Modern House in Bedford for $3.97M; Open House: White Plains Colonial; Home Builder Kudos for Murphy Brothers Contracting

House of the Week: Modern. Minimalist. Bedford.

$3.975 million

Annual property taxes: $69,044

116 Hook Rd, Bedford

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Clean lines and soaring spaces define this bright and spacious modern marvel. “The open, minimalist features of this property make it practically a blank slate for creating any look and feel you want,” says listing agent Joanna Rizoulis. “The walls of windows and glass doors fill the interior with natural sunlight. Since the property sits along the Beaver Dam River, you also can hear the river from every room—just open any window and you have your own private water feature.” Add to that distinctive design details like the living room’s dramatic high ceiling, a sleek, commercial-grade gourmet kitchen with its barreled ceiling, an in-ground pool, one-bedroom pool house, and serenely private grounds, and you have your own piece of paradise. An unconventional layout that’s just as unique as its design splits the home’s four bedrooms (including a master suite with a library) between two separate wings. Privacy comes naturally for the property that’s tucked away on sprawling grounds that seem endless, thanks to its optimal location bordering the 150 miles of trails maintained by the Bedford Riding Lanes Assocation. But, if 11 acres aren’t enough, there’s also an option to purchase an additional five-acre adjacent lot. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty listing agents Joanna Rizoulis at (917) 359-7885 or Amy Smith Sroka at (914) 523-0678, or visit [].   


Open House: White Plains Colonial


Annual property taxes: $15,054

39 Sammis Lane, White Plains

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Open House: Sunday, December 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Looking for a roomy White Plains Colonial? You’re in luck—this eight-room 1966 Colonial set on nearly one-half acre is now on the market for the first time by its only owners.

What to expect if you go: a newly renovated (as in this year) five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with an updated eat-in-kitchen kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and breakfast nook. Other upgrades include a new 75-gallon hot water tank, new heating and air conditioning systems, as well as upgraded siding, windows, and roof. The home also has the good fortune of being in a spectacular spot—next to the Westchester Hills Golf Club (complete with a meandering stream), giving the property additional privacy and great views. As listing agent Gerry Angel explains, “Facing south, the house embraces the warmth and brightness of the sun on the one side, while on the opposite side it provides the most spectacular breathtaking golf course and pond views.” For more information, contact Keller Williams NY Realty listing agent Gerry Angel at (914) 263-7168 or visit


Home Builder Awards for Murphy Brothers Contracting

Kudos for the green transformation of 64 Holbrooke Rd just keep coming! The latest: Mamaroneck-based Murphy Brothers Contracting, Inc., received 2012 Home Builders Industry Awards for “Best Energy-Efficient Green Remodel” and “Best Promotional Event for a Home” (LEED for Homes Project Tour Series) for their role in reconfiguring the 1950s White Plains raised ranch of Keller Williams NY Realty agent Gerry Angel into a model of energy efficiency and green living—a team effort that included Christina Griffin Architect and a host of subcontractors and suppliers. Murphy Brothers, one of several businesses honored by Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut, Inc. at a special awards ceremony this month, also received industry recognition for “Best Custom Home—10,000 – 12,000 SF” for a spectacular one-of-a-kind home in Greenwich, CT, and “Best Commercial Rehab”—the project: retrofitting our very own Westchester Magazine/Today Media headquarters in Rye.

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