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A Revival In South Nyack
As a real estate broker, I am always in and out of houses and some are just school districts and number of bedrooms and baths. So when you come across a property that is so much more, you have to stop and take note. Not only am I taking note, I am excited to share that I was selected to represent the sale of one such property in Orangetown.
This 2000+ Sq Ft home is a 1930's Tudor Revival styled colonial, which was built by the late Theodore Peter August Von Thien. Theodore Von Thien's father, August Von Thien, was a German immigrant who worked as a butler at Sherry's New York restaurant in NYC, until it was discovered that his father, Peter Von Thien was a very wealthy count who had died in a boating accident some years earlier. August and his brother, also named Theodore, were heir to inherit their father's fortunes and estates, which turned their lives into a real rags to riches story. Theodore Peter August worked for the E.G. Staude Manufacturing company and invented a method and apparatus for making cartons. Von Thien's attention to detail is brought out in the design and details of his home, which incorporated innovations that were ahead of it's time.
275 South Broadway is located at the bottom of South Nyack, on the south east corner of Mansfield. It is across the street from South Nyack Village Hall and the Raymond G. Esposito Memorial Trail and a few blocks west of Nyack's Memorial Park. Memorial Park has a great playground, a new boardwalk and beautiful views of the majestic Hudson River.
At the top of Broadway in Upper Nyack, you'll find Nyack Beach State Park and Hook Mountain. Biking up to the beach on our R2M Realty loaner bikes is absolutely one of my favorite things to do in town. And yes, there is a town (a village actually) with lots of wonderful restaurants and shops to explore.
Aside from the accessibility to shopping, parks and trails, the Von Thien Residence is located near the NY State Thruway/Route 87, with easy access to the Tappan Zee Bridge (the new bridge should be completed by 2018). There is a coordinated Tappan Zee Express Bus Route, which goes in line with the Tarrytown Metro North Railway for commuting into New York City. You can actually catch the bus directly across the street from the house in front of town hall.
Once considered the most expensive house on the block, you notice the difference in details and use of materials starting with the home's Haverstraw brick facade. The use of the red and black bricks with the light contrasting mortar really make the exterior of the house pop. The brick line is interrupted by the harvest brown painted borders of the arched casement windows and decorative wood paneled front door (all original details). The windows centered beneath the gambled roof on the right side of the house are adorned with an intricate detailed mosaics which shimmers in the sun's light. This detail was designed in 1990 by the home's current owner, Karim Deen, former owner and operator of Nyack's Hacienda Gallery and the renowned Russian muralist, Sergey Sokolov. "We brainstormed and came up with a unifying design that brought together added vitality to the arches over the outside windows, which were (originally) just painted concrete." Deen says of the design. The dual researched and designed the mosaics using elements of the Art Deco/Art Nouveau styles.
The red and black theme of the brickwork is carried over in the home's pitched roof (replaced in 2002), which incorporates the use of sporadic black shingles for added interest. In 1986 (and again in 2002), skylights were incorporated, piercing the roof to add depth and natural light--a beautifully unexpected detail when you enter the upstairs' bonus room. Standing tall above the home's roofline is a stately brick chimney, which was synonymous with 'rich' Tudor houses of that time.
A full perennial garden frames the Von Thien residence. It is filled with fruit bearing trees and seasonal flowering plants. There is a brick inlaid path that leads to the home's back door.
When you enter into the three season room at the front of the house, you are visually stimulated by the light pouring in from the undulating arched windows, accentuating the texture of the brick and mortar walls. The red painted pressed concrete floor mimics terra cotta and gives the room the perfect accent. To the right you are greeted by a stunning wooden plank door with wrought iron strap hinges and speak easy grill which leads you into the foyer. This may be my favorite door of the house... aside from the sliding carriage garage door located on the lower level. Immediately beyond the wooden door are original hardwood floors and moldings, 9 ft ceilings and a staircase that leads to the upper level. The hardwood is carried throughout the house (covered with carpeting only in the master bedroom and upstairs bonus room). To the left of the foyer, you walk into the living room illuminated by wall mounted sconces and natural light emitted from the picture casement windows on either side of the room. The brick-faced wood burning fireplace is centered on the far wall, flanked by two arched built in bookcases.
To the right of the living room is the formal dining room, which features an arched built-in bookcase with a low cabinet nicely tucked in the left facing corner of the room. An entry into the kitchen is found on the right. The kitchen is spacious and has a walkout to the backyard. It offers a wonderful canvas for which the new homeowner to create a culinary masterpiece. Opposite the back door in the kitchen is an entry way into the central hall. The hall lends access to the first floor bath, master bedroom and staircase to the home's lower level.
The first floor bathroom was masterfully renovated in 2016. It has a bath/shower combo with a sliding glass door and hand held shower head. It is tiled from top to bottom using mosaic tile for the ceiling and dado rail, a natural stone ledger tile for the crown which is used to break up the brown Marazzi Marmo Venato ceramic wall and floor tile. The deep, rich tones of the ceramic tile contrasts with the smooth honey colored onyx vessel sink, which in and of itself is a work of art. Another stand out in this bathroom is a one of a kind decorative forged copper panel located near the door on the bathroom wall. It reminds me of a fossil but very cool. It was imported from Ostersund, Sweden.
The next room you come to is the first floor master bedroom. It offers space enough to accommodate a King sized bed yet leaves plenty of room for additional pieces. This bedroom has a smaller room off of it, which can be used as an office... or a walk-in closet. There is a window and a closet in this room. The closet door is adorned in it's original hardware and a built in full length mirror.
On the second floor, at the top of the stairs you immediately come to a 1930's original tile bathroom. It's retro pink floor with blue square wall tile tie in with the updated Mexican imported Talavera vessel sink. The bathroom's angled ceiling add a nice architectural element to the space.
The real gem on this level is the finished attic space. It is divided into two sections and features a cathedral ceiling, skylights, built in storage and a cedar closet. This space can be used as a master bedroom suite, though it is currently set up as a den and office. The office area features an exposed brick chimney, adding a bit of texture to an otherwise tranquil space.
not currently visible, the cathedral ceiling and skylights as seen in the finished attic space also exist in the bedroom on the far end of the hall, just waiting for the new homeowner to open them up. Existing untouched hardwood floors were recently exposed in both upstairs bedrooms. I can't wait to revisit this home after it has been completely restored.
Moving down to the lower lever, you will be blown away by the 9 ft ceiling height and by just how much open space there is. The lower level can easily be converted into finished workspace or even an artist studio and that wonderful sliding carriage garage door... it's like the cherry on top of an already amazingly detailed house and it doesn't stop there! Looking up at the ceiling you can see yet another incredible feature... this home was built with a joist tightening suspension system which was used to tighten the floor boards as the home settled. As you walk through the house, you notice that there is no squeak in the floors and this may very well be the reason why.
I have never represented a home with so many historic and unique architectural details. I am looking forward to sharing it with you! For more information or to schedule a showing, give Kenyatta Arietta a call at 845.358.2000
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