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We can't tell you who owns this beautiful, barn-style home, but we can say that a past owner was a Goldman Sachs vice chairman. And residents of the tiny town of Roxbury include Candace Bushnell, Denis Leary, Stephen Sondheim and Daniel Day Lewis, to name just a few. Designed by Juan Montoya, the interiors have the glamour of a movie-star cowboy: rugged, handsome and sexy (we're feeling Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke but Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men also works just fine). Both the lofty, open-plan great room and the gorgeous master suite feature exposed beams and dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces. But our favorite spot would have to be the master bath, with more rough-hewn woodwork and a huge copper soaking tub. On the 66-acre grounds: a barn, pool, guesthouse, tennis court and meadows. Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot, CT has the listing. (860) 868-7313.
There's not a more tradition-bound hamlet than Bedford, arguably the wealthiest corner of Westchester County, where Martha Stewart is decorating some 150 acres, Richard Gere renovated the Bedford Post Inn, and George Soros, Ralph Lauren and Glenn Close have all owned homes. So it's cool to find a contemporary among the Colonials, and in our view, this circa-1985 home is the absolute coolest. Completely renovated a few years ago, the 6,200-square-foot interiors are, in a word, heaven: the clean, open-plan spaces look like pages ripped from a Design Within Reach catalog but with better views—18-plus private acres that include a spring-fed swimming rock quarry, groomed trails, an ice skating pond, a sustainable herb garden and a waterfall. In all, the home offers five bedrooms, four bathrooms (and one half bathroom), plus an office and fitness room. It's represented by Caroline Shepherd of Houlihan-Lawrence on the Bedford Village Green, NY. (914) 234-9099.
Bedford, New York
The unique qualities offered by this circa-1913 Tudor Revival manor house start with the views—over the Cross River and Croton reservoirs and all the way down to Manhattan. Sited high on a hilltop on more than 16 private acres, the grounds also offer rolling lawns, formal gardens, stone walls and a caretaker's cottage. On the market for the first time since the 1930s—and recently priced reduced—The Belfry's 28 rooms are infused with Old World craftsmanship. In all, it offers 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms (plus one half bathroom), including a master suite with a fireplace and his-and-her dressings rooms and baths. The Belfry is offered by Muffin Dowdle of Ginnel Real Estate in Bedford Hills, NY. (914) 234-9234, extension 101.