Inside the Historic Hudson Valley Estate Once Owned by Composer Marvin Hamlisch

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One can only imagine how much musical history legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch made at this circa 1839 compound. But one thing is certain: the awe-inspiring 40-acre estate – bordered by lush meadows and wooded greenery – is ideally arranged for creativity.

From a visual standpoint, the reimagination of noted architect Paul Gleicher takes center stage. While his design scheme preserved the historic architecture of the 12,000-square-feet compound, interiors are a blend of 19th-century design elements and 21st-century luxury.

Converting Four Barns Farm to Hudson Valley Chic

Since four old barns were the only reminders of the property’s farming heritage, Gleicher converted the structures into functional buildings to complement today’s lifestyle, and he made them the centerpiece of the estate. In keeping with the barn motif, each building contains a stunning mix of oak paneling, exposed beams, and wide board floors.

Individual buildings are likewise configured for separate use, including executive office space, a media room, artist studio, and billiard lounge. Between a soaring 40-feet ceiling and floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, the largest barn building is perfect for social gatherings and special events as well.

Estate Overview

The estate contains six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and two partial bathrooms along with more than four wood-burning fireplaces. In addition to an open country kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and butler’s pantry, the main house includes vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, a library, walk-in closets, in-home fitness center, and steam shower. Outdoor pluses range from a swimming pool, courtyard, and terrace to gardens and breathtaking scenic and mountain views.

Located in the Millbrook, New York, countryside in Hudson Valley, the compound is just two hours north of New York City.

Marvin Hamlisch

The son of an accordionist and bandleader, the late Marvin Hamlisch was a child prodigy. Months before his seventh birthday, he was accepted into what is now the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Though his first job was as the rehearsal pianist for Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, he ultimately wrote several of her songs, including The Way We Were. By 1994, he was her musical director and arranger for concert tours in the U.S. and England and for the T.V. special Barbra Streisand: The Concert.

Hamlisch is one of only 15 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, which is referred to as an EGOT collection, and he’s one of only two people to win those awards plus a Pulitzer Prize, a PEGOT collection. He is also one of only 10 people to win three or more Oscars in one night.

His seemingly endless array of film and stage scores range from The Sting, Sophie’s Choice, and Ordinary People to Behind the Candelabra and A Chorus Line. He was also the Principal Pops Conductor for symphony orchestras in Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle as well as the National Symphony Orchestra Pops.

This historic estate is represented by Heather Croner with Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty. The listing price is $8.5 million. Click here to see more photos.