26 Stone Cabin Rd, New Rochelle
4 bedrooms | 4.5 baths | 3,567 square feet
What’s to like? Custom-designed in 1947, this solidly built stone ranch delivers mid-century-modern simplicity combined with understated elegance and hearty substance starting with its stone exterior and slate roof. The slate front walkway leads to a roomy interior with an open floor plan, large windows, and spacious rooms. The high ceilings (unusual for a ranch) give it an extra-roomy feel. A screened porch blends indoors and out and makes an easy transition to the expansive slate patio and private yard. The property offers the best of two worlds: a retreat-like setting (thanks to its quiet cul-de-sac location) with busing provided to local New Rochelle schools, yet within walking distance to Larchmont stores and Metro-North train station. A full walk-out basement with a multi-purpose room and ample storage can be used—or not.
What’s not? The property can benefit from a little tweaking.
Eileen Kelly, (914) 329-6763, and Jim Whittemore, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty; www.juliabfee.com
17 S Sterling Rd, Armonk
4 bedrooms | 4.5 baths | 6,269 square feet
What’s to like? If traditional doesn’t fit your vision of a dream home, consider this sprawling contemporary ranch with a striking design that’s wonderfully unique inside and out. In the words of listing agent Amy Singer, “It’s such a cool, funky, unique home.” Its grand open spaces (accented by vaulted ceilings, skylights, and massive windows) have a natural flow and work equally well for everyday living or large-scale entertaining while also leaving plenty of room for customizing with your own special touch. The smart design features clever approaches, including a master bedroom accessed by a spiral staircase and a streamlined, open chef’s kitchen with distinctive Neff cabinetry, granite countertops, and professional-grade stainless-steel appliances. Located in Armonk’s coveted Yale Farms section, the home also has the extra benefit of two acres of level grounds (also coveted) and the convenience of stores and restaurants nearby. All living spaces are on one level with the exception of the master bedroom.
What’s not? Some families may prefer all bedrooms on the same level.
Amy Singer, (914) 772-3526, William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance; www.raveis.com
848 Fenimore Rd, Larchmont
3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 3,095 square feet
What’s to like? Newly renovated, this bright, spacious, 1952 ranch delivers a host of advantages, starting with its perfect positioning on an acre of landscaped grounds at the entrance to the Winged Foot Golf Club. Recent renovations have added even more to love—including new oversized windows; a high-end gourmet kitchen featuring a sleek interplay of warm woods and stainless-steel appliances; spa-inspired luxe bathrooms with radiant-heat flooring; a custom walk-in master closet; a family room with a massive room-length wall of glass that opens to an outdoor rear patio; and spiffy hardwood flooring throughout. Even the electrical service and central air have been upgraded; though not visible, their comfort is unmistakable. Other amenities, including a sprinkler system, security system, heated in-ground pool, and two driveways—one circular—make easy living even easier.
What’s not? Stairs connect the one-level living spaces to the attached garage.
Nora Holmes, (914) 261-5652, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty; www.juliabfee.com
123 Marlborough Rd, Briarcliff Manor
5 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 5,000 square feet
What’s to like? The 5,000 square feet of bliss must be what the noted late modernist architect Ferdinand Gottlieb (who lived and worked in Dobbs Ferry) had in mind when designing this one-of-a-kind light, bright, modern gem for its one and only owners. The low, lean, angular exterior profile only hints at the delightful surprise waiting inside: a sophisticated indoor/outdoor contemporary design that brings nature and brightness in through floor-to-ceiling and clerestory windows that help deliver the home’s open, airy atmosphere. The brilliant placement of an expansive in-ground pool anchoring one end of the home not only makes it a seamless extension, but caps the property’s luxurious resort-living feel. Surrounded by nearly four lush acres of serenity (a rare expanse for Southern Westchester), the property offers natural privacy that’s conveniently close to dining, shopping, and the Scarborough Metro-North train station, and just a short train ride to New York City. Beauty plus wheelchair-accessibility—ideal.
What’s not? Although beautifully upgraded since its 1972 construction, it could benefit from a facelift.
Steven S. Geiger, (914) 263-5275, and Todd Goddard, Houlihan Lawrence; www.architecturalhomesny.com
50 Half Moon Ln, Irvington
5 bedrooms | 4 full, 3 half baths | 4,100 square feet
What’s to like? If you adore one-level living and Hudson River views, it doesn’t get better than this contemporary ranch. The home’s one-with-nature unique, sleek design takes full advantage of its ideal riverside location, using walls of windows to capture phenomenal views from sunrise to sunset in almost every room. Even the gourmet kitchen’s counters, the master bath, and the custom office’s built-in desk are angled precisely to appreciate the stunning views. Set on about an acre of manicured grounds on a quiet cul-de-sac, it’s an estate that radiates lightness and tranquility. Like a beautifully choreographed dance, the clean lines, cathedral ceilings, skylights, high-end finishes, and decks work cohesively to deliver a soothing, chic, retreat feel. Three of its five bedrooms (including the master suite) feature en suite baths. An in-ground pool with a river backdrop completes the picture-perfect property.
What’s not? The house is not completely without stairs—they’re necessary to access the finished walk-out basement and attached two-car garage.
Pamela Eskind, (914) 260-2054, Coldwell Banker www.coldwellbankermoves.com