The ultimate Snedens Landing property. Historic, with great provenance, private, turn key and extraordinary views of the Hudson River both inside and outside the home. The Watson or Ding Dong House, was built in the vernacular of a Hudson River Valley pre-revolutionary war, Dutch Farmhouse. The oldest section of the house was constructed of sandstone blocks, from a local quarry only a few hundred feet away, and features a Flemish roofline, or, overhang, to stay dry in bad weather. It's located only three houses from the Hudson River, with easy access, and two houses from Snedens Landing Tennis Association private court.
Ding Dong is situated on a gentle hill with commanding views of the water and the hills of Westchester in the distance. The home has been sensitively restored 4 to 5 years ago, in a way that's respectful to its past, but also lends itself to 21st Century living. This house and property underwent a $2.5M restoration over the last five years and is being sold fully furnished, with 18th and 19th century antiques, furnishings, and a collection of Hudson River art. It features 3 living rooms/dens, 3 en suite bedrooms, an "English kitchen", 4 working fireplaces, new slate roof, period moldings and doors, and an extraordinary rear porch overlooking the Hudson! Its rear yard is extremely private and offers a beautiful landscape with a mix of "wild" meets "manicured" plantings and trees. It features various entertaining areas, arbors, pool, outdoor shower, massive stone walls and steps. There is also a very sophisticated security system on the property which will remain.
The home was originally built by patriot, John Sneden, whose family ran the ferry from Snedens to Westchester, and they lived there for almost 200 years. Later the house was the first local library in Palisades, when the Watsons gave their collection of 300 books and house to be used by the public. And it was the first home of Francois and Mary Lawrence Tonetti, in the Landing (of their 25-30 homes!)... The Tonettis also introduced Snedens Landing to their circle of creative friends, from Augustus Saint-Gaudens, internationally recognized sculpture, Charles McKim, partner in America's favorite architectural firm at the time, Katherine Cornell, first lady of American theater (before Helen Hayes - who later lived up the road in Nyack) and many more. Many creative people in the arts and industry have occupied the home ever since its humble beginning. From Jerome Robbins to Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
The Watson or Ding Dong House, is an extraordinary home for extraordinary people. Nothing Compares. Snedens Landing is located in a historic district, neighborhood, in Palisades, NY. It is surrounded by the Hudson River on the east, Palisades Interstate Park (2,200 acres) on the south and Tallman State Park (732 acres) on the north. Numerous hiking trails can be accessed from the community, as well as kayaking on the Hudson. It feels very much today, as it did in the 18th and 19th centuries. Only 13 minutes from the GW bridge. 30 minutes to NYC. Special!