A room is the closest thing to home ownership when you're young, a time when a perfect place to study, watch a movie with friends and get a good night's sleep can't be underrated. Our listings here in the suburbs north of New York City excel in offering stylish spaces for the younger demographic heading back to the books this fall. Here are some of our favorites:
BRIARCLIFF MANOR | 710 Long Hill Road | $1,499,000
As the sign indicates, this purpose-built outbuilding is is quite literally Study Central: a fortress of intellectual solitude impenetrable to guerrilla armies of distraction that inside common areas like kitchen and sibling-shared bedrooms. Views of nature and the striking 1930s stone residence, designed by modernist architect Wallace K. Harrison (Metropolitan Opera House, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Plaza), provide basis for occasional daydreaming.
OLD GREENWICH | 6 Lighthouse Lane | $9,990.000
There's a certain contempt older offspring will inevitably feel for their childhood room if it doesn't grow with them. These Old Greenwich digs are practically a starter dorm, with chic furnishing, a stylish lounge area and necessary study corner. We can't think of too many university students who would dread coming home to this setup.
NORTH SALEM | 154 Titicus Road | $3,200,000
Sometimes even the best bedroom can become a boring view when you need to knock off the last 150 pages of great literature by Friday. Inside this refreshed antique farmhouse, library ladders, Mackenzie Childs-esque color palette and good vibes set the scene to spread out for hours of window seat reading, ideally with an oversized mug of afternoon tea in hand. (Union Hall General Store, just up the road in Salem Center, stocks divine private label blends by Greenwich Village's Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company). There's also a swoon-worthy terrace overlooking Titicus Reservoir for al fresco book burrowing.
WACCABUC | 19 Rock Shelter Road | $3,995,000
There's nothing to make a kid feel like the master of their domain like solid built-ins. This enviable junior bedroom delivers a hangout place, music practice and good night's sleep to give those neurons some rest before a morning of math class or (gasp) first period P.E.
TAGHKANIC | Taghkanic House | $5,999,999
These modernist bunks might bring out the budding Bauhaus in your favorite future art major. While the guest quarters of Taghkanic House might not be an every night accommodation, it's nonetheless an inspiring place for Corbusiers-in-training to dream up their next prolific concept.
GREENWICH | 4 Cherry Blossom Lane | $8,495,000
Colorful and functional, there's plenty of space to spread out and conquer solo assignments or hold group study sessions with friends. French doors offer access outside for the occasional breather.