A Touch of Acapulco

New York Times, August 23, 1987

Morris County Views
When 25-year-old William Procida was vacationing in Acapulco recently, he spotted sleek contemporary houses with flat roofs doubling as decks, providing open-air views of the mountainous landscape.
Now, the Bronx developer, in a joint venture with the Chart well Group of Manhattan, is putting up the same sort of houses – dubbed “California contemporaries” – in a development of 40 single-family homes called Rock Ridge Estates in Lincoln Park, N.J., in a hilly section of Morris County. His architect, Gerald Valk of Cedar Grove, N.J., offered traditional styles as well, in case the others proved unpopular. But of the 15 houses in contract so far, all are the contemporary models, with 30- by 40-foot “sky decks” and two-story atriums with large sky lighted ceilings.
The four-bedroom houses, priced from $392,000 to $575,000 and measuring between 3,200 and 4,100 square feet, are now starting to rise on 40 acres on Pinebrook Road, near Chapel Hill Road, at the top of Hook Mountain. The first house will be occupied in November, with total occupancy expected by the summer of 1989.

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