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

    Why watch o'er ramparts?  Break out the noisemakers, put on your Uncle Sam hats, light the grill and imagine yourself taking in the rockets' red glare from stunning luxury listings north of New York City.  We couldn't find any real estate sites with a "Fireworks View" filter (perhaps a future addition to"advanced search"), so we went analog and collaborated with our Private Brokerage to pinpoint properties with the best lookouts for spectating the skies ablaze.  Our contenders are:

    BEDFORD | 168 Hook Road, Bedford
    When your esteemed colleague who just about knows every address in the county, says "In my 20 years in the business, this may be the most incredible view I've ever seen in Westchester," we knew it had to be good.  From this lavish eagle's nest on Mt. Aspetong summit, you'll see the entire tri-state area—literally, from New Jersey west, across the Hudson Valley and into Connecticut to the east.  The mid-century construction underwent a detailed transformation in 2011, adding a Poggenpohl kitchen with a mural by Alex Traturo.  Equally notable are the sunken music room, formal dining room, octagonal breakfast area and screen porch—along with empathetic design affording residents to appreciate those stunning vistas from every space. Sit on the two-tiered stone terrace and see the skies ablaze from North Bergen to North Castle to North Stamford.  (Did we mention the manicured grounds and Bedford address?) $7,950,000

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    NEW ROCHELLE | 108 Premium Point
    An American classic representing the legacy of an American institution.  Formerly home to Chock Full O'Nuts founder William Black and his wife, Page Morton Black, this four-acre soundfront in New Rochelle's tony Premium Point enclave affords a sweeping lookout on Long Island's North Shore and the Sound, from the Throg's Neck Bridge through to Gatsby country.  The 1905 stone and clapboard manor home is a mix of traditional and mid-century modern, with six bedrooms, 5.1 baths, four fireplaces and garaging for 10 vehicles.  Mix up a Mai Tai at the bar, dip your feet into the pool and take in several shows on the horizon from all directions.  For the seafaring buyer, you can even set sail on a private fireworks cruise from the community's own private marina.  At the Black's behest, a portion of the sale will benefit Parkinson's research. $7,999,888

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    MILLBROOK | 530 Killearn
    Arts & Crafts converges with Catskill mountain views and near-town convenience across 8,031-square-foot of interior on 35+ acres.  Designed by Dean Davis, the custom home's intimate interior boasts cherry floors, cozy stone fireplaces, coffered and beamed ceilings and full-wall windows framing the cascading landscape.  There's also a heated pool and wrap-around stone terrace for taking in views every day of the year.  Country sophistication at its best in one of Dutchess County's most exclusive locales. $4,250,000

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    Wondering which shows you can look for from your home?  Click here to see our fireworks schedule round-up here.