The Manhattan-area vacation home above incorporates all those elements. Ary-Brynn was built for Consuelo, the Duchess of Manchester and godmother of a Vanderbilt, on 1,600 acres on the edge of Lake Como. The Cuban enchantress and society maven wanted to feel like she was “about to tip in the Rhine,” according to the owners.
The product is a sun-drenched getaway on four levels that blends period details with modern functionality. The six-bedroom home is blessed with panoramic views from three verandas and windows from every nook, along with an oak-paneled library, Cuban room, conservatory, master suite with sitting room and private terrace. Granite counters add to the opulence of the kitchen, where 12 friends can discuss the historical significance of the house and environs over wine.
It was here in Tuxedo Park that the formal men’s attire staple was invented, no doubt for the millionaires who threw lavish parties at homes like this during the last Gilded Age. Today, the neighbors are more low-key, from young families to octogenarians to professionals who commute 45 minutes into Manhattan.
Owners, if your property has any roots as captivating as those, make sure to share them in your listing. People will be all over it and more likely to choose your home over any competitor without such tradition and majesty.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.