With one look at this house you can immediately see the harmony at work between modern and traditional. Only a modern house would dare to be coated in a color so striking. However, the Victorian features of this Babylon, NY home elevate it from merely striking to sophisticated and chic. This 3,956-square-foot Babylon Victorian (h/t CIRCA) is perfect for the person who loves old world charm with modern conveniences (and who has $1.3 million to spend).
The house’s interior takes a surprisingly traditional tone that is more suited to its history. This Victorian was first built in 1870 by Sanford Udall, a former Union army sergeant who fought in the Civil War. In 1894, Mr. Udall and his family moved the house from George Street to its present location on the Crescent. According to public records, the house has only had one owner since the Udalls. It seems to have maintained its Victorian-era look as well. Entering the great room is like stepping back in time. Like most of the rooms in the house, the great room is plastered in a charming patterned wallpaper. A faux fireplace sits off to the side, and beautiful red oak floors are bordered by mahogany and walnut, a feature also found in several other rooms.
In contrast with the calming great room, the living room is the most eye-catching. The gold-colored ceiling brightens the room, as do the two chandeliers. Twin wood-burning fireplaces divided by an arch suggests that this space can be converted into two separate rooms.
The formal dining room has an elegant original chandelier and an amazing view that overlooks the garden.
Four bedrooms make up the house’s second floor. If needed, another room can be converted into a fifth bedroom, or if a creative outlet is what you need, the additional room also serves as a great art studio.
With handcrafted mahogany cabinets by RUTT Cabinetry, as well as granite countertops, the modernized kitchen fits in well with the rest of the house. An added bonus is the radiant floor heating.
One special feature of this house is the wraparound porch, which boasts a jacuzzi for eight. The back porch is perfect for throwing big outdoor bashes, while the front patio is the ideal spot for an intimate evening watching the stars.
The recently restored carriage house peeks out from behind the house. It sits on 32,865 square feet of land and has the potential to be used for anything. Other surprises in the Babylon Victorian include the basement, which, though unfinished, has a French drain system and a wine cellar that can hold over 2,000 bottles. Moving to the very top of the house, you can find a charming cupola that will provide the next owner with 360-degree-views of the surrounding acreage.
Photos via Douglas Elliman
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