Most of us who live in New York City dream of one day owning a luxurious, spacious home filled with all of life’s luxuries. I’m talking about the little things: an extra closet, a spare room, or an eat-in kitchen. To us space-deprived urbanites, an extra few square feet seems palatial. So, you can imagine my shock and awe when I saw that a castle — yes, an actual castle! — is for sale in The Bronx. Read on for more on today’s Jawdropper!
The Fieldston neighborhood of the Bronx is hilly, rocky, winding, and woodsy — a complete departure from the hustle and bustle of much of the rest of New York City. The area was once a private hunting preserve. Today, Fieldston, a landmarked historic district, considers itself a “residential park” with over 250 houses, most of which are Tudor mansions, Dutch colonials and Mediterranean bungalows. Its streets and public spaces are privately owned by the Fieldston Property Owners’ Association, Inc., which, among other duties, tends to the neighborhood’s 1,000+ trees.
Fieldston boasts New York City’s highest point, and its crown jewel is the French Provincial Castle at 4720 Grosvenor Avenue. Built in 1926, the castle was designed by famed architect Frank Forster, who was known for the large stone and timber mansions he built for wealthy residents of Long Island’s North Shore and towns along the Hudson. The home was commissioned for Giuseppe Cosulich, a shipping line builder, who, it is said, wanted a home modeled after the 16th-century castle his family owned in Croatia.
In 2004 the home was purchased by Alec Diacou and Suzi Arensberg for $1.8 million. The couple then undertook a $1.5 million renovation. They have used the property as a summer residence and a headquarters for Mr. Diacou’s nonprofit organization, Yes the Bronx, which seeks to rebrand and revitalize the Bronx. The castle is now on the market for $3.65 million.
This stone chateau has five bedrooms, two of which feature cathedral ceilings; another is within the turret. Built-in bookshelves, beamed ceilings, original oak trims, and a raised stone fireplace are just some of the interior details fit for a king. Outside there are terraced perennial gardens and a flagstone patio. You can see all the juicy details over on Zillow.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t miss my fifth-floor walk-up apartment if I were able to move into the Fieldston castle and live like New York City royalty!
AUTHOR DANA SCHULZ
Dana Schulz is a writer and lover of urban exploration, culinary history, and, most of all, old houses. Her dream home would have a wrap-around porch to host dinner parties featuring the tasty treats prepared in her vintage kitchen, complete with a farmhouse sink, retro refrigerator, and collection of milk glass containers.