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Here's an unique deal: You can get two sprawling houses in the tony Fieldston section of the Bronx for the price of one—or at least for a single price. This may sound like an infomercial, but that’s the offering at 4506 and 4485 Delafield Ave., where for $3,995,000, you get two houses on adjoining lots in the privately owned sub-neighborhood of Riverdale. The houses make up an estate that once belonged to a prominent Jewish philanthropist and antiquities collector.
The main house, at 4485, is a 1930s neoclassical red brick with five bedrooms and four and a half baths that has been updated. The guesthouse, at 4506 Delafield, is a contemporary stucco house built in the early 1990s with an indoor pool. You may be saying saying to yourself that you would happily take the guesthouse alone, thank you very much, but this seems to be strictly a package deal. The listing agent did not respond to calls seeking details.
The houses have been appearing on the market for several years, at least. In 2016, they were a bit cheaper, listed for $3.85 million.
The houses once belonged to the late Erica Jesselson, a philanthropist and collector. She and her husband Ludwig founded the Yeshiva University Museum in Manhattan. Ms. Jesselson died in 2008, 15 years after her husband. The Jesselsons collected Jewish art and manuscripts that they donated to the museum and other institutions, according to Erica Jesselson's obituary in the New York Times.
As a child, during World War II, Jesselson and her sister Lucy, born in Vienna, were among the 10,000 Jewish children evacuated to England on the Kindertransport trains, according to the obituary. They were later reunited with their parents who had escaped the Holocaust, and the family made their home in New York City.
The center hall of the main house is distinguished by a cantilevered staircase, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and travertine floors that extend into the den and dining room, according to the listing. Sliding glass doors span the back of the house, opening to flagstone patios and a yard.
In addition to the sunken indoor pool, the guesthouse has a hot tub and its own sliding glass doors to a rear patio, as well as a finished walkout basement with a fitness room.
The guesthouse kitchen has a pass-through breakfast bar.
The houses are about three quarters of a mile from the 1 train at 238th Street, and just two blocks from an express bus stop, with service to Midtown in about an hour and 20 minutes.
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