PEDIGREE: Built in 1910 by noted horticulturist Louise Bebe Wilder and her husband, architect Robert Wilder, Balderbrae was purchased by interior designer David Easton in 1980. Easton transformed the property, which included an abandoned cottage with an enclosed garden, into a charming Anglo-American country house with rose-trellised porches, a shingled roof, and terra-cotta tile floors.
PROPERTY VALUES: The 5.9-acre parcel, which abuts thousands of acres of parklands, features gardens by California landscape designer Nancy Gloslee Power, who studied Wilder’s work and replanted the beds and borders to replicate much of the original plan.
TALKING POINT: Easton used the country retreat to test his theory that houses don’t need multiple public spaces, because people tend to congregate in one room. At Balderbrae, a large central area serves as both the living and dining room, with a kitchen and a master bedroom extending from this central space.
CONTACT: Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, 914-393-0438; sothebysrealty.com