The Ross-Hand Mansion

South Nyack, NY  

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The Ross-Hand Mansion is one of the most admired homes in the Hudson River Valley.

This Gothic Revival mansion was built for famed architect Azariah Ross, who designed the stone bridges throughout Central Park and the stone walls surrounding the U S Military Academy at West Point.
In 1883, the property was acquired by Mary and William Hand. Much of the detailed woodwork in the home was added by Mr. Hand, known for his intricate woodwork in the mansions in Newport, RI. He was also a philanthropist, entrepreneur and master builder, building many of the grand homes along Park Avenue in NYC. Their grandson was Thomas Edison’s assistant and worked alongside Edison at the home.

Originally built as a summer home, the front-to-back living room features two of the original fireplaces, which allowed the Hands to enjoy the home well into the colder months. Over the years, 5 more fireplaces were added and the home become their primary residence.

Of special note is the Carrera marble Italian fireplace that is the focal point of the library. According to William Hand’s grandson, Hand purchased the fireplace from the estate of A.T. Stewart, who was the founder of the first department store in the country and lived in a white marble mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York. Installed in 1890, it was one of the few Italian fireplace designs in the country and its uniqueness was noted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The marble used was purportedly made from marble that Michelangelo used.

The home has been significantly and thoughtfully updated over the years, marrying the grand rooms and elegant period details with modern conveniences making for a warm, inviting and inherently livable home.

The kitchen has an original built-in hutch and an exposed brick wall along with a center work island, two SubZero refrigerators and two dishwashers. The current owners added magnificent chandeliers that grace the foyer, dining and living rooms and the library. They created a stunning new master bedroom suite with a fireplace, two walk-in closets and a gorgeous, riverview bathroom. A guest room with a full bath was also added. There are two additional bedrooms and private au pair suite on the second floor.

There is Smart Home technology throughout the home, so security, lights and other systems can be controlled from anywhere in the world with one click.

Other highlights of the home include a fully outfitted gym, an attached greenhouse and a wrap-around veranda.

The home is perfectly sited at the top of 4 private, manicured acres designed by the great landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing – considered to be the founder of American landscape architecture – and offers commanding views of the Hudson River and the Village of South Nyack below.

Property Details
  • Potential Inn
  • 4 Guest Rooms
  • 4 Guest Room Baths
  • Has Owner's Quarters
  • Built in 1854
  • Last Renovated in 2017
  • Opened in 1854
  • Building is 5,664 SQFT
  • Lot is 4 Acres
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