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A Unique Country Home on a Hillside

Address: 195 Mills Road, North Salem, NY
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6 full, 1 half
Square feet: 10,086
Acres: 17.05
Price: $4,250,000

Aptly named Salem Summit, this unique country home in North Salem sits on a hillside overlooking 30 miles of landscape, including the Titicus River and the Taconic Mountain range at the foothills of the Appalachians. Drive up the long and winding driveway and the house presents itself among the mature trees and landscaping that surround it, enveloping it in privacy. 

“Vacation. I’m on vacation.” That’s the feeling real estate agent David Turner says you get when you reach the home nearly 3,400 feet in elevation from the road.

The home itself is unique among others in its price point. “The house started life as a 1950s mid-century modern with a butterfly roof,” says Turner, an agent at Compass in Armonk, NY. Then in the 1990s, the current owners purchased the two-bedroom house and added a very large colonial-style addition, including a cherry paneled library and a private wing with a separate entrance that could be used for guests, in-laws or an au pair. The two original bedrooms of the house are now used as a sitting room and office. 

Because of its mid-century origins, the main living spaces of the home have large floor-to-ceiling walls of windows and an open-concept layout. French doors in the dining room and library lead you to an outdoor terrace. A wrap-around deck also provides space for taking in the views al fresco. 

Outside, the house is a mixture of shingle and stonework façade. Stone and slate finishes on retaining walls, patios and a grotto-style in-ground swimming pool blend seamlessly with their surroundings. The patio and pool area is Turner’s favorite feature of the home. “It’s sort of nestled into this almost amphitheater tucked into a rock outcropping,” says Turner. “You sit on that terrace facing the view and that’s just a lovely place to sit. You can watch the sunset.”

While NYC folks tend to think of Westchester County as upstate, it’s primarily made up of suburban towns—many of them bedroom communities for New York City. But this property—and the North Salem community—gives the feeling of being worlds away in the countryside, says Turner. “This is not a bedroom community,” says Turner. “You really feel like you are in the country and yet you are an hour from Manhattan.”

Aside from swimming, the property also has a tennis court and two outbuildings. One is a caretaker’s cottage currently being used as such by staff of the current owner. The other is a barn, which could be converted to a home office or horse stables. Several popular walking and riding trails are close by as well. The villages of Katonah, NY, and Ridgefield, CT, just 15 minutes away offer picturesque downtowns with boutiques, top restaurants and theater venues. “That’s the beauty of it— all that it offers you for a weekend or for country living,” says Turner, “and yet you’re five minutes from the train station or Interstate 684.” 

David Turner
Associate Real Estate Broker
Compass Real Estate, Armonk, NY

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