One of the New York metropolitan area’s most celebrated architects, Charles Lewis Bowman came out of the renowned New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White in the early 20th century to found his own practice. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Bowman designed several notable residences over the course of his career, including the Greenwich,Connecticut, property Old Mill Farm, an Elizabethan-inspired Tudor-style mansion owned for many years by actor Mel Gibson. Several other examples of his work, from Colonials to Tudors and Georgians, can be found in the Westchester County community of Bronxville, the site of over 50 Bowman homes. These properties remain highly sought after to this day for their architectural majesty and exceptional building materials. Now one of them has just come to the market through Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, offered at $1,575,000.
At 5 Rittenhouse Road lies a gorgeous Tudor-style home built in 1929, highlighting many of Bowman’s signature design elements. The 5,525-square foot residence is spacious and features excellent flow throughout, whether being used for grand entertaining or simple and comfortable family living. All of the floors offer standout design characteristics such as leaded windows and arched doorways, and the enormous living room, a centerpiece of the home, will leave guests marveling at its two-story cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and plaster reliefs, gently curving stairway, and grand limestone fireplace. With 13 rooms, seven bedrooms and five and a half baths, the home also highlights an intimate library, formal dining room, large kitchen with separate breakfast room and pantry, and charming windowed sun room.
Bowman is credited with having created much of the atmosphere of fine living offered in Bronxville, responsible not only for the design of many of its elegant mansions but also for how they sit in relation to and interact with the lovely streets they line. Today Bronxville’s quiet village environment is a haven for those seeking country living near the city, in a beautiful landscape full of architectural wonders. Only a 30-minute train ride from Grand Central Station, Bronxville is known for its recreational opportunities, including hiking throughout the area’s 70 acres of parkland and golfing at one of its courses. In fact, this Tudor-style residence directly overlooks the Siwanoy Golf Course’s 12th fairway, providing the home with superb views and year-round privacy. The home provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy both the area and one of its historic architectural masterpieces.
To schedule a private viewing, please contact listing agent Nancy Beers-Nix at (914) 787-0203.