Prop­erty of the week

A New York man­sion fit for a Rock­e­feller

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Lifestyle -

Just 45 min­utes from New York City, but in an iso­lated spot miles from any­one, is this house with a fa­mous for­mer res­i­dent, writes Is­abelle Fraser.

It was the home of David Rock­e­feller, the grand­son of the oil ty­coon John D Rock­e­feller, who was con­sid­ered to be one of the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans of all time.

David, who died ear­lier this year, was head of Chase Man­hat­tan Bank, and was in­stru­men­tal in the build­ing of the World Trade Cen­ter; one of the Twin Tow­ers was nick­named af­ter him.

While mak­ing these big deals and help­ing to shape New York’s sky­line, he re­treated to his coun­try house in a ham­let near Westch­ester, up­state New York, where he col­lected 250,000 spec­i­mens of giant bee­tle and raised a don­key named Cleopa­tra.

The house, which has 11 bed­rooms, was de­signed in 1938 by Mott Sch­midt, who was the ar­chi­tect to the most fa­mous fam­i­lies in New York. The build­ing it­self is taste­ful in a Geor­gian style, sur­rounded by ap­ple trees, an oak and an Amer­i­can elm.

Inside there are de­tails such as a carved fire­place, a grand, sweep­ing stair­case, a lift, a wine vault and var­i­ous hobby rooms.

The house, which cov­ers 11,000 sq ft, is on a bank high above the Hud­son river, and large win­dows over­look the 75 acres of pris­tine park­land that sur­rounds it. Sim­men­tal cat­tle, which the fam­ily kept, still roam on the sur­round­ing hills. The fam­ily also kept a herd of sheep, pet rac­coons, deer, four dogs and two cats, and in the gar­den is their pet ceme­tery.

It is on the mar­ket for US$22-mil­lion (£16.6mil­lion) with Houli­han Lawrence (001 914 234 0308; houli­han­lawrence.com).

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