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Timeless and Private in Irvington, NY

Address: 5 Belmont Dr., Irvington, NY
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half
Square feet: 6,523
Price: $4,500,000

The lush greenery of this private mini estate in Irvington envelopes you as you drive through the gated entrance and up to the stone house of this generous 3.9-acre property. Built in 1922 with six bedrooms and five and a half baths the home evokes quiet luxury of a country cottage in Cotswold, England or Normandy, France. “It’s a fabulous house; it’s very gracious,” says associate real estate broker Dalia Valdes at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye, NY.

The home sits in the heart of Ardsley Park neighborhood minutes from the Hudson train line, which takes you to Manhattan in less than an hour, and main street shops and restaurants along the Hudson River, but the mature trees and idyllic sunsets give visitors a feel of being worlds away from the bustle of city life. 

“For today’s buyers who want a quality home with legacy and substance, this will appeal to them,” says Valdes. 

The main level of the house is made up of large, elegant rooms with built-ins and fireplaces original to 1922. The current owners worked with Fink & Platt Architects in New York City and Hong Kong Interior Designer Deborah Oppenheimer, whose South African roots give her a decidedly British sensibility for understated elegance and timeless interiors. “One of my favorite rooms is the drawing room where guests were originally asked to wait until the homeowners could receive them,” says Valdes. “It feels very intimate.”

Homes built a century ago were thoughtfully sited on the property to create cross breezes before central air conditioning was an option, and this home is no exception. “When we took the videos for the home tour last summer it was 95 degrees and I would arrive at the house sometimes at 8 a.m. and open all the windows, and the beautiful cross breeze would cool the house right down without even needed the central air,” notes Valdes. Concrete and stone walls about 12 inches thick also keep the interiors cool in the summer and warm in the winter. That said, all the mechanicals, central air, roofing and windows have been maintained and updated to meet the demands of the modern buyer. 

Outside, two stone patios provide space for outdoor living including a porch off the kitchen with lounge seating and a covered dining patio off the dining room with a built-in tiled fountain that has a stone basin. The current homeowner is very involved in a number of garden and botanical organizations locally, and she takes pains to maintain all the landscaping with expert care. In winter, the third floor billiard room provides a peek at the Hudson River.  


Dalia Valdes
Associate real estate broker
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Rye, NY
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