If you have ever dreamed of owning a lock, this is your chance.
This $ 1.3 million, 31-room castle has all the romantic features including a six-story tower, Catholic chapel, and 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
The low price – Westchester County property isn't considered "luxury" until it hits the $ 2 million mark – is likely due in part to its location in Yonkers, which is still an interchangeable distance from Manhattan, As the previous two owners have proven, another possible factor: updates to the nine bedroom, six and a half bathroom property needed (more on this below).
"At this price point, it will attract a lot of prospects and will allow us to maximize the turnout (at the Open House on April 10th and 11th) and give everyone a chance to view the property," said listing broker Bryan Dale from Exp Realty to The Post.
This $ 1.3 million, 31-room castle has all the romantic features including a six-story tower, Catholic chapel, and 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.Realtor.com
The 6,000-square-foot American clapboard Victorian mansion has eight fireplaces, 100 windows, cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, Gothic sash windows, and exposed wooden ceiling beams, according to Realtor.com.
The third floor has a living room with a reading area. Realtor.com
A massive two-story, 150-foot wrap-around porch has a main level and an additional 80 foot lower level under fortress-like stone walls with semi-circular open-air windows. There were parties of up to 80 guests before the pandemic, Dale said.
"The porch has a lower level that contains large granite arches that hold the property like it was a medieval castle," added Dale.
A massive two story 150 foot porch has a main level and an additional 80 foot sub level. Realtor.com
In the foyer, every room on the first floor has a fireplace. The fireplace in the living room is labeled “Lisieux”, a region in France, and above it is labeled “God is our peace”. The tiled stone floor has several Persian rugs and gilded pairs of antique furniture with eclectic knickknacks that define the character of the house.
Through the pocket doors, the dining room has a large semicircular window and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a round fireplace. Realtor.com
Through the pocket doors, the dining room has a large semicircular window and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with a round fireplace. The room has hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, and a floor-to-ceiling mirror. A second dining room has an identical semicircular window, but features a white, tiled fireplace with Roman columns and a built-in niche for the display of sculptures.
A spacious family room was extended into the tower through a hallway, giving the room a partially circular shape. It has a brick fireplace, wooden floors and a grand piano.
A second dining room has an identical semicircular window, but features a white, tiled fireplace with Roman columns and a built-in niche for the display of sculptures.Realtor.com
After climbing wooden stairs and past a pew and Tiffany stained-glass windows, potential buyers will find eight bedrooms and four bathrooms, many with their own fireplaces, on the third and fourth floors. The third floor has a living room with a reading area.
"At that price, it will attract a lot of prospects and allow us to maximize the turnout," Exp Realty listing broker Bryan Dale told The Post.Realtor.com
On the fourth floor is a chapel that once held over 200 masses on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan before Dr. Paluel Flagg, the previous owner of the house, had them moved and reassembled in the castle. Dr. Flagg was the founder of the Catholic Medical Mission Board in 1912, which was later presided over by Emmy Award-winning Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, who held masses in the chapel, Dale said. (The Post was unable to independently confirm the source of the chapel.)
Climb up a wooden staircase and pass a pew and Tiffany stained-glass windows.Realtor.com
The tower extends to the fifth and sixth floors, which serve as a gym and observatory with 360-degree views, though it has an unfinished ceiling.
“The observation on deck offers a panoramic view. You can see the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades … you can go outside at the top of the lot, ”Dale said.
The basement has a laundry room, a workshop and an apartment with a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen.
One of the 6½ bathrooms. Realtor.com
Then and now
The house was built in 1892 for the President of the American Real Estate Company, E.K. Martin who developed the Park Hill neighborhood.
The sellers are a family of three generations who bought the 0.84 acre property for $ 140,000 in 1983. Carl and Colette Tiktin, a writer and a teacher, respectively, found the house advertised in a newspaper with their daughter shortly after their old house was destroyed in a gas explosion. They bought the house with Colette's sister Michele Shapiro and her husband, as well as the sisters' parents (who had the surname Lafond), according to a 1985 article.
One of the bedrooms.Realtor.com
The sellers repaired the house to its current condition, but it needs more love now. There is no central air conditioning or heating and the small kitchen is an investment opportunity with old appliances and outdated wooden cabinets. The bathrooms could be equipped with more luxurious appliances, as photos show.
“When they initially bought it, the house was in poor condition. They have completely restored it and returned it to its original state. They've been tending the property ever since, ”Dale said.
Other relatively cheap castles include a $ 675,000 castle in Lake Peekskill, Putnam County. More expensive options in the New York subway area include Derek Jeter's $ 12 million castle in Greenwood Lake, Orange County, and a $ 9.8 million Bridgerton-like castle in Connecticut.