We Love NYC. But Sometimes…Escape The City With This $1.2 Million Midcentury Masterpiece

By Annette Barlow September 30, 2016
All photos courtesy of Zillow

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But why settle for part-time bucolic bliss when you can make it a full-time gig for a cool $1.2 million? Which is exactly what this Pound Ridge midcentury masterpiece will cost you. Located in the well-to-do county of Westchester—just 46 miles from the center of Manhattan—the 3,820 square-foot property blends the best of upstate NY’s Arcadian delights while still being pretty close to the city. What more could you possibly ask for? Lake access? Private manicured acreage? Well, wouldn’t you know: this home’s got those too.


Built in 1957, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom house has undergone a beautifully sympathetic update at the hands of its current owners. The fresh, new touches blend seamlessly with the home’s original period features. A beamed butterfly roof sits atop the classic brick-and-wood-clad exterior. Huge swathes of exterior-framed glazing providing jaw-dropping lake views from most rooms. Original knotted hardwood floors run throughout, mirroring the wood-paneled and beamed elevated ceilings which provide the generous rooms with a distinct feeling of space.


The layout remains true to the midcentury footprint, too. The large open-plan living area, leads to a good-sized kitchen, where the original electric stovetop and period cabinetry are amped up by flashes of modernity (a colossal, family-sized stainless steel fridge, the distressed copper stove hood). The large living and dining area features a mighty rustic fireplace and hearth, cast in typically midcentury gray stone, and complete with built-in wood store. Speaking of built-ins, custom shelving line one cozy corner of the living room, ideal for a den or study space. And if that isn’t enough room for you, there’s also a lower-level den, perfect for parties, or a place to hide the kids while the grown-ups sample some of those locally crafted beers upstairs.

But it’s the outdoor space that really takes the cake here: 2.51 acres play host to lush greenery and established foliage, the view of which you can enjoy year-round from the snug, light-filled screened-in porch. Rolling lawn leads down to Robin Hood Lake—shared with the nine or so neighbors—where a small jetty, perfect for swimming and launching kayaks, sits prettily over the water.

A two-hour daily commute suddenly seems reasonable, if you’re coming home to this.

Annette Barlow



Annette is freelance editor, sub-editor, journalist and proofreader with a fierce love of all things feminist, food and music. She is a regular fixture on the arts, culture and feature desks at The Guardian, and her words have appeared on NME, Great British Chefs, The Fly, The Line of Best Fit and Australian Times.

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