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

    The pergola is in.  Whether flat or pitched, enclosed or slat-roofed, these crafty canopies come in all shapes and sizes and add ample ambiance to any landscape plan.  Here are three outstanding examples from our listings:

    SCARSDALE | 57 Birchall Drive | $11,000,000
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    This castle-like Norman Tudor estate is a study in grace.  Its elegant exterior, expansive interior and groomed grounds recount the great estates of Britain and the Berkshires, primped to the nines from inside out.  A breathtaking backyard beckons with centerfold aesthetic, its intricacies guiding a pleasureful labyrinthine experience for the eyes from the solace of its zen garden.  The confidently-placed pergola sits central to it all, providing perfect poolside shade and multimillion dollar dinner views—11, to be exact.  Just try to resist clicking below for interior shots.  (Spoiler alert: It might boast the most beautiful in-home bar in town).

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    GARRISON | 838 Route 9D | $3,900,000
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    Break out the Mason jars, enamelware and dish towel napkins. The platformed pergola at Beverly Farm is a rusticated, country-chic minimalist creation, and it's simple lines and raw hardwood construction couldn't blend in better.  It was an appropriate addition to the re-imagined historic home, which comprises a series of strung-together barns and studio space emphatic on the surrounding open space in the Hudson Highlands heritage region. We can't help but envision a locavore, farm-to-table spread set out at sunset.  (We'll bring the vegan cookies and artisan pickles).

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    ARMONK | 11 Upland Lane | $3,490,000
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    The only thing better than a pergola?  Two pergolas.  This Armonk home features a double dose of artful arbors: the attached variety spanning a brick terrace, and detached second atop the spa. (A "Pergolater pond?")  The park-like backyard also boasts a wood-fired grill and pizza oven, and we're pretty sure you can't go wrong with pizza and pergolas in any combination.

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    RYE | 8 Timber Trail | $2,895,000
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    We've blogged about this mecca of mid-century before (which was Westchester Magazine's May Home of the Month), but how could we possibly exclude a pergola paired with equine yard art?  The tree-shaded, Bohemian backyard of this Rye home exudes a quirky, zen-like serenity which this welcoming covered space complements perfectly.  Calling the entrance arbor a pergola is a bit of a stretch, but we'll tease it below as an honorable mention.

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