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Croton-on-Hudson, New York
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Croton-on-Hudson, New York
Opera house
Price: $2.35 million

Beds: 4
Baths: 3.5

Description: Fieldstone walls, exposed beams and stone and brick fireplaces were put back into perfect condition during the 2006 renovation of this turn-of-the-century Westchester County property.

This home was originally built in the late 19th century by the eponymous developer of Croton-Harmon, Clifford B. Harmon, for his lover, Madame Lillian Nordica, a prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera. She used the theater space to sing for parties of 100 guests.

After that, the theater's boards were graced by such thespian luminaries as Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

The large, high-ceilinged space lent itself well to its remodeling as a single family house. It boasts grand rooms for entertaining and a very comfortable, attractive floor plan.

The one-acre lot is on the Croton River and is within walking distance of the railroad station, with train service to Manhattan. The property is filled with mature hardwoods..

For more information: Houlihan Lawrence

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