Rich Gardening History Blooms With This Charles A. Platt Designed Rye Colonial

Location: 179 Forest Avenue, Rye

Description: This 1904 Colonial was designed by Charles A. Platt, a prominent American artist, landscape gardener, landscape designer, and architect of the American Renaissance movement. His garden designs complemented his domestic architecture. The home is owned by Peter and Chris Duncan. An avid and talented gardener, Chris is a member of the Little Garden Club of Rye and is also Zone III Chairman, acting as the liaison for all 23 Garden Club of America clubs in New York State. 

Interestingly, this tucked away Forest Avenue property also has a strong history of exceptional gardens and like-minded owners. It was built for Mrs. William Rand, who was the first president of the Rye Garden Club and held other leadership positions in the gardening community. 

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The 4,496-square-foot house has six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two partial baths. It sits on a 1.3-acre lot with formal gardens and a series of level lawn areas.

Asking price: $3,695,000

Selling points: The home has a number of impressive architectural and design details, including a Dutch front door that opens to a paneled and marble-floored foyer, a front-to-back living room with a centered fireplace, screened-in porch, and a kitchen with marble counters, butler’s station and breakfast area. The master suite and two other bedrooms have fireplaces, as do the library and wood-paneled dining room.

Outdoor amenities include a covered dining terrace that overlooks the pool and gardens and a detached three-bay garage with upstairs storage.

Listing agents: Joan O’Meara and Lisa Murphy, Houlihan Lawrence

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