Renowned architecture firm McKim, Mead & White hardly ever disappoints–they are, after all, the firm behind the original Penn Station–and this Westchester property now for sale lives up to the firm’s reputation. Located at 10 Sheldrake Road in the town of New Rochelle, this waterfront estate is known as “Four Chimneys” and was built in 1938. The exterior is a graceful brick, Georgian architecture surrounded by 1.65 acres of landscaping. On the interior, a renovation included converting the ballroom into a gym, installing an infinity pool on the edge of Sheldrake Lake, and building an indoor half-court for basketball. (Don’t worry, there are some lavish and historic interior details that remain on display, too.) To live 30 minutes outside of Manhattan on this impressive estate will cost $3.85 million.
Almost every room of the home looks out onto the reservoir on the grounds of the property. And of course, it’s now complemented by an infinity pool with a terrace at the waterfront. All that water is surrounded by perennial gardens and an expansive lawn.
Many of the original details of the 14-room estate have been preserved. Those include the original parquet floors, detailed paneling and moldings, coffered ceilings, Palladian windows with–of course–water views, French doors and elaborate stonework.
The current owners have designed with a European aesthetic, according to the listing.
Upgrades have been made to spaces like the kitchen.
There are seven bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms over 8,966 square feet.
The former ballroom, which the listing calls “worthy of a French chateau” has been transformed into a professional-grade gym. Talk about a change in use that McKim Mead and White likely didn’t anticipate! A new homeowner could look forward to working out in the light of chandeliers.
Then there’s the half basketball court, which could also be used for tennis. Other perks? There are many, including a terrace for dining al fresco, a dedicated entertainment wing of the home, and a second-floor guest wing with a balcony and its own spa. When it comes to luxurious real estate designed for the wealthy, McKim Mead and White do not disappoint.
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Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence
Neighborhoods : New Rochelle