Address: 10 Viola Road, Montebello
Description: Built in 1933, the “Viola House” is one of the Hudson Valley’s most unique colonial revival properties. Designed by A. Durant Sneden, a Paris-trained architect, the home was custom-made as an attorney’s country home outside of the city.
The 6,138 sq ft property boasts the main house, two guest houses, and an addition built in the 1970s. A total of 8.2 acres of wide-open space and magnificent outdoor views make this a permanent vacation home. Two ponds flank the houses, and a small waterfall sits in between them.
Notable features of the main home include a whitewashed brick exterior, a three-car garage with two floors, a slate roof and cupola, French doors and windows, period wood floors, and screened porches. The four-bedroom, 3.5-bath second house features similar wood floors, a fireplace, and a two-car garage.
At first glance, this property is reminiscent of a historic 18th century Williamsburg home, thanks to its brick façade and tall chimneys. Shuttered classic windows on every floor also allow for the beautiful natural light of the area to illuminate the home.
This property becomes the perfect “country” getaway, with expansive outdoor space and breathtaking landscaping. The surrounding view of the Ramapo Mountains is an extra perk, especially in the fall, as the leaves change to vibrant colors all around the home.
Inside, the Montebello property is just as breathtaking as the landscape outside. Arched doorways and built-in shelves add classic charm to the space. Woodwork on the stairs is also notable, with artful engravings all around.
The large parlor room includes vintage furniture pieces like tables, chaises and cabinets. A fireplace in the center completes the room, and there is plenty of wall space for art and sculptures. A smaller living room to the side has a large bay window and additional porch doors, backdropped by the same brickwork as the outside of the house.
The parlor leads into the dining room, which is fit for royalty with two glittering chandeliers above the wooden vintage dining set. A fireplace is also located in the dining room, as well as porch doors and long windows that allow plenty of sunlight in and make the space look even larger.
The cottage-esque kitchen includes a small island in the center, wood cabinets, and plenty of modern amenities such as a dishwasher and electric oven to make cooking a breeze.
The eight bathrooms in the Montebello home provide the same cozy luxury as the rest of the property. Beautiful vintage tile, unique sinks and bathtubs, and large mirrors will make anyone feel like they’ve just jumped into the 1930s.
Enjoy a well-needed rest in one of the ten bedrooms, decked out with vintage drawers and rugs. The master bedroom includes a doorway out to the balcony and stairs down to the main floor. The other bedrooms offer enough space for two double beds, making the set-up look just like a hotel. Wood furniture accents are a staple in these rooms as well. Beautiful wallpaper adorns every room in the house for a unique individualized feel for all.
Asking price: $4,975,000
Selling points: Watch the leaves change from the glass-encased porch during autumn months, and explore the 8.2 acres of outdoor space with two ponds, a waterfall, and other beautiful landscaping. Large windows, porch doors, and bay windows provide natural light, while beautiful light fixtures like the double chandeliers in the dining room illuminate the house at night. A second home and a three-car garage are included on the property as well.
Only half an hour away from New York City, it’s a beautiful outdoor getaway from the hustle and bustle. Back on the market for the first time in 60 years, this Ramapo estate is the perfect summer home — or permanent home — for any nature lover.
Listing agents: Diane T. Smith, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty