Orange County's Historic Sengen House Listed Publicly for the First Time

Four generations of the same family have lived in the sprawling compound since it was built in 1902.



Location: 6 Sengen Lane, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Description: The Hudson Valley is justly famous for its grand and historic estates from bygone eras, many with still spectacular views of the Hudson River in every season. In the Orange County village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, a historic family estate known as Sengen House is being listed publicly for sale for the first time since it was built at the turn of the last century.

The stone and timber house was built by the Ledoux family, one the early families of Cornwall. Renee Ledoux married Army Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Sands, a 1929 graduate of nearby West Point. Sands, who died in 1984, commanded troops in the Korean War and was a senior member and administrator of the War Department at the Pentagon. He was also an accomplished fencer who participated in the Olympic Games of 1936. His wife died in 1979.

And now the fourth generation of the family, the Sands' granddaughter Renee Sands Tobin and her husband, Brad Tobin, have decided to sell the home.


If you like living large, this 20-acre property has it all, with a 9,000-square-foot main house that boasts seven generously proportioned bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The main house, which was built in 1902, is made for entertaining, with grand and stylish public rooms and four outdoor porches.

Wait, there’s more. The rambling compound includes a two-bedroom, one-bath caretaker cottage attached to the main home and a detached two-bedroom, two-bath carriage house that’s ideal for guests or perhaps as an Airbnb rental. The carriage house also has garage space and horse stalls. 

Asking price: $2,395,000

Selling points: The mountaintop estate is forested and quite private. The four outdoor porches offer unobstructed vistas of Black Rock Forest and Schunemumk Mountain and views to the distant Catskill Mountains. Architectural and design details include an updated modern kitchen, wood-burning fireplaces, custom millwork, beamed ceilings, original hardwood floors and arched doorways.

Listing agent: Jacob Matthews, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Click here for more information about this historic family estate in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

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