Market Watch: Armonk's “Laurel Rock” Rocks With Whimsy and Character

Architectural details distinguish this 1930 Norman estate.


7 Bayberry Rd, Armonk

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When Maren Hexter first set eyes on her 1930 French Norman manor 35 years ago, she was immediately smitten by its architectural detail, from the distinctive Ludowici roof tile to the intricate brickwork around the doorways and windows to the multiple sets of French doors in the living room, den, and upstairs. As Hexter explains, “I just love the special architecture. The house has interesting antique hardware, random-width pegged oak floors and a 12-foot ceiling with large beams in the living room, and a tray ceiling in the dining room. Even the rooms have different shapes like the clamshell-shaped den and a bedroom that’s round at one end. In fact, someone once told me that the house has a sense of “humor.” Known as “Laurel Rock” in a nod to the property’s rock formations and laurel throughout the 4-acre grounds, the Whippoorwill estate is extra private, thanks to the adjacent 13 acres of conservation land. Other standout features include a carriage house atop a three-car garage, an in-ground pool complete with a diving board, and a three-story regulation-size indoor squash court—not just any indoor squash court, but the squash court featured in the 2004 Jeff Bridges movie The Door in the Floor.

6 bedrooms | 5.5 baths | 5,028 square feet | $3,050,000

Amy Via, (914) 523-9248, and Todd Goddard, Houlihan Lawrence;

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