Three choice suburban houses head to auction

1880 restored Victorian on 2.84 acres north of Manhattan in Armonk.  It has heated pool and carriage house.  (Source: Sheldon Good & Co.)

Update: The Armonk and Laurel Hollow auction date has been changed to Nov. 18, apparently because of Sandy.  Ditto for the Pierson Lakes sale, to be conducted in early December at a date to be determined.

Impressive-looking houses in the New York State communities of Armonk, Laurel Hollow and Sterlington are scheduled to go on the auction block next month.

Besides the 3,884-sf Armonk property shown above, also to be sold are a 3,988-sf residence designed by architect Norman Jaffe in the Laurel Hollow village of Oyster Bay on Long Island’s North Shore and a 10,000-sf model home in the Pierson Lakes community of Rockland County’s Sterlington.

Model home to be auctioned in Sterlington, said to be “inspired” by 17th century New England architecture.  (Source: Madison Hawk)

In addition, auction company Darvid R. Maltz is selling on Oct. 18 a grab bag of seven court-approved bankruptcy properties in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, and eight of the nine single-family houses offered this month by the online firm,, as short sales are in the metro area.  There are photos and more information on the companies’ Web sites.

You also can find details and more photos of the Armonk and Laurel Hollow sales on the Sheldon Good & Co. site and of the Pierson Lakes event on the site of the Madison Hawk real estate firm. But I’ll provide some of the basics below.

In addition to a heated swimming pool and a carriage house, the restored Armonk house features seven bedrooms, four baths, two half baths and four fireplaces on its 3 levels.  The HVAC, mechanical and electrical systems have been updated, and there is a full security system.

Sheldon Good says that bids of at least $899,000 are guaranteed of acceptance.

Inspection of the property, at 457 Bedford Road, will be 11 .m. – 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 and on Nov. 3, 4 and 10.  The auction is set for Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. following registration starting at 2 p.m.

Norman Jaffee designed this house in the Oyster Bay village of Laurel Hollow in 1985.  (Source: Sheldon Good & Co.)

The starkly contemporary Laurel Hollow house, which was constructed in 1991, sits on two acres at 1545 Laurel Hollow Road.  It has a gated entry, a drive that winds up to a cobblestone courtyard, and an adjacent one-bedroom guest house framing the entry.  There is a swimming pool as well.

According to Sheldon Good, the house was built with state-of-the-art materials and finishes, has been maintained in pristine condition and has benefited from single ownership since it was completed.  The Web site adds the following:

Still furnished exquisitely in its original and sensitive style, the estate has chosen to auction the home in the hope that lovers of fine art and architecture will once again grace its interiors and enjoy the surrounding wooded landscape.

The “suggested” opening bid is $999,000, and there is no mention of an absolute auction such as the one for the Armonk house, meaning the seller can reject any bid.

Inspections are at the same times as the Armonk property, but the auction will be at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, again following registration a half hour earlier.

The events will be held the Mark Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Interior of Pierson Lakes 10,000-sf home to be sold Nov. 13.  (Source: Madison Hawk)

With a starting bid of $1.2 million, the auction of the Pierson Lakes mansion is to take place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 following registration beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel just across the New Jersey State line in Mahwah.

Open houses are to occur on Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 and on Nov. 2, 4, 10 and 11 from noon to 3 p.m. as well as Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to Madison Hawk, the “estate” on more than seven acres is hidden within the gated Pierson Lakes community “amidst the mountaineous woodland. . . where just 74 homes will share the approximately 1,000-acres setting that features two 100-acre lakes and a private resort-like atmosphere.”

The owners maintain that the sale of its Phase I model home is intended to generate excitement for the launch of the next phase.

I can’t otherwise say for sure why the house is being auctioned, but I  don’t know why it would be necessary to, as they say, generate excitement if McMansions were flying off the shelf beyond Manhattan.  The one in Pierson Lakes was previously listed at $2.9 million.

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