Bedford, in New York’s affluent Westchester County, is one of the horsiest parts of the United States. With backyard barns a common sight, local residents enthusiastically embrace the equestrian lifestyle in Mane Street, USA, and have done ever since Bedford was first occupied. Indeed, as a sign on Bedford Green notes, this land was “part of a common laid out March 1681 for cattle, horses and swine.”
Today, the town boasts more than a hundred miles of bridle trails that crisscross conservation lands and private properties and allow riders to walk, trot or gallop on dirt roads, through rivers and streams and across flower-filled fields. And all this is less than an hour away from New York City.
We once asked a real estate agent who specialized in equestrian properties if her clients were more interested in the barns on a property than the house, and she said, “Often, yes!” Their thinking being, she explained, that contrary to what non-equestrians might imagine, it’s easier to renovate a house than a barn.
A charming equestrian property in the hamlet of Bedford Corners offers an easy entrée to horsing around, with just under five acres of land, a short trot to the local trails and a $3 million asking price. Plus, no compromises need be made for either human or equine accommodation.
First up, the important part: a barn by high-end King Construction, with six 12′ x 12′ stalls equipped with heat lamps to keep the horses toasty, along with a wash stall and a tack room/office. To keep said equines in peak condition, there are a number of paddocks, large and small, and a Lawton Adams riding ring.
For human comfort, the charming and fully updated residence, a gambrel-roofed Colonial that dates to 1920, measures in at 3,391 square feet with four bedrooms, some with terrific built-ins, and 3.5 bathrooms. The living room, with fieldstone fireplace, has French doors to keep an eye on the horses. There’s also a more casual den for watching TV, and the huge kitchen is country style, with white marble counters and plenty of room for a big breakfast table. Marble counters are also seen in the handy butler’s pantry, with its full-height wine fridge, as well as in the home’s bathrooms, most especially in the spacious master bathroom.
The property also has a large gunite saltwater pool, along with a four-car garage and guest or groom quarters. Interested? Gallop over to Melissa Colabella and Anthony Lando at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty and you’ll soon be riding tall in the saddle.