Old Westbury. Driving along a beautiful Old Westbury road with lovely plantings andemerald lawns rolling off to grand residences, one comes upon asequestered property set on a gentle rise and completely hiddenfrom view by estate fencing and a thick wall of mature evergreensand trees. Tall brick stanchions with an electronic gate frame the entry to a long,tree-lined drive winding up and out of view. Little would passersby guess thatat the end of that drive is an historical and architectural gem, Horseshoe Hill,overlooking a magical wonderland of ancient wooded gardens, sweeping sunnylawns, stone terraces, pools, fountains, pavilions and tennis court - all meticulouslymaintained for maximum enjoyment.Equally impressive as its gorgeous four-acre grounds, the sprawling 8,500 squarefootmansion is truly a work of art. Designed by famed architect, Ulrich Franzen, in1976, for its present owners, the structure stands on the approximate footprint of whatwas once a Great Gatsby era splendid manor house built in 1891 and later acquiredby the Garvans, renowned art collectors who donated over 10,000 art objects to YaleUniversity. While keeping 2 of the original manors grand public rooms, purported tohave been imported from Europe, Franzen pursued a design that incorporated theirtimeless beauty into a sleek International style structure that enhanced their relevanceby playing counterpoint to their intricate and ornate detailing. This new minimalisticform of design had the additional advantage of allowing soaring walls of glass tooverlook the spectacular lawns and gardens, flooding the home with sunlight andnature unencumbered by elaborate interior design. Featured in many architecturaland design magazines for its revolutionary concept and flawless execution, thismagnificent home is now available to enthrall new owners who have a reverence forthe unique, for the historic and for living life to the fullest.Though varying in architectural styles in thegrounds and interior, there remains a strong unifyingelement. Striking beauty, an extreme attention todetail, superb craftsmanship and design as wellas high-end custom finishes are the hallmarks ofthis grand residence and surrounding property.Both the antique wedding cake molded-plastercove ceiling in the living room and the glass barrelceiling skylight in the library reflect the supeb talentof the architect and artisans who created them.Guests are greeted from the expansive front courtyard into a welcomingfoyer sparkling like a diamond with its walls of glass. Lustrous slateflooring flows through a gallery leading to the historic rooms that havebeen masterfully preserved in a museum-quality restoration. The livingroom fills one with fascination and awe with its antique Jacobean woodpaneling, Corinthian pilasters, towering plastered cove ceiling, antiqueparquet floors, majestic antique fireplace, and expansive box-bay windowswith rare antique leaded glass panes. Tall pocket doors open to thebreathtaking great room. A spectacular open-beam timber-truss cathedralceiling presides over original coffered oak paneling, a stunning antiquegreen marble fireplace and soaring arched windows, while custom built-infurniture breaks up the great expanse into intimate conversation areas.The remainder of the floor plan has beendesigned for luxurious modern living withevery amenity needed for comfort and easein entertaining. The banquet-sized 2-storydining room offers fabulous views of thesouth lawn and fountain through a curvedwall of glass. A state-of-the-art gourmetkitchen includes a walk-in pantry, centerisland, glass-walled breakfast area, andaccess to the laundry, staff/guest quarterswith bath, the attached 2-car garage andrear and side patios, ideal for al frescodining. Stairs in the gallery descend tothe lower level featuring a large wine cellar,billiards room, play room, den, cabanabath and changing room with direct accessout to the pool area. They also ascendto a den/balcony overlooking the diningroom and to the palatial master suite witha wall of glass overlooking the beautifulproperty. A lavish marble master bath hasall one could want in style and luxury. Fouradditional bedrooms on the first floor flankan inviting den with spiral staircase to thesky-lit library boasting a cozy fireplace andbookcases custom built by a well-knownFrench cabinet maker.Once one experiences the drama, the beautry, the history, and supreme serenity of this grand estate, one will understandthe vision of its noted architect and the love and tender care its present owners have given it for the past 36 years.LOCATION: For well over a century,Old Westbury has been a favoritedestination for Manhattans captainsof industry and finance to maketheir home. Its gently rolling verdanthillsides, dotted with horse farms andmagnificent estates, testify to the lovethey had for the beauty of the area.Convenient to major highways andrailway, the community is approximatelya half-hour commute to New York City.With access to golf courses, polo,major universities, boating, museums,and premier shopping, the village is asappealing today as ever.
Old Westbury. Spectacular New Construction Gem In The Heart Of Old Westbury. This Stately 6-Bedroom, 5.5-Bath Home Is Set On Over 2 Flat Beautiful Acres Of Landscaped Lawns. With Its Own Captivating Character, The Home Features An Open Layout With Lots Of Natural Light Shining Throughout, All...
Listing ID 3098826
Courtesy of: Douglas Elliman Roslyn
Office Phone: 516.621.3555
Listing Agent: Maria Babaev
Updated: 22nd February, 2019 5:39 AM.
20 Horseshoe Rd Old Westbury, NY