BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Dick and Jackie Farrell have lived in the Benjamin Isaacs House in Bedford for 43 years. The couple has been involved in many civic groups while they have lived there, and the home has wonderfully complemented their lifestyle.
“It’s an elegant 1780s true Colonial,” Dick Farrell said. “The people who have lived here have maintained it very well. It has a family room that really was ahead of its time, and has been a great home for entertaining.”
The home at 25 Pound Ridge Road recently came on the market for $1,150,000 with Cynthia Jaffee of Houlihan Lawrence as the listing agent.
Dick is the former chairman of the Bedford Historic District Commission while Jackie, a former director of the Bedford Historical Society, co-chaired the Bustles & Bloomers costume exhibit for the Society. Dick was also president of the Bedford Free Library and a co-founder of the Friends of Bedford Burying Grounds Foundation.
The home’s location, at 25 Pound Ridge Road, allows the couple quick and easy access to many of the community activities. The post office, fire department and library are all within walking distance as well.
“That’s something we’ve always appreciated,’’ Dick said. “Sometimes our friends were surprised by something going on in the village, and we were right on top of it.”
The couple’s two children remain in town, which they enjoy. The home, however, is larger than they need.
The home includes four bedrooms, 2.2 bathrooms and 2,956 square feet. There is a formal dining room with a fireplace, a living room with a fireplace, original paneling and a mantle and a large country kitchen -- also with a fireplace.
Builders constructed the home with hand-hewn oak and chestnut floorboards. There are also built-in bookcases, wide hallways and exposed beams.
The exterior includes a walled herb garden, a stone Spring House for garden tools (or even wine storage).
Built in the late 1700s, the property was also home to the Isaacs, one of the town’s most influential founding families. The head of the Isaac family was town clerk, justice of the peace and clerk of St. Matthew’s vestry. He also owned a general store in town.
“We had been looking for a while before we found this house,’’ Dick said. “Jackie called me one day at work, which she never did unless it was an emergency. She said she found a house that she really liked.”
Renovations at older homes in some towns have destroyed historic architecture, but the Farrells, and many other homeowners in Bedford, have tried to stay true to the 1700s architecture and design of their homes.
"There's a sensitivity to keep the homes as they were designed,'' Farrell said. "We're advocates of change while realizing the style, manner and feel of Bedford Village. That doesn't mean not changing things. Changes made with good care are good changes."
The Farrells hope to remain close by, but have not yet found their next home. "That's a good question,'' Farrell said when asked where he and his wife will be moving. “We like to walk to everything. We'd like to keep that up."
For complete details on the property, visit the listing website or contact Jaffee at (914) 610-6206 or CJaffee@houlihanlawrence.com.