16 Locust Ln - Upper Brookville, New York
If you could take each perfect element of design and craftsmanship found in the many grand “Gold Coast” estates of a century ago, meld them with today’s sublime comforts and technology, then throw in just a touch of European panache, you would have “Locust Manor”. Its two glorious acres of mesmerizing beauty, secluded behind estate fencing with two gated entries, includes the magnificent 7,100-square-foot, 6-bedroom, 6.5-bath, brick Georgian/French Colonial mansion, a charming carriage house with apartment, spacious stone patios, a sparkling inground pool, and a generous party/pool house with indoor and outdoor kitchens, party room and bath. All is enfolded by flowing emerald lawns, exquisite flowering shrubs, flowerbeds, and majestic specimen trees. The quintessence of gracious, luxury living, the manor house abounds in elegant moldings, quality custom hardwood and stone floors, a spectacular high-end gourmet kitchen, opulent master suite, grand entertaining spaces, plus several casual spaces ideal for leisure and relaxation. Located in Upper Brookville, it is close to all sorts of venues for fun and exploration, from an estate arboretum state park to quaint village shops and restaurants. You will feel like you are on an endless vacation. Upper Brookville has long been a popular location for leaders of industry and finance to build their grand estates. Its beautiful, wooded countryside is dotted with gorgeous properties. Its residents enjoy a great location convenient to boating, golf, equestrian facilities, quaint village shopping, museums, and the Long Island Railroad putting them within approximately a 40-minute commute to Manhattan. From the moment you enter the arched wrought-iron, electronic gates framed by exquisite plantings, you will be entranced by the serenity and grandeur before you. Every inch of the 2.09 acres has been artfully landscaped and meticulously manicured to provide a feast for the eyes at every turn. Its spacious courtyards offer ample guest parking, while a charming “carriage house” provides room for three cars below a spacious studio apartment with kitchen and bath. Bluestone pathways connect all living areas that include a large, hedgerow-trimmed bluestone patio off the main house and the expansive brick patio enfolding the inground, heated, Gunite pool. The adjoining party/pool house, with its roomy floor plan, including a huge kitchen, eating area, entertainment room and bath, features an additional outside kitchen shaded by a pergola with electronic retractable awning. With a French-style entrance door beneath a Palladian window, inlaid granite floors, and an exquisite filigree balustrade winding along a graceful staircase to upper and lower floors, it is clear that in this home, France and England are friends. Traditional elements from both countries are tastefully exhibited here and throughout this captivating home. In the bright and airy living room, a sense of classic tradition and warm hospitality greet visitors in the elaborate moldings on ceiling and walls, a fireplace with boiserie-enhanced mantel, pocket doors to the family room, and French doors to the great room. Reminiscent of the ballrooms in earlier “Gold Coast” mansions, this expansive great room should, perhaps be called the “grand room”. Its lustrous oak floors illuminated by three walls of windows and French doors, all with fanlights reaching toward the extra-high tray ceiling, may inspire you to roll up the rugs and entertain with your own ball. A bluestone walkway connects this romantic space to the fabulous outdoor entertainment centers for great summer parties. Continuing with the elegant moldings, the refined, banquet-sized, formal dining room is further enhanced by delicate hand-painted flowers adorning its walls and pocket doors opening to the incredible eat-in-kitchen. This expansive, chef’s French-Country paradise boasts extensive custom cabinetry with granite countertop, ornate corbels, and dentil crown molding. A center island, with seating and sink, is ideally placed for food prep and serving. High-end appliances include a stainless-steel Wolf gas cooktop, integrated refrigerator and dishwasher, and a wine cooler. All flow into the breakfast alcove that opens through French doors to the rear patio, ideal for al fresco dining. Just off the kitchen, the generous family room, with similar floors to the kitchen, also opens to the patio. Its magnificent architectural millwork includes a stunning coffered ceiling and batten wainscoting. Off the breakfast area, a back hallway leads to a laundry room, stairs up to the master suite, and down two steps to a guest room, bath, and a cozy retreat, the den, which opens to the side courtyard. From the dramatic second floor foyer that overlooks the front entrance, a hallway leads to the palatial master suite in its own wing. To one side of the entry, is the sun-drenched master bedroom featuring a bay window, elegant moldings, and a tray ceiling. To the other side, are an inviting sitting area offering a charming gas fireplace with television over mantle, and entry to a generous walk-in closet and the opulent marble master bath. This features a jetted tub (framed by faux-painted columns), water closet, shower, and an enormous twin vanity with ample custom cabinetry. Hand painted flourishes and medallions adorn fielded panels throughout the suite. Off this floor’s foyer, two attractive bedrooms have baths en suite with tub, shower, vanity, and commode. A third bedroom shares a hall bath with a spacious study. The full-finished lower level is an entertainer’s delight. The foyer stairs descend into the expansive recreation room that has a fireplace with television over mantle and large seating area plus ample space for table sports and a nook for playing cards. A hallway with refrigerator and wine cellar leads to the fabulous home theatre and to the gym. This mirrored room opens to the spa room with a built-in hot tub, full bath, and sauna. With all the allure and romance of a storybook palace, this enchanting estate in a locale that feels like a vacation paradise, is ready to be the home of your dreams.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman