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Location: Scarsdale, N.Y.
The Skinny: Colonial Revival architecture may have long ago been demoted to being the go-to style for designers of Midwestern housing developments and exurban strip malls, but this elegant Scarsdale manse harks back to an era when Doric columns and sheltering porticoes were, briefly, the height of fashion. Built in 1914 and owned by one family since 1953, the home recently benefitted from a much-needed redo during the Designer Showhouse of Westchester charity event, which thoroughly de-frumped the place, landed it a feature in the Sept. 2013 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens, and proved that yes, a Colonial home can be adapted to modern tastes. Décor aside, the mansion ticks all the proper Neo-Classical boxes: Palladian-style windows, a porte-cochère at the main entrance, and a grand dining hall are all present and accounted for, not to mention a conservatory and 10-foot-high ceilings. Besides the 12-bedroom, 11-bathroom main house, the 3.75-acre estate also includes a pool and an unusual combination five-car garage/two-bedroom guest cottage/greenhouse, for which the owners are asking $16.5M.
· 2 Cooper Rd, Scarsdale, N.Y. [Zillow]