A South Nyack Mansion Delivers Old-Time Charm
The 1854 abode mixes handcrafted details with the latest in modern design.
Photos courtesy of Donna Cox, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
122 S Franklin St, Nyack
5 beds, 5 baths
5,664 sq ft
Year Built: 1854
School District: Nyack Union Free School District
Taxes: $ 38,574
The list of people connected to the Ross-Hand Mansion, which sits atop a knoll that offers beautiful views of the Hudson River and the Village of South Nyack, is a veritable who’s who in Americana. The mansion was built as a summer home for architect Azariah Ross, who designed Central Park’s stone bridges and the stone retaining wall around the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Intricate carpentry was added by later owner William H. Hand, known for his work in Newport’s mansions. Hand’s grandson, also named William, was the assistant of Thomas Edison.The pair worked together in a barn on the property that now houses a garage and a home gym.
Oh, and did we mention that four acres of property were originally designed by renowned landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing? All that being said, here’s what you’d be doing with it:
There are seven fireplaces throughout the home: some are in the main gathering rooms such as the library and the living room, while others grace some of the five bedrooms. The kitchen has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the front and back yards, and also features an exposed brick wall. Its center work island, two SubZero refrigerators, and two dishwashers are perfect for homeowners who like to entertain. In keeping with modern times, the home is outfitted with smart features that allow remote operation of lights, security systems, etc., via an iPad or iPhone.
Upstairs is a new master suite, a private au-pair suite, an en-suite guest room, and two additional bedrooms.
A greenhouse and a wrap-around veranda round out this stunning property, which is only a minute or two from the NYS Thruway and the Mario Cuomo Bridge.