Built in 1994, the manor was reportedly purchased by Richard Baker, the governor and executive chairman of Hudson’s Bay Co. The Westchester County residence has since been completely redone.
“The owner just saw the opportunity to buy the project,” says listing agent Leslie McElwreath.
The noted interior designer Steven Gambrel was brought in and, McElwreath adds, “completely transformed it, top to bottom.”
Gone are old-fashioned chintz, Persian rugs, and marble floors. The enormous 31,000-square-foot space now includes a warmer wood flooring underfoot, modern window coverings, and splashes of bright colors to update the look.
The interior spans four floors, with eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms. Highlights of the luxe estate include two elevators, six fireplaces, two pools, and a seven-car-garage.
In addition, the stylish residence comes completely furnished with custom furniture, carpeting, and lighting that Gambrel designed.
It’s a turnkey purchase for a deep-pocketed buyer.
“Someone could literally bring their suitcase,” McElwreath says.
The dwelling is already outfitted with sheets, towels, pots, pans, along with furniture and decor. The only element in the listing photos that isn’t included in the price is the artwork.
The European-style manor offers plenty of options for recreation and relaxation, or perhaps an idyllic telework environment.
The floor plan includes a reception hall, formal living room and dining room, a red-lacquered library (formerly paneled in wood), and a remodeled gourmet kitchen with bar seating.
An adjacent room for casual family dining comes with a built-in banquette.
In addition, the activity spaces include an office, gym, billiard-room, wine cellar, and screening room. A secondary catering kitchen on the lower level allows for large-scale entertaining.
On the second floor, the deluxe owner’s suite includes a bedroom, sitting room, private deck, bath, and two dressing rooms.
In addition, the property boasts both an indoor pool, and a pool outside that is surrounded by a poolhouse and patios.
The grounds, designed by Simon Johnson, feature formal gardens, manicured foliage, and a series of tiled reflecting pools.
“You’ll never see a garden like this at a private residence, McElwreath says, describing it as on the level of a formal botanical garden.
The gated estate, perched at the highest point of a gated community, surrounded by treetops, may appeal to those seeking a refuge from urban life, whether full-time or as a vacation retreat. However, Manhattan and Greenwich are easy commutes.
“It provides a great opportunity for someone who would like to have family and friends close by with all amenities on site,” the agent adds.
A perfect perk in the age of the coronavirus, for a well-heeled buyer who isn’t inclined to travel too far from home this summer.