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'Contemporary Splendor' Reigns in This Redone Georgian Manor

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Location: Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Price: $23,000,000
The Skinny: Depending on the beholder, this 20,000-square-foot Westchester County mansion was either updated to "contemporary splendor" or brought kicking and screaming into whitewashed modernity. In any case the bones are still nice. The entry gallery ends in one of those pristine floating staircases, whose "fluidity and movement" actually does "create an energy indicative of the residence itself," in the sense that most parts of the home that don't display the original brickwork have been redone in the same sleek, plastered-over style. There are some standout spaces, like a blessedly muted library with a grid of painted sections in the ceiling, but contrast that with the very mod kitchen and it becomes clear that all the disparate elements aren't quite coming together. There's a few very fun-looking kids' rooms here, and outside, there's a cabana-sided pool, a guesthouse, a tennis court, and 25 acres of "rolling meadows" bordering a large wetland sanctuary. Last sold in 2003 for $1.2M, the estate was listed last week for $23M.

· 151 Sarles St [Zillow]