This 18th century stone house, located in the upscale area of the Palisades known as Snedens Landing, was under the care of the landscape designer and photographer Judy Tompkins for some 60 years until she passed away at age 90 this May. But long before, it’s rumored the property served as George Washington’s office when his men were guarding the ferry service from the cliffs of the Palisades. With a rich history, beautiful interiors, and gorgeous perennial gardens tended to by Tomkins, it’s a special offering in a town right outside New York City. And it’s now asking $1.6 million.
Judy’s 60-year-old perennial gardens surround the home and spill out onto almost an acre of land. From the lawns, there are Hudson River views.
There are two terraces and a sun room. Outdoor space is a huge element of the home design, with a fluidity between the indoors and outdoors. That was accomplished with a 1930s home addition by the architect Rex Allen, who retained the antique charm of the old stone house while expanding it to 2,400 square feet.
The listing says that during Judy’s time here, “around her dining table she entertained some of the most influential artists of our time.”
Period details include wood beamed ceilings and three total fireplaces.
There are modern additions and unique touches to the original architecture, though.
The home holds four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The listings calls this historic property “a reflection of a life well lived,” and we’d have to agree. And here’s the best part: all this green serenity is located 22 minutes north of New York City. To see more of the gardens and historic interiors, just check out the gallery below.
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Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : Snedens Landing