One of the finest and most desirable homes in Riverdale, this beautiful stone mansion is situated in the heart of Fieldston, a leafy residential enclave known for its historic character. Designed in the classical Georgian Revival style by Riverdale’s preeminent architect Dwight James Baum, the residence is set back from the road, occupies grounds of nearly three quarters of an acre and is graced with a long circular driveway.
Built in 1919-20, the house was completely renovated, restored and expanded by the current owners in 2003. Modern updates include all mechanical systems, bathrooms, kitchen, windows, HVAC, sound system and authentic slate roof. Special care was taken to retain and enhance the traditional details of this spacious and well proportioned home.
The entrance of the house, distinguished by a wide front terrace, leads into a center hall, where one is drawn into the adjacent large living room (18 by 32 feet) featuring: a wood burning fireplace, decorative plaster ceiling (10 feet high), deep crown moldings and French doors that open to a four-season sunroom. On the other side of the center hall is a library, accentuated by original wood paneling and a wood burning fireplace. Walk through the library's French doors into the formal dining room, adorned with original dentil molding and another wood burning fireplace. The dining room leads to two rooms; the spacious family room, which features a cathedral ceiling and custom built-in, and the kitchen. Upon entering, the kitchen is highlighted by a large center island with breakfast bar, and is outfitted with a built-in desk, granite countertops, double-wide Sub-Zero refrigerator, six-burner Wolf cooktop, Wolf built-in double wall oven, two dishwashers and two sinks. The kitchen continues into a large dining area flooded with natural light through French doors that open out to the rear patio and garden.
One wing of the second floor contains the main bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms and a full bath. The suite includes a walk-in closet, gas fireplace, en suite bathroom and adjoining dressing room (ideal for a nursery or office). Three additional bedrooms, two full baths, and a laundry room complete the second floor. The third floor is a large recreation room with a full bathroom and ample storage space.
The property includes a lovely flagstone dining patio, a charming hillside rock garden with a stone pathway and a covered pergola that connects the detached two-car garage to the main house. Above the garage is a small guest bedroom/office with a full bathroom. The finished basement can be another recreation room or home gym, and includes a full bathroom and storage room. The grounds have a large front lawn accented by mature trees, shrubs and perennials, all maintained by an underground irrigation system.
Fieldston, a privately owned community with winding, tree-lined roads, rock outcroppings, elegant, high-quality homes and even an idyllic pond, covers 140 acres (just over a fifth of a square mile). The neighborhood has round-the-clock private security, and the streets and common areas are maintained by the Fieldston Property Owners’ Association. The community has landmark preservation status as a historic district and lies within the Riverdale Special Natural Area District, a greenbelt conservation zone.
The house is conveniently located near acclaimed private schools (Horace Mann, Fieldston, Riverdale Country School and SAR), the vast greenery of Van Cortlandt Park, and transportation to Manhattan (No. 1 subway train, MetroNorth Railroad, and express buses to Manhattan’s East and West Sides).