Inside the Century-Old New Jersey Home of Squawk Box’s Joe Kernen
The CNBC personality took the lead from his wife when it came to revamping her childhood home for their own modern family.
Whoever said, “You can’t go home again” obviously never met Penelope Kernen. When her aging mother decided it was time to downsize and sell their family home—a classic Tudor in Short Hills, New Jersey—Penelope knew exactly how to help her out: She snapped it up herself, thereby ensuring her childhood home would stay in the family. “I could not imagine driving by the house and seeing somebody else living there,” she says. “It had been my father’s pride and joy.”
The century-old residence had been in Penelope’s family for 45 years and, not surprisingly, desperately needed a refresh. To help them bring it up to snuff, she and her husband, Joe Kernen (cohost of CNBC’s Squawk Box), enlisted a “dream home” team of professionals, all well-versed in delivering modern luxury with an eye toward preserving historical detail: architect Patrick Burke, builder Brinton Brosius, and interior designer Ashlee Anthony.