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welcome Luxury real estate sales have proven to be quite resilient in the Northeast this year amidst the continuously challenged housing market. NRT, the parent company of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, closed 32 homes over $10 million in March alone and home sales over $2 million also showed a strong increase. Though the spring market is typically a vibrant sales period in our industry, without strong marketing resources, not even a colorful season of sensational weather can produce rosy results. At Coldwell Banker, we invest in providing our clients with global marketing resources and cutting-edge technology that puts the spotlight on our listings worldwide. Our customized marketing strategies expose homes to potential buyers worldwide. With the strength of more than 400 websites, traditional and online marketing and advertising, and strategic social media promotion, we have a long history of attracting ready, willing and able buyers to our collection of the world’s finest luxury homes. Once we have the attention of these targeted buyers, we offer complementary services to immediately respond to their inquiries and keep them informed every step of the way. Our rapid response system sends online inquiries to our sales associates’ cell phones within 15 seconds. Our online transaction management system gives buyers and sellers secured access to view the progress of their purchase or sale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Superior service is the formula for achieving superior results. We look forward to providing you with an exceptional real estate experience. Sincerely,



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IDYLLIC CARRIAGE HOUSE ON 3 ACRES Purchase, NY—Stunning 5,200-sq.-ft. residence on 3 park-like acres with pool in one of Purchase’s prime enclaves. Designed and owned by one of America’s most respected designers, this home perfectly blends the harmony of vintage architecture with today’s exceptional amenities. Features include a new gourmet kitchen, gracious living room with fireplace, sun-drenched dining room with sitting room and a luxurious master suite. Private drive entrance, manicured lawns and a courtyard complete this offering. Michele C. Flood, 800-767-0078 $2,995,000

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this page (clockwise from top): • Choose this Coast Arc Chaise from Henry Hall Designs and your space will always be sunny. The lounge features underseat storage and is adjustable to six positions. • Seat yourself in soothing style with the Riviera lounge chair from Century Furniture, made of powder-coated aluminum and available in 11 colors. • Go modern with this resin-weave arm chair from Brown Jordan’s Zephyr Collection. • Don’t stay ahead of the curve, rest upon it with Whitecraft’s rounded All-Weather Wave Runner Lounge Rocker. • Give your patio a comfy spot of whimsy with the colorful iron curls of the Re-Trouvé 566 chair by Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse. opposite: • Relax regally in Windham Castings’ elegant Catalina chaise lounge, made of powdercoated aluminum.


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shoreline sophistication Ultimate luxury in a coveted Westport enclave

A jewel in the crown of Long Island Sound’s shoreline, this new Nantucket Shingle Style residence is perfectly sited to capture water views from nearly every room. One is welcomed to the water’s edge by a magnificent double mahogany door with undulating mullions and side windows that allow a bird’s eye peek at the glistening views that await you. A grand foyer immediately draws your attention to incredible coastal vistas creating a lovely venue for entertaining. The elegant drawing room with an octagonal enclosed porch



and marble fireside is perfect for both formal and informal gatherings. A gourmets’ dream, the sensational kitchen boasts premium appliances, stunning water views, vaulted ceilings and a breakfast room for intimate seaside dining. Curl up and enjoy an amazing family room, again with breathtaking views, custom millwork and a marble fireplace. On the second level one discovers an office with a fireplace as well as four designer en suite bedrooms, each with its own seaside


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balcony. The master suite and sitting room with a mahogany veranda pampers its owners with a spa-inspired bath complete with crystal chandeliers, cove lighting and the finest in marble finishes. Enveloped by surreal seascapes, the third level features a bedroom, spa-bath, sitting/exercise room and a grand game room ready for a multitude of activities. This 9,500-square-foot home lies in a protected cove with +/-175 feet of shoreline across from Westport’s famed Longshore Club Park with an 18-hole golf course, tennis/paddle courts, sailing school, swimming pools, skating rink and marina. The 1.5-acre estate enjoys a distinguished address as part of the Charmers Landing enclave of spectacular homes. Sun and relax on the newly constructed mahogany dock complete with water and electricity. Marine mahogany, ELAN HD home entertainment systems, superior construction, and the smallest of details flawlessly executed make this waterfront home a dream come true. Go to www.3CharmersLanding. com for extensive photos.

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New Jersey

Majestic Riverfront Estate

Private short hills Estate

Point Pleasant, NJ-This completely renovated, superbly appointed waterfront estate boasts a 8,500-sq.-ft. main residence, a 2-bedroom carriage house, pool house & private dock.

Short Hills, NJ- Rare opportunity to own private 3-acre estate with sweeping views designed by noted architect. Home features 2-story foyer, 5 en suite bedrooms, library, gourmet kitchen and circular drive.

Helen Guarcello, Sales Associate $7,999,900 732.449.2777 / 732.239.3438

For more information call: 973.630.9368


New Vernon Estate

brick georgian estate

Harding Township, NJ-A private lane leads to a majestic estate with 20room main home boasting 5 bedrooms, elevator, exquisite moldings & millwork & exceptional entertaining spaces. 8 acres includes carriage house.

Alpine, NJ- Gated elegant home offers 7 bedrooms, 8 plus bathrooms, large stately rooms with award winning kitchen, indoor pool, tennis court, 7-car garage and minutes from New York City.

For more information call: 973.630.9368


Magnificent Custom Home Bernards Township, NJ- A rare opportunity to work with a master builder on the creation of your dream 8,000+-sq.-ft. custom estate on 8 inviting acres in an exquisite country setting. For more information call: 973.630.9368


For more information call: 973.630.9368


Spectacular Waterfront Views Fair Haven, NJ- Breathtaking Navesink River views on 1.78 acres include 345 feet of bulkhead with riparian grant, 100-foot dock with boat lift, 2 bedroom summer cottage and a tennis court. For more information call: 973.630.9368


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New Jersey

Unique Rumson Colonial

French Provincial

Rumson, NJ- Graceful lines & fine craftsmanship give way to a spacious gourmet kitchen, master suite with balcony, marble whirlpool, steam shower & more, on a level 1+ acre with pool.

Harding Township, NJ- Exceptional French Provincial inspired by the rural manor homes of 17th-century France offers magnificent architectural detail among a private 3.66-acre setting. Approvals in place for a pool.

For more information call: 973.630.9368


English Country Manor


exquisite georgian colonial

Mendham, NJ- Custom English Country Manor on 4+ acres with 6 bedrooms, 7+ baths & superb architectural details including imported Russian rustic pinewood flooring & granite. For more information call: 973.630.9368

For more information call: 973.630.9368


Englewood, NJ- 1912 Colonial blends Old World charm with elegance & luxury. Six fireplaces, large kitchen & great entertaining spaces. Premier Englewood address close to NYC. For more information call: 973.630.9368


Palatial Colonial

Magnificent Custom Colonial

Bernardsville, NJ- Palatial custom colonial on 7 picturesque acres was designed for lavish entertaining inside and out. Five en suite bedrooms. World class kitchen. Sumptuous master retreat.

Rumson, NJ- Extraordinary colonial features 2-story foyer leading to formal living & dining rooms. Gourmet kitchen with large center island, breakfast area & custom cabinetry. Master suite is a haven!

For more information call: 973.630.9368


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New Jersey

Beauty by the park

A Landmark Home

Bernardsville, NJ- Work closely with one of NJ’s premier builders to create your dream home on 5 acres of woodland privacy. Shopping and NYC trains, just minutes away. Scale up ($2,999,999) or down in price. $2,490,000

For more information call: 973.630.9368

Summit, NJ- Landmark 1.4-acre, 1910 Georgian Colonial Estate backs to parklands. Extraordinary craftsmanship throughout & a floor plan designed for the elegance of a bygone era. For more information call: 973.630.9368


Abandon the Ordinary

Homes that tell a Story

Basking Ridge, NJ- Spectacular manor home set on 3.8 park-like acres boasts amazing 2-story gourmet kitchen with adjacent conservatory, gracious rooms & finished lower-level with media center. Heavenly master suite.

Princeton, NJ- With a history rich in early 20th century Princeton culture, this home has been beautifully restored to maintain its character and charm while providing modern conveniences.

For more information call: 973.630.9368


the cottages at hamilton farm golf club Gladstone, NJ- Custom-designed estate-quality cottages in an idyll of golf, social and athletic enjoyment, unavailable to date in the Northeast, awaits owners (55+) at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. For more information call: 973.630.9368

Starting under $2,000,000

Susan Gordon and Ingela Kostenbader, Sales Associates 609.529.6044 / 609.688.4830


Lakeside Oasis Kinnelon, NJ- Sprawling oasis on two lakeside acres offers 17 rooms with sleek architectural lines, panoramic views and lavish amenities. Perfect for extravagant entertaining or personal rejuvenation. For more information call: 973.630.9368


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New Jersey

Elegance, Style and Convenience Basking Ridge, NJ- Spectacular custom colonial offers marble and hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and wonderful entertaining options in a magnificent family neighborhood setting. For more information call: 973.630.9368


commutable luxury


Stunning Colonial

Highland Park, NJ- Enjoy spectacular river views from this gorgeous multilevel custom home designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition. Wonderful entertaining spaces with pool & pool house. $1,799,000

For more information call: 973.630.9368

magnificent colonial

Westfield, NJ- Custom craftsmanship and striking design underscore the beauty of this immaculate 4,385-sq.-ft. Colonial estate. 12 rooms include 5 bedrooms and 3 full- and 1 half-baths. For more information call: 973.630.9368


For more information call: 973.630.9368

Sophisticated Raritan River Estate

Holmdel, NJ- Architecturally intriguing estate on 3.4 acres. Offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, with bright, voluminous rooms throughout. Property features tennis/basketball court. For more information call: 973.630.9368

Elegance Personified Mahwah, NJ- Award-winning 6,900-sq.-ft. stone-manor offers fantastic entertaining options. An elevator provides access to all 3 levels. Premier community setting with pool & tennis.


Westfield, NJ- Gorgeous 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Center Hall Colonial with formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, superb master suite & finished lower level. Professionally landscaped with in-ground pool & patio. Frank D. Isoldi, Broker Sales Associate 908.301.2038 / 908.787.5990


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New Jersey

boater’s delight!

Riverfront Elegance

Brick, NJ- With 80’ waterfront setting, 4-slip dock, Riparian grant privileges and easy-living sophistication, this South Beach-inspired home is a wish list complete!

Wall, NJ- Magnificent custom colonial has walls of windows offering breathtaking river views. A fabulous open floor plan, 5 generous bedrooms, oversized deck and private setting.

For more information call: 973.630.9368



elegant colonial

one of a kind! Westfield, NJ- Unique 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath Arts & Crafts home boasts living room with fireplace, formal dining room, gourmet center island kitchen, master bedroom with sitting room & more. Frank D. Isoldi, Broker Sales Associate 908.301.2038 / 908.787.5990

For more information call: 973.630.9368


Westfield, NJ- Step into the grand foyer of this stunning 5-bedroom Colonial with open floor plan, gourmet center island kitchen, fabulous master suite with sitting room, manicured grounds with paver patio. Frank D. Isoldi, Broker Sales Associate 908.301.2038 / 908.787.5990


Lakefront Serenity

smoke rise elegance

Green Pond, NJ- An open floor plan, cathedral ceilings & abundant windows distinguish this spacious lakefront home offering 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths, private dock & sunset views.

Kinnelon, NJ- Stately 5-bedroom Georgian Colonial on 1.5 exquisitely landscaped acres offers privacy and the luxurious amenities of the prestigious gated lake community of Smoke Rise.

Marilyn Lapham, Broker Sales Associate 973.838.1157 / 973.725.0868

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Reynwood Manor

World-Class Equestrian Estate

Greenwich, CT-Reynwood Manor is a stunning architectural treasure, a 1935 stone mansion renovated to an extraordinary standard, decorated to perfection and situated within a private park. Tamar Lurie 800.767.0078


Greenwich, CT-World-class 14±acre equestrian estate with a Georgian Manor House, 20-stall barn, groomsmen apartments, jumping arena, riding trails, paddle & tennis court, pool/spa, and pavilion. $16,250,000

Tamar Lurie 800.767.0078

A Grand New England Manor

The Flemish/Belgian Country House

Greenwich, CT-Mid-country English Manor on 2+ glorious acres with views of Horseneck Brook and a heated pool. 9,200± sq. ft. includes elegant gathering rooms and 6 bedrooms en suite.

Greenwich, CT-Custom lakeside country home in the mid-country with beamed ceilings, antique wood floors, a separate studio, and floor-to-ceiling French doors and windows framing water views.

Tamar Lurie 800.767.0078


WATERFRONT MAGNIFICENCE Madison, CT-Waterfront magnificence on 1.16 acres with 200 feet of private, sandy beach, this 7,700-sq.-ft. French Country estate resonates with grandeur. Sue Clifford 800.767.0078



Suzan F. Rose 800.767.0078

Refined Elegance Greenwich, CT-English brick Ludowici-capped home on 2.5 acres in Mead Point. Featuring 5 bedrooms, granite kitchen, luxurious master suite, pool, formal gardens & tidal water views. $4,975,000

Tamar Lurie 800.767.0078

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Laurel Hill

3-Acre Setting

Washington, CT-12,000-sq.-ft., 23-room French country estate with consummate views features 6 en suite bedrooms, 9 fireplaces, a cinema, guest wing, outdoor kitchen & fireplace, & pool. Lucille Filous / Terry Morgan 800.767.0078


in town living

Judy Michaelis 800.767.0078


Uncompromising Estate Living

Greenwich, CT-Brick Georgian home in the heart of downtown. The residence features a spectacular floating circular staircase, elevator, balconies, home theater and outdoor fireplace. $3,995,000

Tamar Lurie 800.767.0078

Westport, CT-Set high on a hill on 3± acres with wonderful views on a sought-after lane, this new home features 7 en suite bedrooms, 4 fireplaces, and geothermal heating and cooling.

Exceptional Riverfront Living

New Canaan, CT-Gated Colonial featuring 10’ ceilings, marble fireplaces, custom kitchen, family room overlooking 2.84 scenic acres, dual staircases, 5 en suite bedrooms, & 4-car garage. Marsha Charles 800.767.0078



Weston, CT-16-room Colonial overlooking the Saugatuck River in a prestigious neighborhood features a gourmet kitchen, pool, tennis court, & rolling lawns stretching to the water.

Norwalk, CT-Canfield Crossing is a luxury gated community on the shores of Long Island Sound. 6,300-sq.-ft. home features a gourmet kitchen, large windows, oak floors, a pool with spa & waterfall.

Bunny Mostad / Deb Alderson 800.767.0078

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Unsurpassed Craftsmanship

Dramatic Shingle-style Residence

Redding, CT- Custom 9,000-sq.-ft. masterwork featuring a family room with floor-to-ceiling stone hearth, designer kitchen, wine tasting room, pool, cabana, & smart house technology.

Darien, CT-Renovated and rebuilt in 2006, this residence has a modern but traditional layout for formal & informal living. Sited in the Private Association of Tokeneke with water views.


Gail Lilley Zawacki 800.767.0078

Riverside Classic in Dawn Harbor Greenwich, CT- Classic Colonial, in coveted private Dawn Harbor Association with deeded beach rights in the Riverside section of Greenwich. Spacious 5-bedroom close to trains and schools. Jane Owen Brash 800.767.0078


Extraordinary Compound South Glastonbury, CT- 1.2-acre estate featuring a great room with 2-story fieldstone fireplace, 4 en suite bedrooms, Gunite pool, and 2,500-sq.-ft. sports complex as seen on MTV’s “Teen Cribs.” Margaret Wilcox 800.767.0078



Gail Ord 800.767.0078

Masterful Architecture Weston, CT- Constructed by an artisan builder this consummately designed home features notable principal rooms & 5 bedroom suites on 3.59 landscaped acres with pool, pool house, & spa. $2,900,000

Carla Rea 800.767.0078

Architectural Masterpiece Ridgefield, CT- Set on 4.21 acres and designed by renowned architect, this residence features an amazing atrium, state-of-the-art kitchen and a separate full heated gym with apartment. $2,250,000

Gail Reifsnyder 800.767.0078

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Connecticut/new york

Mountain Mist Farm


New Milford, CT-Mountain Mist Farm is a 7.35-acre estate, home to the original c.1831 Dairy Barn. A 3-story silo leads to 6,200Âąsq. ft. with chestnut beams and period detail. Broker/Owner.

Madison, CT- English Manor on 4 acres of privacy in a desirable water area with views of Fence Creek features formal living and dining rooms, a firstfloor master suite and a heated pool.


Lori Wallace 800.767.0078


Marie Lee 800.767.0078

Elmcroft Estate

Premier Craftsmanship Madison, CT-Completely updated Contemporary Cape encompassing a family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth, gourmet kitchen, and 5 bedrooms in an esteemed shoreline enclave. Lorey Walz / Meig Walz Newcomb 800.767.0078


A Splendid English Manor

Betty McMillan 800.767.0078


Custom Built Residence

Dobbs Ferry, NY- A 6,000-sq.-ft. English Manor home surrounded by 2.2 acres of park-like grounds. Exquisite renovations, modernized systems, grandly scaled rooms with rich architectural detail. $4,100,000

Rebekah FioRito 800.767.0078

Mamaroneck, NY- The Elmcroft Estate was completely rebuilt in 2008 featuring 10 ft. ceilings, an elevator, multi-zone audio system and a heated Wagner pool. 35 minutes to New York City.

Purchase, NY- Elegant home on 2.97 acres with 7,600 sq. ft., 7 bedrooms, 7 baths, gourmet kitchen, bluestone patio, pool & gardens. 2,985-sq.-ft. lower level with theater & wine cellar. Hope Hirschhorn 800.767.0078


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new york

Renovated 19th  Century Manor Mamaroneck , NY- Set on 1.2 acres, this 19th-century residence has been impeccably renovated. Featuring 5 bedrooms & 4.1 baths, this home has highly prized perennial gardens & exquisite views of Larchmont Harbor. Elizabeth Diamond 800.767.0078


Architectural Intrigue


Hudson River Views

Harrison, NY-Mediterranean mini-estate on 2.53 acres. 4,417 sq. ft. with a master suite, 4 family bedrooms, formal living & dining rooms, modern kitchen, terrace, gunite pool & pool house. $2,595,000

Karen Feldman 800.767.0078

A Mid-Century Sanctuary

Croton-on-Hudson, NY- Overlooking the Hudson River & borders the Hudson National Golf course. Wall to ceiling fireplace, custom cabinetry, 6 bedrooms, gunite pool, ballet studio & gym. Cathy Duff-Poritzky / Candace D’Addario 800.767.0078


Amy Cole 800.767.0078

Classic Mediterranean

Purchase, NY- Impeccable Colonial in a gated community with a marble entry, Christopher Peacock gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms with new en suite designer baths. Perfect for entertaining. Debbie Strati-Padawer 800.767.0078

Picture Perfect Colonial Harrison, NY- Picture perfect Colonial located in Sterling Ridge. Formal living & dining rooms, family room, kitchen w/breakfast room, & enclosed sun porch. 6 bedrooms include a master suite.


Irvington, NY- Mid-century home on .83 private acre with a heated pool. A total renovation includes a granite kitchen, marble baths, and master suite with a sitting room and dual baths. $1,995,000

Therese Militana Valvano 800.767.0078

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new york

Kings Point Estate

Modern Romance

Great Neck, NY-This unrivaled 20-acre waterfront Kings Point Estate presents a unique opportunity. With panoramic views of the city, this compound is magnificent, affording privacy and seclusion, just minutes from Manhattan.

Sands Point, NY-Created by Romantic Modernist architect Norman Jaffe in a magnificent setting with a pool, this 7,000-sq.-ft. stone masterpiece beautifully redefines unique custom excellence. Just minutes away from NYC.

Diane Polland, Licensed Salesperson 516.606.2344 / 516.441.3932


Rye, NY-Gracious Colonial-style residence on Country Club grounds with six bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, oversized master suite, workout room, wine cellar, dark room and shoreline pool.


Country Compound

Upper Grandview, NY- A gated entry leads to this 4,500-sq.-ft. 4 bedroom European style home with panoramic Tappan Zee & Hudson views. 1.7 acres of lush grounds for the most discerning buyer. For more information call: 973.630.9368


Gracewood Supreme

Old Westbury, NY-Elegant 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath Center Hall Colonial situated on breathing property with pool, waterfall and spa. Surrounded by horse trails in the heart of Old Westbury in Jericho School District. For more information call: 631.623.5120


waterfront jewel

Gracious Residence

Sula Pearlman 800.767.0078

For more information call: 631.623.5120


Manhasset, NY-Spectacularly adjoining the Great Lawn of the splendid Gracewood clubhouse, this supreme 14-room Hamptons-style home is a decorator’s showcase with every imaginable amenity. For more information call: 631.623.5120


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An Enviable Lifestyle

Elegant 1929 Colonial Old Westbury, NY-Traditional 10-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 3-story historic Colonial boasts stunning formal rooms. Its 4.8 acres feature pool, tennis court & 2-bedroom cottage. Exceptional East Williston (Wheatley) school district. For more information call: 631.623.5120


Luxurious Waterfront


East Hills, NY-Elegant 5-bedroom, 5-bath custom colonial with spacious floor plan for classic easy living and entertaining. A designer showcase. Close to the East Hills Park. Roslyn Schools. $2,300,000

For more information call: 631.623.5120

Elegant Family Living

1910 Charm

Brookville, NY-Beautifully updated 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath expanded ranch with floor-to-ceiling windows, great entertaining rooms & gourmet eat-in kitchen. Jericho School District. Set on 2.3 acres with pool, hot tub & 3-stall barn. For more information call: 631.623.5120


For more information call: 631.623.5120

Elegant Custom Colonial

Babylon, NY-Award-winning design and landscaping create 8,000 sq. ft. of supremely gracious living with 1.3 waterfront acres, four boat slips, a private beach, pool, cabana and staff apartment. For more information call: 631.623.5120

Old Field, NY-Secluded on almost 4 acres, this 5,900-sq.-ft. brick Colonial features a tennis court, mineral summers heated pool with expansive bluestone patio, 3-car garage and so much more.


Dix Hills, NY-Brimming with country charm, this sprawling, circa 1910 4-bedroom, 4-bath French Chateau on 1.67 acres has unique appeal with a sun parlor, fireplaces, both living and family rooms and more. For more information call: 631.623.5120

Price Upon Request

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Aiming for peaceful luxury, the owners opted for a monochromatic master bedroom full of rich creams and golds. The room also showcases pieces from their modern art collection, including the green marble sculpture (opposite).



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townhouse triumph A designer makes a retired couple’s new Tenafly home a stylish setting for art and entertaining Construction was just under way when designer Meryl Stern was called upon to work some magic. The homeowners, a retired married couple, were downsizing from an expansive manse in Alpine to a luxury townhouse development in Tenafly. Their new 3,500-square-foot home would be about half the size of the old residence, but they wanted it no less chic. “The homeowners are collectors of modern art who love color and aren’t afraid of taking risks,” says Stern, owner of Meryl Stern Interiors in Haworth. “Our goal was to create a beautiful backdrop for their art. But because they have a large family and enjoy entertaining, the house also had to be conducive to hosting parties and dinners.” Another challenge: finding room for key furniture from the couple’s old home as well as several new custom pieces. Luckily, Stern’s early involvement in the project allowed her the freedom to make structural changes to the home, which features three floors and an elevator. “I was able to move walls, switch around rooms and make other adjustments so that the home could function as we wanted it to,” she explains. Take, for instance, the stunning custom bar area—in a location originally intended for the dining room. “Because the kitchen is right next to this area, the spot just made sense for a bar,” she says. The bar area showcases art from the homeowners’ collection. It also becomes a work of art in its own right, with a striking Mondrianstyle wall constructed with pieces of mirror and backlit custom sandblasted glass. “The couple really went out on a limb by allowing me to cre-

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ate this because they weren’t exactly sure what it was going to look like,” says Stern. “But they trusted my judgment.” That Mondrian design is mimicked on the walnut-on-maple bar counter, featuring a multicolored onyx top, while walnut cabinets provide color contrast. And there’s a surprise: a “hidden” television on the wall that functions as a mirror when turned off. Other special features include an icemaker, a wine refrigerator and pull-out cutting boards. In the kitchen, the objective was “to create a little bit of excitement” while working with the choices offered by the townhouse development, says Stern. For the cabinetry, Stern opted for contrasting tones: While some cabinets are painted a soft green, others feature simple stained maple. An off-white glazed ceramic tile backsplash lends a touch of neutrality, while a natural stained maple island with a granite top provides ample space for prepping for lively soirées. The couple can relax with guests in the Art Deco-inspired living room, studded with many of their beloved sculptures. The room’s focal point—a green marble fireplace with a walnut beveled-edge surround—envelops a flat-screen television, which guests can enjoy from comfy seats taken from the Alpine home. On the left wall, a custom credenza featuring hand-laid porcupine needles and a black granite top offers both style and practicality. “Because the homeowners were moving from such a big house, the credenza provides storage for china and serving ware they couldn’t fit elsewhere,” says Stern. “It’s also a display table for a marble jaguar from their collection.” The couple chose to keep their master bedroom monochromatic, with rich creams and golds. “The idea was to make the space very serene, peaceful and luxurious,” Stern says. While the fully upholstered bed and other furniture came from the former residence, the room’s new elements include plush silk-and-linen carpeting, silk window panels from Roger Arlington and a large wall-to-wall custom maple built-in unit in the dressing area. And Stern opted to remove a wall between “his” and “hers” closets to create “one huge walk-in closet.” 22


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This page, modern touches in the downstairs powder room include a glass vanity, wooden bowl sink and window treatments featuring an embroidered curved pattern. Opposite, the bar area (top) makes a dramatic statement with its Mondrian-style wall. The spot is located just off the kitchen, which features a granite-topped island and both soft green and maple cabinets.

Simplicity also reigns in the downstairs powder room, which features pale green Venetian plaster walls and a glass vanity. A wooden bowl sink adds a touch of warmth, while sheer window treatments embroidered with curved shapes mimic the “movement” of the onyx floor, says Stern. Now fully settled into their new abode, the homeowners couldn’t be happier. Says Stern: “They’re doing a lot of entertaining, both big and small, and the house works perfectly for their lifestyle.” n previews

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The redo of a Greenwich, Connecticut, property included replacing tall shrubs that had bordered the perennial garden with a low retaining wall. The end result: The homeowners can now view the flowers from the terrace.

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power of proportion Susan Cohen’s vision was simple: Enlarge an old terrace to bring balance to a Greenwich home

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.” Landscape architect Susan Cohen remembers that maternal admonition as well as any of us. But she’s glad that on one occasion she defied it. In the late 1990s, Cohen, who is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, was hired to rethink some plantings at a home nestled at the entry of Greenwich Harbor on Long Island Sound. One day about a year later, her client—a busy mother of three in her mid-50s who sits on the boards of three social service organizations and entertains frequently—asked her what she thought of the terrace, which was made of brick and tucked meekly into the L-shape of the home. Cohen decided to break the rules. “I told her it was too small proportionally for the house and made of


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Above, grandeur reigns in the home’s new 15,000-squarefoot terrace, which is triple the size of the original terrace. Wrapping around the perimeter of the house, it features bluestone ringed with walls of native fieldstone and a wealth of hydrangeas. Opposite, a commodious pool beside the house suggests a quick dip.



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the wrong materials,” she recalls. Some homeowners would have been offended by that comment, but this one took it as an inspiration. She hired Cohen to triple the size of the terrace, expanding it from under 5,000 square feet to about 15,000. “We had another landscaper who was great, but he didn’t look at the house the same way Susan did,” says the client, who appreciated Cohen’s candor. “Susan took one look at that terrace and said it was way too skinny. That was very helpful.” Correct scale is everything for Cohen, who warns her landscape design students in the continuing education department at the New York Botanical Garden: “The most important thing in any project is getting the proportions right.” She even has a personal rule about it. “I call it Cohen’s Law,” she explains. “The distance the terrace reaches out from the house should be equal to the height of the house itself.” The new terrace conforms to this rule, but it also goes a step further and wraps clear around the perimeter of the house. This, says the designer, made it “more useful and more beautiful, so that it functioned well for the family and for entertaining.” One immediately felicitous effect was that the space gave the family a comfortable area for eating outdoors. The old-fashioned brick was replaced with grander, architecturally interesting bluestone, and the entire terrace was ringed with walls of native fieldstone. Simple plantings of American boxwood, Cunningham White rhododendron and myrtle (vinca minor) supplied the terrace’s elegant green frame. Cohen also learned that the client had

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spent a lot of time in Rhode Island and loved the hydrangeas that grew in abundance there. So she found the variety most plentiful in that state—Nikko blue—and lined the walls with a generous profusion of it. The client, whom Cohen describes as “a woman of impeccable taste,” also adores roses, but the rose garden was far from the house in a low-slung section of the property where a very high tide could easily wipe it out. “These old roses are far too valuable to let that happen,” she says. The landscape architect solved the problem by moving the garden up to the terrace, just a few steps from the room where the homeowner displays cut-flower arrangements. Between the new rose patch and its former location, Cohen created an English country garden featuring flowering arbors and a blue-purple-pink-yellow palette achieved with multicolored salvias, Happy Returns daylilies, peonies, Lavatera Barnsley (“a wonderful plant,” says Cohen), Nepeta Six Hills Giants, angelonia, white foxglove and ‘Blue Horizon’ ageratum. Cohen also removed various rock outcroppings that had been disguised—albeit none too well—with juniper. This helped clean up the view of the water from the terrace. The landscape attained an organic sense of order and proportion. “We just had a wedding out there with 275 people,” says the client. “The movement from the house to the terrace, then down the stairs and onto the lawn— it was just perfect.” Which is to say, of course, that sometimes it pays to speak your mind.



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Eco escapes Luxury and earth consciousness combine in top resorts close to home

Gone are the days when environmentally friendly travel required pitching a tent or retreating to a cabin in the wilderness. Today, some of the top resorts around the country are going “green” in a variety of ways, from offering organic and locally grown produce to using sustainable building materials. Close to home, many of Atlantic City’s premier hotels are happily embracing the trend—allowing guests to reduce their carbon footprint while still experiencing the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City—parent company to Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s—is leading the way this year. Its recent “Go Green” Initiative highlighted a variety of eco-friendly features and promotions at all its casinos and resorts, including a Smart Car giveaway, “Farm-to-Table” seasonal cooking courses at the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s, a special “local” tasting menu, and the distribution of biodegradable straws, recyclable napkins and restaurant take-out containers.

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Year-round, the four hotels strive to offer produce and protein from environmentally responsible and pro-sustainable cooking purveyors in their restaurants. Guests can also unwind any time of year at the Qua Baths & Spa, a luxe oasis at Caesars that offers such organic treatments as the Ocean Spray Body Renewal & Detoxification Therapy and the Organic Firming Massage. A Banana Leaf Body Wrap is also eco-friendly and therapeutic. “Green” promotions are ongoing; the next promotion is the Sun, Sand and Organic event on Sunday, July 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the beach at Bally’s. The food- and wine-tasting event, which is part of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, will feature 100-percent organic sips from wineries around the country paired with a menu of completely raw food. All products will be recycled or donated, no electricity or petroleum will be used during the event, and the day will culminate with a beach clean-up. Of course, a good old-fashioned walk on the beach is always a must when visiting Atlantic City (and you might give Lady Luck a try as well), but it’s nice to know you can still enjoy the best in luxury and entertainment without ignoring your concern for the earth.

Opposite, the Eastern-inspired Foundation Room at the Showboat is the site of organic wine and food tastings throughout the year. This page, from top: Mia restaurant at Caesars serves fine Italian/ Mediterranean cuisine with many organic and locally sourced ingredients; the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort hosts “farm-totable” cooking courses for guests; the Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars offers organic treatments.

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restaurant guide If you’ve got a craving, there’s a dining establishment in the area that will satisfy it. Turn to this listing next time you want a wonderful meal out. Azuma Sushi Fresh fish reigns supreme for the sushi purist at this Japanese mecca. Somewhat stark décor lets the authentic preparations shine, and fans say it’s as close to Tokyo as you can get without a plane ticket. 219 East Hartsdale Avenue,

farmer’s market ingredients in his comfort creations like pot roast and chicken and dumplings. A fieldstone fireplace and wooden beams add to the country charm. 27 Powers

Luca Ristorante Italiano

Court, Westport, CT; 203-226-1114

as extensive as the menu. 142 Old Ridgefield

Hartsdale, NY; 914-725-0660

Emilio Ristorante

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar Taste the flavors of Spain and Portugal with a sampling of tapas, like warm octopus salad and chorizo with sweet and sour figs. Those with bigger appetites can enjoy entrées such as paella and churrasco. 63 North Main Street,

Start with a selection from the antipasto cart before enjoying homemade pasta and seasonal Italian specials from this 30-year-old favorite. The Colonial house setting ensures a romantic dinner. 1 Colonial Place, Harrison, NY; 914835-3100

South Norwalk, CT; 203-899-0088


Blue Hill at Stone Barns

American and French meet in an 1897 stone

Fresh ingredients straight from the former

castle set on a hill overlooking the Hudson

Rockefeller farm are the stars at this New

River. Three distinct dining spaces, the Garden

American restaurant. A converted barn is the

Room, Oak Room and Tapestry Room, lend a

setting for prix fixe meals that change with the

different feel. 400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown,

four seasons. 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico

NY; 914-631-3646

Superb cuisine with an environ to match. New

This small space turns out big Italian flavors, and diners delight in homemade pasta and specialties like osso bucco. The wine list is Road, Wilton, CT; 203-563-9550 Malabar Hill Favorites like tandoori chicken and lamb vindaloo share menu space here with lesserknown southern Indian specialties. Vegetarians and vegans enjoy numerous options as well. 145 East Main Street, Elmsford, NY; 914-3477890 Mulino’s of Westchester Tradition lives on with northern Italian fare served in an old world atmosphere. Offerings include rigatoni in a homemade Bolognese sauce and sautéed veal with porcini mushrooms and white truffle butter. 99 Court Street, White Plains, NY; 914-761-1818

Hills, NY; 914-366-9600 Sonora Buffet de la Gare

Ceviche, paella and tapas are all up for order at

Owners Gwenael and Annie Goulet bring a

this Nuevo Latino spot, with margaritas and

bit of France stateside with classic bistro fare.

mojitos to match. Finish with a dessert sweet-

The quaint setting features a 100-year-old oak

ened by dulce de leche. 179 Rectory Street,

bar, but the dishes like cassoulet and escargot

Port Chester, NY; 914-933-0200

are the real draw. 155 Southside Avenue, Splash

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; 914-478-1671

A wraparound deck of a historic inn overlooking Ching’s Table

the Saugatuck is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh

Fare that’s truly fusion is on the menu here,

seafood, including pan-roasted lobster and cevi-

where duck fajitas get an Asian twist with

che three ways. Don’t miss the popular Sunday

shiitake mushrooms. Dumplings are served up

brunch. 260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT;

several ways, and noodle dishes never Jean-Louis


Referring to his style as “la nouvelle clas-

Sushi Mike’s

sique,” chef Jean-Louis Gerin brings a modern

Inventive rolls and imaginative specials spice

eye to French classics. His efforts have won

up the menu at this tiny Japanese spot. From

him the James Beard Award for Best Chef in

teriyaki to tempura to tekka maki, dishes appeal

the Northeast. 61 Lewis Street, Greenwich,

to a variety of palates. Live jazz on Mondays

CT; 203-622-8450

adds to the fun. 146 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry,

Coromandel It may be named after the southeast coast of India, but this spot explores cuisine from across that country, showcasing the diverse spices and styles of cooking. Orders are

La Cremaillere

30 Division Street, New Rochelle, NY;

A converted 1750 farmhouse serves as a



backdrop for elegant French country cuisine.

Southwestern is the name of the game here,

A world-class wine cellar pairs perfectly with

and you’ll find offerings fresh from the range,

the constantly changing menu. Don’t miss the

including pork chops and rack of lamb. There

house ice creams and sorbets. 46 Bedford-

are also plenty of salad and pizza options. 245

Banksville Road, Bedford, NY; 914-234-9647

Bedford Street, Stamford, CT; 203-357-7679

complements the inn’s beautiful grounds.

La Panetiere

Tengda Asian Bistro

Enjoy live jazz in the tap room. 11 Kittle Road,

Jackets are required for this elegant French

Take your pick from the pan-Asian dishes

Chappaqua, NY; 914-666-8044

restaurant in a country inn–type setting.

inspired by Thailand, China and Japan, with

Prepare for a contemporary take on carefully

offerings that include pad thai and sushi. The

Dressing Room, A Homegrown

crafted, classic fare. Owner Jacques Loupiac

trendy scene is fueled by exotic drinks and

Restaurant Chef Michel Nischan goes organic, using local

sets the tone for the gracious service. 530

flights of sake. 286 Katonah Avenue, Katonah,

Milton Road, Rye, NY; 914-967-8140

NY; 914-232-3900

Dine on New American dishes at this longtime favorite that features an award-winning wine list. Décor inspired by the 19th century


NY; 914-591-0054

adapted to each diner’s heat tolerance.

Crabtree’s Kittle House



disappoint. 64 Main Street, New Canaan, CT;

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