"Pretty Penny"
235 North Broadway Nyack, New York 10960 United States

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Experience living a luxurious village lifestyle, in a quaint Hudson Riverfront village only 22 miles from New York City, on a property with rich history, opulent architectural design and extraordinary views of the Hudson River. Welcome to Pretty...
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76 North Broadway
Nyack, New York 10960 United States
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Price / Sq. Ft.:
$792 /
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Full Baths
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6,000 Sq Ft.
Single Family Home
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Nyack Union Free School District
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About 235 North Broadway

Experience living a luxurious village lifestyle, in a quaint Hudson Riverfront village only 22 miles from New York City, on a property with rich history, opulent architectural design and extraordinary views of the Hudson River. Welcome to Pretty Penny. It was home to the First Lady of American Theater, Helen Hayes for 61 years, and also home to TV and film personality, Rosie O'Donnell. It was visited by an American President and iconic actors, entertainers and authors including Madonna and Marilyn Monroe. It is partially hidden behind a tall brick wall and has an electronic gate for privacy.

Pretty Penny underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and is in turn key condition. It offers a huge private yard with an extensive collection of conifers, many rare specimens (labeled), and several redwood trees, all from America's Northwest. One gets the feeling of being at the botanical gardens. There is also an Olympic style pool with a cabana that also features a half bath. The garden has many foot paths with many nooks and crannies. Even a koi pond. Best of all, the entire rear yard overlooks the Hudson River.

This gracious and sophisticated home can be informal and fun or dressed up to reflect its 19th century period details. Just a quick walk to the village of Nyack or local boat marinas, or a 5 minute drive to Piermont. Best of all, only 45 minutes to New York City!

Pretty Penny was built for an old Nyack family, the Gurnee family, in 1858, at a time when Nyack was a prosperous village with ship building industries, various companies quarrying red rock or sand stone in the Nyacks, and several large factories, including shoe factories operating in town.

The name Pretty Penny was born shortly after Helen Hayes, and her husband Charles MacArthur, a very successful play and film writer, and their young daughter Mary, moved into the house in 1932. A close friend visited them shortly thereafter and when they heard what they paid for the property, said it was a "pretty penny." This name has stuck ever since.

In 1939 Charles MacArthur contacted painter Edward Hopper to paint Pretty Penny. It was the only painting he was ever commissioned to paint. Ms. Hayes donated the painting to her Alma Mata, Smith College in 1965. It can be seen in its art museum today.

The home was built in the Italianate Victorian style distinguished by a low profile roof with a cupola or belvedere on top. It features 8 fireplaces, 7 of which are period marble mantels, ornate moldings and panel doors. Enjoy viewing this video taken of Helen Hayes at Pretty Penny around 1990: https://youtu.be/6lyS9u3JHds.

The home also features brick behind its pretty clapboard exterior. This building technique was done to the finer homes of the day to provide insulation from both heat and cold.

W. Graham Arader, III, purchased the home in 2005 and raised Pretty Penny to its full glory with his renovations. Mr. Arader added over $500,000 worth of rare specimen trees to the property and one of the country’s best conifer collections including: spruces, junipers, sequoias, hemlocks, cryptomerias, and Japanese cut-leaf maples. He has also fully furnished the home with 18th and 19th century furniture and artwork from his gallery (Arader Galleries).

Pretty Penny is a rare piece of American history that only comes along once in a lifetime. Live in a home that will inspire you. Experience Pretty Penny.


  • Breakfast Bar
  • Dishwasher
  • Eat in Kitchen or Dining Room
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Granite Countertops
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • Storage
  • Walk-in Closets
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Privacy Fence
  • Terrace / Outdoor Space
  • Underground Lawn Sprinkler
  • Wine Cellar / Grotto
  • Workshop
  • Washer Included
  • Dryer Included
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Marble Flooring
  • Courtyard
  • 4+ Fireplaces
  • Fireplace In Master Br
  • Bath - Jacuzzi Tub
  • Guest Suite
  • Garage Door
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Radiant Floor Heating


Central Air Conditioning
Garage - Detached, 4 Car Garage
lot description
Bike Paths, River, Scenic View, Water View, Wooded, Jogging / Biking Path, River view, Wood Siding

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Fireplace, Gas, Wood Burning
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Luxury Properties

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