Stunning French Normandy Estate
A French-inspired estate with panoramic views of posh Tuxedo Park? Oui, s'il vous plaît! Today, we're stepping inside a chateau-like residence overlooking the Ramapo Mountains and all three of Tuxedo's magnificent lakes.
As the name suggests, the French Normandy style was modeled after farmhouses in the Normandy region of France, characterized by stone or brick exteriors, circular towers and decorative half timbering. The style came into vogue in America after World War I.
Known as Stoneleigh Hall, this particular Norman-inspired residence was designed by Frederick Foster and constructed in 1928 entirely of hand-cut stone. More than 80 years later, many original details remain intact, including leaded glass windows, beamed ceilings and hand-carved mantels.
Fun fact: The estate was originally built for Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tuckerman, the parents of famed interior designer Dorothy Draper. According to the listing, the home and its grand entertaining halls have hosted presidents, governors, senators and celebrities. Not a bad pedigree for the (reduced) $2.95 million price tag. Would you call this historic estate home?