Some holidays are meant to be enjoyed out on the town, but Thanksgiving is always most fulfilling—emphasis on filling—celebrated right at home. In an area where eat-in kitchens are the norm, it's also that excuse to finally use that picture perfect dining room you reserve for special occasions and wouldn't dare waste on quotidian dinners or your morning muesli. Our listings north of New York City boast some of the most beautiful found everywhere, outfitted with all the trimmings to add an aesthetic milieu as a side to your tryptophan fêtes. Here are highlights from our current luxury inventory:
RYE | 15 Hilltop Place | $7,500,000
The mere thought of Thanksgiving on the 7th hole of Apawamis Club golf course carries innate elegance. Grosvenor Atterbury, best known as the architectural mastermind of Forest Hills, Queens, spared no detail in crafting the dining room of this Rye Mediterranean-style estate: ceilings coffered with hand-hewn beams float above a hand carved fireplace mantel and elegant rectangular table. The home is walking distance from downtown Rye and the train station, affording easy travel for any New York City-based guests.
BEDFORD CORNERS | 635 Byram Lake Road | $6,900,000
Brno chairs, an oblong table and a tsunami of natural light invite modernist sophistication to Thanksgiving in the dining room of this Myron Goldfinger-designed home, which overlooks Byram Lake from a magnificent hilltop perch. The table sits centered below a soaring two-story atrium, with a full wall of glass at its far end. We're thinking a progressive New American menu pairs well with this one (though we're not so sure we want to know what disassembled cranberry sauce looks like).
GREENWICH | 4 Cherry Blossom Lane | $8,495,000
Welcoming without intimidation, this spacious formal dining room finds itself in an ideal corner of a 16,000+ square foot manor designed by Greenwich architect Richard Granoff. A fireplace, framed by pilasters and paired French doors to an outdoor patio, adds warmth and symmetry, while wide-plank floors and a neutral color palette provide a decorating tabula rasa. A Christopher Peacock kitchen with Calacatta marble double islands, a contender in HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt 2015, provides parallel luxury for the chef du jour to work their magic.
NEW CANAAN | 628 West Road | $5,850,000
In the personal home of "Harvard Five" Modernist Marcel Breuer, this open dining area offers a seamless transition to the outdoors, with glass walls and clerestory windows offering no shortage of sunlight to caress the top of every dish plated in front of you. A fireplace and casual lounge sit steps away, a perfect place for pre-meal aperitif or the essential post-turkey nap.
NORTH SALEM | 58 Cat Ridge Road | $15,850,000
Northshire, the North Salem estate of five-and-dime heir Richward W. Woolworth, embodies the best of old and new. The Mott Schmidt-designed brick Georgian manor recently underwent a comprehensive restoration that refreshed the home with modern sensibilities, and its dining room is no exception. The lighter hues of its hardwood floors juxtapose the intricacies of its patterned walls, further brought out by the complementing textures of solid upholstered chairs and an exposed wood tabletop.
GREENWICH | 75 Conyers Farm Drive | $8,998,000
Who needs a dining room when you can have a dining wing? Set in an elegant Conyers Farm manse designed by Hart Howerton principal Robert Lamb Hart and famously owned by Luther Vandross, this swoon-worthy space plays the part, with windows and glass doors surrounding three of its four sides to offer delightful views towards the property's groomed grounds. Before taking your seat, however, plan to spend some quality time downstairs in the home's spacious wine cellar and tasting room.
SCARSDALE | 10 Brittany Close | $4,495,000
Mies gets the grown-up table, but everyone eats in style in the chic dining room of this modern construction Tudor in Scarsdale, set in park-like Brittany Close. Brno chairs and booth seating seat six to seven guests, with accomodations for four more at the "kids table."