Pelham Manor, an affluent village of about 5,800 people in New York’s Westchester County, is particularly sought-after because it is both lovely and, at just 28 minutes to Grand Central Station, convenient to midtown Manhattan. It is, in fact, the first town over the border from the Bronx, New York’s northernmost borough, and boasts many gracious old houses inhabited by well-heeled professionals.
Set on just over an acre of land, a spectacular 1892 Queen Anne in the tony village is on the market with Sona Davidian of Compass at $3.888 million. Currently owned by a couple of doctors who work in New York City and have raised their children here, the property is a paradise for a large family. With a lavish 7,800 square feet of living space, there are seven bedrooms, and six and a half bathrooms. Distinctive touches include five fireplaces as well as the arched limestone porte cochere.
The living room includes the original inglenook (the benches surrounding the fireplace, a feature close to the heart for Arts and Crafts lovers), while the white marble kitchen is enormous, with inviting nooks and crannies as well as a built-in banquette under a skylight. The dining room, with navy damask wallpaper and white touches, is a serene place for a formal dinner, and book lovers will go crazy for the immensely tall (25 feet) mahogany library lined with bookshelves and a ladder. For recreation, there is a huge entertainment and game room up in attic — the “Toy Taxi” skill crane game is unusual! — as well as a wine cellar, and a 16-seat home theater. There are even two separate exercise rooms/gyms.
There is so much local culture and history to the area, going back to 1654, when Thomas Pell bought the land from the Siwanoy Indians; he subsequently named his manor “Pelham” in honor of his tutor, Pelham Burton. There are additionally great local schools, which reinforces the the village as a great place to bring up children. And considering the sellers paid $2.275 million back in 2004, the village seems a solid investment as well.