One of Lenox’s last Great Estates for private residency has just hit the market, and it has plenty of Gilded Age charm to make it feel as if you’re being transported back to the time of grand homes, and equally grand parties.
Listed for $5,900,000, the Winthrop Estate, known as Ethelwynde, located at 101 and 95 Yokun Ave., was built in 1927 and includes 11,7048 square feet of living space, with 26 rooms, including a grand foyer, living room, library, conservatory with three sides of windows, 13 bedrooms, and 10.5 bathrooms. The property includes 31-plus acres of land with mountain views.
In addition, the property includes a 1,800-square-foot guest house, built in a mid-century style, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and its own driveway.
At the time this estate was built, many of the country’s most prominent socialites flocked from the bustling city life to the calm, open air of the Berkshires. At one time, people like Andrew Carnegie and George Westinghouse made their way to Western Massachusetts, and there were more than 70 of these sprawling estates.
Today, many of these homes are gone or have been converted to a different use.
For Ethelwynde, the current owners took it upon themselves to have the home restored back to the way it was when it was built, and literally peeled back the more unsightly modern finishes – think linoleum – to reveal the original charm beneath, according to listing agent Robin Kencel of the Robin Kencel Group.
In the 1970s, an engineering firm had bought the property and installed plasterboard over the paneling, put down linoleum, and added other newer materials, she said. “So when these owners purchased the property, it was an incredible opportunity to discover for them, but rediscover for the home, many of the original elements.”
She referred to the owners as “preservationists,” who kept the original details, even the faucets. In the conservatory, the tile floors and the finish on the paneling is original.
The home offers plenty of room to spread out. The living room measures 23 by 34 feet, and the dining room is large enough to house a banquet, according to the listing. The library features paneling made of purpleheart wood from the Amazon.
The third floor includes TV, exercise, and game rooms, as well as a nursery. The lower level houses a wine cellar.
Outside, the owners restored the landscaping to what it would’ve looked like back when the home was built. “The mountains are the canvas, so the landscaping of the property is really fitting into that particular setting,” Kencel said.
She noted that there seems to be a desire in buyers to move away from busy cities to places that offer a slower-paced way of life, adding that people are “maybe recalibrating how we go through life” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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