Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Lists Victorian Home of Timeless Character Featured in Major Motion Picture “Mona Lisa Smile” 


Magnificent home overlooking Hudson River served as a location for the 2003 Julia Roberts film

Yonkers, N.Y. – September 28, 2015 – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm has listed a Victorian home in Yonkers, N.Y., where scenes from the popular movie drama “Mona Lisa Smile,” starring Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts, were filmed. The residence, which is now for sale, is co-listed by Scarsdale agents Dawn Knief and Mary Burr, and offered at $749,000.

“Mona Lisa Smile” follows the story of Katherine Ann Watson, a 30-year-old graduate student who takes a position teaching the history of art at Wellesley College, a private women’s institution in Massachusetts. Determined to share her love for art and make a difference for the next generation of women, Katherine sways from the usual curriculum, introducing modern art and spirited discussions about various topics including the meaning of Mona Lisa’s smile. Over the course of the school year, Katherine becomes close to many of her students, inspiring them to strive beyond the social expectations and limitations of women in the 1950s.

In 2003, various scenes from the film were shot in the beautifully restored home, which was originally built in 1900, boasting an authentic Victorian style. The residence enjoys views of the Hudson River from various angles of the property, including its western-facing wraparound porch. Upon immediate entrance, one will find stately and distinctive period architecture including large columns, moldings, stone details and more. Continuing on inside the six-bedroom, three and a half-bath home, other well-maintained features and finishes such as high ceilings, arched doorways, restored woodwork, Venetian plaster walls and three detailed fireplaces remain. While preserving these timeless qualities, the home also boasts various modern amenities including a sophisticated sound system with built-in speakers in every room, a high tech security system, smart-home controls for lighting and sound, as well as new bathrooms and a renovated eat-in kitchen with high end appliances, a farm sink, pantry and doors that open to an inviting porch with sunset views of the Hudson.

“This residence contains incredible architectural details and is filled with character and charm,” said Knief. “It exemplifies one-of-a-kind classic features and style, while at the same time presenting a loving restoration to meet today’s must-have amenities and conveniences—the best of both worlds.”

“The property is certainly a great place to call home,” added Burr.  “Situated in a fabulous location overlooking the Hudson, just 30 minutes from the heart of New York City, this well preserved home is one to surely be remembered.”

An organic vegetable garden and separate garage that could be converted into a carriage house or home office complete the scenic property.

For more information on the property, located at 196 Shonnard Terrace, please visit the firm’s website here.

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.3-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 26 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at williampitt.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:  

Dawn Knief

Real Estate Agent




Mary Burr

Real Estate Agent



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