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Location: Irvington, N.Y.
The Skinny: Located in the tony Hudson Valley enclave of Ardsley-on-Hudson, this supremely elegant Italianate mansion is being offered for the first time in 80 years. Unlike many such sales, usually prompted by a death in the family, this utterly immaculate estate has been maintained to perfection, aided by the superior construction. It is said that the Caen limestone blocks were laid so tightly that even today it's impossible to fit a penknife between them. Built on a 65 acre plot in 1852 by Manhattan merchant Francis Cottenet, Nuits, as the house is known, then eventually passed to John Jacob Astor III, who also maintained homes in NYC—on the future site of the Empire State Building—and Newport, R.I. Renovated over a period of 20 years, from 1980 to 2000, the 10-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot estate is today listed for $11.75M.
· 2 Clifton Place [Zillow]