Garrison, N.Y. | $ 4.95 million
An eight bedroom, five bathroom, and two half bath Gothic style mansion completed in 1867 on 19.72 acres
This 20 room brick home was built in the Hudson Highlands as the summer home for Edwards Pierrepont, a New York attorney who served as Attorney General under Ulysses S. Grant, and designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, an influential architect of the day. A forerunner of the design was published in 1850 in the book “The architecture of the country houses” as “Villa in a pointed style”.
Known as the Hurst-Pierrepont Estate, the property remained in the family's possession until the 1960s. During this time it received a tower with sanitary facilities and a large, multi-story kitchen wing. It is half a mile east of the Garrison train station, with a travel time of about 90 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, 53 miles south.
The sellers have owned the home since 1997, having lived on the property in a carriage house (also designed by Davis) for more than two decades earlier. In 2006 they replaced the slate roof and installed copper downpipes and gutters.
Size: 7,500 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 660
Inside: The symmetry of the original Davis design is evident from the covered entrance hall (with three bays on either side of the arched front door) to the 35 foot long entrance hall with a keyhole staircase that winds on either side of a huge Gothic window. The pocket doors open to the right to a salon with a winter garden (and a study behind it) and to the left to a dining room with a bar area (and a large butler pantry behind it). The main rooms have 12-foot ceilings, ornate moldings, gold-plated mirrors, and diamond-faced windows.
The late 19th-century kitchen includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a painted punched metal ceiling, an island with tiles, and a vintage wood-burning stove.
The grand staircase leads to bedrooms on four half levels, with the service rooms running discreetly in and around the main chambers. The most impressive bedrooms are in front; They include floor-to-ceiling Gothic arched windows and many meters of molded parts and are internally connected to living rooms or changing rooms via a few steps. Most bathrooms have square windows with triangular panes and antique-style fixtures.
Additional rooms for games, media and wine storage are on the lower level of the strike.
Outside space: The property was entered through the original stone gates and includes forests, meadows, ledges, a pond, an in-ground pool and a detached three car garage. The top of the tower can be used as a lookout point or a party room.
Taxes: 57,553 USD (2019)
Contact: Craig Watters, Coldwell Banker Realty, 212-203-9564; Coldwellbanker.com
Washington | $ 4.995 million
A federal style house from 1825 and a 20th century guest house with a total of five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half bathrooms on a 6,198 square meter lot
This historic Georgetown home had several distinguished owners, starting with Teresa Brent Fenwick, widow of an Army Colonel, who bought the property in 1826 and stayed there until her death in 1839. In the 1960s, it was bought and renovated by Thomas A. Parrott, an assistant to CIA director Allen Dulles. (Mr. Parrott built the garage and attached guest apartment in the northeast corner of the property.) It was then inhabited by Amory ("Amo") Houghton Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Corning Glass Works, and a nine-term Republican Congressman from upstate New York.
The house is one and a half blocks east of Georgetown University and four blocks north of the Potomac River.
Size: 2,688 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 1,858
Inside: Although the main painted brick house with its metal standing seam roof has been modernized for two centuries, it retains much of its original taste. Located on a slope, it rises two and a half stories in front and three and a half stories behind.
The main level contains a paneled library with a coffered ceiling nearly 10 feet and a living room beyond that with tall rear windows and a glass door that leads to the back yard. The lower level includes a kitchen with stone floors and marble wall tiles, a dining room with a bar, and half a bathroom. The top level has two bedrooms with private bathrooms. Every room on these three floors (except the bathrooms) has a working fireplace.
A third bedroom is in the former attic with skylights and beaded panels. It has a private bathroom with a glass-walled shower.
The main level of the guest house comprises a living room with sisal flooring, a fireplace and a kitchenette, as well as a bedroom and a bathroom. A second bedroom and bathroom are upstairs.
Outside space: A portal in the wall connecting the main house and the guest house leads down to a wide stone terrace in the background. (There is also a spiral staircase descending from the main house.) The property has a relief that allows a swimming pool to be added to the fenced back yard. A 22 foot wide structure at the end of the yard could be used as a storage shed or pool house. Parking is in the garage for one car, which is attached to the guest house.
Taxes: 22,442 USD (2019)
Contact: Nancy Taylor Bubes, Washington Fine Properties, 202-386-7813; spws.homevisit.com
Charlevoix, me. | $ 5 million
A five-bedroom, five-bathroom, and one-half bathroom house built in 1901 on 1.37 acres with a 30-meter facade on Lake Michigan
This property, which has been a summer home for members of the Rothschild family for more than a century, was purchased in 2008 and renovated with reclaimed materials and contemporary or contemporary fittings and hardware to the studs. It is located in a vacation community on the northern Lower Michigan Peninsula, 270 miles northwest of Detroit and 350 miles northeast of Chicago.
Size: 6,800 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 735
Inside: A deep covered veranda made of wood and local stone leads into an entrance hall with wood floors and a beautiful staircase. The living room beyond contains a tile-paneled fireplace and polished wood paneling. French doors open to a porch with a lake view.
The kitchen is reminiscent of the late Victorian era, with glass-fronted storage cabinets, subway tiles from the company restoring subway stations in New York City, and a pressed sheet metal ceiling. However, the Lacanche series with its vintage look is state-of-the-art. The marble-topped worktop was chosen as a tribute to the many fudge shops in the area. Additional storage space, including a wine fridge, is available in the adjoining breakfast room. More contemporary underground tiles can be found in the guest toilet next to an office on the front of the ground floor.
The master suite on the second floor takes up the full width of the house and includes a bathroom and dressing room. The bedroom is lit by vintage pendant lights and a wall of windows and doors that lead to a lake-view balcony. All rooms are en-suite, and two are connected to verandas covered with natural bead boards with wooden floors in a diamond pattern.
On the top floor is a large room called the "Loft" with a panel of doors that were salvaged during the renovation and an open warehouse under the ceiling. This room for 10 flows into a bathroom with a freestanding bathtub on a pedestal in the center of the room.
Outside space: Concrete steps lead down to the private beach, which has been professionally landscaped with native plants that have been selected and arranged to prevent dune erosion. The two car garage has a garden room from behind.
Taxes: $ 39,407 if primary residence; $ 60,204 if it's not primary
Contact: David Beek, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 231-330-5232; bhhsmichiganrealestate.com
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