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

    In addition to a certain number of bedrooms or baths, chef's kitchens or media rooms, today's buyers love a finished basement. It is a part of the house that can get incredible daily use and function but is enough out of the way that you can close the door and not worry about its condition.  Here are five of our favorite basements in homes we have listed in Katonah today.

    Sip & Store: A sophisticated wine cellar


    The lower level of this five-bedroom colonial, conveniently located on one of the most sought-after, idyllic country lanes in Katonah—just minutes to the train station, has a handsome wine cellar with plenty of storage and a tasting area.

    Featuring a broad, level lawn, tennis court, free-form pool with cabana, large slate terrace, and an expansive deck with woodland views, this private estate offers endless opportunities for outdoor engagement. Inside, the light-filled spaces are perfect for today's relaxed style of living. With easy access to the John Jay Homestead, Caramoor Center for the Arts, and the Katonah Museum, 100 Maple Avenue is ideal for weekend getaways or year round living.  $2,950,000

    Entertainment Tonight: Fun for everyone

    13meadowbrookdinerPrivately sited on more than eight, gated acres in Katonah, this amazing Colonial has an entire recreation level which includes an indoor pool, pool table, media area and candy/ice cream bar all on the lower level.

    The stunning property at 13 Meadow Brook Road boasts light woodlands for privacy, an apple orchard, putting green, open and fenced fields, gardens, and spectacular views.  $2,999,000


    Hot Property: Subterranean sauna and steam shower


    This country retreat, set privately on five level acres in the heart of Katonah’s Mt. Holly neighborhood, features a 1,300-square-foot, finished lower level with exercise room, sauna, and steam shower.

    Simplistic design and quality workmanship define this Arts & Crafts colonial, home to a chef’s kitchen and family room with stone fireplace and French doors that lead to a new stone terrace. Re-milled, white-pine floors anchor the spacious second level with four bedrooms and a mahogany library/music studio. The five-acre property at 8 Holly Hill Lane is beautifully landscaped with an irrigation system and completely deer fenced along the perimeter.  $1,695,000

    Sweet Suite: A private escape

    18 sunderlandmediaNestled below this superbly crafted, custom-built colonial is a finished, walkout lower level with a game room, media room, summer kitchen, and guest accommodations including a full bath.

    Conveniently located at Katonah's sought-after Tip Top Farm, the four-bedroom home features a beautifully renovated chef's kitchen and a family room with French doors that lead out to a private backyard and spectacular stone terrace. The second-floor bonus room can serve as a fifth bedroom. 18 Sunderland Lane is just minutes from town, train, school, and major highways.  $1,250,000

    Fully Finished: A versatile suite of rooms


    Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Katonah, this beautiful four-bedroom contemporary is home to a 910-square-foot, finished, walk-out basement with full bath, summer kitchen, exercise area, office, and direct access to the 1.83-acre, level property.

    Upstairs, an inviting entry hall leads to light-filled living, family, and dining rooms, plus a gourmet kitchen. A versatile second-floor layout allows for the fourth bedroom to serve as a bonus room. Expansive, low-maintenance, Trex decks lead to the in-ground swimming pool. And solar panels, installed on the roof, keep energy costs down. This updated home at 27 Louis Drive is convenient to the town park, shopping, schools, and the train station.  $879,000