Welcome to Bagatelle, an extraordinary 4.35-acre Gold Coast estate crowned by a Georgian Colonial mansion. Originally built in the early 1900s by owner and famed architect Thomas Hastings, the palatial residence has recently been restored and luxuriously renovated to include every modern amenity.
7 Stone Arch Road, Old Westbury, New York
Listing Price: $7,998,000
Listed with Maria Babaev, Douglas Elliman
Thomas Hastings was one of the most significant architects at the turn of the 20th century and was known for designing grand and beautiful structures such as the New York Library, the Standard Oil Building, the Metropolitan Opera House, one of New York City’s first skyscrapers and many magnificent structures across the country and in Europe. He lived across the road from the 160-acre estate Spring Hill, owned by Henry Carnegie Phipps, son of steel magnate Henry Phipps. Hastings designed Bagatelle as an all-brick 20-room structure encompassing three floors, two wings, and a full basement, and masterfully adorned the residence with beautifully crafted moldings, hand-carved plaster ceilings and eight exquisitely carved stone fireplaces.
Because Hastings thought homes should change periodically, he would probably be delighted to see his 1913 home recently brought into the 21st century with an extensive renovation. Modern enhancements include integrated lighting; black-oak herringbone floors; nine luxurious baths; two powder rooms; a myriad of black-framed French doors and windows; a sleek high-end, eat-in-kitchen; a palatial two-bath master suite with sitting room, a three-car garage, new swimming pool, central air-conditioning, hot-water heating, and a limestone wash on the exterior of all buildings on the property.
Since horses were so popular in his day (a duplicate of the Belmont Racetrack was at Spring Hill), Hastings included at Bagatelle a stable, carriage house, barn and cottage—which were all converted later into rentable housing. This brought in a sizable sum to offset some of the estate’s expenses. Today, these structures may also serve as generous guest quarters.
From the gated, winding tree-lined drive, guests will enter a long courtyard with paving-stone driveway encircling a long island with fountains and trees. Maintaining its slate roof, original ornate iron doors, garden gate, and arched marble entry, the home now fills Hastings’ vision. To the rear of the home just beyond an immense bluestone patio, a sparkling new inground gunite pool invites you to bask in the beauty of your surroundings or enjoy shade in the elegant century-old stucco pavilion.
The sweeping secluded lawn and patio wraps around the kitchen wing of the house to a service courtyard and newer three-car garage. (Another three-car garage is under one of the cottages.) Tucked in the corner of the two wings, a lush lawn and additional patios are easily accessed through several French doors in both wings. The entire property is secluded by a periphery of trees and shrubs.
With its white walls, black- oak floors, high ceilings, and abundant oversized windows and French doors, the interior also offers a modern Mediterranean ambiance suitable for any style of furnishings. As you enter the grand foyer, an adjacent corridor leads to the living room featuring front and rear French doors, a beautiful fireplace, built-in cabinetry, a large black marble wet bar with wine cooler, and an ornate ceiling.
The opposite corridor leads to a graceful four-story staircase with wrought iron, antique, imported balustrade. Nearby, an elevator also accesses all floors. Entered from the living room and the foyer, the generous family room, with elegant fireplace and intricate plaster ceiling, is the largest room in the house and flooded with light through large windows overlooking the pool.
An archway opens to the bright and spacious dining room that also enjoys a stunning fireplace and entry to a sunny sitting room enjoying fanlight-topped French doors opening to back and side patios. Both rooms access the kitchen area. This unique and impressive space boasts ample storage, twin Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, built-in Wolf oven and eight-burner cooktop, a Sharp microwave, a large quartz waterfall island with seating and sink flanked by two COVE dishwashers, and a large breakfast area with entertainment center. A service hall with sunny seating has a powder room, an entrance from the service courtyard, and stairs to the basement.
The area that was formerly the service wing is open to the kitchen and has access to the front courtyard. It holds a large recreation room, a hall with stairs to the second floor, and a guest bedroom with a bath. The second floor of this wing holds a very large fitness center that opens to the rest of the second floor offering a library with fireplace and bath, Jack-and-Jill bedrooms with one fireplace, a single bedroom with fireplace and bath, a laundry room and the master suite.
This palatial space encompasses a generous master bedroom with fireplace, two huge, sunny, white marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, vanities, and one with free-standing tub and dressing area. Both access custom-fitted, walk-in closets and a charming sitting room with three walls of windows. The third floor provides an additional Jack-and-Jill suite with bath, a large bedroom with bath, a sitting room, a hall bath and multiple bonus rooms.
Bagatelle’s Old Westbury location also offers a village rich with history and charm in an area surrounded by golf courses, a polo club, three major universities, and just a short drive from boating, museums and premier shopping. The property is convenient to major highways and railways and is located approximately a half-hour from New York City.