NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - There are the unattainable castles in fairy tales and then there are the castles right down the block, such as the one at 55 Wildcliff Road in New Rochelle.
It is a majestic, turn-of-the-century stone home with the largest deeded beach in Westchester County, and it was once the summer residence of D.W. Griffith. In fact other celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford also spent time at the exclusive – and gated – estate.
And it can be yours for $3,950,000.
What will almost $4 million afford a prospective homeowner? Let’s start on the outside, where a private 300-foot driveway leads to a brick paved courtyard, lined with stone fountains, statuary, birdbaths, planters and intricate retaining stone walls.
Once down the long driveway, the 4,500-square-foot home is worth the wait. With panoramic views of the Long Island Sound, the sunrises and sunsets rival those of anywhere in the world.
Water is visible from almost every room in the house – including the four bedrooms and four and-a-half bathrooms -- not to mention from each balcony and deck. There is also a gazebo that sits near a waterfall, which circles a 70-foot pine tree.
And although the home is historic, it features some notably up-to-date details, including a movie theater and an authentic and updated English pub. There is also a well-equipped gym, sauna and steam room.
The home features some unique accessories, including an eight-burner gas range with a conventional oven, a Renato (Spago) wood burning/gas pizza oven, Hoshizaki sushi bar, temperature-controlled wine cellar with 100-bottle wine storage, a wet bar with wine/cigar humidor and a glass-enclosed butler's pantry.
There is radiant, in-floor heating, as well as towel warmers, a self-diagnostic heating system and a (color) video door-answering intercom (even Cinderella's castle could not make those claims). And if that’s not enough to hook you, there is an authentic dumb waiter from the basement, which services the first and second floors.
And just in case you were wondering, there is, of course, a bocce court.
For more information about this home, visit Julia B. Fee Realty.