19th century Hudson River estate built for an Astor gets a price cut to $20M

Posted On Mon, August 28, 2017 By

Posted On Mon, August 28, 2017 By In Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upstate

This incredible 290-acre estate was built in 1851 for Franklin Hughes Delano (whose great-nephew was Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and Laura Eugenia Astor (granddaughter of John Jacob Astor, known as the nation’s first multi-millionaire). The property was listed last summer for $22 million by its current owners, the investor Martin Sosnoff and his wife Toni. Now it’s just gotten a price cut to $20 million. That will get you a 17,000-square-foot mansion with 28 rooms, 10 full bathrooms, 18-foot coffered ceilings and 16 fireplaces, along with rolling, green hills, a guesthouse, gardener’s cottage, equestrian center, and pool house. After 133 years in Astor and Delano ownership, the property–known as Atalanta–is looking for its next buyer.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Under Astor/Delano ownership, the property was known as “Steen Valetje” (little stone valley) for the creek that runs through it just south of the main house. The brick and stone manse was designed by British architect Frank Wills, then expanded upon in 1881 by New York architect Thomas Stent.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

The interior details, unsurprisingly, are lavish. 18-foot ceilings exhibit frescoes, while delicately carved fretwork surrounds marble fireplaces. The “public” rooms all have oak and mahogany parquet floors as well as French doors that open to river terraces and porticoes.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

The formal entrance hall displays a grand staircase with a domed and frescoed skylight above.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Elaborate tilework lines the foyer. The owners are art collectors and have displayed works around the home.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

The home is surrounded by incredible views, as the land on both the northern and eastern sides has been preserved.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

This grand dining room leads out to an expansive porch with views of the property’s elaborate gardens.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

The barn was renovated by the current owners into an equestrian center, and it features an outdoor dressage ring and heated, indoor riding facilities.

Atalanta, Hudson River estate, Astors, Klemm Real estate

Here’s an aerial shot of the sprawling property of “ancient lanes and lawns with stately oaks and other now mature specimen trees,” as the listing says. Besides the mansion, the list of extra perks will make you weep: a greenhouse, seven barns that includes a 1875 brick carriage barn, a pool and Doric temple poolhouse, tennis court, walking and bridle trails, four guesthouses and three ponds. It’s a property fit for the Astors, indeed.

[Via WSJ]

[Listing: Atalanta by Klemm Real Estate]

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Photos courtesy of Hudson Home Tours

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