Our Featured Real Estate Listing this week - presented by Marilyn Szczerbiak with Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - is an Old World Georgian Colonial previously purchased by JP Morgan and Wally Szczerbiak.
This magnificent property - the Upland Farms Estate in Cold Spring Harbor has quite a history to it. Originally built in 1910 for Effingham Lawrence (the namesake of Lawrence Hill Road) - the home was later purchased by JP Morgan as a wedding gift for his daughter Jane and her husband George Nichols.
In 1920, the Nichols family began raising cattle and also ran a dairy at the Uplands Farm Estate until 1962. Jane Nichols eventually donated three parcels of the estate to the Nature Conservancy. Upon her death in 1981, additional parcels were acquired - and today the 'Uplands Farm Sanctuary' is dedicated to her memory. This land which was originally part of the estate is where evidence gathered by Nichols on the effects of DDT that had been sprayed on the farm was used in a lawsuit that ended with the pesticide’s ban in the 1970s. It is also the location where Barbara McClintock raised corn for research that earned her a Nobel Prize in 1983.
The home itself has changed over the years. One entire wing of the home was removed during World War II when, in a time of scarce resources, Nichols decided to donate the copper, wood, and other materials from the structure to the government for utilization in the war effort.
In 2013, the home was purchased for $5.3M by Wally and Shannon Szczerbiak. Wally Szczerbiak is a former NBA All-Star - and this property happened to be just around the corner from his childhood home.
An extensive, three year, multi-million dollar restoration and renovation project ensued. During this renovation, Shannon Szczerbiak sought out the original plans of the missing wing of the home - and had it recreated with painstaking attention to detail; hiring Architect A.T. Gray to replicate the original structure down to even matching the original brick!
As you would likely imagine, the home today is in absolute showpiece condition. Standing in regal elegance on the remaining 5.44 secluded acres of the original spread; this Old World, 4 story, brick Georgian Colonial with 22,000 square feet of living space boasts 8 bedrooms and 10 full PLUS 4 half bathrooms.
Pass through the iron gates and drive up the long, winding driveway. Enter into the home's 17 rooms - which are sublimely decorated and include a seamless balance of original moldings and chandeliers plus renovation $$$ blatantly on display everywhere in the quality and craftsmanship of the new finishes and decor throughout.
The vast eat-in kitchen and formal dining rooms are absolutely opulent.
There's a conservatory, library, bar, game room, and a jaw-dropping media room / movie theater.
Fireplaces are seemingly around every corner - but if it's comfort you're seeking, the master bedroom (featuring views of Cold Spring Harbor) with a private balcony plus an over-the-top elegant en suite offers up enough luxurious coziness that you may never want to get dressed into daytime attire and leave these sleeping quarters to face the day. True tranquility, relaxation, and contentment can be yours, even in just this single bedroom :-)
Need a little more? How about the in-ground saltwater pool? The pool house with its own well-equipped kitchen. The playground? The courtyard? The Cold Spring Harbor schools?
Still not enough? Did we mention there's a regulation size basketball court, too?
Even more? Trust us, we've only scratched the surface of this home's features and amenities. If there's an interest level - and your net worth puts you in the position to cover the list price of this mansion (plus the $133,000+ annual property tax bill) then you should definitely call or text Marilyn Szczerbiak to put in your offer today! Don't forget to tell her you read about this home on Living Huntington :-)
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300 Lawrence Hill Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
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Writing by Eric Taubert