Novelist Edith Wharton’s Former Family Summer Home to be Auctioned

. July 10, 2009

A piece of history – a community’s and a family’s history – will be sold to the highest bidders on July 11. Located in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Hills, The Gables Condominiums offer a rare combination of modern luxury living and old world architecture, conveniently located halfway between Boston and New York City.

The Gables, formerly known as Pine Acres, was originally built in 1885 as the summer home for the family of Pulitzer Prize winner, Edith Wharton. As depicted in many of Wharton’s novels including The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome, the grandiose lifestyles of the wealthy were a cornerstone of the Berkshires in the 19th century. Even today, The Gables possesses a distinct charm and character reminiscent of those times.

After many years of operation as The Gables Inn, the property was recently converted into five luxury condominiums. Four of these condos are currently available for sale and will be offered at auction. Ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,000 sq. feet, each home has a custom kitchen, fireplaces, crown molding, tile & wood floors, brass Portuguese chandeliers as well as extensive sound proofing and state-of-the-art central heat and air. Residents have access to community amenities including a heated lap pool, tennis court and formal gardens.

Located in the heart of the Berkshires, The Gables is within walking distance of historic Lenox, Mass., and its wealth of recreational opportunities including Boston Symphony performances at the Tanglewood Music Center, art museums, galleries and fine dining & shopping. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a host of ski resorts, waterfalls, mountain trails, as well as a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden all available in the surrounding Berkshire Hills.

The auction will take place at The Gables located at 81 Walker Street in Lenox, Mass., on Saturday, July 11 at 1:15 p.m. Online bidding will be provided by Proxibid and financing options are available through United Country Home Mortgage and the Greylock Federal Credit Union. Additional information including terms and conditions and photos can be found at or by calling 800-441-2779 ext. 7009. The auction will be conducted by Mitchell Plaine of United Country – Property Events.

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