Ellis Sotheby's International Realty Lists Mansion Formerly Owned by Helen Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell

Posted by — May 8, 2005

Ellis Sotheby's International Realty Lists Mansion Formerly Owned by Helen Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell

As reported in the Wall St. Journal, a Nyack, N.Y., mansion, formerly owned by actress Helen Hayes and later by comedienne and former talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell, has been listed for $5.85 million.  Ms. Hayes, winner of two Academy Awards, including one for "Airport" in 1971, gave the 8,000-square-foot Victorian-style house its name, "Pretty Penny."  She lived there for more than 50 years, until her death in 1993.  Ms. O'Donnell purchased the property in 1996, installing new electrical and plumbing systems, among other things.

The home, on 1.5 acres, now is owned by Ed Kopko, chairman of Butler International Inc., a technology-services company based in Montvale, N.J.  He paid $2.25 million for the residence in 2000 and says he intends to move to Florida.  (Butler recently announced plans to relocate to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)  Built in the 1850s, the house overlooks the Hudson River, about 25 miles north of New York City.  It has six bedrooms, five baths and nine fireplaces.  A four-car garage and heated pool also are on the property.  Hamid Moghadam, of Ellis Sotheby's International Realty in Nyack, has the listing.

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