Splendidly situated on a cul-de-sac and overlooking a tranquil private pond, this elegant 8-plus-bedroom, 8-full- and 2-half bath, stucco and stone, French-style mansion was built in 1927-28 and designed by master architect Julius Gregory. It was gorgeously restored with a top-to-bottom gut renovation in 1998.
Standout features include: a welcoming center hall; curved floating staircase rising three stories to a windowed rotunda; living room with a marble wood-burning fireplace; large formal dining room (it is 18 by 25 ft.) with French doors to a side patio; spacious kitchen (outfitted with polished granite countertops, peninsula breakfast bar, Sub-Zero refrigerator, 2 sinks, 2 Miele dishwashers and 2 Viking wall ovens); breakfast room with glass doors to the rear patio and yard; walk-in pantry closet with 2nd Sub-Zero refrigerator; expansive family room (18 by 30 ft.) with custom built-ins, wood-burning fireplace, 4 banks of window seats and French doors out to a tiled sun terrace.
Upstairs, there are 8-plus bedrooms arrayed over two floors, including a master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets plus a stylish limestone master bathroom with a whirlpool tub, glass shower and skylights.
On the lowest level, there is a finished walk-out basement with wood floors, a fitness room, a recreation room, powder room, 2nd kitchen; storage rooms, laundry room and a maid’s room with a full bathroom.
Outside, the spacious landscaped grounds are graced with bi-level wraparound patios and a cascading stone waterfall. The property has a rolling back lawn, and its front lawn faces the Fieldston community’s hidden Indian Pond in its own little park.
There is an elevator with access to all floors, 5-zone HVAC, a natural slate roof and an underground lawn sprinkler system. A multi-car parking court in the rear leads to an attached 2-car garage. The property totals approximately 0.82 acres in a landmark district.
The house is conveniently located for well-known private schools (Horace Mann, Fieldston and Riverdale Country School), the vast greenery of Van Cortlandt Park, and transportation to Manhattan (including express buses and the No. 1 subway train).