Westchester County Home Market Watch

If you think magical waterfront living in Westchester is reserved for a wealthy few, think again.


33 Battery Pl, Croton-on-Hudson
3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,814 square feet

What’s to like? This unassuming gem proves there really is a little slice of heaven along the Hudson. Rich with architectural detailing, like soaring ceilings; stained-glass windows; hardwood floors; and intricately hand-carved banisters, railings, mantles, and doors, the 1947 Mediterranean was lovingly and thoroughly restored over the past 10 years. While carefully retaining its irreplaceable period features, the extensive redo resulted in a completely re-stuccoed exterior, restored woodwork throughout, installation of copper plumbing, a completely updated electrical system, septic system, and central air conditioning. The restoration also presented a perfect opportunity for undertaking major interior updates, including the creation of a sophisticated gourmet kitchen and high-end bathrooms. Also benefiting from loving care were the treasured outdoor spaces with breathtaking Hudson River views, expansive stone patios, oversized deck, level grounds, and a personal waterfront docking system. With all the grueling hard work now in the past, there’s nothing left for a new buyer to do but relish the property inside and out.

What’s not? For now, the property can be accessed only through FDR Veterans Hospital Road.

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Nancy Kennedy, (914) 271-5500, Houlihan Lawrence; www.nancykennedy.houlihanlawrence.com 


50 Echo Bay Dr, New Rochelle
5 bedrooms | 6.5 baths | 4,411 square feet

What’s to like? When homeowners Oshi and Efraim Rabin (also owners of Mahlstedt Gallery in the historic landmark Mahlstedt Building and one of New Rochelle’s newest contemporary art galleries) took on a complete top-to-bottom renovation, they gave the 1950 home a new lease on life with added space and a statement-making interior. Using only the finest finishes, such as Brazilian cherry, teak, oak, and marble floors, the one-of-a-kind interior features an exquisite free-form designer kitchen with radiant-heat flooring, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances (including a Miele cappuccino center, Thermador double oven and warming drawer, wine cooler, and custom-fitted storage for every purpose imaginable). The bright, airy kitchen flows effortlessly to the sunroom/family room, where accordion glass doors offer seamless access to the backyard with its in-ground saltwater pool and two hot tubs. The artistic couple’s unique touches are applied throughout—from the open entry with its stunning staircase to the master bedroom suite with its own fireplace, two cedar dressing rooms, and spa bath with a Jason whirlpool jetted tub. Rounding out the smart-home’s special features: a cabana bath, home theater, wine cellar, Russound surround-sound system, mahogany doors, brass hardware, copper gutters, distinctive slate roof, and bamboo screening trees.

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What’s not? This gorgeous home can be challenging to find within the neighborhood’s maze of one-way streets.

France Mellet Tucker, (914) 318-4973, Houlihan Lawrence; www.francetucker.houlihanlawrence.com  


806 The Crescent, Mamaroneck
2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 3,242 square feet

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What’s to like? Take your pick from one inspiring option after another—spend a relaxing morning lounging on the sprawling water-facing deck while taking in a peaceful sunrise over the Long Island Sound, entertain friends and family by the pool, or launch your boat from the deep-water dock and enjoy a lazy day on the water. Even a downpour can’t dampen the magical setting of this boater’s dream in the Orienta section of Mamaroneck. On the market for the first time in 41 years, the distinctive 1927 Mediterranean with its unmistakable terra-cotta roof boasts sweeping water views from every room of its custom interior, including the open, airy gourmet kitchen with an adjoining window-lined breakfast area/family room. The unique sun-drenched interior design includes a first level with unexpected soaring wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling shutter-framed Palladian windows; a huge connected living room and dining room ideal for indoor entertaining; a bright, airy office outfitted with wall-to-wall built-ins; a spacious upstairs master bedroom suite with a dressing room and equally impressive water views; and a one-of-a-kind Art-Deco-style landing—a feast for the eyes. 

What’s not? With endless advantages, waterside living may require a little geese chasing. 

Marsha Davis, (914) 491-9794, and Mark Nadler, Prudential Centennial Realty; www.prudentialcentennial.com


14 N Lake Rd, Armonk
5 bedrooms | 7 full, 2 half baths | 8,041 square feet

What’s to like? Imagine it—1.64 acres of your very own picture-perfect paradise set on a private lake in Armonk’s coveted Windmill Farm (once the site of a 1,000-acre farm). Listing agent Lisa Koh considers this landscaped lakefront oasis a “Four Seasons” house—each season evoking an iconic movie or image. The five-bedroom Colonial, brimming with architectural details, including custom finishes, hardwood floors, intricate millwork, five fireplaces, and a massive stone patio for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining, offers extraordinary lake views and access to the lakefront grounds from all of the home’s social spaces. Other standout features: a spacious Christopher Peacock chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and butler’s pantry, and a roomy master bedroom suite with a private balcony and luxurious master bath (fireplace included). Whether boating on the lake (think On Golden Pond), taking a stroll through colorful fall foliage (think Four Seasons, the movie), admiring plantings as they bloom (think Monet), or ice-skating on the lake (think Currier and Ives), this property comes through year-round. And, if lake access isn’t the only water feature you’re dreaming of, a pool permit is in progress.

What’s not? The roadside view gives no hint of a scenic waterside property!  

Lisa Koh, (914) 772-6172, Douglas Elliman Real Estate; www.elliman.com


4 N Island Dr, Rye
6 bedrooms | 6 full, 2 half baths | 6,254 square feet

What’s to like? This custom stone manor estate in a private, secure, gated community on exclusive Manursing Island offers the best of two worlds—resort-style living just 300 feet from the water’s edge over- looking the Long Island Sound and Belle Haven, Connecticut, yet mere minutes away from Rye’s diverse dine, shop, and play options. With an interior defined by architectural detailing throughout, the majestic home opens into a grand entrance with a striking staircase. That entrance delivers on an unspoken promise of elegance and gracious living at every turn, from the light-filled gourmet kitchen, to the spacious bedroom suites with marble baths—all benefiting from spectacular water views and a design that makes the outdoor spaces easily accessible. And, there’s no shortage of wow factors, from the manicured outdoor grounds and colorful gardens that include multiple stone patios, a contemporary sleek swimming pool with an automatic cover and infinity-edge soaking spa, a greenhouse, an extensive sea wall, and private Association beach and dock. 

What’s not? Although the Association’s beach and dock facilities are only steps from the estate, having your own private dock isn’t an option.

Fran Klingenstein, (914) 772-4203, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty; www.juliabfee.com 

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