John Jacob Astor III’s Italianate Former Hudson Valley Villa Lists for $6.5M

A historic country estate is up for sale along the Hudson River in Westchester’s quaint town of Irvington. The picturesque residence was built in 1853 and once belonged to business magnate John Jacob Astor III (1822-1890), who also resided at a Manhattan manse he built at 338 Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building’s address today. The prominent figure was the wealthiest member of the Astor family in his generation, to be followed by scions like his son William Waldorf Astor and nephew John Jacob Astor IV, who created the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This, his relaxing country home near the Hudson River, was also a symbol of his status, wealth, and success.

Unsurprisingly, the Italianate abode is grandiose—but still plenty welcoming. From the sprawling lawns and exquisite landscaping to the limestone exterior, Villa Nuits exudes European influence while being very much grounded in American history. Upon arriving here, guests are greeted by a wrap-around porch, large and rounded windows, and a centrally placed square tower—all reminiscent of the architectural style that became popular in America during the 19th century.

Inside, 14-foot ceilings, carved wood ceilings, and doors and fireplaces with period details fill the home. Totaling nine bedrooms and eight full bathrooms, there is enough space for a large family or an abundance of weekend visitors to kick back Astor style. Other features include a Lord & Burnham Conservatory, a wine cellar, and a large swimming pool. A carriage house with a separate entrance also sits on the 4.8-acre property.

The home, which is only 25 miles north of New York City, is listed for $6.495 million with Aurora Tishelman and Carolyn Joy of Houlihan Lawrence.