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

    As the days grow longer, we can’t help but turn our attention to the marvelous summer amenities found throughout our listings. These elements of bespoke luxury bring home an idyllic lifestyle in the timeless surrounds of nature, from groomed gardens to sumptuous poolside patios, al fresco kitchens to English gardens, ivy-covered pergolas, putting greens, baseball diamonds—the possibilities are endless. Please enjoy this curated selection of that capture the quintessence of summer #northofnyc.

    CLOVE VALLEY | 132 Seeley Road | $7,750,000
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    Clove Valley is an epicenter of luxury in New York's Hudson Valley, a natural gateway nested into the Taconic foothills between the Berkshires and the Catskills, the Hudson River towns and Route 22 and an idyllic balance of countryside solace and close-to-city convenience. This sprawling 87+ acre estate seems to encapsulate every possible superlative.  Glistening gardens surround terraced stone patios, leading to a sparkling infinity pool flanked by patio daybeds, a robust campfire pit and a beyond-pool house, boasting both entertaining space and overnight guest accommodations. French doors from the kitchen reveal an outdoor dining patio alongside the masterfully-designed main residence, where refined fireside dinners can pair with the perfect mountain vistas enjoyed throughout the home—though a hearty Lazy Sunday pancake breakfast with fresh Crown Maple Syrup from Madava Farms up the road seems equally appealing.

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    BEDFORD | 23 Hollow Ridge Road | $3,985,000
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    23 Hollow Ridge is best known as the home with the open house that involved staging its 17-car collector's garage with rare automobiles from Greenwich auto dealer Carriage House Motors, but its innate M.O. of grand-scale amenities carries throughout the property, paralleled in wow factor by a backyard best described simply as built. The redbrick compound is veritable wonderland for the young and young at heart, truly offering something for everybody: a bocce court, playground area, English-style horticulture gardens, ample poolside amenities and serious patio square footage. Inside the 1,100 square foot pool house, you'll find a covered outdoor kitchen, indoor bar and game room for post-swim billiards. It's practically a water slide and go-kart circuit short of being the Blank Check house.

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    MT. KISCO | 635 Byram Lake Road | $7,500,000
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    Contemporary architecture legend Myron Goldfinger melded design sensibilities with the timeless allure of a lakeside retreat bordering 225 acres of nature preserve, combining an immersive experience from inside out. Bright pastel Adirondack chairs frame a firepit perched on a natural rock outcropping, one of several dotting the craggy hilltop above Byram Lake. Just beside the airy, loft-like home—highlights include a Neff kitchen, rooftop stargazing observatory and 50' great room with drop-down projection screen that unrolls over tinted full-glass walls—is a spacious pool, large cabana and lighted tennis court. You'll struggle resisting the urge to "I'm the king of the world!" silently say to yourself standing before this magnificent view (though we won't judge for any Jack Dawson moments, it's hard not to be awestruck).

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    RIDGEFIELD | 75 Canterbury Lane | $3,750,000
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    If we didn't know better, we'd think this magnificent stone and shingle home manse was off Deerfield or Scuttle Hill Road in the heart of Hamptons polo country. Resort-like outdoor amenities flood the backyard: a spectacular poolside patio area, pergola and spacious outdoor kitchen are complemented by a stone fireplace, private cabana and outdoor shower. The sophisticated property provides access to nearby bridle trails and Ridgefield golf course.

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    GREENWICH | 547 Lake Avenue | $16,250,000
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    547 Lake Avenue is a champion of superlative, and its backyard oasis doesn't disappoint. Water jets fountain across its sparkling pool, bordered by checkerboard stone patio, open lawn, a regulation size tennis court and additional water features. When those freak summer thunderstorms hit, retreat to the cover of its plush pool house—or the Brooklyn Nets-themed basement basketball court.

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