8 Heathcoate Road in Scarsdale is for sale. My grandfather Gerard Fountain designed and built it in 1907 and my father grew up there. Father told me that they kept a cow on its five acres to supply the family with milk. The cow is gone , I’m guessing, but the five acres remain. I’ve never been in it, but we have framed drawings of the place in our Ogunquit, Maine house – in those days, architectural drawings were real art.
The current owner is asking $11 million which, knowing nothing about Scarsdale values or what five acres are worth, seems a bit stiff to me. Hey, he should have called me!
I have suggested to my cousins that, if we were to all sell our houses, we might be able to buy this and turn it into a commune. Maybe.
Here’s the listing. For you Scarsdale resdents, you might be interested in knowing that the new wing on the middle school is named after my grandmother Elizabeth Fountain, the first female school superintendent for the town. As she recounted, some male said, “well, it doesn’t pay and there’s no honor in it, so why not?” She went on to forge the vibrant school system that Scarsdale enjoys today.