Prepare to be stunned by this waterfront mansion that’s just hit the market within commuting distance of New York City. The 35-room Westchester estate, appropriately named “All View” by its original 19th-century owner, sits grandly atop a three-acre peninsula jutting out into the Long Island Sound. The grounds (conceived of by Central Park and Prospect Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted) do not disappoint; neither does the house, which is full of historic details but has also received modern — and a few whimsical — renovations. It now boasts 13 bedrooms, nine wood-burning fireplaces, three kitchens, and a new geothermal heat and air conditioning system. The best part? Every single room offers a view of the water.
The home was built in 1890 for Charles Oliver Iselin, the son of railroad magnate and financier Adrian G. Iselin. Iselin, one of the most famous yachtsman of his time, built a breakwater in Echo Bay, adjacent to All View, so he could dock his yachts, which included the “Vigilant,” “Defender” and “Columbia,” next to his home.
It’s part of a private, gated community that comes with security. Though the location makes it feel like this property is at the end of the world, it’s only about 45-minute drive from here to Midtown.
The house screams luxury from the front door — a solid piece of oak that weighs 600 pounds and is nearly four inches thick. Other architectural details include hand plastered vaulted ceilings, a gilded central staircase, two-story white marble columns, parquet floors and custom closets.
The property was owned in the 1990s by the African mining tycoon Antonio Deinde Fernandez and his wife Aduke. (He was considered one of the richest men in Africa when he died in 2015.) He added east and west wings with his initials carved on bronze door hinges. He also added jaguar-style carved animals to the window locks.
All four kitchens boast high-end appliances like custom La Cornue and Viking ranges. There are two Gaggenau ovens, five refrigerators (three of which are Sub-Zero), three Miele dishwashers, and one Viking dishwasher.
It’s rumored that Antonio Deinde Fernandez spent $26 million on the renovation in the 1990s. The current owners have added their own touch, including bold artwork and colorful design elements.
Each of the 13 bedrooms boasts stunning views of the water.
As you might expect, this estate has an amazing suite of amenities, with a home theater, wine cellar, six-car garage, billiards room, staff quarters, and sun porch/gym.
The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man behind Central and Prospect Parks. Today the property has its own private beach, boat dock, badminton/mini-tennis/basketball court, and a 30-by-60-foot dark gray mosaic glass swimming pool with LED lighted fountain jets. Oh, don’t forget the built-in hot tub! Or the stone-paved viewing terraces, two mahogany decks, two wisteria-covered pergolas, koi pond and rose arbor.
After previously hitting the rental market for $38,888/month, the owners are now trying to sell it for a cool $18.95 million. Be sure to peruse the gallery below to take in every last detail of this highly-prized and highly-priced property.
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Neighborhoods : Westchester