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Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Renovated to a high standard, Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA is up for sale.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

The house, which dates back to 1953 is (quite rightly) described as a ‘unique and rare historical treasure’ by the owner. This is a modernist masterpiece and one that has probably never looked better.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Sitting on a large 3.4-acre site and looking out over the Hudson River, this is a modern house designed by Marcel Breuer for artist Vera Neumann.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Just two other people have has ownership since Vera departed, the second of which is responsible for what you see here. The agent describes it as being ‘updated for 21st-century comfort’ whilst renovating ‘in keeping’ with Breuer’s original design.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Quite a finish too. The exterior is worth taking in first, with its walls of glass, the stonework, splashes of colour and terraces that take in that amazing scenery. It really is postcard perfect. But for me, it isn’t the key selling point here.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

That’s the interior, which is the midcentury modern dream. Those walls of glass let in the light and of course, the framed views of the river. But once inside there is also that amazing floor, the exposed brick, the wood ceilings, the built-in units (love the vinyl storage and record player hiding in the living room) and the stylish fireplaces, for example.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Note that many of the built-ins are original, including a one-of-kind living room sofa and the headboard in the master bedroom.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Of course, not everything is original. But I like the way that everything new is understated, fitting in with the look and feel of the 1950s structure effortlessly. The kitchen area is a prime example of that.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

‘Every inch’ of this 4,064 sq. ft. house has been carefully rebuilt to a high standard and although this is an icon of the era, it’s also a home for living in too rather than a home to look at and admire.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

As hinted above, there is no shortage of space here either. The current layout offers six bedrooms and four bathrooms, with plenty of open reception for entertaining and enjoying too.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

The clever design is still to the fore, with the outside space connected to the landscape with floor to ceiling glass on both sides, the Hudson to the west and a private louvred courtyard to the east.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

If you want to take things up a notch, relax in that outdoor pool to take in the views. Or if the weather is a little chilly, how about taking it easy in the indoor pool. That’s right, this one has both, the latter added in during the 1970s courtesy of Breuer at the request of Neumann.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

It also has an equally stunning guesthouse connected to the main house, with private patios and even higher river elevations. Breuer considered this one of his finest designs, with its floorplan hanging on his office wall for years. You can see why.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Of course, it will come at a cost. All of that prime real estate, the location, the views, the renovation and of course, the architecture itself. It all adds up.

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

In fact, it all adds up to $4,200,000.

Images and details courtesy of William Pitt. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

 

Marcel Breuer’s Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Vera Neumann house in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA

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