Lofty Ideals

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Nick Churton from Mayfair International Realty hits the heights of conservation vision and artistry when he visits a converted stable block in Mamaroneck, New York.

Broker: Houlihan Lawrence

Agent: Cini Palmer

The trouble with lofts is that they are often at the top of buildings in densely populated towns and cities. But what if you long for the loft look but want to be nearer the ground, out of town and in a great family neighbourhood – perhaps on a sophisticated and historic estate? What if you want to be a few blocks from the beach and not the docks?

Well, 1010 Constable Drive, Mamaroneck must be the perfect answer – loft-style living in the form of a fabulous converted carriage house and stable block. This was originally part of the Constable estate. The Constable family owned, what was once, the oldest department store in America. The company operated from 1825 to 1975. At its peak the Broadway store handled the bulk of the carriage trade of New York – with customers such as Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Morgan – mirroring Harrods in London that was founded just a year earlier.

The influential Olmsted Brothers landscaped the original estate on Orienta Point. Not much of that survives now. But the stables and carriage house does. Originally built in 1893 the attractive block, set in 0.58 acres, enjoys a sensational position with views over Long Island Sound. When the leaves are off the trees in winter this view stretches to the Manhattan skyline. This emphasises the closeness the city is to Mamaroneck – the local Metro North station is just minutes away from the property and Grand Central station about 35 minutes beyond that.

The history of the building has been creatively captured and featured in this recent restoration. Exposed and white-painted brick walls soar to lofty timber slatted ceilings. Windows and doors have Gothic accents. Stripped oak floors stretch as far as the eye can see. And in this building the eye can see a long way – the great room is 49′ x 34′. The marble island unit in the kitchen seems about as big as a small flat.

Outside, the original brick courtyard provides an impressive and charming introduction to this airy, light filled home which offers magnificent family living. There is also plenty of room for a pool and tennis court in the grounds.

It would be hard not to let your imagination soar here. So if you have some lofty ideals about what you want in a home this may well fit the bill.

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