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Forbes.com: Most Exclusive Gated Communities

Tuxedo Park, Tuxedo Park, New York

This exclusive 2,600-acre gated enclave 40 miles and some 45 minutes from mid-town Manhattan, nestled in the Ramapo Mountains, boasts 100 year-old trees, three pristine lakes, an 18-hole golf course, and a significant spectrum of European-style architecture. “Most homes in gated communities look much the same” said Cindy Booth, owner of Towne & Country Properties Sotheby's International Realty. “But in Tuxedo Park, no two properties are even remotely similar.” English Tudor, Dutch Colonial, French Chateau style, and Gothic Revival are just a few of the styles represented, she said, and many of these Gilded Age mansions were designed by well-known architects of the day, including Bruce Price, Carrere & Hastings, and McKim, Mead & White. “A number of carriage houses and former stables have been converted into charming smaller residences and weekend retreats," Booth said.

One of the oldest gated communities in the country, founded in the mid 1880s, Tuxedo Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Wall Street Titans, Robber Barons and scions of blue-blooded colonial families made this place synonymous with upper-class living in the first three decades of the 20th century,” according to “Tuxedo Park: The Historic Houses.” The tuxedo jacket was first introduced to America in Tuxedo Park and Emily Post drew inspiration for her book Etiquette from manners she observed while living there, the book noted. Fun old-fashioned activities like boating, indoor and outdoor tennis, and fishing remain popular, Booth said. The lake is stocked with bass and trout, “and you can still ice skate on the ponds in the winter.”

(Credit: James Bleecker)

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