1904 Tudor Revival in Tuxedo Park, NY – $975,000

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Added to OHD on 1/6/20   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   50 Comments
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116 Tower Hill Rd W, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987

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  • $975,000
  • 7 Bed
  • 7.5 Bath
  • 12637 Sq Ft
  • 2.6 Ac.
Believe. Paxhurst, also known as the Hoffman Castle at the top of Tower Hill Road, is now available for the first time in more than 35 years. Designed in 1904 by the firm of Barney and Chapman for William Mitchell Vail Hoffman, the residence is a true landmark, with its tower visible from miles away. The house is in its original condition, and when one enters its two story front hall, with wbfp, the magic begins. Straight ahead is a fabulous square great room with wbfp. To the left is a library and a den, both with wbfp's. On the right is a suite of three entertaining rooms, with 2 wbfp's. On the 2nd and 3rd floors there are several bedrooms with wbfp's. At the top of the house is a breathtaking oversized penthouse room with wbfp and access to rooftop terrace. A lower above ground level opens to extensive grounds. There is nothing like Paxhurst anywhere, and it is true that there is a castle within 40 miles of New York City. Equal Housing Opportunity.
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Walter Deane, Tuxedo Park Fine Homes
(845) 351-0001
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50 Comments on 1904 Tudor Revival in Tuxedo Park, NY – $975,000

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  1. MWMW says: 902 comments

    Is a big house, so needs a lot of work of course. But I like how original it still is, hasn’t been too messed up yet.

    But spooky how there is the same fire in every fireplace! Ghosts!!

  2. NonaKNonaK says: 254 comments
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    Austin, TX

    Once owned and inhabited by John Foreman. May he rest in peace. http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2010/11/paxhurst-tuxedo-park-ny.html

  3. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2193 comments
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    1920 Colonial Revival
    Upstate/Central, NY

    The various animals on the newel posts are cool!!

  4. RachelMedRachelMed says: 107 comments

    Really love this house and it’s great to see some additional pictures since zillow only has the first few available.

    I was wondering if you all knew what that space above the vents and beneath the windows is to the left in this picture? https://fpo-tour-files.imgix.net/2019_09/326623/presentation/orig__MG_6967_8188765.jpg?w=1920&h=1276

    You can see a panel door partially open and I wasn’t sure what that was meant for. I’m also dying at the ceiling in that room!!

    • SueSue says: 528 comments
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      1802 Cape

      Would it be to regulate the heat in the room?

    • TGrantTGrant says: 884 comments
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      New Orleans, LA

      That’s a radiator grill below the window. The other radiator looks like it might be a later addition to the room.

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6731 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Nice spot / good question, Rachel. There is a large radiator(s) inside of that built-in below the window. You can see the vents at floor level which would draw in cold air through the process of convection through the radiator, with warm air then rising through the vents above it at sill level. This was most likely done simply to hide the radiator, which are by some considered unsightly.

      The up-swinging access panel you noticed was likely there for cleaning purposes; as well as giving access to the regulator(s) used for controlling the flow of heat to the radiator(s); whether hydronic or steam.

      The second radiator in the room, (now detached), was likely added after original construction when the principal unit was likely found to be lacking adequate BTU’s to heat such a large room: hence the reason it is apparently without a similar enclosure.

      • MichaelMichael says: 2674 comments
        1979 That 70's show
        Otis Orchards, WA

        That’s a perfect description. You can see the upper vents in the sill of the window if you blow the picture up a little.

        I worked on an old house here in my home town that had concealed radiators. Each one was concealed slightly differently, depending on the room style but the concept is exactly as you laid out! While I can understand the idea of hiding them, from what I’ve read it does reduce their efficiency some.

  5. SueSue says: 528 comments
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    1802 Cape

    I know it is photo shop but I imagine the realtor walking around with a cardboard picture of fire and putting it in each fireplace before taking the photos.

    I wish I had the money for this place. It is magnificent. I wonder if the stables are still included.

  6. RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    40 minutes away, a 1-bedroom condo in NYC can cost $1M.

    So, relatively speaking, this place is a steal.

    I also love love love it. Truly, madly, deeply.

  7. timhildebrandttimhildebrandt says: 97 comments
    1927 arts and crafts
    Indianapolis, IN

    First I would repair the ceilings, I think I could do it. Then some cool antique period furniture, then I’d have to upgrade my wardrobe to match the place. Fancy top hat maybe, starched collars, shiny shoes, striped trousers, and maybe a dark blue cape.
    Love this place. I could go mad here.

    • Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 588 comments
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      That is a wow of a comment, timhildebrandt, one that provided an unexpected chuckle. Certainly If you are going to live in a home of this beauty, it is only fitting that your wardrobe match the place. Definitely a dark blue cape! And perhaps a canoe to wile away a lovely afternoon on that river I see off in the distance. Meanwhile, I absolutely love the stairs in this house, all the windows, the fireplaces and everything else.

  8. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 456 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    I’m in love with the two rooms with trellage on the walls. Can you imagine cutting all those little sticks of wood? Then they were mounted with mathematical precision. It was popular as a decorative interior finish for many years before this house was built, and made popular by designers such as Elsie de Wolfe. Often the furniture was based on French prototypes, but covered in caning, not upholstery, and there were cushions. This is work we cannot afford to duplicate today.

  9. JenniferJennifer says: 75 comments
    Nashville, TN

    Okay everyone let’s pitch in and buy it. You know we have to. I volunteer to live there and supervise the renovation and repair. (so brave, I know) We could create an amazing retreat space for all of us to use. Again, I will caretake and do scheduling. Tell me where to sign. I’m in. 🙂

    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2193 comments
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      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central, NY

      Thanks for the floor plans; the “waiting parlor” on the ground floor cracked me up. I know it was a custom to have a visitor wait in a parlor until you arrived to meet them, but have never seen a room specially designated as such. For those one might want to keep at a distance… if they have to wait long enough, maybe they’ll give up & go away?😅

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6731 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Lol. Maybe, Cathy; maybe. Heheheh.

        They are actually not all that uncommon. I’ll point some out when I see them pop up in the future. Most are just small rooms off the main hall; as opposed to grander examples like in this house. Sometimes they are just a large niche or turret.

  10. Absolutely stunning. It seems 99% original. National Trust-worthy. Yes, loads of work… in just about every room… and who know about the systems… heating, plumbing, etc. Most importantly, it should be in the middle of at least 10 acres…. perhaps 20. A Tiffany diamond on a princess setting doesn’t look right to me. The views, perhaps, make up for that. Wish I had known about it during my trip to NY last Sept. 😉

  11. JohntiqueJohntique says: 83 comments
    Winter Park, FL

    A true jewel in the rough – and you would only need an extra million to restore everything that requires attention. I would imagine new roofing would be the first point of order. Many of the ceilings would … unfortunately … have to be torn out since they are separated from the supporting lath. The amount of original detail in good condition is amazing. I wonder what the property taxes are on this treasure?

  12. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 456 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    It is now possible to re-anchor sagging plaster to its laths. You access the problem from the floor above. You have to decide if it is worth pulling up flooring or pulling down plaster.

  13. JTGJTG says: 40 comments
    1834 Greek Revival
    Boston - Metrowest, MA

    This is my new favorite OHD posting. I not only love this house, and Tuxedo Park, but I am obsessed with it. This is just so fantastic, so lovely…and the fact that it is in its “original condition” is just outstanding. There are few unrestored spaces like the conservatory (as it is) which is so fabulous, such a time capsule, and so rare in 2020. The old plumbing fixtures are exquisite. Obviously it needs a new roof and other maintenance: A few hundred thousand alone. The toughest pill to swallow is the 12,000 SF. How do you use and maintain all of that space? It is so nice how it appears to grow out of its surroundings. It strikes my heart looking at every photo. I would love to be the architect for the new owner 🙂

  14. OHDdroolerOHDdrooler says: 31 comments

    For me, it needs a few more bedrooms and I’m home!!!
    (Despite the repeating fires in the fireplaces in an empty house. LOL)

  15. I’m thinking about making a offer ,I email the agent of the property and I will share my information with you guys ,I love this house so much and I love the character of this exquisite house.

    Who help with the restoration on the property when I buy it,I probably going to make a offer this week sometimes and I’m try make a offer round $899,999-$972,500 between that range.

  16. Sandy BSandy B says: 799 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Oh DO keep us posted on progress……on the sale and your plans for it. It will be most appreciated and fun for all of us. I wish you well and congratulations…!!!

  17. ShazShaz says: 1 comments

    Will you keep all the bedrooms on the third floor? There’s like a million!

  18. This would be a dream!


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