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Designer’s dazzling ‘clock house’ wants $3.6M outside NYC

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It’s the home of designer Ernest de la Torre

The symmetrical house features a hip roof with a decorative roof balustrade and is flanked by two lower gabled structures, with a clock protruding from the central roof.
The “Clock House” features a Georgian-style facade.
Photos via Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

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Location: Palisades, New York

Price: $3,600,000

A dazzling home known as the Clock House is on the market in Palisades, New York, a hamlet formerly known as Snedens Landing just 20 miles outside of Manhattan. The residence of noted designer Ernest de la Torre, the 1957-built Georgian has been dressed to the nines and combines classic and contemporary touches that are magazine-ready.

The symmetrical 3,200-square-foot house features a hip roof with a decorative roof balustrade and is flanked by two lower gabled structures. A charming European style clock protrudes from the central roof, giving the home its name.

Inside, a dramatic double-height living room takes center stage, where a two-story wall of steel casement windows frame views of 30-foot trees and gorgeous gardens. Elegant details abound, like the Georgian marble fireplace, black Indian sandstone parquet de Versailles stone floors, and hand-troweled plaster walls with floating cloud reliefs. Two balconies on the upper floor looks down into this space.

In contrast to the classic living room, the eat-in kitchen boasts a more modern look. Old wooden beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn presides over sleek counters with petrified wooden inlays and geometric Cuban tiling. French doors open onto a patio.

The three bedrooms are also stunningly appointed, with the master suite featuring upholstered walls and a coved ceiling covered in tea-leaf silver paper. The family room, which has straw marquetry dragonflies on the walls, can also be used as a fourth bedroom. There are four and a half bathrooms.

Rounding out the .76-acre property is a tennis court. Located at 96 Washington Springs Road, the property is offered at $3.6 million.

Via: Sotheby’s International Realty