Built in 1907 and meticulously renovated in the last seven years, Darlington has been praised by architectural enthusiasts as the “American Versailles“.
Just 25 miles outside of New York City, the 50,000 square foot mansion is on more than 12 acres of beautiful grounds surrounded by the Ramapo Mountains.
George Crocker, the son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker sought an escape from the rushed life of New York City and had the estate modeled on an English castle nearly a century ago.
The 58-room, three-story mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rivaling the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, architect James Brite, along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Memorial. No wonder the exterior looks more like an Ivy League school than a private residence.
During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated bringing it into the 21st Century with everything you could possibly want:
- Detailed hand-carved woodwork throughout, originally carved by master carver John H. Elliott
- Great hall with 30-foot-high ceiling and 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ, one of, if not the only one, in the U.S.
- Library with 15-foot-high ceiling painted by muralist James Wall Finn
- Formal dining room, formal tea room, restaurant-style kitchen
- Double master wing
- Wine cellar and tasting room, cigar room, beauty salon
- Theater, billiard room with bar, poker room, game room
- Luxury spa with lap pool, steam room and sauna, massage and exercise rooms
- Tennis court with cabana, two fountains, two pergolas, a gazebo, outdoor pool with cabana
- Gatehouse, eight-car garage, staff quarters with five suites and lounge
You know it’s expensive because the Christie’s listing online just says,
PRICE UPON REQUEST.
But my spies tell me the asking price is around $50 million.