This circa-1865 Oakdale farm ranch listed for $699,000, which was once a brick barn on the Pepperidge Hall estate, blends historic intrigue with modern energy efficiency on 1.69 acres.
The residence still has the 4.5-foot-wide barn front door, a nod to its days as a service building to the French château where the silent film “Dead Men Tell No Tales” was filmed, owner Ron Beattie says.
While the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is filled with historic touches, the roof is covered with solar panels.
“Solar was one of the best decisions we ever made,” Beattie says. “We get a check every year — it’s not a big one — but we don’t pay electricity, basically.”
The 4,300-square-foot space is filled with hardwood floors and includes a formal dining room, a den/study with a fireplace, and two full bathrooms on the first floor.
A great room includes a Heatilator wood-burning fireplace and the original rings from the room’s previous use as a stable, says Beattie, who was raised in the home and bought it from his parents.
The kitchen was renovated about 15 years ago, and a country-style, wood-lined dining room features a custom table that Beattie built.
“We couldn’t find a table big enough for that room,” he says, adding that the table is available to buy with the home.
The second-story master suite includes a wall of exposed brick, ample closet space and a bathroom. The floor also contains three bedrooms and a full bathroom.
Grounds are fully sprinklered and include a covered patio. A gazebo was built on the foundation of Pepperidge Hall’s blacksmith shop.
“I’m continuously finding horseshoes and hinges and all sorts of metal artifacts back there,” Beattie says.
Pepperidge Hall was a sprawling French-style estate constructed for Christopher Rhenelander Robert II, an eccentric builder whose father earned great wealth as a trader in the West Indies. Robert II died in January 1898, likely of suicide. The hall was razed around 1940.
The home is listed with Robert Olita and Christine Forgione of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.