Address: 1 Forest Ave.
Square feet: 8,510
“Elegant meets casual, and they get along really well!” says real estate agent Christy Murphy of William Pitt Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty of this more than 100-year-old Greek revival in Rye, NY that architect Michael Dwyer helped restore and renovate in 2007-2008. “Dwyer has an amazing eye for balance, light and proportion,” she explains. “This includes everything from the copper skylights, to the profile of the bannisters, to the thickness of every door, to adding brand new thermal windows designed to look like the original hand blown glass of this 1880s home, to the balance of light coursing through the house and the sightlines of beautiful vistas from every room.”
High-quality fixtures and finishes are both contemporary and timeless while some historic features make the home unique, like the exceptionally high ceilings, Venetian plaster walls, three-columned covered porches, three second-floor porches and brick arches throughout the finished lower level.
Murphy says picking a favorite room in the home is tough because there are so many great options. “The owners each have different favorites: one loves the living room with the high ceilings, oversized windows, fireplace, venetian plaster walls and custom pulled plaster moldings. The other loves the pool house with its triple French doors, bluestone floors, custom Waterworks bath and kitchenette, for its light and privacy. My personal favorite is the loft fitness studio with its unique diamond pane windows, vaulted ceiling and full bath—making this a very versatile space.”
The location close to beach clubs, shops, schools and train, and on a favorite local walking loop, has much to offer. “The owners have been told by many walkers going past that ‘this is where we would like to have our wedding ceremony one day’ for its beautifully maintained and restored timeless classic architecture backdrop and for its beautiful property and gardens,” says Murphy. “The house was built before Forest Avenue existed and has clearly passed the test of time with flying colors.”
Associate Real Estate Broker
William Pitt Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty
Photo Credit: Daniel Milstein