Houlihan Lawrence's Gallery of Homes Summer 2012 edition is now available in print or via digital download. To view our digital version, click the picture above.

Houlihan Lawrence's Gallery of Homes Summer 2012 edition is now available in print or via digital download. To view our digital version, click the picture above.

Finding Westchester’s Sense of Place

British architect William H. White famously said “What attracts people most would appear, is other people.” That theme was the guest of honor at The Westchester County Association’s (WCA) “Work. Live. Play. WESTCHESTER!” placemaking event this past Tuesday at PepsiCo Headquarters in Purchase, which was sponsored by Houlihan Lawrence.

The Westchester County AssociationPublic officials, local business owners, young professionals and real estate agents were on hand to network and discuss how to reduce the net migration of recent grads and young professionals out of Westchester County. Typically, this demographic (23 - 35) relocates to areas like Brooklyn, Charlotte and Austin, all of which have a defining sense of “place.”

Through placemaking, or what the Project for Public Spaces defines as “multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces” The WCA, in partnership with Blueprint for Westchester and the county’s Young Professionals Group, hopes to revitalize some of the county’s parks, downtown areas, commercial corridors, train stations, office parks, industrial districts and waterfronts to improve Westchester’s housing and lifestyle landscape.

Emphasizing the four major components that make a place a “place” (SocialabilityAccess & LinkagesUses & ActivitiesComfort & Image) Blueprint for Westchester plans to team up with local and county officials to examine how an area can beef up its social offerings, openness and aesthetics—this can be achieved through “light infrastructure” like pop-up cafes and restaurants, cultural offerings like plays and movies, as well as repurposing current inventory such as Westchester’s commercial space.

All of this would be centered around “professional” housing, or reasonably priced apartments or townhouses for young professionals and couples making between $50,000 — $120,000. As a place breeds more and more things to do, it will then attract more residents providing a boost to the local economy.

For more information regarding placemaking in Westchester, visit www.westchester.org and www.blueprintforwestchester.com.

5 Reasons to Love Larchmont

Larchmont is located less than 30 minutes from New York City in the heart of the Sound Shore. Larchmont offers its residents community amenities that rival those of summer beach communities in New England like boating, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and swimming.

1) Manor Park, a 13-acre haven, overlooks the Long Island Sound. Its walking paths, shelters and sandy beach is maintained by the Larchmont Manor Park Society and is the epicenter of the surrounding neighborhood. Many people say it resembles a smaller version of the famous cliff-walk in Newport, Rhode Island.

2) The Cambium is a new full-service condominium located in the heart of Larchmont. Its walk-to-town location and luxury amenities are desirable combination for those who prefer a lifestyle requiring little maintenance and close proximity to New York City. Each residence come with one underground parking space and spacious layouts with hardwood floor, custom cabinetry, Thermador appliances and marble bathrooms.

3) Larchmont has a delightful downtown shopping district with small boutiques, gourmet stores, and antique shops. Two independent bookstores, two wine stores, a plethora of antiques and home furnishing stores and a movie theatre make a stroll down town a wonderful excursion.

4) An eclectic selection of local cuisine offers everything from the perfect burger and fries (The Larchmont Tavern) to a gourmet sandwich (Stanz) and imported French cheeses (Auray Gourmet) and savory delicacies (Bread and Cocoa). Plates, Lusardi’s and Encore bring to the table American, Italian and French cuisine respectively. Red Mango, Longford’s and Sweet and Social (cupcakes, whoopee pies, brownies and black-and-white cookies) satisfy every sugar craving.

5) Flint Park features a variety of sports facilities, including tennis and paddle tennis, three baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, a picnic area, and a playground for both toddlers and young children. Start training for the Bike Tour de Larchmont which starts in Flint Park on Sunday, October 7.

Enjoy this week’s tour of Reservoir Retreat, situated at 17 Old Shop Road, Cross River, New York 10518.

Searching for a respite from your busy life? Reservoir Retreat just might fit the bill with its total privacy and stunning natural beauty. Bordering  the tranquil blue waters of the Cross River Reservoir and set on over 11 acres, the relaxed country home is set high on a crest and framed by magnificent tiered gardens. A dazzling 60′ Infinity Edge pool,  hot tub and multiple garages are other special attractions of this idyllic spot, whose total privacy belies its proximity to the charming villages of Katonah and Bedford, both just minutes away, and Manhattan, which is within an hour’s drive.

For more information on Reservoir Retreat and other Cross River properties for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.

The owners of 152 Post Office Road met the South Salem residence by chance, a bathroom break at a local realtor’s office that turned into a last minute house tour.

“The Realtor said she had a house to show me, so off we went. From the minute we went past the picket fence around the circular drive and onto to the porch, we were in love. It just kept getting better and we bought the house the next day.”

Set amongst a rural backdrop in northern Westchester, the 2-acre restored Colonial has that kind of effect on people. Beginning with a solid mahogany wrap-around porch through the front door, 152 Post Office Road embodies the essence and character of an iconic American hotel like The BreakersThe Greenbrier or The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Airy and bright, its rooms give way to 12-foot tall ceilings inviting abundant sunlight to compliment decadent light fixtures made possible by Hudson Valley Lighting and jef designs. Herringbone floors from Exquisite Surfaces and StarkSchumacher, and Company C. provide elegant pathways from room to room. A special treat lingers beneath the surface in the form of a large wine cellar, mirrored gym, sauna, spa bath steam-room and a summer kitchen.

A masterpiece kitchen wrapped in Carrara marble is equipped with all the right tools for prepping, cleaning and cooking food. A custom 72-inch Lacance Sully RangeSub Zero refrigerator, breakfast bar and freezer with an oversized Rohl farm sink with Watermark Designs faucets and fixtures highlight a chef’s dream.

The combination of elegance mixed with southern charm emanates both in and out—carpet roses cascade toward the gunite pool, honeysuckled-draped pergola, stonewalls covered in hydrangea, lilac-lined drive and ironwork gazebo tie it all together outside.

Having relocated, the owners hope that whoever will occupy 152 Post Office Road will appreciate its warm, luxurious feel as they have.

“This house truly has everything. It is a warm family home that has luxuries throughout. The details are one of a kind and you just keep discovering them.”

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House Profile: 339 Pondfield Road

As residents of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, we’re very fortunate to have history at our fingertips. It lives in the green hills that comprise our landscape, within the waters of the majestic Hudson River, and among the miles of rail lines, roads and nature trails that serve as the veins of our area. Three Houlihan Lawrence agents recently played a hand in the area’s history as Toni Bessone and Sarah French of our Bronxville office had the distinction of representing the owner in the sale of an historically-designated house within the Village while Lisa DeFonce of Rye represented the buyer who purchased the home.

Regarded as the “oldest house in the Village” of Bronxville by the Anne Hutchinson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), 339 Pondfield Road served as a military outpost during the War of 1812. The plaque on the home states that Abijah Morgan mustered on the site with Jonathan Varian’s regiment under the command of Captain Lawrence Davenport of New Rochelle

Also known as the “The Abijah Morgan House,” the home’s first recorded sale occurred in 1811, but the ownership of the land by the Morgan family dates back to 1760. Today 339 Pondfield is a single family residence that will forever live in the history books of Bronxville. 

Tech Savvy Entertainment

Home may be where the heart is, but it’s also where the fun lives, too. Homeowners are now incorporating high-performance, high-tech systems to create incomparable entertainment spaces. From fully-equipped home theaters to multi-room music systems, it’s as easy as ever to entertain like a pro.  Here are a few examples of spectacular entertainment spaces made better by the latest technology.

A poolside bar at Windsor Court in Purchase features a series of video screens and an outdoor sound system designed to keep both sport and swim fans satisfied.

A sophisticated AV and Lutron lighting system will delight guests at The Seasons in Armonk while the indoor/outdoor sound system is perfect for poolside parties. You can even hear the music from the golf green.

The ultimate entertaining venue has been created in Lionwalk‘s conservatory where a retractable screen and professional-caliber sound system transforms this Bedford space into an expansive home theater.

For more information on these special properties or any of our other luxury homes for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.

If we’ve learned anything about our Facebook fans, it’s that they LOVE cover photos. So we thought we’d see if our tumblr followers feel the same way.
This week’s cover photo is of 25 Haights Cross Road in Chappaqua. 

If we’ve learned anything about our Facebook fans, it’s that they LOVE cover photos. So we thought we’d see if our tumblr followers feel the same way.

This week’s cover photo is of 25 Haights Cross Road in Chappaqua. 

The Town of Bedford is located in the northeastern part of Westchester County, and contains the three hamlets of Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, and Katonah. Bedford is dedicated to preserving much of their land. In fact, there are several community organizations whose mission is to protect and preserve large portions of land in the Bedford and surrounding areas. Herein lies many of the reason to love Bedford.
The Westmoreland Sanctuary is a 625-acre nature preserve with 8 miles of hiking trails, a variety of organized activities, and environmental education programs. Trails are open dawn to dusk
Explore 4,315 acres at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester County’s largest park. Take a brisk walk or a 5.6 mile hike; camping, fly fishing, and picnic areas are also available.
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. Walter Rosen was the master planner, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their legendary musical evenings were the seeds of today’s International Music Festival that is held annually on the estate.
Two well-known restaurants call Bedford home: La Cremaillere is a charming French country restaurant, nestled in a 1750 white clapboard farmhouse. The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, features a 110-seat formal restaurant, The Farmhouse, and 50-seat bakery/café The Barn.
For history and architecture buffs, the John Jay Homestead, where the first chief justice of the Supreme Court lived his last 28 years, is a restored 1820s estate furnished with original pieces. The home includes a gallery with rotating exhibits and 62 acres of woodland, meadows, and gardens on which to wander and picnic. 

The Town of Bedford is located in the northeastern part of Westchester County, and contains the three hamlets of Bedford Hills, Bedford Village, and Katonah. Bedford is dedicated to preserving much of their land. In fact, there are several community organizations whose mission is to protect and preserve large portions of land in the Bedford and surrounding areas. Herein lies many of the reason to love Bedford.

  1. The Westmoreland Sanctuary is a 625-acre nature preserve with 8 miles of hiking trails, a variety of organized activities, and environmental education programs. Trails are open dawn to dusk
  2. Explore 4,315 acres at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester County’s largest park. Take a brisk walk or a 5.6 mile hike; camping, fly fishing, and picnic areas are also available.
  3. Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. Walter Rosen was the master planner, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their legendary musical evenings were the seeds of today’s International Music Festival that is held annually on the estate.
  4. Two well-known restaurants call Bedford home: La Cremaillere is a charming French country restaurant, nestled in a 1750 white clapboard farmhouse. The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, features a 110-seat formal restaurant, The Farmhouse, and 50-seat bakery/café The Barn.
  5. For history and architecture buffs, the John Jay Homestead, where the first chief justice of the Supreme Court lived his last 28 years, is a restored 1820s estate furnished with original pieces. The home includes a gallery with rotating exhibits and 62 acres of woodland, meadows, and gardens on which to wander and picnic. 

5 Reasons to Love Eastchester

Eastchester may be small in size but it packs a big punch in terms of its local flavor and long historical tradition. Located in southern Westchester County, the 5-square-mile town also includes the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, both of which are regarded as charming communities.

  1. Mickey Spillane’s is one of three Spillane restaurants in Westchester County. The beer is cold, sports are always gracing  television screens and the food is hearty and comforting. Mickey Spillane is a neighborhood bar where you will find the best food, drink, and fun in town seven nights a week.
  2. Some people say Piper’s Kilt is one of Eastchester’s finest treasures. The legendary burgers are considered to be among the best in all of Westchester. Sometimes it can be tough to get a table, but the specialty blend of Waygu beef burger is worth the wait.
  3. Twin Lakes Park on California Road features a large reservoir and many walking trails for those who like to exercise in some fresh air. Two stables operate in this location, so you are bound to run into horses and horseback riders.
  4. In 2007, Money Magazine ranked Eastchester 27th in its Top 100 Places to Live list. Citing that Eastchester provides an urban appeal while maintaining a unique rural aesthetic, it’s Many homes are in walking distance to either Bronxville or Tuckahoe Metro-North stations, which offer a quick 30-minute ride into Grand Central Terminal.

This week’s tour brings us to Mayfield Manor situated at 25 Archer Road, Harrison, New York 10528.

Nestled in the heart of Sterling Ridge, this exceptional 1930s manor has been totally renovated and expanded with truly memorable results.  Expert design and quality are showcased throughout the generous living spaces, which boast a Clive Christian-designed kitchen, a two-story family room, covered porch, sun room and a total of 8 bedrooms. Elevator service to all levels insures easy access for all.  The beautiful surroundings are equally memorable with a pool, pond, broad lawns, colorful gardens and a sense of serenity that is rarely found in proximity to Manhattan, only 25 miles away.

For more information on Mayfield Manor and other Harrison homes for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.

Enjoy this week’s tour of Ardsley Park, a classic brick carriage house set aside the Ardsley Country Club golf course  at 1 Osceola Avenue, Irvington, New York 10533.

A beautiful setting envelops this inviting home, which is surrounded by vibrant formal gardens, a large gazebo, stone walls and rambling pathways. A conservatory reception room, a light-filled Great Room with two fireplaces, a Smallbone Kitchen, family room and four bedrooms are special highlights of this sophisticated home, which captures simple elegance and wonderful comforts throughout. An expansive blue stone terrace and three-car garage with a guest apartment add to the amenities of this enchanting country-like retreat, ensconced in tranquility,  just 35 minutes from Manhattan.

For more information on Ardsley Park and other Irvington properties for sale, please visit us at www.houlihanlawrence.com.