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The Elm Court Report

Posted: May. 10th, 2006  |  By JustLuxe TeamThe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
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Luxury Homes: The landscape architect, who designed the original layouts of Central Park and Pinehurst, Frederick Law Olmstead, also did the original landscaping for the 90-acre estate, Elm Court. This massive residence was originally built in 1887 by Emily Vanderbilt, granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, and first husband, William Douglas Sloane, son of the founder of W & J Sloane, which went bankrupt in 1985. Elm Court is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1919, Mr. Henry White, Emily's second husband, hosted a prominent group of international diplomats. This homey, informal gathering led to the creation of the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles.

The Berkshire Hills' property has dual functionality, as it is possible to maintain it as a singular residence or, with its accompanying buildings and opulence, commercially. It is easily large enough to be transformed into a resort or a luxury-housing development. Berkshire Hills is a lavish retreat area where some of the most acclaimed musical, theatrical and dance notables, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood, reside periodically.

The main house has 11 bedrooms and 13 full baths, with six of the bedrooms suitable to be viewed as master suites. Although the main house is restored to its 1887 charm, rest assured that all amenities are impeccable and ultra modern. Elm Court has 106 rooms over 55,000 square feet, including the main house, the butler's and gardener's cottages, a greenhouse, stables and, ah-hem, various other buildings, which the new owner will have the privilege of naming. There also is a heliport on the grounds.

The price of this stunningly palatial development located in Lenox, Massachusetts, is $21.5 million. It is being offered by Alton & Westall Agency, Real Estate. More details are available on the website of Christie's Great Estates.

For LxM James Rothaar
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