Rooms with a (river) view

Do you think that when Henry Hudson sailed up the river that would ultimately bear his name aboard the little Half Moon in 1609, he might have ever imagined this house in Matthiessen Park?

The 10,773-square-foot stone, Dutch-style house, overlooking the Hudson River in Irvington, would no doubt be too grand for the flush but frugal Dutch. And yet its beauty lies in a magnificence that is entirely understated.

Begin with great bones — spacious rooms, high, crown-molded ceilings, hardwood floors and plenty of windows and French doors that seem to offer riparian views at every turn. The rooms include a two-story foyer that sweeps you up a curving staircase, a two-story library with a gallery, a family room with cherry wood paneling and a master suite with generous his and her baths. (There are seven bedrooms, eight and a half baths and just as many fireplaces, eight.)

Add stone patios that command 5.3 acres of lush, terraced gardens and stone paths with pebbled borders and you have a grand, traditional space. But at this Matthiessen Park abode, tradition easily marries modernity. The chef’s kitchen, the elevator to the three floors, the Lutron lighting and security systems and the finished lower level with an indoor Endless Pool speak of a 2002 dwelling that is up-to-date.

Yet just as tradition and modernity meld here, so, too, do privacy and accessibility. You’re whisked along a private road with a pebbled drive into the enclave. And yet, you’re within walking distance of the village, the train to Manhattan and the surrounding trails.

Our guess is that Henry Hudson would’ve been happy to visit.

Price upon request. For more, call Dalia Valdes at 914-772-8002 or 914-967-4600 or email her at

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