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Location: New Rochelle, N.Y.
The Skinny: The Chateau Sans Souci, as this Gothic Revival mansion is known, sat at the heart of a large estate when it was built back in 1859. Originally constructed by society architect A.J. Davis for the Davenport family, the castle-like home enjoyed panoramic views of Long Island Sound and acres of meadows dotted with fruit trees. Over the years, a series of additions expanded the original 1.5-story bluestone cottage into a palatial 24-room residence complete with ten bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a ballroom, and two kitchens in over 12,000 square feet. As the mansion expanded, those once spacious grounds were sold off in bulk. By the time the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the size of the estate had dwindled to just over one acre and the views of the Sound were obstructed by an entire neighborhood of post-war tract homes. Currently listed for $2.69M, the Chateau Sans Souci suffers from a few renovation missteps—including a bright red bathroom with black fixtures, an awkwardly huge master bath, some shoddy carpeting, and a downright awful kitchen—but the original parquet floors, numerous stone fireplaces, and elegant Gothic detailing help to distract from those shortcomings.
· Chateau San Souci [Sotheby's International Realty]
· In the Hudson Valley, A Gothic Villa Designed by A. J. Davis [Curbed National]