Top 5 Pick of the Week: Henry Ford, Nick Nolte and Calvin Coolidge

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Henry Ford's Hamptons Home

The 10,000-square-foot residence has eight bedrooms, six baths and is located on 1.33 acres of beachfront with both views of the Atlantic and Old Town Pond.  The traditional part of the home was built in 1910.  Wonderful for entertaining, the dining room is large enough to seat a large group and the carriage house with its three bedrooms and the modernist addition easily handles the overflow of summer revelers.  Nestled on an emerald green stretch of lawn, the pool, positioned on the dunes, also has great ocean and beach views.  Porches and terraces are perfect for eating under the stars, taking in the sun or curling up with a good book.

Henry Ford II, grandson of the founder of Ford Motor Company owned this Southampton beach home for many years, now for sale, priced at $19.9 million.


Colorado Contemporary Auction

Named “2012 Home of the Year” by “Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine,”  the Gan Aden (Hebrew for “The Garden of Eden”) estate in Castle Rock, Colorado, is ultra modern designed with cleanly chiseled contemporary architecture, walls of glass and Rocky Mountain landscaping.  Previously listed at $10 million, the home will be going to the auction block on March 27th with no reserve.

Castle Rock is located halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs and became well known for its vein of Rhyolite (pumice), where miners flocked during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  It is also known for its tower-shaped butte near the center of town.

The estate is striking with water and garden views including a courtyard, Japanese tea house with removable walls, waterfall and koi pond.  At 10,027 square feet, the home has three bedrooms and six baths on one acre.  Designed with entertaining in mind, the ceilings soar to eleven feet with hardwood floors containing radiant heat, a master suite with his-and-her baths containing separate soaking tubs and steam showers, lounge, terrace, separate walk-in closets and an office area separated by a large aquarium.  The two guest rooms include baths and a lounge area that opens to outside decks.  Also included are a full gym, temperature-controlled wine room with red leather flooring, European fireplace mantles, open-air breakfast patio, mud room, laundry room, large storage area and mechanical rooms.


Nick Nolte’s Canyon Estate

Built in 1963, Nolte’s four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot craftsman home is now for sale. The list of its previous owners makes the home a rock star in its own right. Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster have also lived here.  When the music group, Chicago, lived next door, they recorded in the home.

The main residence sits on two acres in Bonsall Canyon with a guest house, tennis court and lagoon pool. The house has Italian marble and onyx floors, six fireplaces in the living room alone, and huge arched floor-to-ceiling windows with additional light spilling through skylights. The second floor landing is surrounded by built-in bookcases, master suite, library, office and views over the property.

Nick Nolte’s secluded, star studded Malibu enclave, was $8.25 million – now $5.995 million.


Calvin Coolidge's White House

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge decided it was time to repair the leaking roof in the attic storage area on the roof of the White House.  But instead of just repairing the roof, he decided to turn the attic into a full third floor that would house seven servants in private bedrooms with additional space for storage.  A steel frame structure was added to the original 1800’s brick and mortar roof, which weight was partly blamed for the dangerous weakening of the entire main building by 1950, requiring a total gutting of the interior during the Truman administration.

While the third floor was being constructed, President and Mrs. Coolidge needed a place to live.  Eleanor Patterson, who would later become editor of the “Washington Times-Herald,” offered the Coolidges her elegant mansion on Dupont Circle as a temporary home for the six months it would take to construct the White House’s third floor.  It was noted that during their residence in the mansion, Charles Lindbergh was a guest soon  after his historic transatlantic flight.

Years later, Patterson left the mansion to the Red Cross. It was later purchased by The Washington Club, a private womens social club.  The club has owned the mansion since 1951, but due to declining membership, has found it difficult to maintain the property and  have put it on the market.

Built in 1901, the 36,470-square-foot, four-story white marble and brick residence at 15 Dupont Circle is situated on a one-third acre lot, located on the corner of Dupont Circle and P Street.  It was designed by architect Stanford White and is the last of the elegant grand mansions that lined Dupont Circle at the turn of the century.

The historic Patterson mansion, representing Washington, D.C.’s Golden Age, now for sale at $26 million.


Historic Michigan Lighthouse

In St. Mary’s River, next to the freighter channel that connects the Great Lakes for shipping, is Round Island.  It has seven acres of solitude, an 1892 lighthouse and the most charming, pristine lighthouse home one could wish for.  Originally used to guide ships safely through close quarters in the dark of night, the lighthouse was finally abandoned after years of service but the lantern itself was relocated on the island and mounted on a steel frame.  In the ensuing years the property fell to shambles.

One innovative couple, Charlevoix, Michigan businessman Paul Lindberg, and his wife Georgeann, discovered it while looking for a good duck hunting spot and fell in love with the location.  They bought the island and went about the three-year task of restoring the property.  Though the actual light had been removed in 1923 by the Coast Guard and relocated nearby, the original lantern room remains and the Lindbergs restored the tower in keeping with the original structure’s plans.  From nothing more than a rundown shack attached to a lighthouse tower, the 2,000-square-foot home now has three bedrooms, two new bathrooms, an updated kitchen, a huge deck on two levels, lavish landscaping and professionally decorated.  Power is supplied by a 24,000-volt-electric cable from the mainland.

The perfect island summer house where the kids can get their Robinson Crusoe on while mom and dad enjoy the parade of freighters passing by just several hundred yards from their deck.  Priced at $2.4 million.

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