This historic Saugerties, New York home, once owned by the late puppeteer John Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, is on the market for $4.99 million.
That’s a steep drop from its 2015 asking price of $12 million. Henson bought the property for $4.2 million in 2004.
The seller is John’s widow, actress/producer Gyongyi Henson. Known as Bright Bank, the house, located at 33 Barclay St, overlooks the Hudson River.
It was built in 1855 – once part of a 1,000 acre farm – and sits on 80 acres by the river. It also comes with restoration rights to a deep water wharf.
The eight-bedroom, six-bathroom home measures 7,275 square feet.
A restoration of the house has begun but has not been completed. This includes the demolition of the interior while preserving the original architectural details – from the doors to the fireplaces, moldings, window carvings, radiators, staircase, interior shutters, exposed brickwork and parquet floors. There is also new “state of the art” infrastructure with updated water and gas lines and a new septic tank.
On the third floor, twin Juliet balconies have been added while the basement level has also been updated with poured concrete and radiant heat – and the basement would once have had access to a walkway tunnel. clandestine iron.
There is also an original fountain between the main house and a two-bedroom gatehouse with a fireplace, built in 1948 – and plenty of space for a swimming pool, tennis courts and vegetable gardens.
There’s also an updated stable and artist’s studio created from an old icehouse that includes a kitchenette, powder room, and spruce floors made from a tree found on the property.
In addition, the property has several storage sheds and an original stone staircase. The gated property also has a greenhouse with radiant floors and a new gas furnace.
The listing broker is “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Steve Gold and Richard Vizzini of Corcoran Country Living.