The fabulous Kelly of Old House Dreams posted a remarkable property. And it is soooooooooo a Ross kinda property.
The 1869 main house is absurdly huge, and in terrifying condition. You see, just my kinda place.
Fairview Manor, looking good.
Fairview Manor, looking less than its best. All the porches are gone, including the one above the bay (right). I would reinstate all these. STAT! The red roofs all look they have been replaced, and their dramatic cornices are missing.
There is a second tower!
Which has been decapitated. This, too, would get reinstated.
The glorious entry doors are intact. I ache, ACHE, to restore these.
There are few interior images. It was reported that a fire damaged much of the interior but I am not buying this. Fire does NOT consume plaster while leaving wood intact. Also, in a serious fire, stairwells act like flues and wood staircases are the first to go. So, while the house may have had a fire at some point (my Cross House has had at least two fires, and with no visible damage), the interior, at least from the limited images available, show a glorious intact stair, glorious tall arched doors, and intact trim.
The property was owned for almost twenty years by the artist Mihail Chemiakin, and several of his works grace the grounds. I had never heard of Chemiakin but LOVE his work!
The property includes numerous structures in addition to the big house, such as what appears to be a former playhouse converted into a studio. The town is two hours from New York City, up the Hudson.
Almost 12 acres, and all yours for $1.7M. I have no idea what the Chemiakin pieces would be valued at.
My ideal would to live in such a house while maintaining a small apartment in Manhattan. The best of both worlds.
NOTE: Here is Part II.