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

    As the nights grow cold, there's no feeling more sought-after than sitting fireside. They say home is where the hearth is, and that's no accident. In the years before forced hot-air, a home's heat source was a natural gathering place, playing such myriad roles of radiator, social magnate and kitchen. Their prominence stoked the desire to make them beautiful, and that's thankfully a tradition that continues today—even with our newfangled geothermal radiant floor coils.

    Here are some of the most incredible examples from our current inventory:

    BRONXVILLE | 7 Valley Road
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    Developed by our company and sold to the Sewall family in 1902, this William Bates-designed beauty boasts a soaring two-story gallery housed within its signature architectural feature: a Romanesque turret. Needless to say, the space couldn't have been more welcoming for a fireplace built on a truly grand scale, which pairs with a semicircular row of stained glass windows to flood the space with the warmth of natural illumination. — See More

    MILLBROOK | 127 Brush Hill
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    Our second two-story fireplace finds itself in a slightly different setting: A luxe log lodge deep on nearly 31 acres of rugged Hudson Valley hunt country. As if the stacked stone wasn't dramatic enough, there's two of them sharing a single chimney, with a second firebox in the upstairs loft facing to the opposite side, like a flaming Janus throwing heat in every direction. — See more

    CHAPPAQUA | 11 Laurel Lane
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    Mid-century fire features are having their moment lately, from Brooklyn bruncheries to to high-fashion Catskills resorts. But you'd struggle to find a better example than inside Newmark House, designed in 1957 by Frank Lloyd Wright associate David Henken. There's five fireplaces throughout the home, however the hands-down standout is this open hearth, set in front of mitered windows to give it an almost indoor-outdoor effect. — See more

    ARMONK | 11 Hollow Ridge Road
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    Set atop a gated, winding drive, this Armonk retreat has just the right setting for cozying up by the fire. Luckily, you can do it in the true heart of the home: the kitchen. It's as sleek and sophisticated as you'd expect in an open, free-flowing modern home. — See more

    GREENWICH | 25 Richmond Hill Road
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    With Venetian plaster ceilings, hypoallergenic Sakuri walls and hand-smithed railings, attention to detail is found at just about every touchpoint of this custom residence. The great room fireplace is no exception, carved with old-world craftsmanship. — See more

    RYE 65 Rye Road
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    Fine dining is even finer next to a fireplace, and hand-carved ornamentation makes this one quite a showstopper. As an added bonus, the home, set in Rye's Greenhaven neighborhood, also sits within range of that ever-refreshing sea air. — See more 

    NEW CANAAN | Tirranna
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    Who said cooking in your fireplace was a custom reserved for farmhouses? There's more than one place to light a log in Frank Lloyd Wright's final residential work, but the front fireplace is particularly unique on account of its swinging crane, a coveted showpiece of original Wright industrial design featuring the iterative spatial pattern that carries through from the home's front gate. We could post up in that Eames lounge for hours. — See more

    SCARSDALE | 30 Ogden Road
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    Eau de Crackling Logs seems almost omnipresent in the leafy lanes of Fox Meadow, where storybook Tudors sit tucked amidst babbling brooks and lush woodlands. Even so, this carved castle-esque fireplace exceeds all expectations, towering with beauty as the carved mantle narrows into the chimney breast.  —  See more

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