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

    As we reach a crossroads of changing weather that will inevitably deliver inches of rain, shovel-loads of snow (too soon?) and the dreaded "wintry mix" (why is Mother Nature so indecisive?  Pick one and commit!), we're turning the spotlight towards mud rooms—those oft-taken for granted buffer zones between indoors and out. Homeowners have certainly become creative in designing thoughtful spaces to keep residents, guests and pets from traipsing in the mess.  Here are just a few highlights from our listing portfolio:

    SCARSDALE | 5 Scarsdale Farm Road | $1,995,000
    Centrally located at the confluence of the home's three levels, this snazzy "service entrance" is perfectly appointed with just the right amount of cabinetry.  A Wainscot cubby provides two tiers of coat hooks, along with the essential bench for unbuckling those snow boots after a long shoveling session.
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    BRONXVILLE | 33 Valley Road | $5,250,000
    The best things in life are simple.  With wide-plank wood floors, whitewashed walls and a splash of sunlight shining through circular windows, we can't think of much else you'd need in this minimalist mudroom.  A clean aesthetic keeps it looking sharp even when it's filled with your clutter. See more of 33 Valley Road

    CHAPPAQUA | 72 Whippoorwill Lake Road | $2,300,000

    Let's get some shoes!  Then not wear them inside, because there's plenty of space to stack them here—plus, you can reallocate some bonding time with the vacuum for better things.  The tile floor looks solid and ready to take a beating from everything your heels kick at it.
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    GREENWICH | 363 North Street | $4,495,000
    Sliding doors reveal a spacious staging area for a communal collections of stuff.  There's storage for outerwear, shoes and whatever else, with a window breaking the space between wall nooks to brighten the room.  It's like a luxury locker room.
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