Brown – Bickler & Co. Is Pleased to Offer La Promessa 60 Park Avenue Ardsley , New York WWW.BUYWESTCHESTERHOMES.COM LA PROMESSA True to a promise made to its architect, and original owner, a hand picked group of craftsmen have spent over a year restoring and enhancing this Stanley Torkelsen designed home in Ardsley’s secluded “Twenty One Acres” neighborhood. Stanley Torkelsen, a protégé of Edward Durell Stone (Architect of the Kennedy Center in Washington as well as a number of modernist homes in the Westchester area), built La Promessa in 1950 for his own family’s use. The upper section was added in 1970. Until 2002, another Torkelsen designed home held the record sales price for an Ardsley residential property. This is the first time that Stanley Torkelsen’s own home has become available for purchase. While only 30 minutes from Manhattan this totally updated residence sits high above “Twenty One Acres” on an amazingly beautiful and private site comprising 1.35 wooded acres. From the street, a fieldstone-lined drive carries you past ivy covered rock outcroppings to the base of a terraced hillside where an ornamental pool receives a spring fed waterfall. Stone stairs rise through terrace walls, built of stone gathered on site, to La Promessa. The home itself is a sun-splashed architectural gem, with separate sleeping and living/entertainment areas, that seamlessly unites beautiful cathedral ceilinged interior spaces with the unsurpassed natural beauty of its wooded and landscaped site. The various lawns and terraces provide perfect settings for the display of sculpture and the open plan interior is excellently suited for the display of art. Looking down over the homes of “Twenty One Acres”, La Promessa is truly a world of its own. The plan of La Promessa affords a flexible use of space, coupled with a separation of living and sleeping areas that maximizes privacy. The layout of the lower portion of La Promessa provides a flow, and a division of space, ideal for large scale indoor/outdoor entertaining, yet with areas that equally afford the opportunity for warmly enjoying the company of family and friends on a more intimate scale. A state of the art kitchen supports this lifestyle and a massive exposed brick chimney, with an “Eyes of God” fireplace that was a central feature of the original design, completes the atmosphere. The secluded upper portion of La Promessa contains the family’s bedrooms and is reached by ascending a glass enclosed, and sky lit, atrium staircase almost eight feet wide. Again, flexibility has been built into the design. One of the bedrooms, with its original built in bookcases framed in exotic wood, can serve as a library. Its walls of glass lead to a private deck and the kind of wooded vistas ideal for a private, contemplative room. The Master Suite forms a wing of its own, with sweeping views from both the bedroom and its luxurious bath. It too has its own private deck. While an extensive use of glass affords sweeping outdoor vistas, the equally extensive use of exotic Brazilian cherry and other rich woods throughout this sun-drenched home provides a luxurious warmth in any weather. The high capacity two zone hydroair HV/AC system, fed by a high efficiency gas heating plant, interior insulation as high as R-30, and “Low E” Anderson windows, allow you to completely control your interior climate any time of the year. Outside, a substantial amount of the property remains undeveloped and provides the new owner with various opportunities for additional landscaping, and for locating a very private swimming pool if desired.