"Pretty Penny", an extraordinary c.1850's Italianate Victorian overlooking the Hudson River, with fine provenance and opulent style. Former home of the first lady of American theater for over 60 years, Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur; and former home to Rosie O'Donnell.
Visited by U.S. Presidents to American royalty of film and television from Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Vivian Leigh, Laurance Olivier, Orsen Welles, John Barrymore, Noel Coward, Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, and painted by renowned American artist who grew up down the street, Edward Hopper. Charles named it Pretty Penny after Hopper painted it, "Because that's what it cost."
In 1932, with America reeling from the Depression, playwright Charles and Helen Hayes were riding high. Pretty Penny today is a cross between a museum — quality reconstruction and a Fifth Avenue co-op. It has been retrofitted for the 21st Century, but its warmth, character and historic past are prevalent today, as it was years before, unlike any other home in the Hudson Valley.
Additional amenities include 60' in ground pool with cabana and an outstanding garden with fountain overlooking the Hudson River and the largest collection of conifirs in the N.E. USA valued at $500,000. Two large bas relief icons of theater "Comedy" and "Tragedy" flank a doorway, a reminder of its theatrical past. Truly an extraordinary home for an extraordinary person.