Designed by local Westchester architect Stephen Tilly in 2007 — on 3.41 acres of Dobbs Ferry land once owned by New York Daily News publisher Joseph Patterson — is an exercise in the melding of form and function, packed with sustainability and environmentally-friendly features to create a home that is both beautiful and green.
The Details: The home’s barrel roofs aren’t just stylish; they’re also wind-resistant, easy to maintain, and helpful with the reduction of the home’s CO2 emissions. Topped with 68 solar panels to help generate its own electricity, the house also sports geothermal heating and cooling (including radiant heat floors) which means the whole property can draw less power from the grid and is effectively independent for six to seven months of the year.
Window walls let in plenty of natural light (and spectacular views of the Ramapo Mountains), further reducing energy costs, while the dual fireplaces make entertaining indoors as cozy as on the massive patio or rooftop deck.
The first floor features a centrally open floor plan around the living room, with deck, dining, kitchen, and family rooms off the main hall, as well as more private art and playrooms further out one side and a spare room, en suite guest bedroom, and gym out the other.
Above, the family will find two bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bath, another en suite bedroom, office space, and a luxurious master suite with a walk-in closet and private 250-square-foot sun deck.
A walk-out lower level adds an additional den, kitchen, and bath spaces, leading out to a sizable yard and pool house (sporting its own kitchen and bath facilities).
Selling Points: No heating or electricity bills for a good half of the year; three-car garage; hardwood floors; a general sense that you’re helping save the planet