Concierge Auctions Sells Historic Manor in Tuxedo Park, New York At Live, On-Site Auction: Aggressive Sales and Marketing Campaign Surrounding Historic New York Estate Generates 93 Buyer Prospects, 9 Bidders and a Successful Sale
TUXEDO PARK, NY – November 19, 2010 – Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that Topridge, a stately Tuxedo Park Manor estate on 19.3 manicured acres only a 60 minute drive to Midtown Manhattan in New York City, sold today at a live, on-site auction. The luxury auction was conducted in cooperation with listing agent Cindy Booth of Towne & Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. The buyer was also represented by Towne & Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.
“As a client of Sotheby’s Auction House, I’m both familiar with and confident in the auction format as the most efficient process to produce the highest value for the finest, most unique items,” stated Topridge seller, Heidi Steiger. “I was extremely impressed by the Concierge team. They followed through on every promise and generated more showings in five weeks than the property had experienced in nearly three years on the market. Concierge clearly knows how to separate premier properties from the pack and garner the focus of qualified buyers. I’m thrilled they were able to generate today’s sale, and I can now move on with my future endeavors.”
Concierge Auctions’ global outreach produced 93 prospects and 9 bidders. The five-week marketing campaign generated an impressive 3,257 visits to the auction website from 59 countries (led by the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Sweden) and 48 US states (led by NY, NJ, CA and TX).
Comprised of approximately 12,000 square feet of living space, Topridge rests on 19.3 magnificent acres with manicured lawns and original hand-hewn stone walls. The 7-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom estate offers spectacular lake and mountain views as well as gardens that have been carefully designed to bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. The stately Georgian manor designed by Delano and Aldrich was carefully constructed in 1909 of native stone and stucco and reflects the elegant, peaceful country living that it has provided in Tuxedo Park for nearly 100 years.
Convenient to the New York State Thruway (I-87) and buses and trains to New York City, Tuxedo Park is the ideal business and leisure commuter location. Shopping and dining facilities are nearby as are both public and private schools. Recreational activities abound including fishing, boating, swimming at the Wee Wah Beach Club, skiing at nearby Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, golf and hiking the vast trails of Harriman State Park.
“This auction was a significant accomplishment for our team, as it marks our third successful sale in the tri-state area in just the last three weeks,” stated Concierge Auctions CEO George Graham. “As inventory levels continue to pose a challenge nationwide, our process is the solution for sophisticated, capable sellers who seek a guaranteed solution to monetize their luxury properties. This is an exciting time for Concierge Auctions, and we look forward to parlaying our success towards accomplishing the goals of more tri-state sellers in the days ahead.”
Tuxedo Park Manor Estate
About Topridge Historic Manor
Topridge, an exceptional and stately Delano and Aldrich designed Tuxedo Park Manor estate, carefully constructed in 1909 of native stone and stucco, is impeccably restored and maintained and is located only one hour from New York City. Comprised of approximately 12,000 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, the estate elegantly rests on 19.3 magnificent acres with manicured lawns and extensive gardens with original hand hewn stone walls, offering spectacular lake and mountain views as well as gardens which have been carefully designed to bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall and complete privacy.
The sweeping lawns and property are fenced by intricate, hand-cast custom wrought iron and are ideal for a tennis court, pond, croquet or grand scale outdoor entertaining. A separate original tea house with native fieldstone fireplace and a children’s playhouse are part of this exceptional estate and ideal for summer entertaining.
A formal, gated entrance and long meandering curved drive gives way to a sweeping circular entry flanked by stone pillars and spectacular century-old stone walls accentuated by a lovely flowing fountain. The stately Georgian manor, designed by renowned architects Delano and Aldrich, was carefully constructed in 1909 of native stone and stucco and reflects the elegant, peaceful country living that it has provided in Tuxedo Park for nearly one hundred years.
French doors open to the formal entry with black and white marble-floored rotunda. The rotunda, with domed, hand-painted ceiling and beautiful wood burning fireplace, provides access to the grand salon, formal dining room, library and ground floor suite through four separate sets of 14-foot architectural Palladian French doors. The large formal grand salon overlooks the terrace and manicured lawns.
Abundant windows provide natural light, as well as commanding views of Tuxedo Lake and the Ramapo Mountains. Soaring ceilings with intricate hand-carved moldings, an imposing antique fireplace with original marble mantel and fine architectural details are featured. A wonderful state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen complex provides every amenity a chef could wish for with custom cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, two Subzero refrigerator/freezers, Dynasty gourmet cook stove, compactor and wine cooler. Pillowed limestone flooring, imported from Mexico, is featured in the kitchen, as well as the adjacent formal butler’s pantry with granite counters, double warming ovens and a full bar facility.
The formal dining room is spacious enough for grand-scale entertaining and has a lovely fireplace with original marble mantel. Beautiful original hardwood floors have been restored in the dining room, as well as the rest of the home, and are comprised of oak and tiger maple. A powder room is conveniently located in the hallway adjacent to the living room and dining room. A charming morning room, ideal for a leisurely breakfast or casual dinner, has its own private brick courtyard garden, and access to the new greenhouse, which is an exact replica of the original greenhouse previously located on the site.
A spacious exercise room (also suitable for a study or home office) is ideally located near the extensive pool wing, which features a full wet bar, billiards area and fifty-foot heated pool for swimming regardless of the weather outside. A state-of-the-art system services this chlorine-free pool. Extensive flagstone terracing compliments the pool, as well as providing beautiful garden views. An elegant powder room completes this section of the home.
The wing on the other side of the central rotunda has a beautiful chestnut wood paneled library with fireplace, perfect for an aperitif or cup of tea and a good book. Floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves are featured. The ground floor suite includes three bedrooms, three full baths and a living room with kitchenette, ideal for either children/au pair quarters, guest quarters, or simply for those who prefer bedroom possibilities on the main floor. Two fireplaces are featured, and access to expansive lawns and gardens through a separate entrance complete the suite.
The second floor is ascended by a graceful, grand curved staircase. Three spacious family bedrooms and two full baths en suite provide total privacy. The master suite is graciously sized and has spectacular views. A large fireplace with original marble mantel, and a new marble master bath with steam shower are featured. Spacious walk-in closets as well as a large cedar closet provide ample storage.
A second floor office with built-ins is ideally located overlooking a media/screening room with drop-down home theater screen and surround sound. This sled contained family area on the second floor has been carefully planned to provide a less formal alternative for intimate evenings at home.
A separate staircase leads to a third suite with two additional bedrooms and an adjoining marble bath with Swedish sauna. Also offered is a stand up attic easily finished for additional living space or storage.
About Tuxedo Park, NY
Over a hundred years ago Pierre Lorillard IV created his breathtakingly beautiful sportsman’s preserve out of a mountain wilderness and created an enclave of mansions and beautifully designed homes by the best known architects of the day, clustered around three sparkling lakes beneath the lovely Ramapo Mountains. The roads wind through 2,500 acres of parkland, charming because of its craggy, unspoiled beauty and free of overcrowding and suburban development, this historic district is a tribute to spectacular architecture and environmental planning. Tuxedo Park is a well preserved village that lies peacefully beyond a manned gate house that provides absolute privacy and security.
Tuxedo Park showcases residences, some of which date back to 1885, when Pierre Lorillard commissioned Bruce Price, a famous turn of the century architect, to build the first 13 summer cottages. In only eight months, their crew of 1800 European laborers built 30 miles of roads bordered by possibly some of the most beautiful stone walls to be seen today. Lorillard encouraged Price to exploit the rough materials found in the area and to subordinate the design of the residences in the natural beauty of the environment. As more homes were built between 1885 and the early 1900’s, nearly every important style of American domestic architecture was represented, including Tudor, Spanish Mission, Georgian, Jacobean, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne and Dutch Colonial Revival. The architects whose work appears in Tuxedo Park reads like a Who’s Who of the times, including McKim, Mead and White, James Renwick, Jr. William A. Bates, James Brown Lord, Richard Howland Hunt, Robert Robertson, Warren and Wetmore, and Delano and Aldrich, just to name a few. Few communities in the country retain such a remarkable number of significant residences in such pristine condition.
All this, in less than one hour’s drive from New York City. Convenient to the New York State Thruway (I-87) and commuter buses and trains to New York City. An easy commute to all three New York metro airports and Stewart Airport is less than an hour away. Shopping and dining facilities are nearby as are both public and private schools. Recreational activities abound, including fishing, boating, swimming at the Wee Wah Beach Club, skiing at nearby Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, golf, and hiking the vast trails of Harriman State Park.
“A place where a man who has to work in New York City may live the year round, where there is the highest altitude, the least number of miles from town, a place where little children may be allowed to run at large in safety – in other words as a most beautiful place of permanent homes, Tuxedo Park is nearly as ideal as can be found.” – Emily Post, 1911
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