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Location: Bronxville, N.Y.
The Skinny: The street elevation of this lovely Mediterranean Revival listing in Bronxville is nice enough, but a peek inside really shows off the impressive craftsmanship of Charles Lewis Bowman, the architect who designed the house in 1926. From the tiled entryway to the oak floors throughout and onto the exposed beams of the living room's vaulted ceiling, this place (built for a disappointingly unnamed "renowned explorer") is Exhibit A in favor of the well-worn barroom thesis: they just don't make 'em like they used to. A recent redo by New York architect Michael Davis has lovingly restored and expanded on these original touches, adding luxury kitchen appliances, designer walk-in closets, and a modern heating and cooling system along the way. The Mediterranean design represents something of a departure for Bowman, whose predominant style was dubbed "Stockbroker Tudor" by critics. Bowman, who began his career with famed N.Y. firm McKim, Mead & White, was also rather prolific, having built 53 homes in Bronxville—52 of which still stand. This particular 5,600-square-foot home, which has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, is asking $5.595M.
· 279 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville, N.Y. [Houlihan Lawrence]