A Modern Marvel
$30 million; Annual property taxes: $ 205,555
55 Springhurst Rd, Bedford Hills
It’s easy to understand why this 1983 functional work of art and its gorgeous gardens were showcased in Architectural Digest. In the words of listing agent Sally Slater: “It’s an amazing modernist compound surrounded by water. The privacy is striking and the grounds are both beautiful and welcoming. There are walking trails throughout the property winding through Japanese gardens, groves of mountain laurel, streams, and surprising elements such as a vintage gypsy wagon in the middle of the woods. It’s located less than an hour to New York City, but feels utterly private.” Also featured on the more than 21-acre grounds: a large koi-stocked lake, orchards of manicured specimen trees, a slate-decked pool; and a tennis court with a stone pavilion. Even the outbuildings are impressive: a two bedroom, two bath cottage; a heated barn; two bedroom, four bath cabana with gym and hot tub, and a pool house with its own full kitchen, bar, and billiard room. Unlike a more typical family design, only two of the compound’s six bedrooms are in the main residence, creating a more adult-style layout. The property also has the distinction of being the highest priced from Bedford through North Salem, including Armonk and Pound Ridge. For more information, contact Prudential Douglas Elliman listing agent Sally Slater at (914) 584-0137 or visit www.elliman.com/westchester.
Paradise in Pound Ridge: Yours if the Price is Right
Suggested opening bid: $1 million; Annual property taxes: $90,000
25 Conant Valley Rd, Pound Ridge
Mark your calendars and get in line to bid for a chance to call this spectacular 5.8-acre Pound Ridge property your very own. Just name the right price at an upcoming bankruptcy proceeding auction at the Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown (66 Hale Ave, White Plains) on Wednesday, August 22, that opens with a 6:30 pm registration for the 7 pm auction and paradise is yours. The suggested opening bid is $1 million for the property previously listed at $6 million. The 14,000 square-foot bright and airy 1975 contemporary is ideally located near the Greenwich, Connecticut, border with easy access to Manhattan. In addition to the property’s unique combination of heavenly tranquility and convenience to shopping, restaurants, and parks, the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design of the main residence features two distinct wings, separating personal space, including the master bedroom suite, five additional bedrooms, and five granite baths from the section focused on entertaining with three guest bedrooms and a glass-enclosed heated indoor pool and spa with a retractable roof. Other luxury features: a chef’s kitchen and landscaped grounds with an outdoor pool and private walking trails. There are still plenty of opportunities to see the palatial property first hand—a special evening open house tonight (August 14) from 6 pm to 8 pm, and two remaining open houses on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, from noon to 3 pm. In fact, attending an open house (that includes registration) is one of three requirements to participate in the auction that also requires purchasing a $20 due diligence package containing an approved agreement of sale, a description of bidding procedures, and preliminary title report, and bringing a $100,000 certified or cashier’s check. “A bankruptcy auction is the cleanest transfer of title,” says Katie DeCoste, executive managing director of Madison Hawk Partners, LLC, the firm handling the property’s auction. “This is an absolute sale, which means there’s no minimum bid—the audience decides the bidding and the property goes to the highest bidder. The property also comes free and clear of any liens.” For more information, visit www.madisonhawk.com/auctions/westchester or call (212) 971-9720.
Hastings Gets $75 Million house
Speaking of pricey properties, the New York Post reports that another one—a $75 million house and possibly now the highest priced in Westchester—is in the future for Hastings-on-Hudson. Constructing a $75 million house doesn’t sound like a walk in the park to begin with, but the grand plans for the home (reportedly Westchester’s most costly) about to be built on Broadway Ave in Hastings is taking shape with more than a little added controversy. At the center of the debate that’s been the subject of several Planning Board meetings is hedge fund founder David E. Shaw, who purchased four parcels of prime properties overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. According to the New York Post, construction of the mansion is expected to be completed sometime next year. Planning Board meeting records show a number of concerns raised by local residents from the home’s size being out of sync with the style and feel of the Hastings community to possibly obstructing the Hudson River views from other properties to an inability to sell such an expensive property when the time comes—issues addressed in detail by attorneys for the homeowners. What does a $75 million property include? Stand-out features of the Stephen Holl Architects-designed 38,000 square-foot house reportedly include three exercise rooms, a media room, children’s playrooms, an indoor pool with changing rooms, an underground garage, complemented by reflecting pools, an outdoor pool, and tennis court. Most notable are its many sustainable elements (as reported in the January 19 Planning Board minutes), including green roofs and an extensive geothermal heating and cooling system. Stay tuned…
Personal Dahlia Critique
You’ve nurtured beautiful dahlias that bring you great pride and constant compliments. But how do you know if your dazzling dahlias are up to par to withstand a stiff competition? There’s a way to find out without the humiliation of coming up short during a major competitive event. The Garden Education Center of Greenwich (130 Bible St, Cos Cob, CT) is offering a chance for novices to bring their dahlias to a dress rehearsal at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 22, and get expert advice on classification, grooming, and display. Bring a maximum of five blooms and have them informally critiqued in a friendly, supportive atmosphere at a fee of $35 for non-members ($25 for members). No prizes, but ribbons will be awarded. For more information or registration, call (203) 869-9242 or visit www.gecgreenwich.org.