Priced at $100 million, the 740-acre thoroughbred estate is also the most expensive in this tony New York county just north of NYC.
The property—which belongs to Calvin Klein’s business partner, Barry K. Schwartz—not only has a massive main house measuring 24,000 square feet, but also premium accommodations for 84 horses. Oh, and there’s also 4,000-square-foot pavilion-style poolhouse. And those are only a fraction of the estate’s winning features.
Schwartz borrowed $10,000 to start a clothing company with his childhood friend Klein back in 1968, and has gone on to become a titan in both the fashion and racehorse business.
Schwartz and his wife, Sheryl, purchased 673 acres in the small hamlet of Granite Springs for $3.25 million in 1979. They added an adjacent parcel of land a short time later.
The couple dedicated the property to raising and breeding thoroughbred horses, and they have spent the last 40 years on equine pursuits.
The proof of their success can be seen in the results of their efforts: The farm has produced winners of 40 stakes races, and several of their horses have run in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup. The farm is only about an hour from the prestigious Belmont Park racetrack.
High-end equestrian facilities include a 40-stall yearling barn, two 24-stall brood-mare barns, round pens, paddocks, pastures, riding trails, and an impressive turf racetrack.
The accommodations for humans are just as high-end.
The main manor is tastefully appointed and was designed in 2004 by the New York-based architect Rebecca Rasmussen. It has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and all the rooms are finished in a neutral palette that evokes an elegant but warm atmosphere. Throughout the residence, you’ll notice a range of high-end finishes and eclectic details.
These include a Qi dynasty Buddha, a mantelpiece imported from England, chandeliers designed by Ruhlmann, Royère and Hermès, and saddle-leather tiles that pay homage to the equestrian lifestyle.
The lavish spaces in the residence include a grand two-story library, a sunroom with an arched glass ceiling and French doors that open to a bluestone terrace, a vast gourmet kitchen with a large center island, and a breakfast bar and butler’s pantry.
There’s also a 2,200-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, as well as an equestrian-themed game room and pub.
The impressive grounds feature formal French gardens with lavender and boxwood hedges, Japanese gardens with a koi pond, a butterfly house, ponds shaded by weeping willows, verdant parklands, and natural woodlands.
Just beyond the formal gardens is the massive poolhouse, which has a repurposed slate roof that came from the Yale Divinity School. Inside, there’s a 60-foot-long swimming pool and spa, a stone fireplace, gym, sauna, changing rooms, and kitchen.