This Historic Rockland Home Was Designed by the Oval Office Architect

Dubbed Moon River, the early 20th-century waterfront home is on the market for just under $5 million in Rockland County.

For prospective homeowners dreaming about a property filled with history and charm, there’s no place quite like the Hudson Valley. Case in point: this historic waterfront home in the exclusive Snedens Landing enclave was designed by none other than Eric Gugler, a.k.a. the architect who designed the White House Oval Office. Dubbed Moon River, the residence embraces the natural beauty of the region and offers spaces for residents to grow and relax.

Moon River dining area

“The name Moon River signifies the first night there’s a full moon on the Hudson after the forsythia bloom when, according to legend, the shad run plentiful in the Hudson and fishermen set their nets, supported by long poles, in the river to catch them,” explains listing agent Richard Ellis, of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack.

Grand room

Dating back to the early 20th century, this Rockland County property is a true gem. Not only was it designed by Gugler, but it was also built by famed artist and resident Mary Lawrence Tonetti. In total, the home sits on 1.4 acres atop a scenic bluff that overlooks the Hudson River. It even comes with its own meadow and sandy beach, which are linked to the home via a winding trail.

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Moon River porch

Stepping inside, the residence features five bedrooms and five full bathrooms and two partial baths. The great room is a central feature, thanks to its 16-ft ceilings, ornate moldings, five 10-ft French doors, classic hardware, antique wide-board paneling, beamed ceilings, and two period fireplace mantels. The stairway is equally impressive, with solid cedar stair treads carved from trees that grow on the property and balustrades from eras past.


“What makes it so special is the preserved original period details you will find at every turn,” Ellis notes. “Moon River is a destination; nothing compares.”

Moon River bedroom

This home boasts not one, but two primary bedroom suites, and each one comes with a fireplace (one also has a private den). There’s an additional ensuite bedroom on top of that, as well as staff quarters accessible via a private entrance that can easily be adapted into guest bedrooms.

Spacious sunroom

For an indoor-outdoor experience, the home’s screened-in porch is a welcome reprieve and features 16-ft ceilings and eight south-facing skylines. There’s also a spacious solarium that faces the Hudson River with windows on three sides and a Mediterranean tile floor.

Moon River pool

Moving fully outside, an oversized two-car garage with additional adjacent parking means there will never be an issue finding a place to park during gatherings. Speaking of those gatherings, summer parties are even more fun at the in-ground pool with a pergola. Plus, who can forget the idyllic views that surround the property?

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Palisades beach

While there’s so much to do and savor at Moon River, there are also several attractions nearby. For outdoor adventurers, numerous walking trails abound. The property is also only a 20-minute drive from the George Washington Bridge and a short walk from the Snedens Landing Association Tennis Courts. Add to that the fact that the residence is a short ways away from riverside towns like Piermont and Nyack, and residents have every excuse to spend their days close to home.

Moon River view

Address: 99 Corbett Lane, Palisades

Listing Price: $4,995,000

Listing Agent: Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

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