$5 Million Homes in New York, the District of Columbia and Michigan



Built in the Hudson Highlands as a summer house for Edwards Pierrepont, a New York lawyer who served as Attorney General under Ulysses S. Grant, this 20-room brick house was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, an influential architect of the day. A precursor of the design was published in the 1850 book “The Architecture of Country Houses” as “a villa in the pointed style.”

The property, known as the Hurst-Pierrepont estate, remained with the family until the 1960s, during which time it received a tower with plumbing and a large, multistory kitchen wing. It is a half-mile east of the Garrison train station, with about 90 minutes travel time to Midtown Manhattan, 53 miles south.

The sellers have owned the house since 1997, having lived more than two decades before that in a carriage house (also designed by Davis) on the property. They replaced the slate roof in 2006, installing copper downspouts and gutters.

Size: 7,500 square feet

Price per square foot: $660

Indoors: The symmetry of the original Davis design is on display from the covered entrance porch (with three bays on either side of the arched front door) to the 35-foot-long entrance hall with a keyhole staircase spiraling up on either side of a huge Gothic window. Pocket doors open on the right to a parlor with a sunroom (and a study beyond) and on the left to a dining room with a bar area (and a large butler’s pantry beyond). The principal rooms have 12-foot ceilings, ornate moldings, gilded mirrors and diamond-paned windows.

The late-19th-century kitchen includes floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a painted, stamped-metal ceiling, a tile-topped island and a vintage wood stove.

The grand staircase leads to bedrooms on four half-levels, with the service rooms threading discreetly into and around principal chambers. The most impressive bedrooms are in front; they include ceiling-high arched Gothic windows and many yards of molding, and are internally connected by a few steps to sitting or dressing rooms. Most of the bathrooms have square windows with triangular panes and period-style fixtures.

Additional rooms used for games, media and wine storage are on the walkout lower level.

Outdoor space: Entered through the original stone gates, the property includes woods, meadows, rocky outcroppings, a pond, an in-ground swimming pool and a three-car detached garage. The top of the tower can be used as a lookout or party space.

Taxes: $57,553 (2019)

Contact: Craig Watters, Coldwell Banker Realty, 212-203-9564; coldwellbanker.com


This historic house in the Georgetown neighborhood has had several distinguished owners, beginning with Teresa Brent Fenwick, the widow of an Army colonel, who bought the property in 1826 and remained there until her death, in 1839. In the 1960s, it was bought and renovated by Thomas A. Parrott, an assistant to the C.I.A. director Allen Dulles. (Mr. Parrott built the garage with its attached guest apartment in the northeast corner of the lot.) Subsequently, it was occupied by Amory (“Amo”) Houghton Jr., the chairman and chief executive of Corning Glass Works, and a nine-term Republican congressman from upstate New York.

The home is a block and a half east of Georgetown University and four blocks north of the Potomac River.

Size: 2,688 square feet

Price per square foot: $1,858

Indoors: Though subjected to two centuries of updating, the painted-brick main house with its standing-seam metal roof retains much of its original flavor. Positioned on a slope, it rises two and a half stories in front and three and a half stories in back.

The main level contains a paneled library with a coffered ceiling of almost 10 feet and a living room behind it with tall rear windows and a glass door opening to the backyard. The lower, walkout level includes a kitchen with stone floors and marble wall tile, a dining room with a bar, and a half bathroom. The top level has two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Every room on these three floors (except for the bathrooms) includes a working fireplace.

A third bedroom is in the former attic space, with dormer windows and bead-board paneling. It has an en suite bathroom with a glass-walled shower.

The guest cottage’s main level includes a living room with sisal floor coverings, a fireplace and a kitchenette, as well as a bedroom and a full bathroom. A second bedroom and full bathroom are upstairs.

Outdoor space: A portal in the wall connecting the main house and guesthouse leads down to a wide stone patio in back. (There is also a spiral staircase descending from the main house.) The property has an easement that allows for a swimming pool to be added to the fenced backyard. A 22-foot-wide structure at the end of the yard could be used as a storage shed or pool house. Parking is in the one-car garage attached to the guesthouse.

A summer home for members of the Rothschild family for more than a century, this property was bought in 2008 and renovated to the studs with reclaimed materials and period or period-appropriate fixtures and hardware. It is in a resort community in the northern Lower Michigan Peninsula, 270 miles northwest of Detroit and 350 miles northeast of Chicago.

Size: 6,800 square feet

Price per square foot: $735

Indoors: A deep covered porch rebuilt with wood and local stone leads into an entrance hall with hardwood floors and a handsome staircase. The living room beyond contains a fireplace with a tile surround and a polished wood mantel. French doors open to a porch with lake views.

The kitchen evokes the late Victorian period, with glass-fronted storage cabinets, subway tile from the company that restores New York City underground stations and a stamped-tin ceiling, but the vintage-looking Lacanche range is state of the art. The marble-topped worktable was picked in tribute to the area’s many fudge shops. Additional storage, including a wine refrigerator, is in the adjacent breakfast room. More period-perfect subway tile can be found in the powder room, next to an office at the front of the main floor.

The second-floor master suite takes up the entire width of the house and includes a bathroom and dressing room. The bedroom is illuminated by vintage pendant lights and by a wall of windows and doors opening to a lake-facing balcony. All of the guest rooms have en suite bathrooms, and two are connected to sleeping porches covered in natural bead-board with wood floors painted in a diamond pattern.



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