Luxury Living | A Historic Piece of Princeton, New Jersey

One of Princeton University’s greatest benefactors and former owner of Drumthwacket (the estate that serves as the home for New Jersey’s sitting governor), Moses Taylor Pyne is an important figure in the state’s history.


$2,375,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty
Built as a dairyman’s residence and milk barn, the property at 505 Mercer Road in Princeton, New Jersey is part of the collection of outbuildings Pyne added to Drumthwacket estate in the early twentieth century.

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After purchasing the property in 1893 from its original owner, Pyne proceeded to convert the estate into extensively landscaped gardens as well as a model farm, a space for experimenting with new agricultural techniques – a common feature at elegant estates of the period. Pyne’s model farm included Rockwood Dairy, the model dairy that is now the house [at 505 Mercer].

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The house, like the other outbuildings added to the estate, was designed by Pyne’s favorite architect, Raleigh C. Gildersleeve, and was completed in 1901.

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When the current owners purchased the house directly from the dairyman’s family in 1988, it required extensive updating. Architect Glen Fries, the owner, oversaw the renovations, which preserved many of the stunning original elements of Gildersleeve’s design.

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The milk barn, originally designed to process the dairy’s milk, has been converted to office and studio space, connected to the house by a colonnade. Pyne spared no expense in his milk barn, which features the famous arched tilework of Rafael Guastavino, who tiled many New York City subway stations, Ellis Island, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, among other iconic landmarks. These tiled spaces remain there today.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in June 2017

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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$2,375,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

“…[Moses] Pyne’s 1901 Neo-Tudor country house, Rockwood Dairy, was spared no expense, and these intricate details are still seen throughout the home.”

A 19th-Century Princeton Home with Original Details Throughout – Mansion Global

Onetime Los Angeles Home of Groucho Marx Lists – Wall Street Journal

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday: 5 Mid-Century Modern Homes for Sale – Robb Report

A 16th-Century Florence-Area Villa that May Have Been Designed by Michelangelo – Mansion Global

Three Gorgeous Waterfront Estates for Sale – Galerie

1925 Mediterranean-Style House Above the Sunset Strip Seeks $2.3M – Curbed

Six Homes in Remote Places for Buyers Seeking Maximum Privacy – Financial Times

An 18th-Century Irish Home Set on 31 Verdant Acres – Mansion Global

English Tudor Revival Pours on the Ambience in Altadena – Los Angeles Times

Buying a Second House Just Got Easier – Architectural Digest

Melbourne’s ‘Rock Solid’ Suburb of Toorak Has Been Desirable for Over 100 Years – Mansion Global

10 Gorgeous Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Diamond Ring Purchased for $13 as Costume Jewelry Sells for $848K – CNN

Sotheby’s to Auction Santiago Barberi Gonzalez’s New York Estate – WWD

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in October 2016

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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£3,995,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

“A 1,625-square-foot penthouse across the street from London’s Victoria Station offers one of the hardest-to-find amenities in the British capital: A large, airy feel.”

This Duplex London Penthouse Could Not Be More Conveniently Located – Mansion Global

A Fashionable Family’s Fashion-Forward Loft – Wall Street Journal

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s Beverly Hills Rental Home Lists for $26.9 Million – Los Angeles Times

Julianne Moore’s Former West Village Loft Listed for $4.3 Million – Observer

Just Miles from Princeton, a Family Home with Endless Possibilities – Mansion Global

Onetime Home of Silent Film Star ZaSu Pitts Lists for Sale in Cheviot Hills – Los Angeles Times

Five Properties Ablaze in Autumn Colours – Financial Times

For Sale: 7 Lovely Homes in Vermont – The Week

Homes that Sold for $1 Million and Above – The New York Times

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Why Santa Fe’s Eastside District Rocks – Financial Times

Sotheby’s to Auction Rockwell Painting on 1944 Election – The Seattle Times

Artistic Architecture | Towers

Towers, whether historic or modern structures, are rare architectural additions to homes of any design. A tower offers a compelling layout and interior to a property while also showcasing inspiring views from the top. From castles rich in heritage to contemporary manors, explore some of the most captivating tower homes from around the world.

Towers 1£2,500,000 GBP | England, United Kingdom | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

England – A former hunting lodge, the signature design element of this home is its stone castellated tower. Inside, at the base of the tower, is a sitting room featuring a portrait window overlooking the English countryside and the Cirencester church. The property sits on 4.15 acres of land and includes the subterranean main house, swimming pool and coach house with a two-car garage and guest studio.

Towers 2$2,995,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey – Built by local architect Rolf Bauhan in the 1950’s and renovated in 2004, this stone manor features a unique tower that connects main home and guest quarters by a gallery bridge. The home is constructed from reclaimed materials including wide-plank floors and hand-hewn beams. Inside, there is a wood-paneled library, dining room with rustic brick floor, built-in buffet, farmhouse-style kitchen and master suite with Juliet balcony.

Towers 3Price Upon Request | Bolton Landing, New York | Select Sotheby’s International Realty

New York – Prominently featuring a tower as part of the main home, this regal stone estate overlooking Lake George is aptly named Highlands Castle. Radiating classic elegance, the castle features a combination of solid oak, travertine stone and natural flagstone flooring, gothic-arched custom doors of solid oak, a faux bookshelf secret passageway and 21 floor-to-ceiling windows in the Great Hall showcasing panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. The 8.7-acre property also boasts a carriage house, gatehouse, 2,000-foot driveway and is surrounded by a stone wall with gothic iron gates.

Towers 4$849,950 USD | Pagosa Springs, Colorado | Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado – An architecturally distinguished home, the Asterisk, named after its unique floorplan, is comprised of six adjoining barrel-vaulted vertical-walled branches. Rising above the home is an Anasazi-inspired sandstone tower featuring views of the Rocky Mountains. Spread over six floors, the home has three bedrooms, two loft spaces, a roof deck and is situated on 7 acres of land.

Towers 5Price Upon Request | Luxembourg, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Belgium – A 54-room medieval castle, this towered home is nestled on almost 9 acres of lush countryside greenery. The sprawling residence features 15 bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, various dining rooms and lounge areas, a large kitchen and five mineral springs along the property. It was recently refurbished and restored with an overall automation system, alarm and video intercom system and double flow ventilation.

Luxury Living | The Collegiate Collection

College towns and their surrounding communities make up some of the world’s most sought after cultural hotspots. According to the Real Deal and CNBC, “players pumping up college town real estate values include foreign buyers seeking homes near top institutions.” These towns offer worthwhile access to, “perennial amenities that make college areas desirable [including] medical facilities, college sports and cultural events.” Let’s dive into the collegiate experience by exploring exclusive homes below that are near notable educational institutions.

Princeton$4,950,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey – The former home of US President Grover Cleveland, this residence is about one-quarter mile from Princeton University’s Palmer Square. Meticulously detailed, this award-winning national landmark is a captivating blend of history and modern amenities in an incredible college town.

London£6,750,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England – Grand views of the London Eye and the River Thames are abundant from this elegant penthouse. Less than a mile from King’s College, this beautifully designed apartment is moments from local transportation and the Buckingham Palace.

Columbus$950,000 USD | Columbus, Ohio | Street Sotheby’s International Realty

Columbus, Ohio – Located approximately 3 miles from Ohio State University, root for the 2014 National Champion Buckeyes football team from within this historic Queen Anne Victorian. Masterfully restored, this enduring home features detailed woodwork, classic stained-glass windows and wine cellar.

Montreal2 895 000 $ CAD | Montreal, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Montreal, Canada – In the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal, this exceptional home is less than 4 miles from one of Canada’s top schools, McGill University. Once an artist’s studio, this property was completely renovated in 2009 into an urban haven.

Berkley$1,675,000 USD | Berkeley, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Berkeley, California – This contemporary Mediterranean with Bay views is perched in Claremont Hills. Less than 4 miles from The University of California, Berkeley, enjoy unrivaled sunsets and panoramic vistas from the view-savoring balconies and garden courtyard

In with the Old | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons to a 1930s Paris mansion, five historic homes blend tradition with modern updates, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

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Call it the surprise inside: historic residences retrofitted with modern interiors.

Homeowners may love the idea of properties that embrace the aesthetics of an earlier era, but they’re drawing the line at living a century-old lifestyle. Instead of tearing down, however, they’re taking up the challenge. They’re purging boxy rooms, awkward layouts and tiny closets and arriving at that sweet spot where the age of grace meets the age of technology.

In America, homes of historic value are generally pegged at 50 years or older by the National Register of Historic Places, although those are relative newcomers by international standards. It takes the skills of true artisans to modernize a centuries-old German castle, French château, English manor or Italian villa, and many governments offer homeowners subsidies for their efforts.

More than just age, historic homes embody the spirit of the times in which they were built with character-defining features that speak to who we were and how we lived.

“There’s an emotional connection to be had, for sure,” says Judson Henderson of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, NJ. The earliest homes here date back to the 18th century. Some homeowners bring “today’s practicality and sensitivity to home renovations” while others go for a gut renovation. “Walk through the door and it’s starkly modern. You feel like you’re in a brand new house,” Henderson says.

Most makeovers are somewhere in between, using architectural elements as jumping-off points to maintain some sense of authenticity.

Interior Designer Sarah Barnard in Santa Monica, Calif., is a specialist in historic home design. In reshaping Victorian, Spanish Revival and Arts and Craft estates, she often takes a hybrid approach, “preserving a lot of the original architectural elements and melding them with uber contemporary strategies.”

Deciding which of those elements to keep or discard can be a struggle. Is it worth sacrificing what Barnard calls the “heartwarming little details that made the owner’s heart sing in the initial walk-through” for the larger benefits of functionality and design?  “There are always hard decisions to be made but when budget is not an issue, rehabilitating the old is always my first choice.”

People may yearn for vintage homes for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is “kindness,” observes Barnard. “You have to have a sympathetic soul to want to save an old building.”

Miami$2,995,000  USD | Miami Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Behind the Mediterranean facade and inviting courtyard, modern luxury meets the classic beauty of this 1929 home. Property features an open floor plan, added interior space, floating stairwell, Pecky Cypress vaulted ceiling, fireplace, charming/restored Cuban tile and hardwood flooring.

Hamptons$7,995,000 USD | Sagaponack, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Once the home of James Jones, author of “From Here to Eternity”, this 1860s Sagaponack farmhouse was built to capture the sunsets from one of the highest points south of the Montauk highway. Today the house has been renovated and merges the intimate spaces of a traditional home with the open, naturally lit spaces of a modern SOHO loft. In addition, this home incorporated the Crestron computer network, clean conscious building techniques and materials, active solar power, and geothermal heating and cooling to create one of the most advanced, healthy and sustainable homes in the Hamptons.

Princeton$7,900,000 USD |Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunningly transformed “Everlasting” rivals the toniest East Coast estates, yet is privately situated on 12 acres in Princeton. Under the eye of architect/designer Michael La Rocca, skilled artisans used materials of the highest caliber to expand, open and visually elevate the brick manor house and its grounds. The sleek central kitchen was cleverly planned with double islands to serve a single chef or a team of caterers.

Canada4 495 000$ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Built in the early 1900’s, this spectacular and spacious home has been fully renovated with modern amenities and architectural elements including a high ceilinged study, and breathtaking 2 story glass-walled Great Room overlooking the verdant ravine lot and in ground pool and spa.

France33.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent, ultra-rare historic Paris mansion dating from the 1930s has recently undergone a complete renovation and now offers sleek open spaces with a contemporary edge whilst at the same time carefully preserving its architectural heritage.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

View the digital version of this issue here: Art & Home June/July 2015

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Historic Living in Princeton, New Jersey / Video House Tour

Built in 1773 by John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, the lovingly restored and expanded Tusculum estate offers over 23 acres of beautiful grounds, modern amenities and gracious living – right in the middle of Princeton, NJ.

This historic home is selling to the highest bidder at or above $2.5 million on November 7th.

$2,500,000 USD (Reserve) /Princeton, New Jersey / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in September 2013

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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Barns, Reborn as Homes – The Wall Street Journal

Still, these homes aren’t for everyone. […] Buyers are “accustomed to more traditional room arrangements,” says Norman Callaway, managing member of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, N.J., who is marketing a $4.4 million converted barn on 17 acres in Hopewell Township, N.J.

Last year, house hunters Alan Wiener and Patti Liberman fell in love with the Tulane Barn in Princeton, N.J. After spending 16 years in a traditional side-hall colonial, they were excited about living in a former dairy and hay barn that had undergone an “exquisite” restoration, says Ms. Liberman, an attorney.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters California’s Palo Alto MarketSotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day / All About the ViewsThe Wall Street Journal

The Huntington Bay [New York] Tudor where Liz Taylor may have sleptNewsday

On the Market…Bold and BeautifulThe Lady Magazine

Luxury builders better positioned in rising interest rate environmentHousingWire

New York to Seattle Buyers Tap Brakes After Rates RiseBloomberg

Jumbo Rates Reach MilestoneWSJ Developments Blog

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale to take place on 8 OctoberArtdaily.org

Footsteps of the Buddha @ Sotheby’sThe Times of India / Blogs

Artwork that made the Sixties swing goes on show at Sotheby’sThe Independent

Sotheby’s Hong Kong to offer the greatest white diamond ever to appear at auctionArtdaily.org

Historic Tusculum Estate in Princeton | House Tour

A beautiful allée of Zelkova trees welcomes you to Princeton’s most historic, privately owned estate. It was originally built in 1773 by Reverend John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and sixth president of Princeton University. Witherspoon named his house, Tusculum, after Cicero’s villa near Rome. The main residence was completely restored and enlarged in 1998, under the direction of Princeton architect, T. Jefferey Clarke.

Tusculum Estate in Princeton NJ

A long driveway leads to the grand stone and clapboard house of five bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms. The core of the house is the historic structure, which was meticulously restored with minimal changes.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

Currently called the “Rod & Reel” room, Witherspoon’s private study now displays the present owner’s collection of fishing memorabilia. It is one of the four rooms on the 1st floor (which are original to the house) and contains many historical details such as the 1830’s mantle, an antique fireback, and a Vermont marble surround and hearth.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

This spectacular stone barn is built of argillite shale, the same stone used for Princeton Univeristy’s historic Nassau Hall. Two huge Dutch doors open to the existing grassy ramp which was used by farm wagons. The floor, once used for threshing with hay storage above, now serves as a perfect party space with electricity adequate for modern bands. The Tusculum barn was recently featured in a book by Elric Endersby, of the New Jersey Barn Co., “BARN, Preservation and Adaption”.

The home and remaining farmland of famous American patriot Reverend John Witherspoon retains its historic farm context, while also serving as a residence for luxurious modern living.

Princeton, New Jersey | $6,475,000 USD | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Historic Tusculum Estate in Princeton / House Tour

A beautiful allée of Zelkova trees welcomes you to Princeton’s most historic, privately owned estate. It was originally built in 1773 by Reverend John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and sixth president of Princeton University. Witherspoon named his house, Tusculum, after Cicero’s villa near Rome. The main residence was completely restored and enlarged in 1998, under the direction of Princeton architect, T. Jefferey Clarke.

Tusculum Estate in Princeton NJ

A long driveway leads to the grand stone and clapboard house of five bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms. The core of the house is the historic structure, which was meticulously restored with minimal changes.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

Currently called the “Rod & Reel” room, Witherspoon’s private study now displays the present owner’s collection of fishing memorabilia. It is one of the four rooms on the 1st floor (which are original to the house) and contains many historical details such as the 1830?s mantle, an antique fireback, and a Vermont marble surround and hearth.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

This spectacular stone barn is built of argillite shale, the same stone used for Princeton Univeristy’s historic Nassau Hall. Two huge Dutch doors open to the existing grassy ramp which was used by farm wagons. The floor, once used for threshing with hay storage above, now serves as a perfect party space with electricity adequate for modern bands. The Tusculum barn was recently featured in a book by Elric Endersby, of the New Jersey Barn Co., “BARN, Preservation and Adaption”.

The home and remaining farmland of famous American patriot Reverend John Witherspoon retains its historic farm context, while also serving as a residence for luxurious modern living.

Princeton, New Jersey / $6,475,000 USD / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty