Address: 780 King St.
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 half
Square Feet: 7,223
Walking through 780 King Street is like walking back in time,” says Melissa Colabella, a realtor for William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. Period details abound in this Georgian colonial with 11-foot-high ceilings and original egg and dart and dentil moldings. Seven-foot windows, French doors and a symmetrical floor plan are all reminiscent of an era when stately country mansions dotted the Hudson Valley’s natural landscape.
With nine acres of property well-maintained by a full-time groundskeeper and three additional structures on the property, including a cabana house overlooking a Tercia pond, creative buyers have shown interest in making the property a family compound. “I’ve shown this house to a movie producer and fashion designer who had lots of ideas for the extra structures,” Colabella says. “I don’t know where else in Westchester one would be able to find this type of space and timeless elegance inside of this price point.”
Chappaqua was popular among wealthy city businessmen during the early 1900s who bought up former farms to build imposing mansions after the New York and Harlem railroads began providing convenient transportation from the city. “They were known as hilltoppers because many of them chose to place their homes on the crest of hills with commanding views of the surrounding countryside,” says Colabella.
This home is seemingly built with entertaining in mind. The current owners have been able to extend a table from the formal dining room through the foyer into the formal living room to seat up to 65 people for dinner.
A guesthouse and expansive grounds provide lots of comfort for visitors. Modern updates to the home include a bright eat-in kitchen designed to harmonize with the original subway tile-encased hearth, a former library with Napoleon-style boiserie and seven updated bathrooms.
Julia B. Fee