Palatial Beauty at the Dans Bois Crete Mansion
June 12th, 2013 | by The Update
As seen on Paper City: Iconic Italian designer Giorgio Armani once said that to create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail. That certainly seems to have been the mantra for the current owners of 9806 Inwood Road during its 18-month renovation.
The results of their painstaking planning is evident everywhere, perhaps most notably on the individual placement of mosaic tiles surrounding the new pool — the work was measured from a satellite to ensure accuracy. And the mosaic tiles themselves were no ordinary, mass-produced variety: they hail from the Basilica di San Marco in Venice.
It’s a fitting snapshot of the decidedly impressive residence known as Dans Bois Crête, which translates to “in Wood Ridge.” From the moment you enter the laced iron gates and wind your way along a serene creek to the grand circular entrance featuring an italian fountain, you’ll appreciate just how exceptional an outcome was produced by such devotion to specifics. The current owners purchased the home in 2007, and if you happened to have toured Dans Bois Crête when it was on the market then, you will hardly recognize it now. All of the landscaping was redesigned by Harold leidner, capitalizing on the tranquility of the creek flowing through the property and insulating the 5.3-acre estate from Inwood Road in a cloak of invisibility vis- à-vis lush greenery. The private garden off the master bedroom carries through the Italian influence seen on the rest of the grounds.
Step inside and be greeted by the gold-leaf-covered ceiling of the entry hall. You’ll appreciate the octagonal coffered ceiling in the dining room, also in gold leaf and crowned by a Baccarat chandelier. Reminiscent of the intricate craftsmanship of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, the ceiling measures 18 inches thick.
At over 14,000 square feet, 9806 Inwood is palatially sized; however, in revamping the home, rooms were designed to feel comfortable instead of overwhelming. Multiple living areas provide options for entertaining and relaxing, connected on the main level by a luminous Venetian plaster corridor. Arched French doors and a shaded terrace off the formal seating area allow unencumbered views of the gardens.
Floor-to-cathedral-ceiling windows in a more casual living area also invite you to gaze on the verdant landscaping.the master retreat is surrounded by a screened porch from which to admire the private courtyard, along with his-and-her bathrooms with heated floors, custom closets and a safe room. In fact, throughout this six-bedroom home with seven full baths and three half-baths, each room features fine touches, including walls of Venetian plaster, cherry wood paneling, leather and silk.
One space that’s sure to be a favorite is accessed through a camouflaged wood-paneled door, which opens to reveal a stairway leading to a basement like none other. A wine vault, which accommodates 2,200 bottles lying horizontally, is not only climate controlled, but also immune to vibration, light and humidity. The wine room includes a space for tasting, lounging and dining, along with a walk-in humidor. in addition, the basement also boasts a true home theater, complete with a ticket booth and concession stand. The theater itself invites you to relax in plush velvet seating, although you might find yourself admiring the intricate crown molding as much as the film.
Not surprisingly, the owners’ attention to detail reaches beyond the main residence and its gardens to the property’s 10-car garage. Collectors will appreciate that six of its bays are climate controlled for optimum storage conditions. It’s a touch that even Giorgio Armani — himself an automobile connoisseur — would appreciate.