Nov 17th 2009 7:30PM The house, Villa Leopolda, pictured in the Forbes article, looks nothing like La Leopolda, which is the house that you have pictured above.
Are there two houses with similar names?
Oct 31st 2009 2:46AM There is nothing "Versailles like" about these rooms.
They are entirely English -derived and very well done. Certainly many levels of quality above most of the "estates" that you generally feature.
The kitchen prehaps appears "American" because of the windsor chairs, but has English precedents, as well. The Spelling house shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as this house- this house is miles above it in quality!
Do I find it stylish? No. Easton's work tends to have a certain stiffness, which is evident here. But there is no question of the superior quality.
By the way, Easton is not an architect. He is an interior designer. There is an architect's office that he works with, whose name escapes me.
This is one of very few American houses that actually deserves to be called an "Estate".
ps- notice the extensive number of candle sconces in the English Chinoiserie dining room- the room must look AMAZING at night, when lit entirely with candles, which is how, I am sure, that she lights it!
Aug 20th 2008 11:50PM Just beautiful!!
Of course, it needs new furniture and wall paper, and probably central air, but very beautiful!
Aug 20th 2008 2:26AM The house is fantastic!!!
The furnishings are weak, but the building is amazing!!
And so beautifully sited!
Aug 18th 2008 1:21PM "Baroque"? "Manor style"? Please!
This house has no architectural style.
(And I have no idea what 'manor style" is, anyhow.)
Really, you should only post these hideous houses if you're going to make fun of them.
Northwood or La Leopolda deserve proper attention.
But, houses like this, not so much.
Aug 13th 2008 12:42AM Read this-http://www.antonnews.com/oysterbayenterprisepilot/2007/01/19/news/openspace.html
They call Northwood "the Richardson estate"
As does everyone who I know.
Aug 13th 2008 12:09AM It was in Monaco that Mr. Safra perished.
And the villa does not have turrets. It was designed and built by the fantastic American architect Ogden Codman for himself in the early 1920's. The style is a wonderful pastiche of French and Italian architecture of the 18th century without a turret in site. And it certainly does not have 50 gardeners. If the entire staff numbered 50, it would include the entire indoor staff and security people.
And it was never owned by King Leopold- he might have owned the property before Codman bought it, but that's it.
You can read the Ogden Codman book for the correct info.
Jul 31st 2008 12:28AM This was the Frank Richardson's house, which was decorated by the incomparable and astonishingly expensive Henri Samuel.
Whoever got this got a superb house!! Flawless!!
They should buy it furnished!
Jul 20th 2008 5:13PM Just awful.
Jul 20th 2008 3:30PM The people on the cape are probably cringing at the thought that this unattractive house is characterized as "cape cod style".
I will tell you what style it is- it is "no style".
Where is the unity, symmetry, or balance that any attractive traditional house requires?
This house looks more like a showhouse for Anderson windows- because so many different types of windows are represented.
I do enjoy this blog, but I am often puzzled by the unattractive houses that are showcased. This is a prime example.