It has been rumored for a while that the picturesque 120-acre estate overlooking the Hudson Highlands was coming on the market. And today, without any drum rolls or pomp it appeared on the Multiple Listing System.
Offered for $7.25 million the property was built in 1919 for railroad executive Frank Henry Osborn, Sr. and of late has been the site of private events and weddings during June and July.
It is known as Cat Rock, short for Castle Rock hilltop where the main house is perched, and here is the description of the glorious site from the listing agents at Renwick Sotheby’s International Realty in Bedford:
Cat Rock has a grandeur that reflects a graceful period gone by. Sited high above the Hudson River, this rare offering includes over 120 conserved acres surrounded by state parks, with unsurpassed views of Storm King, West Point, and the Catskill Mountains to the north with the Manhattan skyline to the south. Formal gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipmen. …. Generations of the Osborn family have devoted their lives to land conservation in the Hudson Valley. Cat Rock stands as a testament to their legacy.
The house has 10,000-square-feet with 11 bedrooms and seven full bathrooms. It falls within a rural conservation zone and annual property taxes are listed at $83,156. Amenities inlcude a guest house, carriage house, staff quarters, a library, gardens, artist or writer’s studio, hardwood flooring and as one would expect, a security system.
In 2010 the family was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying it was “grappling” with a possible sale because it was costing $200 a day just to heat the place (we assume this was on winter’s coldest days — and walls were reported to be uninsulated and windows were single panes of old glass). Operating costs are roughly $500,000 a year, the family said in the WSJ.
On the website for osborn castle, grandson Hank Osborn (Frank H. Osborn IV) said his grandparents built the stone mansion as a weekend estate and it is where he lived out his final days. The grandson told The Journal News several years ago that he and his father have been working hard to preserve and maintain the property, and to keep it in the family.
Other Garrison residents include Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FOX News Channel Roger Ailes, former New York Governor George Pataki, and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes with his husband Sean Eldridge, president and founder of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund.