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Waterbury Farm in Armonk, NY
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Historic Estate With Modern Luxuries

There are houses, and then there are exceptional houses. Waterbury Farm, a stunning 1929 Cotswold stone manor in Armonk, falls decidedly into the latter category. The sprawling estate sited on nearly 13 acres evokes a sense of historic charm while offering updated modern luxuries. Lucky for anyone searching for a unique property in Westchester, this home could be yours.

The verdant property is situated on the highest ridge in Westchester County, overlooking the Kenisco Reservoir and breathtaking woodlands. The home itself boasts 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 2 half baths, skillfully laid out over 8,900 square feet. Equestrians will find this property perfectly suited for horses with plenty of green pastures and a state-of-the-art stable.

After a long day of wandering the property (apple orchard included), one can head to the 50-foot outdoor swimming pool for a few laps in a tranquil setting that would put any postcard image to shame. The adjacent pool house makes for a quiet retreat and just off the main house, a guest cottage is perfect for those who want some extra privacy during their visit.

The current homeowners have painstakingly restored the home right down to the hand-crafted pecky cypress ceiling in the kitchen. Their labor of love shows – this home is exquisite. The original layout of the main house remains, brimming with charm and character.

Car enthusiasts will also feel right at home here. In addition to the four-car attached garage, there is a heated 11-car collector’s garage complete with hydraulic lifts and its own alarm system. Right now, an impressive collection of antique cars are the garage’s only tenants.

Along with incredible views, rolling hills, and unique amenities, this home also comes with a storied past. Theodore and Aline Bernstein were the first homeowners – he was a Wall Street Broker, and she was a writer and co-founder of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, Aline is probably most known for her lengthy and well-documented affair with a famous young writer, Thomas Wolfe. In fact, one of the rear doors to the main house is rumored to be one of Wolfe’s many secret entry points, and now opens into the family room.  The second owners were Pare and Elizabeth Lorentz, the sister of Kathryn Graham, whose family still owns the Washington Post.

This estate truly has it all: beauty, luxury, and history. Located just 45 minutes from Manhattan and in close proximity to Westchester County Airport and Greenwich, CT, the home is perfect for commuting while maintaining a quiet, country lifestyle in one of the country’s most coveted areas. The property is currently listed with Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Contact Lisa Koh (914-772-6172) or Sally Slater (914-584-0137) for more information, or visit

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