Dating back to the turn of the last century, many of the nation’s social and business elite commissioned the era’s celebrated architects to create their country homes in the Hudson Valley. Less well known than Newport and its opulent “summer cottages”, the Hudson River Region nonetheless attracted many prominent New York families including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Morgans and Harrimans who came to the area to establish their grand country estates.
Luckily, many of these properties remained in private hands and the beauty of the original architecture has been preserved. Following is a sampling of our luxury homes for sale that were created by these legendary architects, whose artistry clearly demonstrates that good design never goes out of style.
On the Hudson River, Astor Courts in Rhinebeck was designed by the great Stanford White in 1906. Part of John Jacob Astor’s vast estate, Ferncliff, the structure was originally designed as a sporting pavilion and boasts a stunning indoor pool and tennis court.
Edgewood in Purchase was designed by Mott Schmidt, the father of American Georgian Classicism, who was also responsible for some of the region’s most distinguished residences. This grand brick Georgian sits on a rarely available 22 acres, only 35 minutes from Manhattan.
Overlooking the Hudson River, this circa 1917 stone manor in Scarborough was designed by Bertram Goodhue, known for many important buildings including St. Bart’s Church in New York City and the Chapel at West Point. The residence is set within a historic Hudson River enclave designed by renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
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For centuries, the Hudson River region has endured as one of America’s greatest natural treasures and continues to be sought-after today for its majesty and natural beauty. At the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, some of the area’s most magnificent homes rose along the river, built by the era’s social and business elite who came to the area as a respite from their busy lives in New York City.
Here’s a selection of the remarkable Hudson River estates that we are currently offering for sale.
Astor Courts in Rhinebeck was originally part of the John Jacob Astor IV vast Hudson River estate Ferncliff and sits on 50+ riverfront acres centered by a 1906 Stanford White-designed Beaux Arts pavilion.
La Paz in Scarborough is another architectural treasure, a stone country house built in 1917 by celebrated architect, Bertram Goodhue, known for his many important projects including St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan.
Ogden Park in Dobbs Ferry was one of three stone houses built by Elizabeth Ogden Bradley Bystrom, one of the first female physicians in the country. Ms. Bystrom built the homes for herself and two sisters and sited them high on a bluff overlooking the Hudson.
If you were unaware of all that Rhinebeck has to offer – sweeping views of the Hudson, historic homes and a charming downtown — you certainly know all that and more thanks to the news coverage surrounding Chelsea Clinton’s pending nuptials this Saturday.
The wedding venue is Astor Courts, a 13,000 square foot pavilion owned by an FOB (friend of Bill Clinton) that can hold a tent large enough for 400 guests. If you’re not on the guest list, there is still much to do and see in Rhinebeck, located in Northern Dutchess County on the banks of the Hudson River.
Rhinebeck’s “Sixteen Mile Historic District” is a collection of 30 riverfront estates that were erected centuries ago by industrialists like Astor, Roosevelt and Rockefeller. The Hudson Valley’s equivalent of the Newport mansions, some of these homes are open to the public and take you back to the gilded era. The Hudson River creates a stunning backdrop for sailing, cruising, and kayaking, and also has some great camping sites, hiking trails and cross-country skiing.
Chelsea could not have found a more beautiful and picturesque location for her big day. Houlihan Lawrence’s Rhinebeck Market Report gives you an overview of the real estate market in this lovely town.
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than to entertain at an outdoor BBQ. Once a simple grill was all it took. But in today’s estate homes, outdoor kitchens have become the new must-have amenity – bringing the conveniences of an indoor kitchen out in the open. Multiple grills, smokers, pizza ovens, beverage refrigerators and outdoor bars are fast becoming necessary equipment for the savvy outdoor chef.
As impressive as their indoor counterparts, here are a few outdoor kitchens that will help you create gourmet delights for your guests without leaving the party.
Windsor Court in Purchase offers the ultimate outdoor entertaining venue with a grand veranda, fully-equipped outdoor bar with a soda system and a new pool house featuring a large kitchen with commercial-caliber appliances – all framing the 62′ pool.
The pool cabana at The Lodge at Loch Lyall in Garrison features a full kitchen and chef’s barbecue, but it will be hard to concentrate on the cooking when surrounded by the sparkling lake views.
Your guests will never want to leave Hemlock Hill in Rhinebeck, which features an extensive outdoor kitchen including several dishwashers and a bar area overlooking the waterfall, spa, pool and pond.