Lori Sandler, (914) 260-5842
Michael J. Neeley, (914) 588-2770
What’s to like?
Designed by Westchester architect Ed Ozols, this modern home is framed by the forest of the 4,000-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Its location is the first hint that the home is about the marriage between the lush, green outdoors and the white, clean interior. “For us, the most wonderful thing is that this house is like living outside and living inside,” says homeowner Maurie O’Neill. Windows throughout the house allow unparalleled views of both the flora and fauna of the surroundings. A glass pane barrel ceiling invites in natural light. “We can see the sun rise and set. It’s like another dimension in terms of openness,” she remarks.
Great for entertaining, the home features an expansive living room and a formal dining room area, as well as a patio that overlooks the reserve. An open floor plan on the main floor makes moving through the common areas easy. The six bedroom suites, however, are extremely private—complete with their own bathrooms and easily converted for other uses. O’Neill, a designer, uses one for her studio that delivers welcome light for her work. A heated pool, three-car garage, and perennial garden (lovingly created by O’Neill) are just a few of the home’s other amenities.
Not only did their home of 22 years prove to be ideal for O’Neill and her husband, Frank, to raise their daughter, but it was also the first home that made them stay put. “Before this, we only stayed a few years in places,” she says. “But we never got tired of living here.”