-plus-bedroom and six-bath home offers an abundance of gathering spaces and an array of indoor and outdoor amenities — all centered around an expansive outdoor area accented with tile and stone walls with a pool, lower patio with outdoor kitchen, upper balcony terrace, tennis court and gazebo. “Upon walking the property you will feel as though you have been transported to your own private resort,” says Doreen Demarco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach who is listing the property for $2.05 million.

This property was featured in the Unique Homes Summer 2020 Edition. Click here to view the issue and Doreen DeMarco’s ad!

By Kelly Potts

Upon entering the Stone Mansion, a 30,000-square-foot estate offering five floors of breathtaking living spaces, I was immediately aware of the attention to detail and exquisite finishes. The grand estate in Alpine, New Jersey, is built of solid granite and steel infrastructure, featuring 12 bedrooms, 19 baths and endless outstanding details throughout.

The majestic entryway welcomes you with views to the spacious backyard, a grand staircase featuring subtle 18-karat-gold accents and just one of the $2 million worth of chandeliers and sconces from renowned antiquarian Cedric Dupont of Palm Beach that can be found throughout the home. Materials were sourced from around the world to give the upscale home its distinct feel, including rare marbles, exotic woods, metals and glass to create custom curved windows.

The estate is owned by real estate investor Richard Kurtz, who was interviewed for “The Stone Mansion, An American Masterpiece,” a 26-page brochure prepared to market the estate, along with Terence Mack of interior design firm Terence Mack Associates, and James Paragano of James Paragano Architecture.

Paragano describes how every detail was conceived within the content of overall goal. “From the massive iron entry gates to the richly detailed interiors, pool house, pergola and limestone terraces, all are designed to contribute to a common thread of ‘timeless elegance,’” he says.

A light and bright Christopher Peacock-designed kitchen offers top-of-the-line appliances, marble countertops, large pantries and refrigerated drawers, as well as a built-in vacuum system in the floorboards. The master suite offers roomy his and hers closets and baths, an elegant sitting area, and views to the lush green backyard from the bedroom, which features one of the home’s many marble fireplaces.

“Designing the interior of a home with 2-feet-thick stone walls takes finding a balance between grandeur and intimacy,” says Mack. “This home is both inspiring and warm.”

The estate’s private movie theater is spacious yet cozy. A 4,000-bottle wine cellar is accompanied by three bars, one of which opens to the elegant ballroom with 18-karat-gold trim. The lowest level of the estate features a regulation-size indoor basketball court fully equipped with a scoreboard, adjustable nets and a locker room.

The $48.8 million estate is in an exclusive neighborhood — Forbes’ most expensive ZIP code — just eight miles from New York City. It rests on the former estate of steel and railroad tycoon Henry Clay Frick.

“We started with the question, ‘If Henry Clay Frick built a new home today, what would it be?’” Kurtz reports. “And then we went further. Much further.”

Photos courtesy The Kamson Corporation

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

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