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David Rockefeller's estate, Hudson Pines, selling for $22 million

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The estate of the late David Rockefeller in Pocantico Hills is on the market for $22 million.
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MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. — One of the Hudson Valley’s legendary estates went on the market a month ago for a cool $22 million.

Hudson Pines is the estate of the late David Rockefeller in Pocantico Hills. And while there has been interest, the estate is still for sale.

David Turner, associate real estate broker with Houlihan Lawrence who handles the listing of the 75-acre property, said Friday that things are going well. 

“It’s been received very favorably. We had a lot of great press. We are very pleased with the results so far,” Turner said, noting that he would not disclose further details of activities related to the listing “in this particular circumstance.” 

Along with his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Rockefeller, David Rockefeller — the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller — purchased the Mott Schmidt-designed manor from his sister in 1946.

Rockefeller, the famed banker and philanthropist, died on March 20 at the age of 101, and his children have listed their childhood home for sale. 

The 12-building complex features multiple gardens, broad lawns, woodlands, a heated pool, three greenhouses, a mature apple orchard and a private helipad, according to the listing.

Adorned with a floating staircase, the main residence offers 11,343 square feet on three levels. The living room and dining room overlook a sweeping lawn with a view of the Hudson River.

The second floor features a master wing and a private balcony, along with additional five bedrooms and five full baths. A third floor has three bedrooms and three baths, and a basement level includes a wine vault, hobby rooms and offices. 

Mark Alan Hewitt, an architect and architectural historian who authored a book titled The Architecture of Mott B. Schmidt, said the Rockefeller residence is a “delightful, fantastic house.” 

“Whoever gets this, it’s going to be a lucky person,” said Hewitt, who visited the estate twice — the first time in the 1980s when he was writing the book and the second time just this summer before the house went up for sale. 

Schmidt’s architectural style mirrors his persona — reserved, quiet and competent, Hewitt said. 

“They are beautiful in a sense that they are always beautifully appointed and lovely to look at. They are very well built,” he said. “But they are also very comfortable houses.” 

As to a future buyer of the Rockefeller estate, Hewitt said, he would love the person to be someone who appreciates its architectural value and has the means to take good care of it. 

“It works extremely well for a family with a couple of servants,” he said.

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