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

    As temperatures drop, our attention turns to home and to hearth. Many look forward to the chilly temps just so they can curl up in front of a roaring fire. While any fireplace will get the job done,  there's nothing like relaxing in front of a fireplace that is not only functional but beautiful, as well. Here are a few fireplaces taken from our inventory of luxury homes for sale that are sure to please.

    Though the crisp fall air will be swirling, your dinner guests will stay warm by the outdoor fire at Villa Amore,which boasts a striking outdoor dining pavilion and firepit aside the gardens.

    Frank Sinatra may have sat in front of this fireplace at The Columns, which was the long-time country home of his friend, renowned publisher and television personality, Bennett Cerf and his wife Phyllis.  In addition to Mr. Sinatra, the Cerfs entertained the very pinnacle of New York, Hollywood and Washington society here and John F. Kennedy was also believed to be a frequent guest.

    The dining room fireplace at historic Sassafras Farm is original to the house, which was the homestead of the venerable Mead Family, one of South Salem's founding families.

    Imagine relaxing by the fireplace in the Great Room at the Mill House while listening to the music of the waterfall that rushes aside the  house.

    Author Edith Wharton is said to have been a request visitor to Lionwalk during the early days of the 20th century. Perhaps she was inspired to write while sitting in front of the regal fireplace in the library.