A front row seat isn’t just about the location, the views. It’s more about the memories that form when you absorb your surroundings, something you won’t ever forget. 505 Alda Road in Mamaroneck is a front row seat for the ages, featuring technicolor harbor views that’ll leave a lasting imprint with each and every sunset. http://bit.ly/505Alda
Properties like 72 Old State Road tend to speak for themselves. Thirty-two acres set among Hudson Valley’s signature rolling hills. A Post-modern Colonial offering 6,000-plus square feet of space and glimpses of the Hudson River. Such uncommonness hardly elicits one to ask “what else?”, but beneath the tangible offerings of this Wappingers Falls, New York estate lays a unique story that only adds to the distinct character of the home.
Once inhabited by a man recognizable by his first name alone, 72 Old State Road is the current estate of Kenneth Battelle—or simply “Kenneth”—famed celebrity hairdresser who passed away in May. It was by Kenneth’s hands that Jackie O’s legendary “bouffant” defied gravity and Marilyn Monroe’s blonde locks glistened in the lights of Madison Square Garden as she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to Jack Kennedy in 1962.
“To represent the home of the icon ‘Kenneth’ is truly a privilege,” listing agent Dianne Minogue says. “The Camelot days hold such intrigue, which could be felt immediately upon entering the home.”
Known as the first celebrity hairdresser, Kenneth’s life was immortalized in the New York Times obituary “Kenneth Battelle, 86, Hairdresser to the Stars, Dies.” His estate not only serves as a historical timepiece to his craft, but as homage to his life in Dutchess County, as well. In an Architectural Digest piece that ran in 2004, Kenneth states, “This house is a repository of all the things that have meant something to me.”
A piece of fame itself, 72 Old State Road’s long and winding driveway escorts visitors to this private country estate, featuring 5 bedrooms (plus a Guest Cottage) and 4-and-a-half baths. The spacious kitchen with breakfast bar includes one of the home’s three fireplaces, all of which contribute to its warm atmosphere.
“My understanding is that Kenneth desired comfort, peace and quiet,” Dianne says. “Looking over the 32 acres of rolling hills, it is easy to see why he found that at this special country home, his escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Glance into the home’s inviting sun room for picturesque views of the property; lush perennial and rose gardens offer an extra touch of botanical beauty, with an in-ground pool and accompanying pool house providing an outdoor escape on a warm summer day. Distant river views top off the property’s tranquility, a slice of paradise awaiting those who enjoy a more laidback lifestyle and close access to just about everything.
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House Profile: 19 Carolyn Place
Attention to detail is the focal point of beautiful design and stellar craftsmanship when it comes to conceptualizing and constructing a home. It’s when attention to detail extends beyond its usual parameters that inspiration can bloom like a flower, and a truly unique home can be built.
Such is the case for 19 Carolyn Place, a regal French European-style manor located in the heart of Armonk’s illustrious Whippoorwill neighborhood. The Colonial’s current owners employed the help of a feng shui master to choose the right property and design layout that would ensure the home’s balance and harmony.
Feng shui is the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, as in arranging furniture or determining the siting of a house.
After an initial love of Carolyn Place led them to the property, the home’s owners embarked on a New Construction project using top-of-the-line materials for the 7,000-plus square feet, 5 bedroom/5.1 bath Colonial. It was then they decided to incorporate the principles of feng shui, an influence they picked up while working in Hong Kong ten years before moving to New York.
Situated high on the 2-acre lot, the slightly raised land behind the house resembles the classical positioning of the Turtle—one of the celestial feng shui animals—as protection and good backing. The property’s rectangular shape allows for harmonious gathering and an accumulation of energies, with numbers 1 (unobstructed flow of energy) and 9 (accomplishment and attainment) providing an extra touch of luck.
“The house sits on a hill, which makes the park-like property a truly private oasis—having Whippoorwill Golf Course as a neighbor affords its owners endless possibilities of jogging, sledding or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings,” Barbara Dunn says. “Exquisite design, superior craftsmanship and custom millwork define the luxurious spaces, including a grand courtyard, elegant great room, and showcase kitchen.”
Encompassed within the feng shui is a beautifully-designed home that beckons in natural light from its tall windows. The first floor bedroom can serve as a second master suite, with seven total rooms available for bedroom space. The property enjoys a private, quiet atmosphere with access to many of Armonk’s culinary destinations. New York City getaways are easy, as Armonk is located just over 35 miles from Midtown Manhattan.
House Profile: 11 Country Hollow Drive
The first day of fall is a cornerstone event in and around the Hudson Valley, with residents flocking to the best lookouts to experience the autumnal transformation. From road trips to spot the best reds, oranges, yellows and browns to hot apple cider and pumpkin muffins, fall in northern Westchester isn’t just something residents experience—it’s something they live.
While some migrate southward for ‘round-the-clock tropical temperatures, most living within the continental United States consider the four-season cycle an amenity. And there’s no better place to enjoy this cherished seasonal beauty than 11 Country Hollow Drive in Amawalk, New York.
Set within the sought-after luxury home community of Country Hollow, the newly-built Somers Colonial sits atop one picturesque acre of rolling pastures and grazing horses.
“Living at 11 Country Hollow Drive will be like stepping back in time but still having all the modern conveniences of today’s lifestyle,” listing agent Lin Crispinelli says. “It’s not unusual to see neighborhood children playing ball, hide and seek, or selling lemonade.”
Its location within the Town of Somers, a place known for its strong historic character and recreational appeal, gives 11 Country Hollow Drive close proximity and direct access to plentiful amenities. For fall fanatics, Country Hollow is just one mile from Stuarts Farm, which offers apple and pumpkin picking.
The amenities are a mere complement to the home’s modernly luxurious design. Built this year, 11 Country Hollow Drive features top-of-the-line mill work, arched doorways, hardwood flooring, designer baths and a gourmet chef’s kitchen. To ice the cake, it’s conveniently located, offering the privacy and peacefulness of any retreat or escape.
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House Profile: 875 South Lake Boulevard in Mahopac
It’s difficult to imagine where any local would want to be on a summer day other than on the waters of Lake Mahopac, with its charming lakefront community and freshwater motorboat access. On any given day, someone can be seen clinging to a water tube or enjoying some of J.P. Cunningham’s famous wings on the lakefront porch.
While there are opportunities to experience these scenic views year-round, some Lake Mahopac property owners are taking a more seasonal approach. Take 875 South Lake Boulevard for instance, a slice of waterfront serenity located directly on the southern shores of Lake Mahopac.
"I can’t think of a more enjoyable place to spend lazy summer days with family and friends," says listing agent Lin Crispinelli. “The charming cabana with expansive deck is the perfect spot to entertain before or after a day of fun-filled lake activities. It truly is a little piece of waterfront paradise.”
Buffered by a newly constructed seawall, docks, decking and fence, 875 South Lake Boulevard epitomizes summer fun and entertainment and includes two boat slips for personal watercraft.
Whether you’re a resident of the three counties or opt to take the hour commute north from New York City, the 1,231-square-foot lakefront parcel feels like a perfect getaway for boating, fishing, water skiing and relaxation enthusiasts alike.
The cabana’s location off Route 6 is a perk in and of itself, with close proximity to Mahopac’s many eateries, boutiques and shops. As the sun sets lake-goers can drop anchor at waterfront restaurants like The Terrace Club, closing out a busy day under the sun with delicious food and drink.
If you’d like to find out more information about 875 South Lake Boulevard in Mahopac, contact listing agent Lin Crispinelli, or visit the listing page on houlihanlawrence.com.
House Profile: 400 Grace Church Street
Summer provides an impetus for escape, to pebble shores and window-shopping excursions, quiet havens canopied by lush green trees with the best seats in the house.
Some would envision this place as the Hamptons, but what exists as a temporary retreat for some is a permanent home for others in southern Westchester County. Accompanied by views of kaleidoscope waves and access to a storybook downtown, Rye City has become a haven for those who enjoy a little bit of everything.
Less than 30 miles from Midtown Manhattan, Rye’s boutique-lined streets and rocky coastline epitomize the small-town charm and rural appeal most big city transplants thirst for. Residents have the option of sampling Tuna Tatar Pizza at Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro, soaking in some history at the Jay Heritage Center or taking a walk along the Long Island Sound at Rye Town Park.
Once Rye’s many points of interest have been explored for the day, residents withdraw to their quiet retreats that comprise this unique community. 400 Grace Church Street, a custom-built Hamptons-style Colonial, exemplifies this ultimate standard of living.
Situated in a luxurious gated enclave, 400 Grace Church Street utilizes one acre of land to provide endless amenities. A new J.H. Designs kitchen is the centerfold of this elegantly-designed home, with balconies, porches and terraces making way to maximum outside enjoyment.
Both the living- and family room’s wall-to-wall windows offer glimpses of the shore, with a spacious master bedroom and adjoining sitting room or home office completing the picture. Each of the Colonial’s five bedrooms allows for maximal space, including closets that seem to last forever.
Attention to architectural detail doesn’t end at 400 Grace Church Street’s doors—the backyard beckons a crystal blue pool with a pool house built to entertain an early evening cocktail party or play date with friends.
For more information on this listing, contact Jan Vinikoor.
House Profile: 27 City Place in White Plains
When it comes to the crossroads of suburban living and city life, it’s difficult to find the best of both these worlds. Accessibility, proximity and an abundance of amenities are paramount to city living, whereas suburbia breeds a quieter, more laidback lifestyle.
This caveat of forfeiting one perk for another seems to disappear at 27 City Place, a luxurious duplex situated adjacent to the Lofts at Trump Tower in the heart of White Plains. What distinguishes this unique and elegant townhouse from other condos, however, is its own private entrance.
Five-star restaurants, shopping malls, outdoor parks and a slew of other amenities are all in walking distance to 27 City Place, with its location playing lead draw. White Plains’ one-of-a-kind cityscape and vibrant pulse provide the perfect backdrop for both residents and commuters—numerous transportation hubs are close nearby, such as Westchester County Airport, Metro North’s Harlem line, and major highways that lead to Connecticut and New York City.
After a long day at work, a show at The White Plains Performing Arts Center or a night out with friends, one can retire to the privacy of 27 City Place, with any kind of congestion dissolving into comfortable sanctuary. The complex offers access to tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a putting green, BBQ, gym, an exercise room and party room.
Wood floors can be found throughout, leading the way to a step down living room with sky-high ceilings and a welcoming fireplace. A home automation system controls lights, a television stereo, computers and Boston Speakers.