Andrew Carnegie

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Built in 1927 for Andrew Carnegie‘s daughter, the 34,000-square-foot estate in Millbrook, NY known as Migdale Castle was modeled after Carnegie’s Skibo Castle in Scotland. Beginning in 2002, the home’s current owners spent four years renovating its four floors, the 100 acres it occupies, and another 100-acre adjacent plot, giving new life to one of Dutchess County‘s most distinguished estates. Migdale first hit the market for $25 million, making it the county’s most expensive listing, but a recent $8.1 million price chop resulted in the current $16.9 million ask.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, History, Midtown

32 West 40th Street, Engineers Club, Andrew Carnegie, Nikola Tesla, H. H. Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, Historic Buildings, Bryant Park, Midtown, Cool Listings, Commercial Listings, Midtown Rental,

Like so many places in this fascinating city, this listing comes with some interesting history: Known today as Bryant Park Place, the primarily residential co-op building at 32 West 40th Street was once the clubhouse of the Engineers’ Club. Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1907, members included–in addition to Carnegie himself–Thomas Edison, President Herbert Hoover, H.H. Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla, who was honored here upon receiving the Edison Medal in 1917 and enjoyed feeding the pigeons in the park across the street.

Units 1A and 1K currently comprise a commercial listing–with residential possibilities if you’re willing to do your homework. The property–two connected co-op units–is for sale for $3.1 million, and also for rent at $14K a month (in the latter case it would make a pretty impressive HQ for that hot new startup–and since there’s a small kitchen, those all-nighters won’t be a problem). Buyers may need to unwind some red tape, but according to the listing, residential conversion is possible along with some serious subsequent upside.

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