Historic Homes

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, More Top Stories, Upper West Side 

Built in 1897 in the Elizabethan Renaissance Revival style by renowned architect Clarence True, this brick and limestone mansion occupies a 43-foot-wide lot, not in Forest Hills or Riverdale, but at 323 West 80th Street on the Upper West Side. The New York Post writes that the owners, a Broadway producer who ran the downtown rock club the Bitter End and his wife, Donna, a casting director who happens to be the sister of Bernadette Peters, bought the house–then a rundown SRO–for $170,000 in the 1970s. Even then, they could see the potential in this grand, gothy 10,000-square-foot palace, at the time carved up into 20 rooms. A few years have passed, but we can’t help but wonder if they imagined they’d list the spruced-up house, complete with garage, elevator and enchanted garden, for almost $20 million.

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Cool Listings, DUMBO, Historic Homes, Interiors

8 old fulton street, dumbo, compass, caro heller

If you’ve visited Brooklyn Bridge Park then it’s likely you’ve seen 8 Old Fulton Street, the historic brick cooperative–with the red door–directly facing the park. In the 1860s, this building was constructed for the Brooklyn City Railroad Company. Today the landmark holds just 10 co-ops, meaning it’s rare to see apartments up for grabs. But this one-bedroom triplex has hit the market for $1.975 million, decked out with columns, exposed brick and twelve-foot ceilings. The previous owner was the artist Caro Heller, who passed away in 2014. According to public records, her children–an adventure writer and gallery owner–have listed the property for sale.

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Celebrities, Fort Greene, Historic Homes

159 Carlton Avenue, cool listings, Fort Greene

Actor Denis O’Hare might be known for taking roles in creepy shows like “American Horror Story” and “True Blood,” but his Fort Greene home is anything but. He bought the unique duplex at 159 Carlton Avenue, a landmarked 2,015-square-foot carriage house that was once the Feuchtwanger Stable, for just $175,000 in 1998 when he was still acting on Broadway (h/t WSJ). Over the past 19 years, his husband, interior designer Hugo Redwood, completely renovated the condo, preserving its amazing arched windows that once allowed horses and carriages to enter but creating a more open, loft-like space. And it’s now on the market for $1,595,000.

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Historic Homes, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

50 East 69th Street, Upper East Side, Mansions, townhouses

A massive Upper East Side single-family townhouse at 50 East 69th Street was just wrestled off the market for an equally monumental $45 million, sources have told the New York Post. Joshua Harris, co-founder of Apollo Global Management, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and part owner of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, just bought the 21,070-square-foot house, which was listed at $72 million last September and reduced to $59 million in June. The 44-foot-wide limestone-clad building, known as the Dommerich Mansion, was built in 1917 in a neo-French classic style by architect Henry C. Pelton for Otto Louis Dommerich, who ran his family’s family cotton business. It was most recently being used as a cosmetic surgery facility.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, West Village 

17 st luke's place, cool listings, west village, townhouses, historic homes, interiors

After finding this incredible townhouse at 17 Saint Luke’s Place–one of 15 identical Italianate row houses built in the 1850s on land owned by the Trinity Church–in the New York Times real estate section 40+ years ago, legendary journalist Linda Ellerbee knew she had to have it, even though it was above her budget. “I bought the house 30 minutes after touring it,” she told LL NYC. “It was like every movie I had ever seen growing up about what it was like to live in Greenwich Village in a brownstone.” But now that her children are grown and she plans to spend most of her time in the Berkshires and Puerto Vallarta, she’s decided to list the well-renovated and well-preserved home for $10.75 million.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes

David Rockefeller’s 75-acre Westchester estate asks $22M

By Michelle Cohen, Mon, September 11, 2017

180 Bedford Road, Hudson Pines, David Rockefeller, Rockefeller Estate, cool listings, Westchester

Some call it the end of an era of understated wealth. David Rockefeller, philanthropist, art collector and former CEO of Chase Manhattan bank–and the last surviving grandson of oil baron John D. Rockefeller–died in March at the age of 101. His properties have been up for sale since then, including his legendary art collection featuring works by Matisse, Cezanne, Gauguin, Seurat, and Picasso that headed for auction at Christie’s, his Upper East Side townhouse with an ask of $33 million and a retreat in Maine asking $19 million. The billionaire’s treasured Westchester estate, Hudson Pines, has just been listed at $22 million. Only 45 minutes from New York City, the property, which was home to the aforementioned art collection as well as the owner’s antique carriage collection and his collection of 250,000 beetle specimens–Rockefeller was an avid entomologist–seems a world away from the bustle of daily life.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes, More Top Stories, Upstate

Armour–Stiner House, Carmer Octagon House, westchester, irvington, sotheby's, Joseph Pell Lombardi,

The listing goes right ahead and calls this “one of the most visually unique homes in the world,” and it’d be hard to argue with that. This is known as the Armour–Stiner House, or the Carmer Octagon House, a unique octagon-shaped and domed Victorian style home located in Irvington, a town of Westchester County. It was built in 1860 by financier Paul J. Armour, enlarged between 1872 and 1876, and is now the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided, domed colonnaded shape of a classic Roman Temple. The current owner, Joseph Pell Lombardi, a preservation architect with his own firm, has listed it for rent asking a hefty $40,000 a month.

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Celebrities, Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

mark twain, 325 Redding Road, connecticut

Known as “Jean’s Farm,” the 18-acre Connecticut property that literary great Mark Twain bought for his daughter in 1909, is for sale for $1.85 million. Located in Redding, the estate at 325 Redding Road includes a farmhouse built in 1787, an antique barn and a studio. While it has been recently renovated, the sprawling estate maintains its rustic charms (h/t TODAY.com). Residents of the five-bedroom, three and a half bathroom home have access to lots of open space and greenery, as well as a heated gunite pool.

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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.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes, Top Stories

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cult-classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” about hard-partying Long Island millionaires in the ’20s, was inspired by actual soirees the author attended at mansions along the North Shore, aka the Gold Coast. One such locale, a French Normandy-style residence on Sands Point known as the Rumsey-Harriman Estate, is said to have inspired the book’s fictional East Egg, and as the Post first reported it’s just hit the market for $16,880,000. Designed in 1928 by none other than McKim, Mead & White, the 5.3-acre waterfront property was owned by Junior League founder Mary Harriman Rumsey, whose father was railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman and brother New York governor W. Averell Harriman. Fitzgerald spent a good deal of time at the home with Rumsey and her family, widely believed to have inspired Gatsby.

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