The pedigree for this spectacular granite and brownstone oceanfront estate, originally known as Indian Spring, reads like a whoâ€™s who of 19th-Century American architecture. This first collaboration between Richard Morris Hunt, legendary founder of the American Institute of Architects, and esteemed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted resulted in this magnificent 14,400-square-foot mansion. It was created in 1891 for yachtsman and defender of the Americaâ€™s Cup J.R. Busk and is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years.
THE RESIDENCE: This 22-room masterpiece on 5 acres has undergone a meticulous restoration. Poised majestically on the highest point on Ocean Avenue, it offers spectacular ocean views from every room â€“; even the windowed lower level. A long, winding driveway leads to the residence, which rests atop a cliff in a breathtaking natural setting. Fabulous woodwork is found throughout â€“; along with beautiful arches, turrets, curved windows and 15 fireplaces. The home includes eight bedrooms, 13 full baths, four half baths, and additional quarters for staff. Among the highlights are a grand 1,800-square-foot master suite with his and her marble baths and an adjoining study with mahogany built-ins and a wet bar. The breathtaking living room has a cathedral ceiling, a baronial fireplace, an orchestra balcony, and three sets of French doors opening to an 80-foot ocean front porch. The mahogany-panelled library and the elegant dining room feature ornamental plaster ceilings and handsome fireplaces. French doors in the dining room lead to a cozy stone terrace. Additional amenities include a multilevel home theater, a billiard room, a wine cellar, a pair of family rooms, a gourmet kitchen with a butlerâ€™s pantry, and servantsâ€™ quarters. A hallway paneled in quarter sawn oak; mahogany paneling and doors; central air conditioning; an elevator; and state-of-the-art systems, including security, intercom, and central vacuum, complete the main residence.
Ocean Avenue is truly an address of prestige, located in an internationally renowned seaside resort with world-class sailing, private clubs, shopping, and fine dining.
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