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Midcentury modern homes are all the rage everywhere. Here are a few of our local favorties.

Design enthusiasts were obsessed with mid-century modern architecture long before Mad Men came along, and the style continues to attract all types of buyers. “Modern homes, and particularly mid century-style homes, are a hot segment,” says David H. Turner, associate broker with Houlihan Lawrence Bedford. “Baby boomers who grew up in the era appreciate the architecture and integrity, and many younger buyers look for a sleeker and more sophisticated style. Everyone loves their natural light and open spaces.” These houses are especially popular with people looking to simplify their surroundings. A few choice listings available in our area now include:

The Pioneer 

Address: 7 Deer Ridge Ln, Armonk

List Price: $1,950,000

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Square Footage: 6,500 square feet

Set on 4.79 picturesque wooded acres, this airy five-bedroom home was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, a pioneer of the postmodern movement. With its double-height ceilings, panoramic windows, and curvilinear walls, the house allows for seamless indoor-outdoor living. Honed bluestone floors in the main living areas lead to the terraces that surround the house. A portico with a glass-block wall introduces the dynamic design of the house. Among the many special rooms: a huge four-season sunroom, a luxe master suite, and a lower level with a game room and access to the pool and cabana with changing rooms. 

Listed With: Stacee Massoni, William Raveis Armonk; (914) 273-3074

 

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Waterfront Access

Address: 27 Heron Lake Dr, Bedford

List Price: $6,750,000 

Square Footage: 4,920 square feet

Blending waterfront living with modernist style, this house built in 2002 is set on 6 acres with 200 feet of frontage on Blue Heron Lake, which is surrounded by a private community of houses in Bedford and Pound Ridge. With steel construction and floor-to-ceiling windows, the four-bedroom home offers views of the lake and property from every room. You can swim or kayak right from the dock, and a guest/accessory cottage is part of the property. The open layout and peaceful surroundings create a Zen atmosphere. 

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David Turner, Houlihan Lawrence Bedford; (914) 953-6010

 

One of a Kind

Address: 153 Old Colony Rd, Hartsdale

List Price: $2,498,000

Square Footage: 4,566 square feet

This 1963 midcentury modern home was designed by architect Harry Wenning and built for Gertrude Rothschild, inventor of the LEDs used in many cell phones and flat-screen TVs. Designer Robert Austin Gonzalez recently remodeled the one-of-a-kind, five-bedroom house, adding a second-story master suite with a large outdoor shower and creating an expansive great room from smaller rooms. The new kitchen features a 17-foot island of walnut and Caesarstone. A custom steel and concrete fireplace divides the dining room and family room. Floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize the exceptional connection to the outdoors. 

Stacey Oestreich, Douglas Elliman; (914) 973-1001

Private Property

Address: 707 Taylors Ln, Mamaroneck

List Price: $5,950,000

Square Footage: 5,732 square feet

Created by noted architect Ulrich Franzen and completely renovated, this luxe midcentury house is accessed via a private causeway that leads to its island-like property with views extending to Manhattan. The 4-acre listing includes private beaches and 1,000 feet of direct waterfront on Long Island Sound. With the expansive rooftop deck, balconies, and walls of glass in this six-bedroom home, views of the water are constant. Living space extends over three stories, with many rooms for entertaining, along with a sleek master suite and guest bedrooms; outside, the heated pool overlooks the Sound, where there’s also a deep-water mooring for a boat.    

Louis Katsoris, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s; (914) 921-9250  

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