Beyond the off-center staircase hall, a ballroom-size living room has an 11-and-a-half-foot ceiling. Three sets of French doors open to a side terrace. Wide plank oak floors run throughout the downstairs, with French parquet in the owner’s study, a later addition.
“It is a superbly designed house,” Mr. Rinaldini said. “Some of the Gilded Age mansions were over the top. This is restrained, but you can tell the quality is really good. The details are refined.”
The sizable kitchen has glass-fronted cabinets, mahogany countertops and opens to an ample breakfast room.
Pointing out the adjacent potting terrace on a FaceTime tour, Ms. Smith noted: “This is a serious country gentleman’s estate.”
Upstairs, the main suite has an adjacent sunroom, two bathrooms and two fireplaces, one in the bedroom and one in a dressing room. Four family bedrooms and a nanny’s room have en suite baths. A warren of smaller rooms was transformed to a family hangout.
The estate has been a setting for films including the “The Bourne Legacy,” Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and “Cafe Society,” and Sofia Coppola’s upcoming “On the Rocks.” On television, it has appeared in “Royal Pains,” “Gossip Girls,” “Madame Secretary,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “The Good Wife.”
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/22/realestate/gold-coast-estate-for-sale.html