Katonah Custom Castle for $1.5M, Wolf Center House Tour, Autumn Art & Purchase Award Show

House of the Week: Katonah Custom Castle

$1.528 million

Annual property taxes: $27,179

7 Kniffen Rd, Katonah

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The beauty of a custom home is getting exactly what you want down to the smallest detail. So, when homeowner Teres Boniello had the chance to create her dream home that combined the two periods she loved most, she didn’t hesitate. Luckily, her husband, August Boniello, happens to be a builder. The result of their two-year, labor-of-love custom collaboration: A unique castle-like Baronial Tudor that combines Byzantine period details with an 1895 Normandy style design. “I love the aesthetic look of that one-of-a-kind combination,” says Boniello. “The Old World look never goes out of style. The design combined with the private, secluded setting creates such a majestic, magical feel.” Features with a nod to the past include two turrets; Gothic stained-glass windows; crenellated arches; expansive ballroom; and laundry chute paired with luxury details such as the high-end kitchen’s 9-foot by 4 ½-foot island with butcher block top, six burner stove, indoor gas barbecue, and wood-burning fireplace; elevator with a built-in phone; and master bath with a Finnish sauna and full Jacuzzi. The nearly five-acre property also includes a fishpond, courtyard, and in-ground Gunite pool with an automatic retractable cover. Potential for more customization remains—a full unfinished, window-lined walk-out basement; a walk-up attic that can be finished as a loft; and the ability to act on the property’s pre-approval for a 60-foot by 40-foot barn and two horses. For more information, contact William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance listing agent Anthony DeBellis at (914) 618-1737 or visit www.anthonydebellis.raveis.com (http://anthonydebellis.raveis.com/mls/3224258/7kniffenrd_katonah_ny/?AGT=7101&SITE=agt).


Wolf Conservation Center Foundation House Tour

Photo by Sylvain Côté

Step through some of Westchester’s most elegant and green homes at the third annual “Green Homes & Great Estates” House Tour benefiting the Wolf Conservation Center Foundation on Sunday, September 30, from 10 am to 3 pm. This year’s line-up of exceptional homes includes the 1842 former John June Italianate Colonial mansion, a sprawling and historic North Salem family estate, a 19th century Katonah home retrofitted as a model of green living, a working Northern Westchester horse farm with spectacular barn, and a return visit to a green Octagon House on Lake Truesdale now with tiered gardens. The tour begins with a check-in between 9:30 am and 10:30 am at the “Camp Runamuk” 68-acre South Salem estate, followed by the self-guided house tours. A gourmet lunch is included in the $100 ticket price. Proceeds will help the Wolf Conservation Center purchase its final piece of property and bring the organization one step closer to a “den of its own.” For more information or to complete the required register and purchase tickets, visit www.nywolf.org or call (914) 763-2373, ext 1.


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Affordable Art Fair

Photo courtesy of Elisa Contemporary Art

Art by Yasemin Kackar-Demirel

Not only does the Affordable Art Fair offer an opportunity to admire some pretty fantastic artwork, you can take it home, too—for a price, of course. The art happening at The Tunnel, (11th Ave at 28th St, Manhattan) features more than 60 galleries from around the world with original artwork priced from $100 to $10,000 (with more than half priced at under $5,000) and in a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, video installations, and sculpture. Highlighting work of young emerging artists and established pros, the event kicks off with a private VIP preview on Thursday, October 4, from 6 pm to 9 pm, before opening to the public on Friday, October 5 (noon to 8 pm), Saturday, October 6, (11 am to 8 pm), and Sunday, October 7 (11 am to 6 pm). General admission is $12 (children under 12 free with an adult) and $65 per person for the preview party ($75 at the door). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.affordableartfair.com/newyork where you’ll also find an art buying guide, or call (212) 255-2003.


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Autumn Art & Purchase Award Show

The annual Autumn Art & Purchase Award Show, sponsored by the Art Society of Old Greenwich, runs from Wednesday, October 3, through Friday, October 26 at the Garden Education Center (130 Bible St, Cos Cob, Connecticut), along with a special reception at the center on Thursday, October 4, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The artwork on display and for sale covers a range of styles and mediums, including oil, acrylics, watercolor, photography, graphics, pastel, and sculpture. Each year the Art Society of Old Greenwich gives a local nonprofit organization the chance to choose an artwork from this exhibit to hang permanently at their facility. This year’s recipient is Abilis, a Greenwich-based nonprofit agency that provides lifelong services to help children and adults with developmental disabilities. Purchases can be picked up between 1 pm and 3 pm on October 26. For more information, call (203) 869-9242 or visit www.gecgreenwich.org.

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