There's no place like New York City for the holidays – from the lights and shows to the storefronts and dining – Manhattan takes on a magical charm come the winter season. However, escaping from the madness and enjoying quality time with friends and family at home can be equally as enjoyable.
Thankfully for homeowners in Westchester County, it's easy to enjoy the sights of the city and still be home by dinner. Douglas Elliman Real Estate is currently featuring two spectacular listings that offer the perfect holiday retreat for inviting and entertaining guests all season long.
Located just north of the NYC border, 266 Monterey Avenue in Pelham sits in the exclusive Pelham Heights neighborhood and offers unparalleled luxury regardless of the season. The home's wrap around front porch offers the perfect spot to unwind on warm summer evenings, while owners and guests are able to curl up by one of the house's several wood fireplaces when temperatures begin to drop. Flooded with natural light, the 4,500 sq. ft. Victorian home boasts a restaurant-quality kitchen, breakfast nook and a formal dining room, complete with exposed wood beams and a roaring fireplace. The house's seven bedrooms can host even the largest families, offering guests the ability to relax and unwind with ample space.
“With all its Victorian charm and splendor, nothing symbolizes being home for the holidays better than 266 Monterey Avenue,” says Douglas Elliman’s Owen Berkowitz who is co-listing the home with his partner, Carol Marrone, who adds, “This is the ideal home for grand-scale entertaining that can accommodate a lot of family, a lot of guests and a whole lot of gourmet cooking and baking. It has all the fixings for the ultimate Currier and Ives holiday experience.”
A custom built house completely renovated in 2010, 27 Wildwood Road in Katonah sits on a secluded half acre, just a short distance from downtown. With its reclaimed wood, exposed beams and natural finishes, the home evokes the feeling of a cozy ski cabin. Three stone fireplaces add to the effect, while the master bedroom with a steam shower allow for relaxing after a long day's work -- or play. A lower level suite with private entrance offers guests the chance to visit while enjoying their own space, and the kitchen's two dishwashers, two sinks, gas stove and convection oven can handle even the most serious holiday chefs.
“If you want to feel like you are on the perfect winter holiday just an hour north of the mad rush of Manhattan, 27 Wildwood Road in Katonah is the ideal home in the most picturesque setting,” says Douglas Elliman associate broker Elizabeth Audet. “You can’t help but feel merry from the moment you walk into this magical home with its stunning stone fireplaces and exposed beam ceilings.”