For nearly a century, high profile names from stage and screen have come to northern Westchester seeking privacy that can’t be found in Manhattan or Hollywood. They come to our neck of the woods to escape the paparazzi and prying fans. Here, they find seclusion at the end of long driveways where expansive properties boast the most compelling amenities.
Screen legend Marilyn Monroe and her fiancé, playwright Arthur Miller, didn’t live here, but they held their wedding ceremony and reception at the private home of Miller’s literary agent in Waccabuc on July 1, 1956. Vintage black and white photos show the newlyweds and guests celebrating in this bucolic private setting. Since expanded and updated for 21st-century living, the house, located just across from the sixteenth hole of the Waccabuc Country Club, retains many original details from the time of the Monroe-Miller wedding and is available for $1,675,000.
While Monroe and Miller came for the day, the “King of Swing,” jazz musician and bandleader Benny Goodman built this six-bedroom stone country manor with his wife in the early 1940s as a family home. He found privacy on his idyllic tree-lined Pound Ridge lane which also afforded a convenient commute to Carnegie Hall and other Manhattan venues.
Goodman so loved his adopted hometown setting that he penned a jazzy jam called “Pound Ridge.” While Goodman’s home has been updated extensively and now includes a tennis court, pool with terrace, and covered porch with fireplace, it still retains much of the original Goodman charm.