Villa Allegra in Harrison Exudes Rustic Tuscan Charm

PLUS: The White Plains Antique Show, 40th annual Art Show: Bedford and Dina Podolsky’s exhibit opens at Canfin Gallery.



House of the Week: Tuscan Villa
$3.9 million
Annual property taxes: $44,562
79 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Harrison
If you dream of living in Italy, you don’t have to go further than Harrison. This 7,800 square-foot Mediterranean, known as “Villa Allegra,” seems to have been plucked right out of Tuscany. From its grand double entry staircase to its elaborate crown moldings and custom ironwork, no detail was overlooked. The one-of-a-kind distinctive details include three fireplaces, French doors, walnut built-in cabinetry, arched doorways and windows, terracotta stone columns, a unique granite utility room, and limestone, granite, and marble detailing throughout. The luxurious interior features a second floor completely devoted to the master suite with a walnut walk-in closet, spa bath with a Jacuzzi, and its own private terrace and two verandas. The think-of-everything approach extends to the gourmet kitchen with its huge center island, coffered ceiling, copper sink, top-of-the-line Viking appliances, wine refrigerator, and pizza oven. “A gated, stone-pillared entry introduces this unique home that features grand, soaring spaces, multiple terraces, and graceful verandas,” says listing agent Emilia Csak. “Not only is it a magnificent home beautifully set on over an acre of usable, private park-like property with a sparkling pool and pool house, but it has the added benefit of being green and energy efficient.” Helping to keep the home warm and toasty are radiant heat throughout, including the garage. Thanks to its German-made heating system, according to the homeowner, monthly costs for heating the spacious home in winter never exceed $500. There could be even more possible savings on the horizon if the property’s $44,562 tax bill (currently being grieved) is reduced. For more information, contact Keller Williams Realty listing agent Emilia Csak at (914) 960-1712, visit www.kw.com, or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHha3sHtXpU for an online tour. 

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Artful opportunities in January:

“Layers of Time” by Dina Podolsky; Photo courtesy of Canfin Gallery  Dina Podolsky Exhibit Opens at Canfin Gallery
The latest installation at Canfin Gallery (39 Main St, Tarrytown) is “New Works” by Dina Podolsky from Saturday, January 26, to Sunday, February 10. Podolsky, daughter of artist Lev Podolsky, specializes in richly textured paintings that bring past nostalgic items to life. The Canfin Gallery focuses on original artwork by established and emerging contemporary artists from around the world. For more information, call (914) 332-4554 or visit www.canfingallery.com

40th Annual Art Show: Bedford
The 40th annual Art Show: Bedford at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (382 Cantitoe St) opens with a gala preview party on Friday, January 25, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, followed by the exhibition sale on Saturday, January 26, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, January 27, from noon to 4 pm. The event, featuring works by more than 40 area artists, also includes an interactive clay project (“It Takes a Village”) for all ages on Saturday, from noon to 3 pm, and an Appraisal Day with MS Appraisers on hand, on Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm. Leading the effort are show curators Susan Grissom, manager of contemporary art at the Pound Ridge-based Lionheart Gallery, and Leslie Henshaw, along with co-chairs Laura Blau of Bedford and Laurie Sturz of Pound Ridge. Preview party tickets are $125 in advance ($150 at the door), though admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds support local outreach programs sponsored by the Women of St. Matthew's. For more information, call (914) 234-9636, e-mail nancydexter@verizon.net, or visit www.stmatthewsbedford.org. Samples of featured artwork can be found at http://artshowbedford.wordpress.com.

Save the date: White Plains Antiques Show
The popular White Plains Antiques Show returns to the Westchester County Center (198 Central Ave, White Plains) on Saturday, February 9 (from 10 am to 6 pm), and Sunday, February 10 (from 11 am to 5 pm). Sponsored by JMK Shows & Events, the show promises over 60 high-end exhibitors with a wide range of quality antiques, fine art, ceramics, silver, glass, fine jewelry, decorative accessories, and an expert glass repair clinic led by glass expert Paul Nulton. For more information and a coupon for a $2 discount on the $9 admission fee, visit www.jmkshows.com or e-mail jmkshows@aol.com.

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