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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Built at the height of the 1930s Pound Ridge renaissance as developer Hiram Halle lured creatives to the community with the promise of restored antique farmhouses on large, lush parcels of land, this six-acre compound captures the quintessence of Northern Westchester's intellectual left bank. The property was originally home to pioneering filmmaker D.W. Griffiths, who along with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks founded United Artists Corporation to escape the emerging iron grip of larger Hollywood studios. From Pound Ridge, Griffiths was in striking distance to his studio on Mamaroneck's Orienta Point, which he established on the former estate of businessman Henry Morrison Flagler.

    The main residence is artfully contrived, boasting antique beams, robust fireplaces and a flow of natural light throughout. The latter is most evident in the home's unique greenhouse kitchen, which opens into a guest family room with fireplace. Upstairs reveals a sleek two-level gallery space, appointed with walls of glass, I-beams and stainless steel cable railings. Multiple work spaces, a bar room with wine refrigeration and a clerestory-lit home gym add to an endless amenity menu, which continues outdoors to a raised-hearth stone fireplace, full with cabana with outdoor shower and sparkling pool. Perennial gardens, boxwood and mature specimen garden snuggles the property with natural splendor to create an arboretum-like setting.

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