A Stunning Waterfront Property Hits the Market for $3.48M, Make Green Upgrades Now and Pay Later, Polish Your Interior Design Skills with Barbara Fina

House of the Week: Five Acres of Zen-like Bliss
$3.488 million
Annual property taxes: $64,068
Pound Ridge

Above photos  courtesy of Renwick Sotheby’s International Realty

More than five acres of zen-like bliss—no wonder this stunning waterfront property has been a favorite for house and garden tours. Its sense of tranquility and privacy is as remarkable as the home’s extraordinary design, which features three stories of spectacular living space and a discrete elevator to conveniently move between them. “As you enter through the courtyard, you’re transposed to a more tranquil place—both mentally and physically,” says listing agent Patricia Carpenter. “What could possibly be better than being greeted by a waterfall!?” Japanese gardens, dramatic rock outcroppings, and phenomenal views of Gorge Lake round out the enchanting exterior that leads to an equally calming interior. “The interior is dramatic and welcoming at the same time as a result of the wonderful scale of the rooms and the use of warm woods throughout,” Carpenter notes. “Everyone who sees this property falls in love. No one wants to leave!” In addition to the main residence, with floor-to-ceiling windows to capture breathtaking views, vaulted ceilings, multiple decks (including a deck off each of its three bedrooms), three fireplaces, and a master bedroom suite with two sitting areas and private access to the pool, the property features a guest cottage, office suite, wine cellar, full-service outdoor kitchen, and a private lake with its own island. For more information, contact Renwick Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Patty Carpenter at (914) 234-9261 or visit www.renwicksothebysrealty.com.   

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Make Green Upgrades Now, Pay Later

If lack of ready cash has been holding you back from making your home more energy-efficient, help has arrived. A new state program offers a financing option that allows New York homeowners to make energy-efficient upgrades and pay for them through monthly payments added as a separate line item to their electric and/or gas utility bill. In addition to home ownership, eligibility requirements for the On-Bill Recovery Loan Program include participating in a comprehensive home energy audit to identify energy-efficient improvements, a credit score of at least 640 (or a history of satisfactory utility bill and mortgage payments), and an acceptable income/debt ratio. Repayments at a low interest rate of 2.99 percent begin in June. Introduced on January 31, the loan up to a maximum of $25,000 is designed so that projected energy savings equal or exceed payments. For more information, call NYSERDA at (866) NYSERDA (697-3732) or visit www.nyserda.ny.gov.   


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Polish Your Interior Design Skills with Barbara Fina

Spend an evening learning how interior design can improve living with Barbara Fina of Fina Design Interiors on Thursday, March 1, from 7 to 9 pm at W@tercooler, a collaborative work space at 21 N Broadway in Tarrytown. Discover at least 10 practical ways to make your home more beautiful, functional, and aligned with the way you really want to live. Fina, who firmly believes interior design goes beyond creating beautiful rooms, promises to send you home loaded with interesting ideas that you can put into play immediately. In addition to being inspiring and educational, the event will teach participants when and how to work with design professionals. All attendees will be automatically entered in a drawing for a complimentary 90-minute, in-home consultation with Fina Design. Space is limited. For more information, call (914) 332-9345, visit www.finadesign.us, or purchase tickets at $20 at www.eventbrite.com/event/2841024581


Spaulding Landscape Architects Honored for Creative Solution

Spaulding Landscape Architects, LLC, headed by Nancy Offenbach Spaulding and Bradford Kent Spaulding, received the 2011 Honor Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) for their “1/8th Acre Oasis.” Their award-winning innovative design solution for an Old Greenwich residential property incorporated the principles of feng shui and sustainable design. Their challenge: creating a design making the most use of a small space (a 50-foot by 110-foot property that’s smaller than a tennis court) while using sustainable materials and techniques. The Spaulding solution: replacing the asphalt driveway and concrete pavers with bluestone from a local quarry, reducing the lawn from 2,000 square feet to a 200-square-foot circle, and populating the space with native plants and groundcovers to eliminate yearly mulching. 

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Local Welcome Home Brands Takes Best of Best Award

White Plains-based Welcome Home Brands was named “Best of the Best – Bronze” at the 2012 Housewares Design Awards for its oven-safe Paper Bakeware. Considered the Oscars of home design, the awards competition focuses on the housewares industry. Recognized for their superior design, appearance, function, and originality, the Welcome Home Brands developed their line of freezer-safe, oven-safe disposable bakeware to make it easy to bake, serve, store, and give, while eliminating the need for metal pans and messy clean-up.”


Lin-sanity hits Westchester!

The hoopla over hoops sensation—Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin—isn’t confined to New York City. The Lin-sanity has spread to Westchester where Lin has decided to make his home. Westchester’s newest neighbor is taking up residence at Trump Tower at City Center in White Plains. In addition to his luxury condo that’s within minutes of the Knicks Greenburgh training facility, Lin gets Lin-credible amenities from basketball and tennis courts to a state-of-the-art private health club and spa.    

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