Property For Sale Cortlandt Manor NY

Unique English Tudor For Sale in Upper Westchester

Introducing The Teddy Bear Tudor, the summer home of the Michtom family, circa 1926, aka, “The Teddy Bear” Tudor, in Cortlandt Manor, NY.

Built as the country estate for the family of Morris Michtom, the toymaker who developed and manufactured the original teddy bear, inspired by President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. With the success of the teddy bear, Michtom went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

A classical example of the Tudor period, the three-bedroom, 2000 sq. ft. house sits on a full acre on Briar Lane, a sleepy, wooded road that harks back to a time when the area was primarily for leisure time activity for the well-to-do from the city.

Its owners, Diane and Bob Frissora have lived in this sturdy structure with its stucco walls and Vermont slate roof since the early-1970s.

This is a unique home set apart from it’s cousins in Scarsdale as it has ample privacy and sprawling outdoor patio space. A special prospect of this particular property is that it has an adjacent one-acre buildable lot that is zoned two-family, which is rare for upper Westchester.

There aren’t many true Tudors in upper Westchester like the Frissora home. The high-end style flourished in America from 1890 to 1940. One of the first homes built in the Mohegan Lake area, there is nothing comprable in the area, which later developed as mostly small summer bungalos and cottages, rather than grand homes.

In more urban settings, the Tudor style was based on a mix of late Medieval and early Renaissance construction. European-trained architects, influenced by Old World design, brought the eclectic, asymmetrical Tudor style to America toward the end of the nineteenth century.

Built for wealthy homeowners, Tudor houses were made of solid masonry with elaborate decorative stone and brickwork. They were sometimes called “Stockbroker Tudor” because their financially successful owners had frequently made their wealth in the booming 1920s stock market.

These homes featured such elements as steeply pitched roofs, decorative half timbering, and embellished doorways. “Basically this is a lower Westchester home hidden away in Cortlandt Manor… at an upper Westchester price!”, says the owner, Bob Frissora.

The house is available for private viewings. Contact the broker of choice, Bill Primavera, to arrange at 914.245.0460.

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