The Painted Lady Victorian

This stately Victorian used to be the home of a brick baron. Oddly enough, he built his own home with wood and not brick. The exterior of this grand mansion has been meticulously painted in a variety of historic colors. The lookout tower has 360 degree views of Staten Island and Raritan Bay. There are elegant wallpapers, formal curtains, grand fireplaces, and sumptuous embossed leather walls in the entrance hall. The large property has plenty of parking and a small pond.

Square footage: 6,000 (Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, kitchen, bathrooms, basement)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Pond
  • Wrap around porch
  • Parking

The Ephemera House

An enormous pine tree looms up in front of the brown, shingled tower of this handsome home. Step up the porch steps and step back in time. Place your fedora hat on the hall rack and gaze at the 1930’s – 1940’s glamorous oil portraits gracing the staircase wall. Victorian settees, antique wallpaper, and ephemera can be found in every corner and on every wall.

Square footage: 3,000 interior, corner lot with a small yard (Parlor, bedroom, 2 children’s bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, bathrooms)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars

The Hansel and Gretel Victorian

Enter this pretty gingerbread cottage-mansion and be drawn deeper inside by its perfumed scent. Once inside, a perfectly frightening bear-skin rug and a variety of taxidermy fauna greet you. Children best stay away from the brick fireplace hearth! Perfectly period-dressed mannequins, musical chairs, antiques, and statuary draw you in deeper. A tiny child’s corset is laid upon a small, pretty bed while music box dolls animate to dance for arriving guests. I half expected to find Miss Havisham pining away in a corner upstairs but instead I found sun poring through gothic-arched windows and shedding light upon dreamy bedrooms and hallways.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 1/3 acre (Great room, parlor, dining room, music room, library, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom, sewing room, bathrooms, attic)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • A pretty yard with the home set back a good distance from the street

The Arabesque Victorian

Geometric patterns mimicking nature appear everywhere in this gorgeous Victorian manse. In the archways, the pediments, tower, woodwork, and especially in the magnificent stained glass. Islamic features are present throughout its design but there is also a Germanic influence in the stained glass. Sitting high upon a hill, the house has splendid water views from many windows. The attic features a creepy, coffin-shaped tunnel to the tower.

Square footage: 4,500 interior, 1/3 acre (24 rooms with 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6 fireplaces, 24 stained glass windows)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • A pretty yard with intricate stone paths, a pond, and a stone well
  • An antique garage

Fort Hill Castle

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 garden, in full bloom from April through October, features a small pond, 112 varieties of flowering plant and flower, fountains, and statuary. Most of the interior walls in the home are currently painted white.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 1/3 acre of land (Living room, dining room, sunroom, kitchen, bedrooms, art studio, 4 full bathrooms, powder room, library, billiard room, tower room, laundry room, bar room, 2 car garage)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking in the garage and driveway for trailers, trucks and cars, free on street parking
  • Gazebo (cover available for outdoor catering), 2 outdoor fireplaces

The Hudson River Mansion

While attending a pig roast at The Hudson River Mansion, I snooped around and was mesmerized by its dusty grandeur. Some of the rooms are pristine, such as the paneled octagonal library filled with old books and manuscripts. Others are worse for the wear from water damage or halted repairs, yet they retain a faded beauty. Tapestries, old paintings, heavily carved furniture, and intricate antique wallpapers abound in this stunning abode. The breathtaking grounds are immense and feature rolling hills, fields, forests, streams, rustic trails, long country roads, a riverfront beach, a tiny island, railroad tracks, and sunsets that defined the Hudson River School of painting.

Square footage: 22,000 interior, 450 acres (Main house: Great hall, library, 3 parlors, dining room, 2 kitchens, music room, bedrooms, tower room; Outbuildings: barn, stable, 2 guest houses, sheds, windmill and much more)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Wireless access
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • Immense grounds and outbuildings
  • Farm equipment and heavy machinery are available to use for an additional fee
  • Airport nearby