Tuxedo Park, N.Y. | $2.25 Million
An 1886 stucco house with seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms
Bruce Price, who designed many of the so-called cottages in this gated Gilded Age community (and was also the father of Emily Post) conceived this house in the shingle style he helped to innovate. It was sold to Travis Van Buren, the grandson of President Martin Van Buren. In 1907, Charles W. Clinton, a later owner who was an architect, expanded it with a pair of wings, clad it in stucco and decorative timber, and replaced the roof shingles with slate. The hilltop setting offers views of Tuxedo Lake and the Ramapo Mountains. Midtown Manhattan is an hour away by train or car.
Size: 6,477 square feet
Price per square foot: $347
Indoors: The formal entry is a rotunda with a beamed ceiling and herringbone-pattern wood floors. The formal dining room has a beamed ceiling, paneled wainscot, sponge-painted walls and a fireplace with an ogee-arch opening and antique Moroccan tiles. The living room has Gothic-style ceiling tracery and a stone-faced fireplace.
There are also his-and-hers sitting rooms, one cherry-red and lined with bookshelves, the other white and ornamented with molded plaster; both have parquet floors and fireplaces.
The large kitchen was updated within the last two years with new cabinets and Corian countertops. Sliding doors in the sunroom open to a patio with lake and mountain views.
A winding staircase is illuminated by a double-height leaded-glass window. The four bedrooms on the second floor include a master with a fireplace topped by a gilded mirror and large windows. A wood-paneled dressing room is part of the master suite, as are a pair of bathrooms renovated in the last decade. One is faced in blue Brazilian Macauba marble, the other in gray-green marble.
The third floor has two additional bedrooms, a playroom and an office with lake views. This level also has a laundry room and a cedar closet.
The walkout basement has a terra-cotta tiled-floor rec room with a fireplace, a climate-controlled wine storage area and a sauna and shower.
Outdoor space: The property in back of the house is terraced and extensively planted. Up top, a pergola with terra-cotta columns covers part of the large stone terrace, which is edged by a balustrade. The lower level has a gated gravel path that runs through a rose garden. The lot is 1.7 acres.
Taxes: $62,315 (2018)
Contact: Jacob Matthews, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, 914-588-8001; ellissothebysrealty.com
Little Compton, R.I. | $2.25 Million
A cedar-sided house built in 1973 with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and pond frontage
Designed by Cecil Wilde, a Boston architect, the house sits on more than 18 acres of former farmland in Little Compton, a coastal town near the Massachusetts border with a year-round population of about 3,500, rising to about 10,000 in summer. The property, which is on a private gravel drive, borders Quicksand Pond, a body of water separated by a barrier beach from the Atlantic Ocean.
Size: 2,945 square feet
Price per square foot: $764
Indoors: Bright blue double doors open to a vaulted great room with slate floors, ash-greige paneling on the walls and ceiling, and a view that goes straight through the back wall to Quicksand Pond. Divided by a spiral staircase that rises to a lofted sitting area with a balcony, the great room has a white-brick fireplace with a granite-and-wood mantel and brass fender on one side and a dining area with a windowed kitchen nook on the other.
This level also has a small den and two carpeted bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. The swimming pool is in an attached pavilion with sliding glass doors.
Outdoor space: The house is surrounded by a large lawn and has several decks (one reached directly from the master bedroom) and two stone-walled terraces. There is a detached two-car garage.
Taxes: $12,088 (2017), plus a 4 percent Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust land tax, after a $300,000 exemption
Contact: Deborah L. Ladd, Country and Coastal Properties, 508-493-5551; countryandcoastal.com
Savannah, Ga. | $2.225 Million
An 1890s Queen Anne house with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms
This house is in Savannah’s historic district, across from Forsyth Park, with a pair of copper-roofed belvederes in front and a long gallery along the side. It was built in 1896-97, probably for a merchant named Joseph B. Chesnutt, who lived there with his family for 30 years. The current owners bought it in 1976 and restored it using salvaged materials that matched the originals.
Size: 4,848 square feet
Price per square foot: $459
Indoors: Crossing the deep front porch under the belvederes, you enter an entrance hall with a paneled wainscot, stained glass and a Moorish fretted arch over the carved staircase. To the left, 10-foot-high pocket doors open to a sequence of three connected rooms. The first is a bow-fronted parlor with stained glass at the top of the floor-to-ceiling windows and an ornate fireplace decorated with ceramic tiles. Next is the room currently used for dining, with all the same features, followed by a sitting room that also has a fireplace and a paneled wainscot over which a previous owner hung Scalamandré wallcovering.
A second door in the dining room leads to a butler’s pantry with a bar and then to the kitchen. Renovated about 10 years ago, the kitchen has brick floors, heart-pine countertops and marble backsplashes. A room at the back of the house that was once the kitchen is now a den with rose-painted paneling and wallpaper. A fireplace with an embedded heater was added. All other fireplaces in the home burn wood or coal.
The second floor has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room made from a child’s room by the current owners and seven closets (this level originally had two). The largest bedroom faces the park and is bow fronted; a second bedroom is in the faceted corner portion of the house and opens onto two porches. Three of the four bedrooms have working fireplaces.
A guest suite with a full bathroom is on the third floor.
Outdoor space: A deck opening from the den overlooks the in-ground swimming pool. Wisteria wraps around the belvederes, Confederate jasmine and fig vine cover garden walls, and shrubbery carpets the top of the detached garage. The corner lot is 0.12 acres.
Contact: Staci Donegan, Seabolt Brokers, 912-247-2052; i.seaboltbrokers.com
Published at Wed, 22 May 2019 13:01:35 +0000