Friday, March 5, 2010

SOLD Fort Hill Castle Is Up For Sale

Open House this Sunday, September 12, 2010 from noon - 2PM. Email to R.S.V.P.I know, I know! Our slogan says that we took the ferry to Staten Island and decided to stay. We wish that we could, but life has taken us elsewhere. It's silly to own two large houses on either side of Manhattan, so we will keep The Lakeside Lodge and get a place in Manhattan.

My heart will always live in Staten Island and I'm still here all of the time. I'm helping to promote SHOW gallery, helping many of you get film and photo shoots at your gorgeous Staten Island houses (through my locations company, CvB Spaces), and I'm continuing to write this blog.
The house has been written about all over the place. Here are a few links:
The New York Times:
Looking for a House and a Turret, The New York Times
House call: Animal Kingdom, Time Out NY
Across the Harbor, a Historic Gem, The New York Times
The Prodigal Buzz, Brownstoner
St. George, Staten Island Wonderland, Forgotten NY
It also appeared in magazines like Seventeen and Vogue and on NBC News and NY1 News.

To see a slideshow of the house go HERE.

Here are the details below:

Fort Hill Castle
Exotic Beauty of Yesteryear

Price: $715,000
Location: St. George, Staten Island, NYC ( the house is a 7 minute walk to the Staten Island ferry terminal. See the step-by-step commute with pictures HERE and HERE.)

Fort Hill was a British fort during the revolutionary war. While some of the tunnels and munitions are still buried in the hill, the fort no longer stands. In the late twenties, another fort-like structure was built as a home, Fort Hill Castle. This unique urban Mediterranean villa was commissioned by the original owners to resemble a specific castle in Spain. The very private garden, in full bloom from April through October, features a small koi pond, 112 varieties of flowering plant and flower, fountains, and statuary. The upper deck has a gazebo and a fire pit. There are two backyard decks and a front deck. There are distant water views.

The interior has original plaster walls hand rubbed with layers of intense jewel-toned paint to bring out their texture. There is chestnut woodwork and hardwood floors on every floor in the home. The grand curved staircase is hardwood and wrought iron. Many of the doorways in the home are arched.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 4 finished floors, 5,000 square feet of land

Rooms: Living room (with arched doorways and a working fireplace), formal dining room, sunroom, eat in kitchen (with a beautiful built in gothic dining nook and a Sub Zero refrigerator), master bedroom suite (with a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, bidet, and separate shower), 4 full bathrooms, powder room, library, billiard room, tower room, laundry room, bar room (with a working fireplace), two car garage (connected to the house under ground).

To see a slideshow of the house go HERE.
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