I Would Buy this House Today if I could

The prettiest road in all of Bedford is called The Narrows – a perfect descriptor for it’s windy narrow path from Guard Hill to Bedford Center Road. Some gorgeous houses hidden back up long driveways – Leon Black is (was) a resident with tons of modern sculpture in his fields, a la Storm King Art Center.

149 Narrows Road has caught my eye – and I love everything about it.

It’s a very simple home, right up my simple alley – straight lines….


Killer yard with pool, pool house, greenhouse, horse barn and stables.

Almost 25 acres and the tax load listed as “only” $80k, which around here, for 25 acres is pretty low. I wonder if they get some farm exclusion having a horse barn?

Owning this would mean one heck of a lot of maintenance – keeping a full time crew of landscapers, groomers for the barn and horses, tennis court upkeep, pool upkeep, snow plowing the very long driveway…and oh, minor detail, buying horses for the barn!

I know two couples who downsized once the kids left (like we did) who are now UPSIZING to accommodate all the grandkids. This house would make sense for a young family in town with lots of active kids or for grandparents who who have all their children and grandbabies in Bedford too.

The joke is today my gardeners are here, cleaning all the beds before winter, a task that comes in at $$$$ (worth every penny of their back breaking labor mind you) but my yard is relatively easy to maintain now that the pool and tennis court are gone so buying a house that adds them back into the equation, plus a riding ring and a barn – you are right to ask has she lost her marbles?

The good news about today – I’m properly caffeinated and feeling chipper. New Country called me at 8:30 this morning to ask how my appointment was yesterday – of course she really didn’t want to know anything other than it was fine so I merely told her it ended up alright. At least that call is over with – they don’t stop calling until they get you.

Happy Wednesday.


15 thoughts on “I Would Buy this House Today if I could

  1. I don’t understand the house layout. Looking at the overhead photo #1, I see three separate structures (not including the barn etc). Is one the seven car garage, meaning no garage attached? I’d have to see this layout in person to get what’s happening. It is pretty in its simplicity but I sure couldn’t afford to maintain it, or afford the tax for that matter.

  2. If I were to be on The Narrows, I’d want a view. Some of the houses are high enough up to look far. This one doesn’t seem to have a view beyond its fields. It also butts up to the backside of the behemoth on Guard Hill. It’s pretty and move-in ready. What do you think of the price?

    1. Good comment Jean. Do you live here that you know about The Narrows? You are right that some houses are up high and command a view.

      The price? I thought it seemed reasonable for all that comes with it and that it is, as you said, move-in ready. Looks spotless. Do I KNOW if it’s priced well? No.

      1. I lived in Bedford for twenty five years before moving to Florida. Had friends on The Narrows whose house was way up high. They have since moved too.

        I thought the price seemed reasonable but with a horse barn and riding ring it limits the buying pool. Someone might want the tennis court and pool but not the barn. I guess you could rent out the barn to local horse owners to pay for all the lawn maintenance!

        1. With all the riders here, I thought just the opposite – that a small horse barn and riding ring would make it more desirable for a quick sale. But true, renting out the stalls to others would be a good idea.

  3. If you want a house with a view and greenhouses, reach beyond Bedford to Pocantico Hills. David Rockefeller’s estate is for sale, $22million.

    With some redecorating, this would be my dream home.

    Sited on over 75 acres with far-reaching Hudson River views, the main residence offers 11,343 square feet on three levels. A gracious entry with Mott Schmidt’s signature floating staircase is timeless elegance. The living room overlooks the sweeping lawn followed by dramatic river views beyond, as does the dining room, with access to a private side terrace. Overlooking the gardens with a brick terrace, the library has a magnificent carved fireplace, separate office with fireplace and a full bath. In addition to the grand staircase, an elevator accesses the second floor. The second floor features a master wing with a private balcony, dual dressing galleries with fitted closets; and 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths. A third floor has an additional 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. A lower basement level includes a wine vault, hobby rooms and offices. Magnificent specimen gardens, broad lawns and arboretum-worthy woodlands, reminiscent of the creations of England’s Capability Brown, are complemented with a round heated pool, a playhouse for gatherings of any age, a large carriage house, a 3-bedroom gate house, 6-stall barn with tack room and office, three greenhouses with potting benches and an office, a mature apple orchard, and a private helipad.

    Hudson Pines, where the sun sets dramatically into darkness with no lights in evidence

    We’re leaving tomorrow for Boone, North Carolina, to scout it out as a possible relocation site. Haven’t you been there?

    1. That’s some estate! The carriages in the garage alone look priceless but I’m sure they aren’t included. My favorite line of the listing is the last – no visible lights. What a rarity.

      Yes, I’ve been to Boone. Loved Boone very much. A vibrant town with a beautiful college campus ASU. Close to mountain towns too. My only only only complaint is that for me, and my family, it was too tough to get to. It’s like you can’t get there from here. But all your family is already South, if I understand you correctly, so Boone might be just the right ticket.

    2. I, too, would pick David Rockefeller’s estate in a heartbeat. How I miss that view of the Hudson…

      1. The Hudson is a beauty. Everytime I’m over that way, I understand why people chose to live that far west. FDR’s home and others I’ve toured along the Hudson have mesmerizing views.

  4. If I had to move back, I wouldn’t be anywhere near earshot of 684. No doubt one can hear traffic whizzing by, especially at night. And Lordy, vanquish the thought of living in the vicinity of ghost hotspot, Succabone/Baldwin Rd. If I had to pick an area to live , it would be Hickory Kingdom/St. Mary/E Middle Patent

    1. True that many roads hear 684 noise depending on wind direction. Succabone and Baldwin particularly. And parts of Broad Brook. Nature of the beast. The other roads you mention are pretty far off the beaten path. Wouldn’t be my pick. You’re neither here nor there.

      1. Yepper. Like it quiet. And that neck of the woods. Already got a plot picked out in the ‘high country’ at middle patent rural

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