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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