With our area’s close connection to Long Island Sound, living on the water is a dream for many Westchester homeowners. A new development in Mamaroneck called Philips Harbor is making that dream come true for those who want major views with the convenience of townhouse living. The modern Philips Harbor residences overlook Harbor Island Park and boat basin, with several beach clubs within walking distance.
“The view of the harbor and the ability to see across the sound to Long Island is very special. You have this amazing sunrise every morning. It has a real New England-y feel,” says developer Michael Rosen of A Little Rose Company, who’s the third generation in his family in construction and named the development after his father. (Growing up, he and his dad would often eat at Maguire’s, the restaurant that once occupied this site.) Rosen worked closely with designer Wade Hallock to create this group of seven 3-bedroom, 3½-bath townhouses, which have a very contemporary, light-filled, open design.
The harborside location, also near the town and train, influenced the plans in a major way. “I’ve designed yachts and planes and homes in the Hamptons, and I took all that experience and put it into these townhomes,” says Hallock. “It’s all modern, but if you study it, it speaks of being on the water, a subtle nautical influence.”
He mentions the porthole windows in front and teak doors among the nautical touches. The living space in each of the seven units features many windows to let in loads of light and allow views from both the master bedroom on the top floor and the combined open great room and kitchen, which has 10½-foot ceilings. A Mondrian-like window grid next to the tub affords views of the trees. The gourmet open kitchen is lined with sleek, no-hardware Italian cabinetry and luxury appliances. The two upper levels open to terraces for outdoor living, the top one with a teak trellis adding vertical interest. On the first floor, one of the bedrooms is well-suited to serve as a home office, close to the front entry and with its own terrace overlooking the park. On the lower level, there’s a full utility room with washer and dryer. An elevator connects the four levels.
Throughout each home, the finishes and paint choices feel beachy, with European white-oak floors, silver travertine tiles, and terraces with porcelain planks that mimic the indoor floors for a seamless effect. Hallock designed the glass-encased floating staircase to serve as a focal point, playing with light and shadow. “It becomes more of an adventure walking up there,” he says. “If you think about it visually, it’s really interesting to see people walking up and down. Light seeps through the staircase. I wanted to bring a fresher way of living, keeping everything open and accessible.”