The town of Bedford, in New York’s affluent Westchester County, is one of those lovely, special communities, like East Hampton or Greenwich, Conn., that is redolent with quiet, well-bred luxury. It’s almost as if Ralph Lauren were a town, which makes sense in this case, since Mr. Lifshitz owns a huge and handsome spread in Bedford.
So does tastemaker Martha Stewart, as do billionaires George Soros and Nelson Peltz, former president Donald Trump, and a slew of Hollywood hot shots who include Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Matt Damon, and Ryan Murphy, who bought his bucolic compound earlier this year for more than $24 million from from Richard Gere. (Bruce Willis, Glenn Close, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have all sold multimillion-dollar homes in Bedford in recent years.)
A blend of unpretentious and luxurious, this property, all 12.5 acres of it, pretty much epitomizes the laid-back wealthy Bedford aesthetic. Built in 1908, a mashup of a Dutch gambrel with some Shingle Style add ons, the 4,700-square-foot main house contains five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Need more room? A barn converted barn to a guest house that boasts another four bedrooms and a full kitchen.
The compound has been designed to accommodate residents living, working, studying and playing together on one property. The main house is elegantly decorated in a formal style. It boasts an oak-paneled library, multiple offices, a vast kitchen, a wine cellar, and bright, sunlit bedrooms. There are numerous wrap-around mahogany porches to relax and enjoy good weather. The guest house is far more casual, as is fitting for a former barn, with a lot of barnwood paneling. There is also a small, detached office building.
The grounds may well be the best part of this property. It features a long-tree lined drive, rolling lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, stone walls, and apool. Just one hour from Manhattan, this captivating property is the perfect habitat for nature-loving people and pets as well as birds, bees and butterflies. Not to mention, all the celebrities flitting about.
The estate is listed at $6.9 million with Martha Violante at Houlihan Lawrence. Annual taxes tally up to a scorching $93,709 a year.