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Hot Property: An Adored Family Gem

By Megan Montemarano

The structural bones of this beloved antique Colonial in Pelham Manor, N.Y., have provided more than just a home for its adoring inhabitants. Owned by the same family since its construction in 1921, 680 Ely Avenue has the foundation of a strong ancestral past, where memories, people and love have grown. So much love, in fact, that the family has refused to let it go despite its vacancy for the past 50 years. Although the recent decision to part with the home was difficult, a few years after the passing of their grandmother, the family felt that it was finally time to let go. “The homeowners are very attached to the residence,” comments Bronxville agent Holly Mellstrom, who currently represents the listing, which is now for sale and offered at $1,599,000. “They have owned and maintained this treasured family gem, even when it was empty, since the very day it was built.”

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Constructed of the finest quality, the iconic stone estate boasts impressively large, airy rooms and a seamless layout for everyday living and entertaining. The living, dining, and sun room each have a working fireplace, adding great warmth to an already charming atmosphere. “The delft tiles around the dining room fireplace were hand-collected by the grandson in his travels to Europe as a boy,” adds Mellstrom. “His father suggested they be used as a surround for that fireplace. Each tile is unique—there are no two alike.” A number of additional personal touches and mementos of yesteryear appear throughout the home as well, offering unusual, vintage details that Mellstrom describes as a step back in time. “It’s truly quite amazing.”

Other historic features include beautiful parquet floors and an original slate roof that has been totally restored by hand, slate-by-slate. The master suite contains its own dressing room, four closets and a 13×19 sitting room. The .56-acre property also offers a two-car garage with original chauffer’s quarters above. “There was even a private gas pump for the family car,” says Mellstrom. “It is said that the chauffeur was the president of the Pelham Drivers Association.”

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The historic residence is now ready to shape more lives as it begins the next chapter of its journey.

For more information on the property, located at 680 Ely Avenue, please visit our website here. You can also contact listing agent Holly Mellstrom by phone at 914.224.3867, or by email at Holly.Mellstrom@Juliabfee.com.

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