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18th-century stone house with gorgeous gardens asks $1.6M outside NYC

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It was the home of landscape designer and photographer Judy Tomkins

Shot of back portion of traditional house surrounded by lush gardens and a large tree with a metal swing attached to a branch.
The stone house was built in 1780 and received an addition in the 1930s.
Photos via Sotheby’s International Realty

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Location: Snedens Landing (Palisades), New York

Price: $1,600,000

Located in the hamlet of Snedens Landing (also known as Palisades) in New York, this enchanting stone house was built in 1780 and was the home of landscape designer and photographer Judy Tomkins for 60 years. It’s also rumored that George Washington used the home as an office when his men were guarding the ferry service from the cliffs of the Palisades.

Surrounded by gorgeous perennial gardens tended to by Tomkins, the 2,417-square-foot house is largely original, with an addition by architect Rex Allen added in the 1930s that brought in underfloor radiant heating, among other updates.

Still, antique charm abounds by way of rough-hewn beamed ceilings, rustic floorboards, deep fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, and stone terraces. There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms—including one with an extraordinary polygonal copper sink—with a screened porch off the master bedroom.

Outside, extensive lawns unfurl on the grounds, where mounds of stone stacked into smooth domes designed by Tomkins dot the lush and wild landscape. There are views onto the Hudson River from the .84-acre site, which has played host to many artists over the years.

Located at 75 Washington Road just north of Manhattan, it’s offered at $1.6 million.

Via: Sotheby’s International Realty