Location: 145 Milton Road, Rye
Description: The leading American architect David Adler was known for his grandiose early 20th-century houses commissioned by wealthy clients who wanted homes that suggested European nobility. A classic European aesthetic can be seen in many of his designs, with their huge skylights, curved staircases, decorated fanlight windows and working fountains.
The vast majority of his buildings are found in the American Midwest, especially in Illinois, and particularly in and around Chicago. A rare Adler-designed home outside of the Chicago area has just come on the market in Rye.
The design of the Milton Road estate, built early in Adler’s career in 1915, and its grounds was influenced by the Petit Trianon at Versailles, outside of Paris, according to the Rye Historical Society. The scale of the home is quite impressive, with 7,450 square feet of interior space, large formal public rooms, seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two partial baths. It’s sits on a 2.12-acre plot.
The home retains many of its grand details, including elegant moldings, hardwood floors, French doors, wood-burning fireplaces, soaring ceilings and windows that bring in lots of light. The current owners keep the home’s original plans framed on the wall. An interior renovation was completed before they bought the home in the early 1990s. Their contribution has been to extensively update the landscaping. An unusual interior detail is the dining room’s Gracie mural, hand painted on silk, depicting a Mandarin wedding.
Asking price: $6,495,000, with estimate annual taxes of $92,416
Selling points: The property is totally private and offers an attractive swimming pool, formal gardens and professional landscaping. The in-town location is pretty much as good as it gets in Rye, within walking distance to downtown Rye’s shops and restaurants, schools and the Metro-North train station.
Listing agent: Fran Klingenstein, William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby’s International Realty