Address: 91 Upper Hook Rd.
Square feet: 5,000
Stepping through the gates into the nearly 11-acre property at this elegant Katonah, NY, estate immediately “transports you” says real estate salesperson Fatou Niang of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in New Canaan, CT. “The luminosity of the house is amazing,” she says of the home, which is just down the road from those of Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart. “It’s a bright, elegant statement of taste. It’s richly and luxuriously done, but not ostentatious.”
Once you enter into the foyer, which boasts a beautiful, herringbone-laid brick floor original to the 1940s home, guests have a view straight out to the back patio and grounds beyond. The timeless kitchen has white marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and a functional seamless flow. “It’s a kitchen that can sustain any kind of fashion,” says Niang. Next door, the dining room is flooded with light and also features a wood-burning fireplace. Pocket doors that fold between the kitchen and the dining room allow for either an open space for entertaining or an intimate dinner without a view of the prep space. The house is “open without being open concept where everything is one giant room,” explains Niang.
Off the kitchen, the family room overlooks the grounds through oversized French doors, with custom built-ins that provide lots of storage space. The living room is sophisticated yet warm and inviting, with a built-in desk and bar corner. Along with the herringbone floor in the foyer, you’ll, also find wide-plank wood floors and original millwork that are all also original to the home. Niang’s favorite feature is the third-floor recreation room with room for a private office and gathering with friends.
A screened in porch, outdoor terrace and in-ground gunite swimming pool provide lots of opportunities for lounging outdoors and taking in the beautiful grounds, which were designed by Q Alba Landscape. Meanwhile, horse trails, a pond, a potting shed for gardening, hiking trails and a creek where ducks and otters play attract nature lovers seeking a bit more physical activity. A detached two-car garage has a studio upstairs finished as a personal gym with bathroom.
The house, which went on the market last week, saw four showings within the first 72 hours. “There is a demand for more space,” says Niang. “More land, having a pool, lots of home office space, multiple rooms where a family can have their own space.”