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Riverdale Estate Blends Victorian-Era Styling A Stone Exterior And Modern Amenities
Sandra Galuten designed the highest home in the Bronx with her husband, Jerry.
Take the class of Riverdale, add in some Vatican opulence, plus a tiny dose of the Plaza Hotel and what do you get?The most expensive house in the Bronx.
The dining room features a hand-painted ceiling, marble fireplace and dark parquet floors. Priced at $11 million, the 1928 Estate at Chapel Farm has been painstakingly restored by Sandra Galuten and her husband, Jerry, after they bought it 25 years ago from Manhattan College.The conservatory has glasses ceilings and slate flooring, along with eccentric furnishings.
The multimillion-dollar restoration included tile from the Holy See, a replica marble fireplace like the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., a chandelier from The Plaza and fresco paintings on the ceiling.The $11 million home at 360 W. 253rd St. sits at the highest point in the Bronx at 280 feet above sea level.
“One worker stayed here 41/2 years finishing the ceiling work,” said Galuten, whose husband was in advertising and an avid model train hobbyist who had an extensive setup in the house’s loft-like top floor. “This home is about details.”Built by an Episcopal group embracing tolerance, the house sits at the highest point in the Bronx, 280 feet above sea level at the top of 253rd St.The first floor has a cocktail lounge and a full bar.
“The place was a wreck when we got it,” said Galuten, who purchased all the finishes and furnishings at auctions. “All that you see came from us.”The chandelier in the foyer is from the Plaza Hotel and the stair well features stained-glass windows.
The house contains 7 bedrooms, five full-baths, three half-baths, four wet bars, a hot tub, French doors in the master bath that open at the touch of a button, hobby room and workshop on the top floor, fully wired security, phones in every bathroom, wine cellar, barbecue pit in the kitchen, walk-in freezer, glass-roof conservatory and a cocktail lounge.The Game Room of the manse highlights the homeowner's collections including antique slot machines, a billiards table and a train set. The 14,000-square-foot home sits on a 2.3-acre lot that has a koi pond, gazebo and circular driveway.The big house needs a big sales strategy. Led by Ayo Haynes and Greta Pryor, the Halstead Property team is five agents large. Haynes narrated a five-minute video tour for the home, which hit the market last year at $15 million.
Stained-glass windows from Tiffany's and LaFarge are placed throughout the homes. Here is the powder room. “We were realistic,” said Haynes. “It’s priced to sell. For this kind of space, it’s not expensive. It’s like living in the middle of nature in New York City.”So what’s it missing? There’s no garage.
Dark marble surrounds the hot tub off the master bedroom. “Are you kidding?” said the broker. “There’s room for as big a garage as you want on this property, and a pool.”For more go to estateatchapelfarm.com. Haynes and Pryor share the listing with Halstead colleagues Judy Oston, Don Correia and Daniel Wright.
Ceilings in the home are hand-painted, designed by Sandra Galuten, who restored the home with her husband.
A stone stairway leads to the home's front door. If Liberace or Elvis were alive today, this home could sell as is. The gourmet kitchen has commerical quality appliances and a barbeque pit. A walk-in freezer is in the basement of the home. The living room includes a replica fireplace of one in the White House.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013