The long Pound Ridge home of art world superstars Sherry and Joel Mallin, a 14-acre estate with several homes, a 70-piece outdoor sculpture park and a museum-quality art barn, is now listed for sale for $8.5 million dollars.
Known as Buckhorn and listed with Houlihan Lawrence agents Mary H. Palmerton and Jody Rosen, the expertly landscaped grounds also feature an old 40-tree apple orchard, a swimming pool, a large pond, extensive flower beds, two two-car garages and rolling lawns. and forested areas.
The Pound Ridge Road property is quite private and borders the 36-acre Henry Morgenthau Nature Preserve.
“It’s extremely beautiful, quiet and peaceful,” says Sherry Mallin, an entrepreneur turned options trader. “Everyone comments on the quietness of the property.”
A previous owner “recontoured some of the land and added specimen plants from around the world that matched the native plants that were here,” she says.
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Her husband, Joel, a lawyer, bought the property 40 years ago, about a year before his first marriage ended in divorce. In fact, each of them unknowingly divorced their first spouse within a week of each other. They had known each other as high school students in the Bronx and then reconnected after their divorce.
In addition to the main house and art barn, six other structures are on the property, including a large one-room house that is attached to the main structure via a porte-cochere. There are also two guest cottages, a caretaker’s house, a pool house with a kitchen and a bathroom, and a studio apartment above the main house’s garage.
“It’s like being in Switzerland, where everything is on scale,” says Sherry Mallin. “We have been very conscientious about keeping the property as it was. Everything works perfectly.”
When they built the art barn in 2001, for example, they kept part of the building below grade so it would remain on the same scale as the other buildings on the estate.
Built in 1933, the nearly 5,000-square-foot main house features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Architectural and design details include a wood-paneled library with a fireplace, hardwood floors, arched doorways, a sweeping central staircase and two wine cellars (one for whites, one for reds). Artist Tony Matelli’s famous “Sleepwalker” statue preserves that red.
“I believe some houses are built with happiness,” Mallin says. “This has been a very happy home.”
The Mallins, who are considered among the world’s top contemporary art collectors, have used the house as a showcase for their thousands of art collections.
The private outdoor sculpture garden, known as the Buckhorn Sculpture Park, features pieces by artists such as Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Joel Shapiro and Anish Kapoor.
“We’re very proud of the park,” Mallin says. “We spent many hours thinking about where the pieces should go so that they don’t interfere with the landscape.”
The 9,200-square-foot art barn features two levels of exhibition space that the Mallins have used to display works by such notables as Chuck Close, Sean Scully, Richard Serra and Andy Goldsworthy.
“We’ve always been open to visitors who want to see art,” says Mallin.
“We love Pound Ridge,” she adds. “It’s a community that respects everyone’s privacy.”
The Mallins, who are both 88, are famous for their annual all-day apple picking and fall cider-making celebrations that typically draw 600 to 800 people.
Due to Covid, they skipped the holidays the last two years, but hope to hold it again this year (depending on the pace of sales, of course).
Their ideal buyer would be someone who “buys the house and the exterior sculptures and it’s all going to stay put,” says Mallin. “It would be great if it could stay intact.”
If not, “some of the art will be donated, some will be donated, some will be sold, and some will be kept in other places where we live,” says Mallin.
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Address: 60-66 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge
Price: $8.5 million, with $78,727 in annual assessed taxes
Agents: Mary H. Palmerton and Jody Rosen, Houlihan Lawrence