POCANTICO HILLS, NY—The lavish estate of billionaire banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller here known as Hudson Pines is on the market for sale for $22 million.
The former chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and longtime philanthropist passed away at the age of 101 in March of this year. Since his death, the Rockefeller’s estate began to sell off his various real estate holdings, as well as his private art collection, with the proceeds benefiting charities. Brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence of Rye reported the property’s availability, which is the exclusive agent for the estate.
The 75-acre Hudson Pines property was designed in 1938 by architect Mott B. Schmidt and was originally constructed for Rockefeller’s sister Abby. Rockefeller and his late-wife Peggy later acquired the mansion and raised six children between their New York City townhouse and Hudson Pines, which is set high above the Hudson River. This marks the first time the property has put on the market for sale.
“This is a home of unparalleled provenance, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own classic American architecture where a true American visionary once lived,” says David Turner, the Houlihan Lawrence listing agent for the property.
The main residence offers 11,000 square feet of living space on three levels. A gracious entry with Mott Schmidt’s signature floating staircase exemplifies timeless elegance. The living room overlooks a sweeping lawn with dramatic river views beyond, as does the dining room, with access to a private side terrace. A brick terrace overlooks gardens. A library has a carved fireplace, separate office with fireplace and a full bath. In addition to the grand staircase, an elevator accesses the second floor that features a master wing with a private balcony, dual dressing galleries with fitted closets; and five bedrooms and five full baths. A third floor has an additional three bedrooms and three baths. A lower basement level includes a wine vault, hobby rooms and offices.
Surrounding the home are gardens, broad lawns and woodlands, complemented with a round heated pool, a playhouse, a large carriage house, a three-bedroom gate house, a six-stall barn with tack room and office, three greenhouses with potting benches and an office, a mature apple orchard and a private helipad.
“Much like his Manhattan townhouse, Mr. Rockefeller cherished his home in Pocantico Hills. The importance of this home in the context of his life is paramount,” says Anthony Cutugno, senior vice president of Houlihan Lawrence Private Brokerage.
The Rockefeller family is also deeply rooted in the history of Pocantico Hills, having founded the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, which features an educational center with offices, as well as the acclaimed restaurant Blue Hill.