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This Mamaroneck Victorian Was Once Owned by Silent Film Star Richard Barthelmess


Location: 981 Orienta Ave., Mamaroneck

Description: In the 1920s, this grand Victorian on Orienta Point was owned by silent film star Richard Barthelmess. During the Golden Age of silent filmmaking Mamaroneck was known as “Hollywood East.” The director D.W. Griffith lived on Orienta Point and built a studio there, and sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish were also residents. Barthelmess starred in several of Griffith’s movies, including the locally filmed “Way Down East.”

Known as The Nook, the sprawling 1897 Victorian has been meticulously restored and updated. The six-bedroom, six-bath house has 6,937 square feet of interior living space and sits on a very private 1.47-acre lot. Above the garage, there is a 546-square-foot space for guests.

Among the many outstanding highlights of the luxurious house are the light-filled foyer, paneled library, banquet-sized formal dining room, Deco room with a dramatic back-lit wet bar and French doors that open to a covered terrace. The chef’s kitchen features a butler’s pantry and sunny breakfast area.

Architectural and design details include plaster ceilings and walls, five fireplaces, custom millwork, stained glass windows, exposed beams and herringbone oak floors.

Asking price: $3,895,000

Selling points: Amenities include a large swimming pool, bluestone terraces, formal gardens, wine cellar along with a 750-bottle wine closet, six-zone heating and cooling system, security and irrigation systems and a whole-house generator.

Listing agents: Mimi Magarelli and Lisa Collins, William Pitt/Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

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