House of the Week: Palatial Purchase Property
Annual property taxes: $129,947
19 Lincoln Ln, Purchase
Living large on this palatial Purchase property means lots of living space—17,400 square feet, to be exact—extraordinary architectural details, and countless amenities. “The best feature is the quality of construction and attention to every detail,” says listing agent Alix Prince. Those details include mahogany woodwork throughout the stately stone Colonial, carved moldings, 10-foot coffered ceilings, wood-beam ceilings, antique gas lanterns (giving the family room a romantic glow), a sprawling master bedroom suite with a wood-paneled spa-like master bath, a double-sided stone fireplace that does double duty for the family room and gourmet chef’s kitchen, and a fully-outfitted custom wine cellar/grotto and tasting room. The 2.87-acre grounds are no less luxurious with lush landscaping featuring multiple paths, sitting areas, gardens, and outdoor elements; a massive courtyard; cut stone archways; a stone wet bar; brook-fed ponds; stone pillars flanking the decorative electronic front gates; a 20- by 50-foot swimming pool with descent waterfall; and a tennis/basketball court accessed by a stone path. Other standout features: an upper-level guest suite, lower-level fitness center, four-car attached garage, and all the bells and whistles every state-of-the-art smart house should have–surround sound, Cat-5 wiring, and Crestron and Lutron whole-house audio and lighting control systems. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Alix Prince at (914) 673-9324 or visit www.juliabfee.com.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Bedford Home Has a Buyer
A beautiful home with a tragic connection is now on the market for $3.995 million and, according to press reports, already has a buyer. It’s hard to forget the headlines earlier this year associated with the home where Mary Richardson Kennedy, then estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., hanged herself in the property’s barn. But, the nearly 10,000 square foot home is also known for its well-documented energy efficiency and green re-design completed in 2010 that was widely showcased as a model of green living. The 10-acre eco-friendly property on South Bedford Road features solar panels, geo-thermal heating and cooling, fiber optic lighting, bamboo kitchen flooring, recycled glass countertops, water-efficient fixtures, and generous use of recycled materials and reclaimed woods. The listing is held by Ginnel Real Estate. More about the greening of the “Kennedy Green House,” as the estate was dubbed, can be found on www.kennedygreenhouse.com, the website for the book of the same name, authored by Robin Wilson, the home’s eco-friendly designer.
The Glass House Rededicated as an Experimental Cultural Center
Two exhibitions have been launched recently to rededicate Philip Johnson’s Glass House (199 Elm St, New Canaan, Connecticut) as a vibrant creative cultural center for ongoing innovation in the spirit of its former occupants—renowned architect Philip Johnson and curator David Whitney. The two exhibits—“Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick” (2006-present), a series of recent spiraling, polychrome works by the American abstract artist Frank Stella, and “Night (1947-2015)”, by sculptor Alberto Giacometti, one of a handful of artworks that Philip Johnson displayed in the Glass House while living there—remain on display through November 30. Tickets start at $30, including a site tour. For more information, call (203) 594-9884 or visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/programs.
Photo by Stacy Bass
Patricia O’Shaughnessy Offers Fall Design Tips
Bronxville based interior designer Patricia O’Shaughnessy shares the fall decorating tips she’s recommending to her clients this year—quick tweaks that will give a home new life. Here are some of her thoughts on color, style, accessories and storage.
“Orange is still hot,” says O’Shaughnessy, who also favors yellow shades of red, like coral; Kelly green; and blue.”Suddenly, all shades of blue look like they can be used pervasively as neutrals again, which feels refreshing.”
“Remove and rotate” is the designer’s mantra. “Remove all evidence of the previous season and clear the clutter before starting a new look,” she advises. “Rotate pictures and accessories to see them newly. Add photographs or pictures that relate to the season you’re entering. Lean into the next season with your colors, textures, and accessories. When looking for new furniture pieces, look for multi-function and pieces that offer enclosed storage.” For more of O’Shaughnessy’s design solutions, visit www.pattiohome.com.
Waterworks Warehouse Sale
If a bathroom renovation or upgrade is in your future, you’re in luck. And, if you’re on the fence, the upcoming Waterworks Warehouse Sale may be just the motivation you need. Scheduled for Friday, November 16 (from 10 am to 4 pm), and Saturday, November 17 (from 9 am to 4 pm), at the Waterworks Warehouse (595 Federal Rd, Brookfield, CT), the sale features fixtures, fittings, and furnishings at prices reduced by up to 80 percent. Examples of fantastic finds include an Easton Classic Low Profile Three Hole Deck Mounted Lavatory Faucet with Metal Cross Handles in chrome, normally $1,023, on sale for $300; a Candide freestanding oval bathtub in Burnished, normally $14,168, on sale for $5,500; and an Easton double 24-inch towel bar in chrome, normally $441, on sale for $150. For more information about Waterworks products, visit http://www.waterworks.com/.
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