Getting Away

Cool Listings, Upstate

39 Old Snake Hill Road, Pound Ridge listing

All listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Located in Pound Ridge, a quaint town in northeastern Westchester just an hour’s drive from NYC, this sprawling estate set on nearly six acres is asking $1,250,000 (h/t Curbed). The New York Times wrote of Pound Ridge’s “wooded slopes, streams and lakes and 19th-century stone walls,” all of which create a “bucolic feel” that this home at 39 Old Snake Hill Road also embodies. Originally an 1860s barn, the listing tells us that the property was converted by Vito Fosella, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, into a charming mid-century residence “ideal for weekend or year-round living.”

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Cool Listings, Design, Upstate

121 Top of Dean Hill Road, upstate, cool listings, frank lloyd wright, FLW, modern house, modern design, mid-century modern

All images by Ren Nickson, courtesy of Sothebys International Realty.

According to the listing, this unique home in the remote upstate town of Canaan, NY was built by “two prominent colleagues of Frank Lloyd Wright,” who employed stonework techniques used at Taliesin West, Usonian design, and a high peaked roof to make this stunning modern house “a paean to nature.” Situated on 17 acres at 121 Top of Dean Hill Road, the property, asking $1.3 million, includes an equally fabulous guest house with a 3.5-car garage, woodland paths, and perennial gardens.

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Upstate, Urban Design

Renderings courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office

This is what a renewed Erie Canal could look like in the years to come. Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a $300 million proposal on Monday to revamp the 19th-century waterway that was started by Gov. DeWitt Clinton in 1817. The multi-phase plan originates in research conducted by the “Reimagine the Canals” task force assembled by Cuomo last May. The first phase will begin later this year and comprises two parts: a $100 million economic development fund to invest in communities along the canal and $65 million toward preventing ice jams and flooding in the Schenectady area. The remaining $135 million will be allocated based on recommendations made in the task force’s report.

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Celebrities, Hamptons, Recent Sales

1645 Millstone Road, Sag Harbor, Ellen Pompeo

Listing photos by Chris Foster, courtesy Douglas Elliman

Two years after putting her Hamptons home on the market for $3.8 million, actress Ellen Pompeo has sold the property for $2,995,000. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star bought the eight-acre site for $950,000 in 2011, and in 2013, had the current modern-farmhouse constructed, which she then designed herself. In addition to its gorgeous decor, the residence boasts beautifully manicured lawns and a heated, Gunite pool.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upstate

340 Croton Lake Road, Westchester, Bruce Willis, cool listings, celebrities

Photo credit: Robert Lowell courtesy of Douglas Elliman

After nearly a year on the market, Bruce Willis has finally unloaded his 22-acre Westchester estate, reports the Wall Street Journal. The actor and his wife, Emma Heming Willis, first listed the property in January for $12.95 million but dropped the price to $9.4 million in August. The couple said they were selling since they planned to move back to the west coast, and they must have been quite eager, as they ultimately let it go for $7.66 million, a 41 percent discount and a big loss from the $12 million they bought it for in 2014.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

384 Main Street, amagansett, hamptons, cool listings

Images courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

This postcard-worthy 1829 farmhouse at 384 Main Street in Amagansett village has been meticulously renovated from its gracious front porch and Greek Revival doorway to a gunite pool and boxwood hedges. Located in a prime south-of-highway Hamptons location overlooking protected farm fields, the home, asking $3.475 million, sits on just over half an acre. The property can legally be a bed and breakfast for even more possibilities.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

38 Cobb Isle Road, cool listings, pools, private pools, the hamptons

Photo credit: Evan Joseph/Compass

This Water Mill waterfront home at 38 Cobb Isle Road could easily be a glittering international resort, complete with gorgeous indoor pool and spa right off the kitchen. The pool becomes an outdoor pool in warm weather, and the house itself is on Mecox Bay with the views you’d expect, surrounded by water. Asking $9,495,000, the home, designed by renowned Southampton-based architect Mark C. Matthews, spans 6,150 square feet and has six bedrooms; there’s a gym and full bath above the garage, which could become a guest suite.

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Events, Historic Homes, holidays, Upstate

All photos courtesy of the Armour–Stiner House

Not only is Westchester’s Octagon House the stuff that Instagram dreams are made of, but it is the world’s only eight-sided, fully-domed Victorian home. This holiday season, the Armour–Stiner House, as it’s officially known, will open its doors at night for a special event that invites guests to tour the restored 1872 house while it’s full of seasonal decorations. There will also be hot refreshments served and “dramatic interpretations of Washington Irving’s ‘Old Christmas.'”

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

112 Norfolk Road, Litchfield CT, A-frame house

All photos by Michael Bowman Photography

The great thing about this house in Litchfield, Connecticut is that it can satisfy two ends of the design spectrum (h/t Curbed). For mid-century-modern lovers, its six-part A-frame design and geometric interiors check the boxes, while its country setting and wood-filled rooms will please a more rustic sensibility. Listed for $835,000, the four-bedroom home sits on 15 acres and boasts three stone fireplaces, multiple outdoor decks, and exposed redwood beams throughout that frame incredible double-height views.

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Celebrities, Connecticut, Cool Listings

56 North Stanwich Road, greenwich, regis philbin, celebrities, cool listings, connecticut, pools

Photo credit: Steve Rossi Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty.

88-year-old veteran television talk show host Regis Philbin (“Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee/Kelly,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “America’s Got Talent”) and his wife, Joy, have put their Greenwich, Connecticut home on the market for $4.595 million (h/t WSJ). The ask is a significant drop from the home’s purchase price a decade ago when the couple moved in. The 13,661-square-foot residence was built in the style of an English Manor, complete with a pool, tennis court, and a garage that holds five cars. The Philbins are selling in order to spend more time with family in California; Ms. Philbin said in a statement that “this house will always be our favorite…There was always room for everyone.”

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