Roger Ailes was a polarizing figure in Putnam County, with his supporters pointing to his philanthropy while his detractors said his weekly newspapers unfairly treated Democrats.
PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. — Fox News founder Roger Ailes was a major property owner in this town across from West Point on the Hudson about 50 miles upriver from New York.
But the 77-year-old was divesting his holdings here at the time of his death Thursday.
“In the past couple of years, he has put several of those properties on the market,” said Bill Hussung, a real-estate broker and owner of Robert A. McCaffrey Realty in Cold Spring, N.Y.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, had a reason they had accumulated a real-estate portfolio in an area along Beverly Warren Road, Hussung said.
“He famously bought a really gorgeous property on top of a mountain overlooking Boscobel and Cold Spring and then bought surrounding properties to keep them open” so that they had no neighbors, Hussung said. “That’s kind of a famous real-estate story that has been always told about Roger.”
One of the couple’s properties — a contemporary three-bedroom house on wooded three acres on Beverly Warren Road — sold in December for $825,000, according to the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service.
Two other Ailes properties still are listed for sale.
A three-bedroom, 3½-bath home on nearby New York Route 9D initially was put on the market for $1.475 million in May 2014. The price has been reduced multiple times since, and its current asking price is $765,000.
The other Ailes property on the market is a four-bedroom, six-bath home built in 1980. The home was renovated in 2014 and priced at $2.75 million.
Roger and Elizabeth Ailes also own a 8,933 square-foot, four-bedroom home at on Beverly Warren Road, according to Philipstown’s tax roll. The house is not on the market, according to Zillow.
In December, Elizabeth Ailes sold the Putnam County Courier and the Putnam County News & Recorder newspapers, which the couple resurrected in 2009 after the publications briefly ceased publication.
The newspapers are both headquartered in a historic building at 144 Main St. in Cold Spring. That…