Described as an “exquisite Gothic Revival house” with “a commanding view of the Hudson (River)” the Ross-Hand Mansion in South Nyack is seeking a new owner for $3.2 million.
The main house was built around 1864 by Azariah Ross, a noted architect and mason of the Civil-War period who is credited with building many of the stone structures on Central Park West in New York City and at West Point. The Nyack house has period wood trim throughout and a steeply pitched gabled roof, according to the Hudson Valley River Heritage page of the Historical Society of Rockland.
William H. Hand, a Nyack builder and woodcarver of note, bought the then-vacant home in the late 1880s and made substantial renovations and repairs. The Hand family has owned it ever since and in 1982 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Grandson William Henry Hand, the inventor who worked with Thomas Edison and contributed to the creation of the lead-storage battery that is integral to car and truck operation, lived there and is one of the more noteworthy inhabitants of this home.
But beyond its history the property has many alluring features.
It has an antique greenhouse, large barn with heated gym and elegant rooms beginning with a large foyer and ornate fireplaces. There is an updated country kitchen, modernized plumbing, heating, electric and air conditioning.
The house was featured in the 1997 Hudson River Designer Show House, a fund-raiser for Nyack Hospital – and the rooms were recreated by a collection of noted designers.
Listing agent Ellen Hilburg of Wright Bros Real Estate said there are many options for the 4.5-acre property such as a bed-and-breakfast inn or a grand private residence.
It has “delightful reminders of the 19th century America,” she adds.
The house just came on the market, Hilburg said, and a brokers’ open house is Tuesday.
(Photos from Wright Bros Real Estate)