Nearly a century ago, Rosario Candela set out to build his own private residence: a magnificent Mediterranean-style mansion fit for royalty
In the heart of Harrison, New York’s picturesque Sterling Ridge, where emerald landscape meets azure skies, stands a stately stone mansion with a unique history: it was designed by architect Rosario Candela as his own private estate. Situated on 2.71 private acres, the Westchester County estate is located about 45 minutes from New York City, where some of the most iconic and luxurious apartment buildings, at some of the most coveted addresses, bear the architectural maestro’s designs.
The 10,000+ square-foot, four-level home, completed in 1934, has since been lovingly restored and renovated to include state-of-the-art amenities, yet it continues to pay homage to the quality and dignity Candela envisioned when he embarked on its construction, which took seven years. “The present owners have taken great care in renovating this elegant home by keeping the integrity of the architect’s design. A master’s touch is evident throughout,” says listing agent Maria Stilo.
The one-of-a-kind residence, with its Ludowici tiled roof, wraparound slate terraces, and Romeo and Juliet balcony, makes a royal impression. Style, form and attention to detail are evident throughout, as well as on the estate’s grounds, lush with manicured lawns, fruit orchards and gardens. “The wow-factor begins as one approaches this magnificent estate stone home,” says Stilo. A sumptuous, heated pool boasts a pool house, complete with full kitchen, sitting area with fireplace and two baths.
The grandeur flows into the home as one enters the spacious entrance hall, with its soaring, two-story hand-painted plaster ceiling and circular staircase with original hand-carved banisters leading to the upper levels. An expansive, 50-foot sunken living room features a fireplace, hand-painted plaster ceiling finials and French doors that open onto the terrace. The home’s dining room is equally impressive with its hand-painted touches overhead and tri-color hardwood inlaid floor underfoot. A slate-floored sunroom opens onto the terrace and is connected to the dining room and library. A warm and welcoming state-of-the art kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances, custom cherry wood cabinetry, granite countertops, a large center island and a breakfast counter. Tradition and modern amenities blend seamlessly as evidenced by the kitchen’s Travertine marble, hand-carved farm sink and nearby retracting appliance docking shelves, warming and beverage drawers and wine refrigerator. An adjacent breakfast area and sunken family room with coffered ceiling provides a warm and welcoming gathering place.
Ultimate comfort and luxury abound on the home’s upper levels, where five en-suite bedrooms are situated. An exquisite master bedroom features a fireplace and step-up sitting room with adjoining master bath and original hand-painted ceiling. One flight up, a private office/exercise room offers a romantic Romeo and Juliet balcony, walk-out terrace, delft tiled wood-burning fireplace and powder room.
The home’s lower level includes an expansive playroom, office/staff quarters and a 950-bottle capacity, climate-controlled wine cellar with a stone floor, terra cotta wine racks and a tasting area. “Incredible,” is how Stilo describes the state-of-the-art home theater, which allows seating for 22, with its 161-inch projection screen and surround sound system, 11 custom power reclining seats, wet bar and gas fireplace. An elevator services all levels, and a security system is outfitted throughout, as is WiFi and an iPad-controlled sound system.
“This home is an estate, to have formal gatherings, but it is also very much a family home,” says Stilo. “Everyone’s home is their castle, but this castle really is a home.”
63 Osborn Road in Harrison, New York (MLS ID: 4512871) is offered at $8,775,000 USD. For more information, contact Rye Brokerage agent Maria Stilo at +1 914 393 5318 or firstname.lastname@example.org