The iconic Larchmont home, now for sale, was once a famous resort hotel
An iconic Larchmont Victorian that sits just on the edge of Manor Park and was once a resort complex has hit the market for the first time in 28 years, listed for $3.595 million.
In its heyday, “Bevan House” was home to the likes of Babe Ruth, Eleanor Roosevelt, Douglas Fairbanks and members of the Barrymore actor family, according to listing agent Pollena Forsman, of Houlihan Lawrence.
“The house is so unique,” she said. “It just has that special factor that comes from being built in the late 1800s. It has a storied past and it’s the best, best location in Larchmont.”
“It’s perched on a hill overlooking Manor Park and Horseshoe Harbor,” she said. “It’s one of those iconic houses that everyone falls in love with.”
“It’s just a really, really nice property, with amazing park views, high ceilings everywhere, and a great wrap-around porch,” Forsman said.
The 5,117 square foot Larchmont Manor home, which is under contract, offers four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It is situated on a 0.35 acre lot.
Why is it called Maison Bevan?
In 1891, Mary A. Bevan purchased the Park Avenue property that had been the site of the Rose Cottage boarding house since 1881, according to historical records provided by Barbara Davis, co-director of the Westchester County Historical Society, and Lynne Crowley, an archivist. with the Larchmont Historical Society. Bevan made extensive additions and renovations and opened Bevan House in 1893. In the early 1980s it was restored as a single family residence.
The current owners, who have been there for 28 years, have made several updates and additions, including upgrading the kitchen and adding a breakfast room with a domed ceiling and a “dramatic renovation on the third floor that looks a lot like a loft, with exposed brickwork and windows everywhere,” Forsman said.
The house has “incredible views of the water in the winter when the leaves have fallen,” she said. “You look right over Horseshoe Harbor with some really pretty views of Long Island Sound.”
Architectural details include four wood-burning fireplaces plus one gas installed by the current owners, columns, extensive millwork and trim, moldings, beamed ceilings, arches, trim, built-ins and glass panes original wavy.
From the front door you enter an entrance hall with a central staircase. To the left is a music/library room with a fireplace, with a double sized formal living room, also with a fireplace, to the right.
The formal dining room, a “great open room on a grand scale,” also has a seating area, Forsman said.
The kitchen opens to a family room/den, and there are French doors to the level courtyard and a flagstone patio with a pergola.
This first floor also contains a pantry, powder room, and mud and laundry rooms.
The second floor offers a landing, two bedrooms and the master suite, which includes a bedroom with a fireplace, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower.
The third floor features an office, bedroom and living room with double patio doors that open to a large loft-like room. Spiral stairs lead to a rooftop viewing area.
The home also has an attached four-car garage, which is “very unusual to find in a vintage home,” Forsman said. “In most of these older homes, you’re lucky to have a detached one-car garage.”
Forsman described the walk factor here as “A plus, plus, plus – you walk everywhere.”
“One of the real appeals of Larchmont Manor is that it’s a special seaside neighborhood with sidewalks and bike paths and you can walk to everything,” she said, including the restaurants, village shops, schools, train station, library, yacht and shore clubs and multiple playgrounds, parks and grass pitches.
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Address: 78 Park Avenue, Larchmont
Price: $3.595 million, with annual fees estimated at $74,565
Agent:Pollena ForsmanHoulihan Laurent