After decades of ownership by the same family, nearly 214 acres of equestrian property in New York’s Westchester County is on the market for $65 million.
Known as Sunnyfield Farm, this property is the most expensive property in the idyllic town of Bedford, about 35 miles from New York City. one of the wealthiest communities In America, Bedford has attracted residents such as Glenn Close, Bruce Willis, Martha Stewart and George Soros.
The owner Nielsen family breeds and raises thoroughbreds at Sunnyfield Farm, says Sandy Nielsen Baumann, who owns the property with her mother and brother. Several of their horses have competed in the Kentucky Derby, and Sunnyfield has two foals from Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The property has extensive horse facilities, including multiple barns that can accommodate about 70 horses, according to listing agency Sotheby’s International Realty. There are outdoor and indoor riding rings, Grand Prix fields, and over 100 acres of paddocks. The estate borders approximately 75 acres of Guard Hill Preserve and is adjacent to a local trail system known as Bedford Riding Lanes.
The property also includes a four-bedroom home and guest cottage, and three smaller staff homes.
Baumann said Sunnyfield Farm is one of Bedford’s largest private estates. Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Chrissy Blake said the property is particularly valuable for its size and proximity to downtown Bedford.
Baumann, a retired florist, said he remembers his father buying the property at a bank auction in 1976 when he was in sixth grade. “It was a time when she didn’t have cell phones, so she had to wait until she got home from school until she got a property,” she said. “It was a very happy occasion.”
Her father initially co-purchased the property with three other families, but eventually the Nielsens bought the partner, she says. She and her three siblings grew up riding and showing there, spending most weekends on the farm.
Baumann said the property was previously owned by Josephine McIntosh, heiress to A&P Grocery. Sunnyfield has been used as the backdrop for Hollywood films, including her 1998 film “Stepmother” starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. It was also taken by photographer Slim Aarons, she said.
Baumann said the family is selling the property because she and her siblings are scattered across the country, and she spends most of the year in Colorado, where she doesn’t want the property as much as she used to. It says it is no longer available.