The contemporary 6,000-square-foot home that was custom built in 1985 for famed classical pianist Andre Watts is once again up for sale — this time for $1.5 million.
Here is your chance to move your own piano into the space where virtuoso undoubtedly practiced Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Mozart — or listen to one of his many recordings in his own living room.
The estate is on 4 acres on Sky Meadow Road in
Suffern in Ramapo (with a Suffern post office address) at the base of the Ramapo Mountains. It is surrounded completely by 52,000 acres of parkland and conservation easements.
The house is 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms with many plush features, such as a music studio, solid Honduran mahogany trim, 30-foot cathedral ceilings, wine cellar, a greenhouse and dramatic skylights.
The exterior features stone, cedar, glass and eight roof lines, says the listing from Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. And there is also a tennis court, ATV trails and a partially-built guest house.
Watts was born in Nuremburg, Germany, and was a young piano prodigy. At 16, he won a competition to be introduced by Leonard Bernstein for his debut with the New York Philharmonic in the Young People’s Concerts, according to CM Artists New York. At age 26 he was the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University and he has received numerous honors from many schools, including The Juilliard School of Music and his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He has produced numerous recordings and at 67 he performs internationally.
The home’s current owner, according to town of Ramapo records, is Christopher S. Harrison and Evelyn Preuss, who bought the house in 2005.
Watts moved out of the house in 2000 following an earlier divorce and financial problems which included him filing for Chapter 11 protection over mounting overdue payments on the home’s mortgage. He has since resolved these issues, remarried and is living elsewhere, The Journal News has reported.