Become just the fourth owner in home’s 160 years

Ari Susswein & Mary Phelan-Kavanagh of Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Welcome to Alderbrook Mansion, a Gothic revival English brick house that has graced Riverdale’s historic Estates district since 1858.

It was then Oscar and Ada Woodworth Ferris constructed the eight-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home at what is now 4715 Independence Ave., nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, providing anyone who lives there nothing but privacy.

This stunning move-in-ready home has been lovingly restored, maintaining the original integrity of the architecture while seamlessly blending modern amenities throughout the home.

Its first occupant was Percy Pyne, president of National City Bank of New York, serving as his summer residence. Then Alderbrook became home to sculptor Elie Nadelman, who designed some of his noted sculptures like The Resting Stag and Dancer there.

Nadelman’s influence would last decades, with his family holding onto the estate through 2007 when its current owner became only the third in the home’s more than 160-year history.

Alderbrook’s first floor has 12-foot ceilings, allowing for an abundance of natural light to shine through, highlighting the magnificent millwork and moldings. The striking entryway invites you to enter, guiding you through an archway where you’ll find the mesmerizing grand, intricately carved wooden staircase.

The stately formal living room is anchored by an original chandelier and sconces that have been expertly restored, along with a wood-burning fireplace with custom built-in bookshelves — all surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that allow light to pour in, while giving you a chance to overlook the lush gardens.

The living room flows into the regal dining room with another wood-burning fireplace, an enormous bay window overlooking mature landscaping, custom butler’s pantry, and another original chandelier.

There is a generous-sized family room with original tile artwork and wood-burning fireplace that flows through a large pocket door to the kitchen.

The renovated, fully custom, top-of-the-line European-style contemporary kitchen comes with a spacious poured concrete island, surrounding Caesarstone counter tops, wolf dual-fuel ovens, three large sinks, two dishwashers and extra cabinetry. There’s enough room to seat eight people.

The second floor offers a two-story master suite with private gym. The master bedroom fills with light from an oversized southwest-facing bay window, original fireplace, and a sitting area. The master bathroom has luxurious contemporary European fixtures, soaking tub, two vanity sinks, steam shower, extra cabinetry, a private-windowed stall, and radiant heat floors.

The master closet is an enormous light-filled room with custom-detailed millwork, providing space for all your clothing needs and more.

What there isn’t space for is listing everything that comes in this amazing home — which lists at $6.995 million.

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Ari Susswein, Mary Phelan-Kavanagh, Douglas Elliman Real Estate