Great Spaces: Historic Homes

Posted on Nov 8 2018 - 9:00am by Zoe Eisenberg
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From 1920s glitzy glam to the swinging '60s, this month, we're proud to feature a selection of gorgeous historic homes, dating as far back as 1846!

John Barrymore's Bella Vista

This stunning Hollywood compound, originally built in 1926, is the perfect blend of historic charm and modern convenience. Once owned by actor John Barrymore, the property was originally constructed for filmmaker King Vidor, who sold the home to Barrymore in 1927.

The historic main residence, stretching over 7,000 square feet, includes several sweeping fireplaces, a cigar lounge with a bar, a wine cellar, three bedrooms and an old opium den nestled above the master suite that's accessible by ladder. The home contains a historic aviary with stained glass windows that once housed approximately 500 birds, but has since been transformed into gorgeous guest quarters.

Also included are two attached, recently renovated industrial-style modern apartments, as well as two separate guest cottages.

Outside it all, you'll find meticulous landscaping, in addition to koi ponds, fountains and a large Old Hollywood pool with a waterfall.

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Listed by: Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury
Listed for: $19,500,000
Photos by: Adrian Anz

Mod Sanctuary in Palm Springs

Originally built in 1962, but lovingly restored to its original design in 2005, this renowned "Alexander" home sits in the coveted Las Palmas Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. Designed by architect Charles DuBois, the entire vibe of the home, located at 1210 Los Robles Drive, is posh, swinging '60s. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a luxe den that once served as a third bedroom, the 1,950-square-foot home roosts on a large, elevated corner lot with expansive mountain views.

An outdoor living room opens up to the pool and spa, and the interior living room still houses its original rock fireplace with floating hearth.


Listed by: Leonardo Montenegro, The Leonardo Group, Keller Williams Realty
Listed for: $1,395,000
Photos by: Jim Butchart

Jane Street's Greenwich Village Row House

This Greek Revival row house, located at 53 Jane Street in the West Village, has more than 150 years of New York City history housed within its walls. Once part of the famed "Authors Row," the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society notes that the five-bedroom house was originally built by George Schmitt, a wealthy tobacco merchant, in 1846.

The four-story home includes dark wood floors, 10-foot ceilings, crown molding and original details throughout. The living room still houses ceiling tiles from the mid-1800s, and at the garden level, a one-bedroom apartment provides the perfect fit for guests or a private single-family home.

Warburg Realty
Warburg Realty
Warburg Realty

Listed by: Joel Moss and Samantha Frith, Warburg Realty
Listed for: $6,995,000
Photos by: Warburg Realty

Alexander Hamilton Estate

You can't get much more historic than this expansive, 40-acre Sloatsburg, N.Y., estate, originally built around 1900 and belonging to William Pierson Hamilton, the great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton. Located less than 40 miles from New York City and on the market for $22 million, this 40,000-square-foot historic stone mansion was once known as Table Rock House.

Inside its walls you can roam over 52 rooms, peruse the library, climb the home's floating staircase decked out with a red carpet and hold service inside the estate's own private chapel. Other features include an elaborately sculptured plaster ceiling, oak floors and walls, and an enclosed porch with lovely views of nearby Sheppard Pond.

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Listed by: Donna Licata, NY/NJ Associate Broker, Rand Commercial
Listed for: $22,000,000
Photos by: Pedro Sousa, Jump Visual