House of the Week: a $5.5M Home for Sale in Rye Town



$5.5 million
Annual property taxes: $78,377
7 Harbor Dr, Rye Town
“Wake to the early morning tranquility of Long Island Sound; watch the afternoon sun dance on the water; and toast extraordinary sunrises that blaze across the horizon.” Not to mention a glimpse of a rainbow or two. That’s how listing agent Alix Sara Prince describes a day at 7 Harbor Drive, the 12-room shingle and stone Colonial seaside dream home in Rye Town. “It’s so beautifully designed and constructed—the attention to detail is phenomenal,” says Prince. “And the views are exquisite. Almost every room overlooks the Sound. The spectacular view would even make it a treat to work from home in the office.” Custom designed by New Rochelle-based architect Justin Minieri, the unique hand stained decorative floor—the centerpiece of the entryway—offers the first hint of those phenomenal details. Like 10-foot ceilings, a sweeping circular staircase with hand-carved newel posts set under a custom designed dome, Herringbone floors, Wainscot walls, crowned archways, solid-core interior and exterior mahogany doors, porthole windows to bring in extra light, custom fitted closets, fireplaces with Federal mantels, an indoor/outdoor surround sound system, and cherry-paneled residential elevator.

And that’s the short list. The special features continue inside and out, including the self-contained masterful master suite (one of the home’s five bedrooms) with its octagonal sitting room (built within a turret), serving bar, marble bath, custom office with a built-in circular desk and bookshelves, and private mahogany deck; down to the entertainment-ready finished lower level with a 1,500-bottle wine cellar; and out to the heated in-ground pool with an automatic cover and attached spa framed by a stone loggia. According to Prince, other high-end industry experts who had a hand in making the property extraordinary: Armonk’s Dowko Development headed by Richard Donsavage, who meticulously custom built the property in 2001, and the internationally known firm of the late Greg Jordan, including Rob Southern, who were responsible for its stand-out interior design. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty listing agent Alix Sara Prince at (914) 673-9324 or visit www.7harbordrive.com.


 

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