A home can be much more than meets the eye. An impressive appearance is often coupled with a rich and compelling history. Such is the case with Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s new listing, “The Griffin Homestead.” Originally built in 1711, the residence is alleged to be one of the oldest existing homes in all of Westchester County. Represented by agent Virginia Leone and offered at $2,375,000, the house retains a timeless Colonial feel, remaining relatively unchanged besides a few 18th and 19th century additions reflecting the American architectural styles of the times.
Original features such as hand-hewn beams, plank and nail wood flooring, fireplaces, doors and hardware, and wainscoted windows in the formal living room fill the interior of the home. The restored kitchen features late 19th-century cabinetry, marble countertops and modern stainless steel appliances. The residence’s second level contains a master suite with a dressing room, contemporary bathroom and private office as well as four additional bedrooms, which contain two of the home’s five fireplaces. The third level is comprised of an au-pair suite, which includes two bedrooms, a sitting room and one and a half baths. Classic details blend with modern amenities seamlessly throughout the home, as can be seen in the bright center hall, which leads to both the living room and a gracious dining room with fireplace.
The historical significance of “The Griffin Homestead” is just as extraordinary as its physical beauty. The home is built along the trail of one of the Revolutionary War’s defining contests, The Battle of White Plains. Fought on October 28, 1776, this battle pit General George Washington’s Continental Army against the soldiers of British General William Howe. The British General landed troops in Westchester County hoping to interfere with George Washington’s escape route, but when Washington became aware of the attack, he ordered his troops to retreat further north. Although the Continental Army ultimately established its position in the Village of White Plains, the soldiers never gained firm control over the local area’s high ground, and, as a result, Howe’s troops drove Washington’s from a nearby hill, ultimately defeating them in battle.
“This property is a truly remarkable piece of history in Westchester County,” said listing agent Leone. “It’s no wonder why the residence is one of the oldest, continually occupied homes in the nation. It offers the ideal combination of today’s luxuries in a timeless, historic atmosphere, and I am honored to help share its story with all future homeowners.”
Given its remarkable story and tangible beauty, the “Griffin Homestead” is certain to be a prized property for its next homeowner.