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Historic Mansion Rises To Beautiful Once Again

April 28, 2017 by Billionaire Addresses

‘Darlington’,  a mansion which has been called the ‘American Versailles’ by the world’s architectural elite, is an estate fit for royalty, and it’s now for sale in New Jersey.

The breathtaking megamansion boasts 50,000 square feet of magnificence and rarity, as featured on Christie’s International Real Estate. It’s available for purchase for $48 million in Mahwah, New Jersey, which is located just 25 miles from New York City.

The estate sits on over 12 acres with grand vistas of the surrounding Ramapo Mountains and Valley.

Detailed hand-carved woodwork permeates throughout the entire estate. The great hall features 30-foot-high ceilings and comes complete with one of, if not the only, 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organs in the US. The home was originally constructed in 1907 and has been meticulously renovated in the last seven years by the best wood carvers and the world’s top designers.

Darlington was the dream of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker; it was originally designed after a castle.
Crocker really liked the area of Mahwah, New Jersey as an escape from the rushed and crowded life of New York City, so he chose it for his vision.

The library’s 15-foot-high ceiling was painted by muralist James Wall Finn, whose other works include the Payne Whitney Mansion and the New York Public Library. The great hall features 30-foot-high ceilings; the rare 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ nearly reaches to the top of the room. There is a formal dining room, formal tea room and restaurant-style kitchen for those who like to entertain. The his-and-her master bedroom wing is ideal for interested parties with a live-in companion.

For those who wish to imbibe, the wine cellar and tasting room should suit just fine. To escape a bit from revelry, there is also a cigar room and beauty salon. Film and game enthusiasts will be pleased to know Darlington comes equipped with a theater, billiard room with bar, poker room and game room. The luxury spa with lap pool, steam room and sauna, massage and exercise rooms can be utilized for ultimate self-care and relaxation. A new living area of 12,000 square feet was added during the renovation of Darlington, which only added to the original character so expertly crafted by Crocker in 1907.

The majestic dwelling, modeled after an English castle nearly a century ago, rivals the historic Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island.

Over 100 years after the original construction, the renovation project again employed the most talented Italian wood carvers and the world’s top designers to bring the mansion into the 21st Century.

Darlington is available for purchase for $48 million in Mahwah, New Jersey, which is located just 25 miles from New York City.  Unfortunately you have to be a millionaire or billionaire to even look inside, let alone buy or live there. But we can dream……

From Christies Special Properties International:

‘Originally constructed in 1907 and meticulously renovated in the last seven years, this estate offers approximately 50,000 square feet of spectacular living space and more than 12 acres of marvelous grounds framed by the Ramapo Mountains.

‘The 58-room, three-story mansion that today is listed with both the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places was the dream of George Crocker, son of railroad magnate Charles Crocker. He saw in the area of Mahwah, New Jersey, an escape from the rushed and crowded life of New York City and ample space that would allow him to build the estate of his dreams.

‘The majestic dwelling, modeled after an English castle nearly a century ago, rivals the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and overlooks the Ramapo Valley.

The architect of the mansion was James Brite, who along with his partner, Henry Bacon, also created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington, DC, and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

‘During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated. In this process, the original architectural genius was retained and original precious materials were preserved. At the same time, all mechanical systems were replaced, all bathrooms were rebuilt, and a new living area of 12,000 square feet was added.

During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated; In this process, the original architectural genius was retained and original precious materials were preserved.

‘The renovation of the mansion was performed by a unique team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and local artists. Over 100 years after the original construction, the renovation project again employed the most talented Italian wood carvers (whose works include the Italian Parliament as well as the Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf-Astoria in New York City) and the world’s top designers to bring the mansion into the 21st Century.’

Thank you to Christie’s Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC for the images.

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