Location: Bronxville, New York
Though perhaps best known for founding Sarah Lawrence College just before his death in 1927, William Van Duzer Lawrence was also a bit of a real estate big shot, creating not only Houlihan Lawrence, the real estate firm focused on properties north of New York City, but also one particularly exclusive residential area, Lawrence Park in the village of Bronxville, NY. Lawrence hired architect Williams Bates to design the first houses in the now designated historic district, including his own shingle-style residence, Grey Arches, which is distinguished by a massive stone porte-cochère and veranda.
Now on the market for $3.5M, the 5,500-square-foot home begins with a stately center foyer and staircase, and opens up to main living spaces with great light and views from generous windows on all sides. There are seven bedrooms and four fireplaces throughout the home. Sitting on 0.37 acres, the 1890-built property is just as carefully crafted and maintained on the outside, where there are stone walls, terraces, and downhill paths, weaving around lush gardens.
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