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If you’re like most people, when you think of Rochester’s grandest historic homes, you think of East Avenue. And while many of the Flower City’s most spectacular properties are located along that celebrated route, East Ave is far from the only Monroe County street that is graced with truly stunning 19th and early 20th century estates. In fact, some of the most impressive of these homes can be found on lesser known–but no less spectacular–streets with names like Ambassador, Sandringham, and Oliver.

Frequent visitors to the blog will recall that I profiled one such home last month located in the Houston-Barnard neighborhood of Brighton, and this month’s home is every bit as stunning.

Welcome to 777 Allens Creek Road.

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Built in 1931, this 6,600 square foot masterpiece was commissioned by Dr. Charles Sahler Hornbeck and his wife Marie Watson, granddaughter of celebrated industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Because of her Scottish heritage, Watson asked her wealthy husband to build her a castle, and together they set out to find the perfect location in the rural country outside of the city. After a brief search, they found the perfect spot–an idyllic three acre parcel with nearly 400 feet of frontage along Allens Creek. Hornbeck then called upon H.M. Stern, celebrated architect of the Gannett Mansion in Brighton to design the structure. Two years later, Marie’s Scottish castle was a reality.

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Dr. Hornbeck and his bride would not live in their castle for long, however, as Charles died in a tragic car accident in 1937. The estate was then purchased by William McQuilkin, the CEO of a burgeoning Bausch & Lomb, and his wife Eleanor, who lived happily in the home for over 50 years.

The home’s fascinating history is matched by its incredible architectural features, resplendent in the Art Deco inspired details so common in Depression-era mansions. The property, which features 8 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 5 fireplaces, boasts a 3 car garage and beautifully manicured grounds with spectacular plantings and a small waterfall. In addition, the home features random width quarter-sawn oak and marble floors, an impressive barrel ceiling with seven foot tall oak wainscoting, deep oak baseboards, and a plaster strap ceiling in the paneled library.

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This palatial estate is perfect for the discriminating buyer who appreciates the combination of fine architecture, craftsmanship, privacy, and location. Prospective buyers should give themselves time to walk the incredible grounds and take in all of the exquisite interior detail–and be prepared to be dazzled.

The spacious kitchen is a Lauren Frye design.

The asking price to be the next caretaker of Pittsford’s Scottish castle? $775,000 –a fraction of what it would cost to replicate a home of this size and quality today. Interested buyers should call the Mark Siwiec Team at 218-6275 to schedule an appointment to view this truly one of a kind property.

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