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This 1770 Sandstone Colonial Offers the Best of Old and New


The Sickles-Tallman house in Orangeburg is a part of Rockland County history. Built in 1770, it is one of the few remaining sandstone Sickle family homes in this area, formerly known as the hamlet of Sickletown. With recent expansions and renovations —more than $600,000 in upgrades over the past four years alone — it is now a 3,300 sq ft estate. Highlights include exposed-stone interior walls, intricately carved and tiled mantelpieces on its four fireplaces, a new Gunite salt-water pool, and a master Savant system controlling all lighting, television, sound, and security systems by phone app. Its most famous resident was Hollywood actress Zita Johann (best known for her performance in the 1932 film The Mummy, with Boris Karloff), who ran acting classes in the home before her death in 1993.

The home’s 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths are big and bright. The kitchen is a gourmand’s dream, with a French-door fridge, lots of cupboard space, and high-end appliances. In addition to the pool, the backyard has a bronze fountain, Jacuzzi, guest-changing area and outdoor shower; an outdoor stone kitchen, custom outdoor lighting for the garden and pool area; and an outdoor speaker system. Set back from the road, the property is private and beautifully planted with perennial gardens and fruit trees.

Property listed by Hamid Moghadam, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, 845.216.7670, www.ellissothebysrealty.com

The Details

231 Sickletown Road, Orangeburg​
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
3,318 sq ft
2.05 acres
Built 1770
School district: Pearl River
Estimated taxes: $22,571