The stone and wooden house with terracotta tiles was commissioned in 1932 and has only had three owners since. The vendors bought it in 1992. They made few substantive changes, including combining the downstairs servants quarters into a kitchen, updating the mechanical systems, and adding a heated Gunite pool and a hot tub.
Set high up in the village (the street is called Rockledge for a reason), the house is in the heart of the green space created by the Pelham Country Club and less than a mile west of Long Island Sound. (The Waterfront Shore Park and the larger Glen Island Park are a five-minute drive away.) It is two miles southeast of downtown Pelham, which includes a Metro-North station with service to Grand Central Terminal, and two miles southwest of downtown New Rochelle, where there is also a train to New York.
Cut: 6,805 square feet
Price per square foot: $ 247
Inside: A winding bluestone path takes you to the main gate and the first of dozens of leaded glass windows. The grand lobby features arched doorways, textured stone floors, faux plaster walls dating from the 1990s, and an Art Deco spiral staircase with a wrought-iron balustrade. An archway leads to a huge living room with oak-paneled walls concealing storage in some areas, square mullioned windows, a limestone wood-burning fireplace and delicate plaster crown moldings and ceiling edging. The foyer is also connected, albeit with sturdy double doors, to an office with knotty pine paneled walls (some with secret storage), built-in bookcases, and a stone fireplace.
The dining room has varying-width planks and diamond-shaped mullioned casement windows (the panes change orientation, from square to diamond, as you move towards the back of the house). It opens to a veranda with stone floors and walls with a hand painted botanical design. The black and white kitchen dates from the 1990s and includes a working 1932 Magic Chef range, as well as GE double monogram wall ovens and an additional cooktop. A central island, arranged diagonally, divides the room into a workspace on one side and a living room with a marble-clad fireplace on the other. A powder room received a vintage look with white subway tiles and a black console sink. (A second half of the bathroom is located off the hall.)
At the top of the front staircase, double-arched windows add cockades to the leaded glass motif, and an Art Deco lamp hangs from the ceiling. The master bedroom has arches, four windows, window seat, fireplace and walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom. A second bedroom has direct access to a west facing balcony and a bathroom which can also be entered from the hall. A third bedroom features dusty pink wallpaper and trims, and has a similar bathroom layout. There are three additional bedrooms, as well as a room lined with diamond mullioned windows which has been used as a family room.
Two additional bedrooms (one nearly 27 feet long, with a walk-in closet) and a full bathroom are on the third floor. An arched side entrance to the house takes you up a flight of stone steps and through a wrought iron gate into the lower level, where an old reception hall has been transformed into a wine room that can hold 1000 bottles. A bit at odds with a wine cellar, but nonetheless attractive, is a working fireplace with a carved wood mantel. This level also contains a heated garage for three cars which opens onto a motor yard.