This Prominent Rye Home Is a Hub for History in Westchester

Photos by Stephanie Loda/ Greenwich Photo

The picturesque location of this stunning Rye house pales in comparison to the century-old saga that comes with it.


859 Forest Ave, Rye
8 BD | 8.2 BA | 8,800 sq. ft. | 2.82 acres
$129,918 est. taxes

Rye house

There’s a piece of architectural history for sale in Rye — and it’s stunningly situated right on Long Island Sound. Built in 1917 by renowned architects Trowbridge & Livingston, creators of the St. Regis Hotel, the J.P. Morgan Chase building on Wall Street, and the Hayden Planetarium, this was one of a select few residential projects constructed by the firm. In the 1960s, it was thoughtfully renovated by Japanese architect Yasuo Matsui, who also worked on the construction of the Empire State Building. Prominent owners have included S&H Green Stamp heir Walter Beinecke, as well as Edwin Whitehead, inventor of the blood analysis machine. Such a prominent home isn’t just for tycoons and heirs; the house also served as the United States Embassy to Uruguay in the 1960s. Continuing the trend of making history, the property housed one of the first privately owned tennis bubbles in the ’70s. As a result of monumental figures previously owning this home, buyers will love the regality of 470 feet of water frontage, 104 feet of a private sandy beach, and other amenities that are capped off with a deep-water dock in a prestigious Milton Point location.

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Listed by Michael McCooey & Elizabeth Higgins, Compass

Featured house was on the market at press time.
Featured house was on the market at press time.

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