Woodcliff Manor: The Hudson Valley Home of the Morgan Family

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Vanessa Saunders is a real estate agent with a great love for historic properties and feels horrible when grand old buildings are left to deteriorate. So, when she first walked into this 19,660-square-foot listing of hers on 4.13 wooded acres in Irvington, NY, "I burst into tears. It was so wonderful to see a home that's been restored."

Now on the market for $5.88 million, the home was built for the renowned Morgan family in 1850 and is reputed to be the birthplace of famous financier J.P. Morgan Jr.

More recently, the latest owner, now deceased, spent many years restoring the home, which has eight bedrooms, six full-bathrooms, and seven half-baths. "The original shutters are on, everything has been redone to its original glory, and it's been so well-done. That's the thing that struck me when I first saw it," says Saunders.

And while the owner's family has put the home on the market, they're still proceeding with a final fireplace restoration to honor his memory, the agent explains. He had restored 12 of the 13 fireplaces in the home. Other restored original elements include wooden doors, inlaid floors, and even a hidden staircase from the first floor to one of the bedroom suites.

But the 8,500-square-foot home known as Woodcliff Manor isn't all that's on the property.

There's also 11,160 square feet of corporate office space on a lower level of the property. That's where watchmaker Timex once had offices in the 1960s. The space is still in use today by another corporate tenant, and the two structures are connected through the house's basement. There's even a dumbwaiter from the home's updated kitchen to the corporate space, which allows for meals to be catered in the corporate offices, Saunders explains.

The property has drawn interest from companies and nonprofits attracted to the idea of using the home as short-term housing for visiting executives and other dignitaries, Saunders explains. A new owner could also live in the home and lease out the corporate space. The corporate space has parking for at least 50 cars.

Situated in an area known as the lower Hudson Valley, the home presents sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge which spans it. The closest Metro-North commuter train stop is five minutes away, and it's a 25-minute commute into Manhattan's Grand Central Station.

As for the family now selling the historic home? "It matters to them enormously that someone is going to love it and take care of it," says Saunders.