A colonial farmhouse in the Hudson Valley that, realtors say, was once owned by Bing Crosby is for sale for just under $1.5 million.
The New York house is not far from the Connecticut border, within reasonable commuting distance of NYC, and includes a barn and rentable cottages, so you could recreate the whole Holiday Inn fantasy for real.
The house is described as “a 1700s pre-revolutionary mansion which has undergone several major renovations. Originally built as a Dutch Stone House in 1743 it was made into a brick colonial in 1772. Then it was made into a Gothic Victorian at the turn of the century. Its final major renovation was as the center piece of an outstanding 600 acre beef farm owned by Bing Crosby.”
But wait – did Bing actually live there?
The Brownstoner has already looked into the history of the house, and it appears it was Bing’s brother and business manager, Everett, who bought the house in 1952 and sold it in 1962 to a shady art collector named Jack Dick. Bing may have never even visited!
One thing you can say about Everett is that he liked a well-stocked home bar. Compare the layout in his 1940s Bel-Air house with New York house below.