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

By Deb R. Brimer | June 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Inside the Historic Hudson Valley Estate Once Owned by Composer Marvin Hamlisch

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. […]

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The Duff House Offers Two Historic Virginia Homes in One

By Deb R. Brimer | June 2, 2019 | Comments Off on The Duff House Offers Two Historic Virginia Homes in One

If this 19th century Antebellum farmhouse doesn’t capture your senses, wait until you see the log cabin inside that predates the Revolutionary War. Located at 21276 Alvarado Drive in Abingdon, Virginia, this 4,410-square-feet home on 3.68 acres is a striking blend of two eras in American history. Despite modern restorations and amenities that recent owners […]

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Historic Georgetown Gem Once Owned by the Hope Diamond Owner

By Deb R. Brimer | May 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Historic Georgetown Gem Once Owned by the Hope Diamond Owner

Washington socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean obviously knew a treasure when she saw one. In addition to once owning this historic 7,715-square-feet gem, she was the last private owner of the Hope Diamond. Located in Georgetown, Washington D.C., the totally reimagined mansion is a stunning mix of a 19th-century façade and a contemporary 21st-century interior designed by award-winning […]

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Historic Warner Estate – Where Glamour and Stardom Lived

By Deb R. Brimer | May 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Historic Warner Estate – Where Glamour and Stardom Lived

Harry Warner, a founder and the first president of Warner Bros., was a bigger-than-life figure in the Golden Years of Hollywood. One can only surmise that his bigger-than-lifestyle mansion in the heart of Beverly Hills was a prime fit with the film mogul’s persona. Built in 1923, the glamorous Warner Estate features three gated entries […]

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Famous Dunraven Lodge: Where Rich Regal History and Colorado Views Meet

By Deb R. Brimer | May 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Famous Dunraven Lodge: Where Rich Regal History and Colorado Views Meet

The legendary Dunraven Lodge in Estes Park Valley has lived a lot of lives in 143 years. Built in 1876 by the Fourth Earl of Dunraven – who was officially known as Windham Wyndham-Quin – the 3,280-square-feet cabin is one of the oldest homes in Colorado. The same year, the Earl commissioned artist Albert Bierstadt […]

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One of Philly’s Oldest Homes, Just Blocks from the Liberty Bell

By Deb R. Brimer | April 28, 2019 | 1 Comment

The Declaration of Independence was decades in the future when this landmark Philadelphia home was built. Located at No. 139 Elfreth’s Alley – the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America – this well-preserved treasure is the first house on the city’s most historic block. Though most sources claim the home is circa 1703, Elfreth’s […]

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