17 Iu Willets Rd - Old Westbury, New York
Old Westbury. Unique in every way, this enchanting century-old, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home will appeal to the romantic in us all while providing modern comforts so sought after in today’s busy world. Secluded on 2.5 magnificent park-like acres complete with scenic pond, this Hampton-style Colonial sits at the end of a private 500+ foot private road in the southern part of Old Westbury, known for its gorgeous residences and magnificent estates. Most notable is Old Westbury Gardens, the former Phipps estate. Also, enjoying a history of its own, dating back to just before the “Great Gatsby Era,” as part of a grand estate, this special home is loaded with historic charm and character. However, this delightful sun-drenched home has been beautifully updated in recent years both inside and out. Lowering its utility costs, the home was fitted with a 50-year-warranty roof, new copper gutters and leaders, solar panels, and insulated windows throughout. Its interior boasts hardwood floors, high ceilings with crown molding, gorgeous renovated kitchen and baths, and 3 fireplaces, one with natural gas. LOCATION: For well over a century, Old Westbury has been a favorite destination for Manhattan’s captains of industry and finance to make their home. Its gently rolling verdant hillsides are dotted with magnificent estates that testify of the love these men had for the beauty of the area. Convenient to major highways and railway, the area is approximately a half-hour commute to New York City. Dotted with golf courses, a polo club, three major universities, and convenience to boating, museums, and premier shopping, the village is as appealing today as ever. PROPERTY: Welcoming guests, a spacious circular driveway provides access to 2 entrances, one with a covered front porch and bull’s-eye window, and a rear entrance with patio and French doors. The attached 3-car garage is fully heated. To the north, neatly manicured emerald lawns sweep down to a mirror pond reflecting its verdant surroundings. To the south of the home, a large bluestone veranda and patio overlook exquisite landscaping that enfolds a sparkling inground pool (with replaced pool liner and pump) that enjoys an expansive brick surround and stacked-stone retaining walls. Tucked in a wooded corner of the property, a cottage-like shed (approximately 24’x14’) provides ample storage space. Upon entering the delightful, sun-drenched interior, guests will be transported back to a simpler time when Kris Cringle left his cane in a little girl’s dream home and Bing Crosby crooned in his Vermont inn. Every pristine detail invites one to sit and stay awhile to enjoy a roaring fire warming the spacious and sunny living room, with access to the rear porch, or the inviting formal dining room with its hand-carved antique mantle and wall of windows. A cozy den is the perfect retreat with its stone fireplace, built-in bookcases and cabinetry, and large box bay window. The totally renovated kitchen is a chef’s dream, featuring extensive, granite-topped, custom cabinetry with decorative backsplash, large center island and wet bar, plus high-end appliances including a 6-burner, double-oven gas range. Wide-plank wood floors flow into the generous adjoining breakfast room, with access to the patio, and to the spacious family room. Off the family room is a tiled foyer hallway with double French doors accessing the yard, as well as a full bath, lots of storage and a pantry closet. An office area accesses a laundry room, half bath, guest room and the three car garage. On the second floor, a palatial master suite includes a serene bedroom, walk-in closet and a stunning new master bath with mosaic tile, huge shower, free-standing soaking tub, and two console vanities. Two additional bedrooms are mirror images of each other and along with a fourth bedroom share a darling bath with tub/shower. A full, unfinished basement provides ample storage space. For those who love nature, the romance of the past, luxury modern-day comforts, and an ideal location, this special mini-estate is ideal.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman