We are back again with the Property of The Week.
As you may have noticed, we try to avoid large mansions for our properties of the week, we usually look for properties in great locations, with great views, interior, design etc. But when we saw this behemoth we had to make it property of the week.
One of the world’s magnificent and rare estates, Darlington, praised by architectural enthusiasts as the American Versailles, is an architectural masterpiece located within 25 miles of New York City. It was originally built-in 1907, so it is a fairly new build if you compare it to the British aristocrat homes in which it is modeled on.
This estate offers approximately 50,000 square feet of spectacular living space and more than 12 acres of marvelous grounds framed by the Ramapo Mountains.
This mansion boasts a staggering 58 rooms spaed over three storeys, it was the dream of of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker. It is now both the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. The architect of the mansion was James Brite, who along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington, D.C., and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
History lesson over lets talk about this beautiful property, during the last seven years it has been undergoing renovations to modernise it. All mechanical systems have replaced, all bathrooms the bathrooms rebuilt and a new living area of 12,000 square feet has been added. The renovation of the mansion is the work of a unique team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and local artists.
The renovation include:
– Approximately 50,000 square feet on over 12 acres with sweeping views of the surrounding grounds and hillsides
– Detailed hand-carved woodwork throughout
– Great hall with 30-foot-high ceiling and 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ, one of, if not the only one, in the U.S.
– Library with 15-foot-high ceiling painted by muralist James Wall Finn (other works include the Payne Whitney Mansion and the New York Public Library)
– Formal dining room, formal tea room, restaurant-style kitchen
– His-and-her master bedroom wing
– Wine cellar and tasting room, cigar room, beauty salon
– Theater, billiard room with bar, poker room, game room
– Luxury spa with lap pool, steam room and sauna, massage and exercise rooms
– Tennis court with cabana, two fountains, two pergolas, a gazebo, outdoor pool with cabana
– Gatehouse, eight-car garage, staff quarters with five suites and lounge
Amenties include a indoor and outdoor pool, cinema room, spa, private cub, staff quarters, wine cellar, clubhouse, tennis court and gym.
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