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

    Capturing centerfolds and Instagram feeds alike, it's hard to rival the illusory allure of the infinity-edge pool. Being in an area blessed with miles of coastline, lakes and inland waterways adds an all the more dramatic backdrop to the scene. Here are some of the best from our current listings to make you wish summer lasted forever:

    BEDFORD | 134 Pine Brook Road
    Bedford's Swallow Lake represents a quintessential Northern Westchester setting, where privacy and sophistication converge on a scenic expanse of woods, water and meadow. Constructed entirely of steel, stone and concrete, this custom home is inherently sleek, and those themes continue to make a splash out back in every possible respect. The pool is a focal point even from the front of the home, framed through its unique open-air foyer. Tiered terraces surround it, sharing its serene vistas.

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    PORT CHESTER | 63 Shore Drive
    On the Sound Shore, a salt water backdrop adds a little more action to the scenery, letting swimmers yacht-watch as boats pass from neighboring marinas out to open seas. The panorama spans wide from this beautifully remodeled c.1940 home in Greyrock Association, covering Connecticut, Manursing Island and the North Shore of Long Island. Perch. With a community dock and a private neighborhood beach with kayak racks, it's a canvas for living the ultimate water lifestyle within an hour's train ride of the city.

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    NEW ROCHELLE 10 Sheldrake Lane
    Designed by McKim, Mead & White, Four Chimneys represents the timeless draws of taking respite from the urban bustle and indulging in top-shelf leisure. The infinity pool and spa are set directly on and above the tranquil reservoir that hugs the property, creating an enchanting escape close in distance but far in mind from Manhattan. Cool off after shooting hoops—there's a full court outside and a half-court inside.

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    GREENWICH 59 Mooreland Road
    Set on four backcountry acres, it's easier to rule out what this Georgian manse doesn't have than the other way around. The poolside situation is truly unrivaled; a custom-built cabana includes an outdoor chef's kitchen and fireplace, which faces outward onto the spacious patio. Follow the pool's vanishing line over the waterfall edge to terraced lawns, where there's a bocce court and ample space for Adirondack chairs to simply bask in the beauty of the home's 4+ acre setting.

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    RIVERSIDE | 10 Pilot Rock Lane
    Tucked into a tranquil cove off the open waters of Long Island Sound, this custom coastal Craftsman would be beautiful even if it sat on a mere mound of sand. But its indoor amenities are rivaled only by its exterior design, boasting beautiful gardens, a resort-like patio area, a waterside putting green, and an infinity pool so brilliantly sited one can't tell where one body of water ends and the other begins. And that's exactly as it should be.

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    ARMONK | 2 Dellwood Farm Way
    Even without a water backdrop, infinity pools can be just as surreal. In the rolling Byram Hills of Armonk, great lawns and meticulous clean-lined landscaping juxtapose the angularity of this simply elegant rectangular pool, skirted by a spacious bluestone patio. This is country luxury at its finest.

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