Photographs Courtesy of Compass
In this world of electronic overstimulation, there’s nothing like a good scary story to bring back old fashioned imagination. Start with this 1850s Gothic Revival mansion located in Irvington New York, just a 10-minute walk from the home of Washington Irving, author of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
. Add a price under $1 million for over 13,000-square-feet, and the really scary part is that you might not be fast enough to grab up this incredible deal.Yes, you might have to get a larger family or invite lots of friends to fill the 14 bedrooms, but with 7 full and two half baths, they will be happy guests. Imagine the parties with spectacular Hudson River views and a marble and stone fireplace that might just inspire another Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley competition. Add almost two magnificent acres, gracious driveways front and back, and historic architecture with original cut stone, gables, turrets and spires, arches and leaded windows and carved stone balustrades. For those who truly want to adopt a King’s attitude in this castle, there are the original servants quarters, recreated as a duplex apartment with 5 modern bedrooms and central air conditioning.The home’s slightly spooky atmosphere can be attributed to more than just its Gothic style. Back in the 19th century, the original owner, John Thomas, was struck by lightning while admiring his new home. Some say his spirit haunts the grounds, but who wouldn’t when they barely got to enjoy their brand new residence?Sold in an “As-Is” condition, there are still gorgeous original details and enough savings in the purchase price for a creative buyer to work magic customizing this unparalleled Westchester County estate.Theresa Ferraro of Compass
has the listing, known as Strawberry Hill Manor.