In the event you’ve ever dreamed of proudly owning a fortress, that is your probability.
This $1.3 million fortress with 31 rooms has all of the romantic options, together with a six-floor spire, a Catholic chapel and 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
The low value — Westchester County properties aren’t even considered “luxurious” till they hit the $2 million mark — is probably going due partly to its location in Yonkers, which remains to be a commutable distance from Manhattan, as confirmed by the previous two house owners, commuting since 1929. One other potential issue: updates wanted within the nine-bedroom, six-and-a-half toilet property (extra on that beneath).
“At that value, it should entice a variety of events and permit us to maximise turnout [at the open house on April 10 and 11] and provides all people an opportunity at viewing the property,” itemizing dealer Bryan Dale of Exp Realty advised The Submit.
The 6,000-square-foot American shingle Victorian mansion has eight fireplaces, 100 home windows, cathedral ceilings, hardwood flooring, gothic peaked home windows and uncovered wood ceiling beams, according to Realtor.com.
A large two-story, 150-foot wraparound porch has a principal stage and an extra 80-foot decrease stage beneath fortress-like stone partitions with open-air semicircular window cut-outs. Earlier than the pandemic, it hosted events of as much as 80 visitors, mentioned Dale.
“The porch has a decrease stage which incorporates giant granite arches holding up the property as if it have been a medieval fortress,” Dale added.
Contained in the lobby, each room on the primary flooring has a fire. The lounge hearth is inscribed “Lisieux,” a area in France, and above it, a show is inscribed “God is our peace.” The tiled stone flooring has a number of Persian space rugs, and gilded vintage furnishings pairs with eclectic knick-knacks, which outline the character of the home.
By way of pocket doorways, the eating room has an enormous semicircular window and a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth with a spherical firebox. The room has wood flooring, built-in bookshelves and a floor-to-ceiling mirror. A second eating room has an similar semicircular window however presents a white, tiled hearth with Roman columns — plus a built-in alcove for displaying sculptures.
By way of a hallway, an expansive household room has been prolonged into the spire, giving the room a partial round form. It presents a brick hearth, wood flooring and a grand piano.
After you climb a wood staircase and cross a church pew bench and Tiffany stained-glass home windows, potential consumers will discover eight bedrooms and 4 bogs on the third and fourth flooring, many with their very own hearth. The third flooring has a sitting room with a studying nook.
The fourth flooring has a chapel, which as soon as held over 200 Plenty on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan earlier than Dr. Paluel Flagg, the previous proprietor of the home, had it moved and reassembled within the fortress. Dr. Flagg was the founding father of the Catholic Medical Mission Board in 1912, which was later led by Emmy-winning preacher Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, who held Plenty within the chapel, mentioned Dale. (The Submit was not capable of independently verify the supply of the chapel.)
The tower extends to the fifth and sixth flooring, which function a gymnasium and an observatory with 360-degree views, although it has an unfinished ceiling.
“The commentary on deck has a panoramic view. You may see the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades … It means that you can step outdoor on the very high of the property,” mentioned Dale.
The basement has a laundry room, a workshop and a one-bedroom condominium with a rest room and a kitchen.
Then and now
The house was in-built 1892 for the president of the American Actual Property Firm, E.Ok. Martin, who developed the neighborhood of Park Hill.
The sellers are a three-generation household who purchased the 0.84-acre property in 1983 for $140,000. Carl and Colette Tiktin, an creator and a instructor respectively, together with their daughter discovered the home marketed in a newspaper quickly after their outdated dwelling had been destroyed in a gasoline explosion. They bought the home with Colette’s sister, Michele Shapiro, and her husband, in addition to the sisters’ mother and father (who had the surname Lafond), in keeping with a 1985 article.
The sellers repaired the home to its present state, however it’s now in want of extra love. It doesn’t have central air-con or warmth, and the small kitchen is an funding alternative, with outdated home equipment and outdated wood cupboards. The bogs might be outfitted with extra luxurious home equipment, images present.
“After they initially bought it, the home was in disrepair. They fully restored and renovated it to its unique situation. Since then, they’ve maintained the property,” mentioned Dale.
Different comparatively low cost castles embrace a $675,000 fortress in Lake Peekskill in Putnam County. Pricier choices within the New York metro space embrace Derek Jeter’s $12 million fortress in Greenwood Lake, Orange County, and a $9.8 million “Bridgerton”-like fortress in Connecticut.