Former Astor estate and ‘Age of Innocence’ set asks $6.5M


This New York mansion is a picture of upper-crust living in both fiction and non-fiction. 

Westchester’s Gilded Age Villa Nuits estate has served as the set for socialite gatherings in cinema and in reality. Built in 1853 and “designed for lavish entertaining,” it was also used as a shooting location for Martin Scorsese’s 1993 movie adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel “The Age of Innocence,” according to press materials for the compound. 

Located at 2 Clifton Place in Irvington-on-Hudson, the newly listed address asks $6.49 million. It’s repped by Houlihan Lawrence’s Aurora Tishelman and Carolyn Joy. 

And beyond its starring role on screen, it’s also housed real-life New York nobility.

“Built as a peer house to those of Rockefeller and Gould, this former home of John Jacob Astor is the one remaining estate from that era still used as a private residence,” according to the listing

In addition to bragging rights for having hosted Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder during the filming of the period drama, the estate also features 14-foot ceilings, a billiards room, a gym and a wine cellar.

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The property measures in at over 12,000 square feet.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
A rare 1870s Lord & Burnham conservatory.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
The modern-feeling kitchen.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
The home still boasts many original details.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
A contemporarily updated living area.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
The home’s front courtyard.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
The property was used as a set for the film “The Age of Innocence.”
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
The billiards room features carved wood moldings.
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The conservatory, seen here from the outside.
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There is a heated Gunite pool on the grounds.
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westchester historic mansion age of innocence
One of multiple fireplaces in the home.
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The home is set on 4.78 acres.
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An aerial view of the property.
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A still of Daniel Day-Lewis from the film.
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Much of the property’s historic, 19th-century character has been maintained, with original details including carved wood moldings, doors and fireplaces still intact. Its Italianate-style limestone structure also serves as a stellar example of American housing trends in the 1850s, according to the listing. 

Set on 4.78 acres in the Dobbs Ferry school district, the property has “winter river views,” landscaped grounds and a heated pool with an outdoor shower. A conservatory on the address is a rare 1870s Lord & Burnham, a renowned greenhouse manufacturer also responsible for the construction of many of the US’s public conservatories. (The movie was filmed on the grounds of the home as well as inside the conservatory.) 

In all, it has nine bedrooms, eight full baths and measures in at 12,564 square feet. 

While filming “Age of Innocence,” Day-Lewis, 65, engaged in one of his more famous method acting techniques: “He reportedly spent months walking the streets of New York in period clothing, doused in cologne, as was the fashion of the Victorian period,” The Post previously reported.



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