After being cooped in all winter, there's no greater sight than blossoms and bright sunshine to lure us towards the great outdoors, and as nice as it would be to gleefully prance about once-again-green gardens like nobody was watching it's no secret spring doesn't always deliver the warm welcome we long for. But you needn't book a flight to Florida to enjoy spring without sherpa-lined sweatshirts—there's a room for that! There's no better part of the home to take in the pleasantly changing landscape than an enclosed porch, which our listings here in New York's northern suburbs have no shortage of. Here are some of our favorite solariums and sunrooms to catch the colors of spring without shivers.
BEDFORD | 102 Davids Hill Road | $5,750,000
High fashion rules this six-bedroom Northern Westchester estate, and for good reason: the entire home was decorated by interior design legend (and Albert Hadley alum) Bunny Williams. Its stone-floored sun porch is hardly an exception, adored with wainscoting, transom windows and lantern sconces for a marvelous balance of indoor comforts and outdoor wonder. We think it pairs perfectly with a pitcher of iced matcha on a blossom-time afternoon.
AMENIA | 3989 Route 343 | $7,500,000
Merchant Jacob Bogardus, descended from the prominent Dutch colonial family (Evarardus Bogardus was among New Netherland's earliest residents; James Bogardus is largely credited for the cast iron architecture that redefined the streetscapes of lower Manhattan; Rhinebeck's Beekman Arms was "Bogardus Tavern" when George Washington stayed there), constructed this stately Brick Georgian manse at the crossroads of New York and Connecticut's Litchfield Hills in 1781. The serene setting along Webatuck Creek is as enchanting today as it ever was, well captured by this airy rotunda porch for a climate-controlled vantage point. A roaring fireplace conspires with full-pane windows and clerestory lighting in the cupola for an atmosphere that's truly one of a kind.
COLD SPRING | 377 Lane Gate Road | $3,200,000
High above the Hudson River, bright colors pop with eclectic decorating and the neutral tones of stone and whitewashed wood. That ray entering at 2:00 looks perfectly angled towards the coffee table—might even warm a mug or two, making this an idyllic spot for locally roasted afternoon pour-over over some artisan noshes from the Pantry or General Store.
OLD GREENWICH | 110 Shore Road | $3,400,000
Catch cocktails and the sea breeze a step outside this c.1890 Victorian, re-imagined this century by architect Austin Patterson Disston. The intimate space captures the subdued elegance of Connecticut coastal living, peering over the home's groomed grounds and free-form pool. With a duo of heaters also standing guard to back up the stone fireplace, rest assured you'll have ample BTUs to stretch terrace season well longer than average.
GREENWICH | 12 Laurel Lane | $7,950,000
Some of the biggest name brands in Greenwich homebuilding are attributed to this stone-and-shingle masterpiece, designed by Rick Moisan with a Christopher Peacock kitchen, built by Stone Harbor Land Company and landscaped by Rutherford Associates. This Adirondack-style screen porch, with its towering stone fireplace and impressive woodwork, complements the home's 8,100+ square feet of nuanced interior, boasting exposed beams and extensive mahogany.