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Location: Irvington, New York
According to Sotheby’s, there’s a chilling story swirling around this Gothic Revival home to match its gothic architecture. Legend has it that the original owner, John Thomas, who built the place in 1850, was admiring his handiwork after a day’s work in the fields, when a storm rolled in. As he was standing there, lightning struck the pitchfork he was holding—and killed him.
Despite the horrific tale, there is plenty of beauty to be admired. Named Strawberry Hill Manor after the home of English writer, politician, and earl Horace Walpole, the 11-bedroom manse once occupied 300 acres of farmland along the Hudson River and now sits on two, in the bucolic village of Irvington in Westchester County.
Towers, gables, spires, and arches, as well as mullioned windows, turrets, columns, finials, balustrades, and more ornament the impressive 13,000-square-foot getaway, which also includes a drawing room, a separate dining space for children, a parlor, studio, billiard room, and card room.
The stone house is something of a (major) fixer-upper, however, but with bones as strong as these, it won’t take much to bring it back to its former glory. But first, it’s gonna cost you: Located at 76 North Broadway, it’s offered at just under $2 million.