Address: 340 Croton Lake Road, Katonah, NY
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half
Square feet: 8,958
Minutes from Katonah and Bedford Hills, this country escape is a “secret jewel,” says real estate agent Angela Kessel, real estate agent with Houlihan Lawrence in Bedford, NY. Come down the drive through a gated entrance to this private six-bedroom home that has been completely renovated for the modern family by the current owners and it’s easy to see why Die Hard star Bruce Willis and his wife once used this home for an East Coast retreat.
The main level rooms have 14-foot ceilings and an abundance of windows. “So much of it is about the views,” says Kessel, adding that the home sits atop Westchester’s highest vantage point. “You can’t recreate that. You can see all the way up the Hudson Valley.”
With proximity to the train and hiking trails accessible right from the property the home offers the “best of both worlds” says Kessel. “Bedford has become sort of a Hamptons alternative for people who love the Hudson Valley, clean living, outdoors, without the traffic and scene of the Hamptons,” she adds.
Inside, the aesthetic is fresh and modern. “Nothing is too precious,” says Kessel. “It’s done in a way you want to live in it.” The great room is the main gathering space with a wall of windows for taking in the view and a large fireplace in the sitting area. Multiple sets of French doors lead to the stone dining terrace with lounging area and fire pit, and pool beyond. The oversized kitchen by the UK luxury custom kitchen company Smallbone has a wood-burning fireplace and lots of storage, radiant heat limestone floors and marble countertops. In the dining room, a hand-painted wall mural embodies the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley.
Upstairs, the primary suite has an expansive bedroom with water views from the bed, a sitting area with fireplace and private terrace. A spa-like bath is a welcome retreat after a busy day. “It’s a house to be lived in and enjoyed,” says Kessel.
On the lower level, wine room, a gym, children’s playroom, large guest bedroom with windows and full bath provide fun for the family and guest accommodations. Outside, the tennis court has been newly resurfaced and includes two basketball hoops.
Inside and out, the house is equipped with the “smart” technology including new Savant and Lutron systems for security, gates, heating and cooling systems, lighting and access to the house and outbuildings.
In addition to the 14-acre property, buyers will have first rights to purchase the adjoining parcel on another eight acres. The neighboring lot is home to an antique farmhouse, a three-bedroom guest cottage, a caretaker’s apartment and a fruit orchard.
“The site and views are so special,” says Kessel. “The mature trees, the natural beauty, the views, the country life just 50 minutes from the city—you can’t get this anywhere else.”
Contact: Angela Kessel
Real Estate Salesperson
Houlihan Lawrence, Bedford, NY