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

    Modernist homes represent architecture's avant-garde, a visual transcendence of philosophies in perpetual evolution within our ever-changing world. The communities we serve north of New York City host a wealth of progressive residences, from vibrant suburban neighborhoods to second home country in the Hudson Valley—and not without historical precedent. Usonia, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's most noteworthy residential development, was constructed in the heart of Westchester County. Across the border in Connecticut, Fairfield County played a starring role in the mid-century modern movement under minds like Victor Christ-Janer and Philip Johnson. Boldly rejecting ubiquity, these forward-thinking residences represent endless experimentation and curiosity, adding contrast and diversity that makes everyday life just a little more interesting. Here are a few striking examples from our current contemporary listing stock:

    BEDFORD | 27 Heron Lake Drive | $7,500,000
    On six acres skirting private, 48-acre Blue Heron Lake, 2014 AD100 architect Steven Harris, whose myriad projects have ranged from thoughtfully minimalist new constructions to 15th century Croatian renovations to bi-coastal Barneys flagship stores, meticulously crafted this contemporary retake on the upstate New York lake house. Possessing a zen-like quality, the monolithic all-steel construct utilizes an open floor plan emphatic of its natural surroundings, inviting serene views and natural sunlight into every room. Floor to ceiling windows, radiant heat floors and modern materials abound, with a swim platform, beach and boat dock setting the stage for endless summer fun just one hour from Manhattan.

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    MILLERTON | 80 Shagroy Road | $949,000
    Dubbed Dutchess House No. 1, this commission by internationally-renowned Grzywinski + Pons even snagged the cover of the book 150 Sustainable Home Ideas. 80 Shagroy epitomizes every sensibility of a modernist, green-credentialed country home, with an open floorplan and striking Scandinavian-inspired design. A master suite opening to the outdoors and stylish vertical timber battens to secure the home for extended periods of time, and a short stroll from the main residence, a guest cottage provides private quarters for extended guests. Both structures utilize sustainable construction materials and energy-efficient systems, from on-demand hot water to a central hydronic radiant heat slab. With an established weekend contingent and Wassaic Station just 15 minutes away, it's an idyllic country home fit for even the most discerning Brooklyn designerati.

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    GREENWICH | 20 Thunder Mountain Road | $6,995,000
    Recipient of the HOBI award for Best Contemporary Home in 2009, the refreshing aesthetic of this Cormac Bryne-designed Greenwich home fuses Asian influence with painstaking craftsmanship. Carefully-sourced materials like wenge wood floors, Peruvian walnut baseboards, Chinese granite and ashlar stone, radiate a bold degree of luxury. No thought was spared in constructing this striking steel-framed residence. Mahogany-trimmed windows boast built-in roller screens. Oversized spaces with minimalist decorating defines welcoming, nuanced interiors. Add a rocky hilltop location and rugged-sounding street name and it seems more Aspen than Greenwich—and that's what makes it unique.

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    MT. KISCO | 25 High Meadows Road | $2,895,000
    This gated 1988 contemporary received a striking millenial makeover by Manhattan designer Bruce Bierman. A two-story atrium entrance hall with floating staircase reveals over 8,600 square feet of sleek interior space with six bedrooms, lustrous gourmet kitchen and a sophisticated mahogany-clad library, manifesting a mature, clean-lined aesthetic attesting to the possibilities of finished woodwork in modern design. A gym, media room and 3,000 bottle wine cellar add to the amenities, and an outdoor deck beckons unforgettable sunsets. Close to town within Chappaqua schools, it's a remarkable property in every possible respect.

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    POUND RIDGE | 79 Indian Hill Road | $1,575,000
    Alright, so this isn't the timber home you're looking for—but don't move along!  This LEED-certified BluHome-designed "Breezehouse" is the cutting edge of sustainable living, built like its primal ancestors from enviro-healthy materials with the most modern innovations.  A sleek, minimalist design drenched in natural light, the buyer will have the chance to choose the custom finishing to fully personalize this new home in scenic Pound Ridge.  The wisdom of close-to-nature living with a chic, modern twist.

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