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

    Never take a good mudroom for granted. While they might not sound as exciting as, say, an art deco ballroom or indoor hockey rink (or NYC subway-themed arcade level), they're a practical and popular feature that pay dividends every time a dripping wet dog or a grass-stained soccer player wants to come inside. Here are some creative examples from our listings in New York City's northern suburbs, each with their own unique style.

    ARMONK | 19 Hadley Road | $8,395,000
    With walls of French doors on the lower level, this modern shingled home in Armonk's Yale Farms section is designed for indoor-outdoor living. Appropriately, it also has a mudroom that gets down to business. A generous assembly of built-in closets and cubbies provide plentiful storage for, well, "stuff," with dark tile floors to hide anything it might track in. There's the quintessential boot-up bench, along with a Dutch door and window to flood the space with light.

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    GREENWICH | 159 Taconic Road | $9,595,000
    Crafted by premier Greenwich builder New Rock Development, this stunning new backcountry Greenwich manse devotes a generous chunk of its 11,500 square feet to an "open plan" mudroom. Barn board walls and a Sputnik chandelier give it a rustic, quirky yet entirely sophisticated feel.

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    ARMONK | 14-16 Cole Drive | $5,995,000
    4538210 - 14-16 Cole Drive
    Completed in 1905, the grand and historic estate of celebrity journalist Richard Harding Davis, who came to prominence as a Spanish-American War correspondent, has been exquisitely restored to the highest standards for 21st century living. The mudroom is simple and without excess: coffer and wainscot paneling complement a cohesive color palette and natural light from the door and sidelights, which reveal 11 fenced acres of English garden, dramatic rock outcroppings, woodland trails, water features and a waterfall.

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    RYE | 6 Manursing Way | $4,925,000
    4504543 - 6 Manursing
    This Rye mudroom might not be one in the purest sense of the term, but the tiled hallway and stunning floor-to-ceiling milled cabinets is good for more than just coats and shoes. A cross-beamed cathedral ceiling and dangling light pendants adds an impressive dimension, ushering in the sun from the windows at either end.

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    RYE | 265 Milton Road | $5,695,000
    4541248 - 265 Milton
    Rye developer Susie Cappelli knows well how practical a mudroom can be, especially at scoring brownie points with today's buyers. A leading female builder in a male-dominated field, Cappelli is known for conserving square footage on bells and whistles to utilize it where it counts. 265 Milton, her latest grand-scale construction, keeps it to the point: there's a big closet, coat hooks and a bench with stowage, appealing equally to form and function.

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