Historic Architectural Masterpiece Strauss Farm Compound for Sale. First Time on Market Since 1949. 45 Minutes from NYC.

Cobble Close Farm, built in the 1920's by the Straus family who owned Macy's (two of whom went down on the Titanic) is being put on the market for the first time, in its entirety, at $10.9 million. It's a true architectural masterpiece, built in the French Norman style with 18 bedrooms, total building sq. ft. of 29,000 and sits on 13 old-growth acres, 45 minutes from NYC in NJ. This property without a listing broker. A 2% comm. is being offering to buyer's agent.

Historic Architectural Masterpiece Strauss Farm Compound for Sale. First Time on Market Since 1949. 45 Minutes from NYC.
Red Bank, NJ, September 02, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Authentic +19,000 sq. ft. Normandy Estate, 45-minutes from Manhattan for sale at $10.9 million.

One of America’s most beautiful and unique private properties “Cobble Close Farm” is on the market for first time at $10.9 million.

This architectural masterpiece – much of it built from dismantled European estates – sits on 13 old-growth acres and is located in the Rumson/Red Bank/Middletown, NJ area. French Norman-style buildings are surrounded by fountains, and livestock-filled pastures. A classical-style pool and cabanas overlook rolling lawns bordered by Greco-Roman statues brought here from Europe.

Built in the 1920’s by one of America’s richest families, Cobble Close is 19,000 sq. ft.* It is currently divided into several separate, large and beautiful dwellings, numbering 18 bedrooms, which can be reincorporated into one magnificent home or remain a family compound.

The estate abuts the Navesink Country Club and is a 40 minute ferry ride (45 minutes by car) from Manhattan. It’s also less than 10 minutes to the beach. Much of the property is “Farm Assessed” so property taxes are approx. 60% to 70%* below the prevailing tax rates.

About Cobble Close Farm
Eight years in construction, Cobble Close was built by the Straus family - two of whom went down on the Titanic - of the Macy’s department store dynasty. Famed architect Alfred Hopkins designed this authentic French-styled farm group which features materials transported from Europe or cast directly on the property by old-world artisans and masons who came to America to build this authentic French complex. The project was so vast that a separate train-line was constructed to deliver materials necessary to construct this massive undertaking.

Once a working “gentleman’s dairy farm,” Cobble Close comprises a number of connected buildings totaling 29,000 sq. ft. that included an orangerie, large wood-paneled dining hall, worker’s dormitory, care taker’s house, cow barns and even a 12-stall parking garage, among many others. In 1949, the Straus’ auctioned the property. The new owners went about transforming the buildings into luxury houses. In the 50’s and 60’s the owners rented these homes to a colorful cast of New York’s glitterati which included European royalty, a film star**, society dames and even a woman who’s claim to fame was that she befriended Hitler and spied both for and on the Nazis***. However, in the late ‘60’s the town got wind of that Cobble Close no longer housed cows but people and granted it “co-op” status. Today Cobble Close is owned by four families (although it is zoned for five) and is the Northeast’s only “farm mansion co-op.” Since the complex was turned into a co-op, individual homes have sold only 4 times and only upon the death of an owner. One of the original owners still resides at Cobble Close and has lived here for over 60 years.

Cobble Close has been featured in TV commercials, many fashion magazines including Vogue, and a feature-length movie. It was also used recently as the back-drop for a Victoria Secret catalog.

The property is at: 310 Cooper Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701 MLS# 21433679

Contact Information
Jeffrey Mindham. 732.996.7944. jeffmindham@gmail.com

A 2% commission will be offered to a licensed real estate agent (“buyer’s agent”) upon closing of title who has successfully produced the buyer. There is no listing (“seller”) broker.

Link to photographs and website

*Excludes twelve-stall garage, eight-space carport/open archway shed & pool cabanas. Includes unfinished loft and colonnade. Square footage and property tax rate comparisons are estimates only. Total building sq. ft. 29,000. Tax records: building sq. ft. 28,989. 2013 taxes $50,000.
**The actress, Nadia Grey whose 15 minutes of fame was her iconic coffee table strip-tease in Fellini’s classic “La Dolce Vita”
***Stephanie Julianne von Hohenlohe, “Nazi Princess” Sutton Publishing, 2004 Martha Schad
Cobble Close Farm
Jeff Mindham