April 2012

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Pre-Revolutionary Farmhouse for Sale; Tour Gorgeous Westchester Gardens; Home Sales—Up or Down?

One of Westchester’s oldest homes is now on the market, a 1736 (no, that’s not a typo!), pre-Revolution farmhouse where the French army’s battalion commander reportedly lived. “It’s really unique—I’ve never seen anything like it in Westchester,” says listing agent Marilyn Berman. “At one time, it had been occupied by the French army as a lookout tower. And, although it’s been updated, it still has so many original features, including seven original fireplaces. It sits very high up, with a great view into White Plains from the living room.”

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House of the Week: Pleasantville Historic Gem, Step Up Your Curb Appeal, Make Your Home Emergency-Ready

This historic gem just came on the market days ago—a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath converted sheep barn, one of a few remaining vestiges on the James A. Stillman country estate—the same James A. Stillman (legendary banker, founder of Citibank, and friend to John D. Rockefeller, Jr.) estate where architect Cass Gilbert, Jr., later lived and which he named “The Fold.”

House of the Week: Treetops Bedford Estate, Creating the Perfect Garden at Duck Hill, NY ASLA Landscape Design Exhibit

It’s easy to imagine the former life of this stately, elegant, and timeless 1903 stucco English manor house (known as Treetops) and its surrounding sweeping grounds where the past and present blend seamlessly. Telltale signs of its historic past are evident through all 16 rooms, including a front-to-back entrance hall, exquisite moldings and millwork, high ceilings, period hardware, original hardwood floors, and distinctive windows. The estate was built on land steeped in history. As the story goes, John Jay, the country’s first chief fustice, owned the surrounding 400-plus acres, then known as Katonah’s Wood.

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House of the Week: Rock Rim Ponds Estates, Win a $2,500 Garden Makeover, Create Your Own Floral Centerpiece

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Who's building, selling, buying, and who's profiting from our favorite contact sport: real estate

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White Plains resident and writer Karen Odom has a passion for interesting architecture, especially when architecture and history collide. Her extensive experience as a real estate feature writer has led her in an around Westchester's distinctive homes uncovering the fascinating stories behind the houses, their owners, architects, and designers with awe, admiration, and more than just a little amazing curiosity.

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