This circa-1917 Upper Brookville Colonial was once home to a British intelligence agent and the granddaughter of the man who launched A&P grocery stores, its listing agent says. It is listed for $2.999 million.
The 6,728-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 5.5 baths was previously the carriage house for the 90-acre Farland Estate, which was owned by British intelligence agent Ivar Felix C. Bryce and his wife, Josephine Hartford. Before their purchase, it was known as the Mill River Farm.
The carriage house is one of four surviving outbuildings, says listing agent Carol Graham of The Corcoran Group. Author and “James Bond” creator Ian Fleming was a visitor after the couple bought the estate, which was designed by architects Guy Lowell and Stanford White.
Over time, the carriage house was transformed into a grand residence situated on two landscaped acres. Original carriage doors with arched windows are found in the formal dining room, which has an original 4-foot-tall wood-burning fireplace and a massive great room, which includes three separate seating areas, a fireplace and a white grand piano. The doors open to the grounds and pool area.
There are 12- to 14-foot-high ceilings throughout the residence and original architectural details such as plaster moldings throughout and wide-plank floors in the great room were preserved during renovations.
An eat-in kitchen with a stamped tin ceiling has a seating area and gas-powered fireplace in addition to a kitchen island and breakfast patio. The kitchen, dining room and entry hall each have radiant heat.
The royal blue media room, which is next to the great room, has surround sound and an automatic movie screen. A wet bar is in a neighboring room. The black-and-red powder room, part of a his-and-hers pair on the first floor, “looks like something out of Versailles,” Graham says.
A lower level with high ceilings has a wine cellar with room for more than 200 bottles. The property features a stone patio with an in-ground heated swimming pool. Approved plans are in place to add a three-car detached garage with staff quarters above, Graham says.