Darlington: Restoration of a Historic Masterpiece Outside of New York City Offered at $48 Million
Published Monday, June 5, 2017 Updated on Monday, June 5, 2017

Darlington: Restoration of a Historic Masterpiece Outside of New York City Offered at $48 Million

Meticulously elevated to its former brilliance and updated for modern living, the estate is located in the luxury enclave of Mahwah, New Jersey

New York, New York – At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, America was building mansions with the same grandeur as the country manses built at the same time in France and England. The area surrounding New York City boasts several architectural jewels built during this time period, including Darlington, one of the purest examples of Jacobean architecture ever built in the United States.


Modeled directly after the historic Bramshill House in Hampshire, England, Darlington was constructed between 1902 and 1907 by the son of railroad magnate, Charles Crocker. The architect of the mansion was James Brite, of McKim, Mead and White, and also Brite and Bacon, the firm whose masters created the original Madison Square Garden, American University in Washington D.C., and the world-famous Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During the last seven years, the mansion has been completely renovated and is being offered for $48 million by Special Properties Real Estate Services with worldwide marketing from Christie’s International Real Estate.

The team put together for this unique project was assembled using companies and individuals from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Brazil, Poland, Greece, and Italian wood carvers whose works include the Italian Parliament, as well as the Ritz Carlton and Waldorf Astoria in New York City. All mechanical systems were replaced, all bathrooms were rebuilt, and a new living area of 12,000 square feet was added, resulting in an approximately 50,000 square foot house set on 12.5 manicured acres.

“When Darlington was built between 1902 and 1907, hundreds of the best workers and best artisans from all over the world were involved. A hundred years later, history repeated itself during the recently completed seven-year renovation. Over 200 artisans, craftsmen, and other professionals addressed every room of Darlington. They spoke different languages, but shared the understanding that they are all part of the exciting process of reviving a masterpiece that will stand out for generations to come,” said Ilija Pavlovic, Owner and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services.

New windows were installed, 476 to be exact, in order to protect the original character of the building but also to provide the latest and highest technology of insulation, energy-savings, and safety. The original slate roof and all other related structures were completely replaced and the air conditioning and heating systems were updated. Darlington’s 100-year-old Aeolian player organ, one of the few remaining in the world, has been completely restored and is fully operational.

New additions to the original mansion include a state-of-the-art wine room with a connected wine cellar, poker room, cigar room with humidors, spa with a lap pool and attached steam and dry saunas, exercise room, massage room, a beauty salon, theatre room, a billiard room, and a restaurant-style kitchen equipped to serve 250 meals at a time. The estate is being sold with bespoke furnishings designed and custom-made by Francesco Molon, the Italian furniture manufacturer whose work includes presidential palaces in Europe and distinguished hotels throughout the world, such as the Ritz Carlton in New York City and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

The revival of Darlington didn’t stop at its interior with new rare and precious plantings, a new professional tennis court with its own cabana, a large swimming pool also with a cabana, and two fountains. A new eight-car garage was built and the gate-house was renovated including state-of-the-art security equipment.

“The renovation of Darlington seamlessly integrates two centuries by protecting and preserving the original architecture and precious finishes while adding the necessary amenities and technologies of a modern high-end home. A walk through Darlington confirms that the seven-year revival definitely exceeded all expectations in elevating this piece of architectural art to new brilliance,” said Kathleen Coumou, Executive Director, Christie’s International Real Estate.


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