You will be delighted by the stunning light-filled rooms as you enter 157 Alta Avenue, a magnificent brick and slate Colonial designed by Dwight Baum in 1915. It's a masterpiece in both design and detail...elaborate crown moldings on the first floor and curved cove ceilings on the second floor, bordered oak floors, picture frame moldings and gorgeous French doors throughout the home. The graceful staircase has a beautiful Palladian window under an antique wind dial on the ceiling for the weather vane on the roof. This home has undergone a complete restoration and renovation and you see the beauty and elegance everywhere you look.Stair hall with brass chandelier, living room with fireplace flanked by built-ins, dining room with two corner china cabinets...and both the stair hall and dining room open to the solarium with windows on three sides overlooking the expansive side yard, the terrace, and on to the Hudson River and Palisades in the distance. The fabulous kitchen features pecan cabinetry, Silestone countertops and backsplash, stainless steel appliances and perfectly charming alcove with breakfast bar and a 180-degree view to the west. There's also a moveable granite-topped island that can be used anywhere in the kitchen or moved into the dining room or solarium for entertaining. The double French doors in the kitchen open wide to a wonderful terrace for alfresco dining. Amazing flow.There's also a first floor den and full bath that has the potential to be a main-level bedroom or guest suite and at the top of the back stairs, there's another bedroom/bath combo that also would work perfectly for an au pair or extended family or a more secluded home office. The master suite has all you could desire...spacious bedroom with fireplace, dressing/sitting room with two walk-in closets, sparkling new bath, and rooftop terrace with fabulous views of the river and Palisades over beautiful neighboring properties. Two more bedrooms and one more bath complete the second floor. Finished basement playroom, another full bath...a two-car attached garage!Amazing condition with restored plaster walls, ceilings and moldings, gleaming refinished floors, new gas boiler, new central air and many updates. Original mahogany bedroom doors and original glass doorknobs.All this and a breathtaking piece of lushly landscaped property set on one of the most desirable and inviting streets in historic Park Hill. It's like living in the country but so very close to NYC. The house sits on over third of a level acre, offering both beauty and privacy behind a hedge along the street. The size of the property also creates the possibility of subdividing to create a separate buildable lot 65 x 90.Convenient to parkways and a brief 25 minutes to midtown Manhattan via Metro North or 10 minutes to NYC subway. Just a few blocks to Park Hill Swim/Racquet/Social Club. Call Jane for more information or to schedule a private showing.
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