October 11, 2010

Contemporary touch to a traditional home

32 Locust Hill Road, Mahopac

MAHOPAC- When John and Sue Clancy moved into 32 Locust Hill Road over 30 years ago, they were the young couple on the street.

Moving from another home in Mahopac to accommodate their growing family, they chose the house because it had more room and because they fell in love with the neighborhood.

Locust Hill Road ends in a cul-de-sac, where the Clancy's three children used to play.

"The kids were always able to play outside in the road, and we never worried about them," Sue said. "But at the same time, Red Mills and the bank are so close by, and it's only a seven-minute drive to the Taconic. It's such a wonderful location. You really have the best of both worlds."

The house, built in 1966, is a center-hall Colonial, with a living room, half-bath, family room, kitchen and separate dining room on the first floor. The eat-in kitchen, which features siltstone counters, new appliances, and a sliding doorway onto the backyard deck, is John's favorite room. Sue, however, prefers the living room with its French doors, hardwood floors and fireplace, because, "he likes to cook, but I like to sit by the fire."

The whole house has a peaceful, cozy feel to it, something that listing agent Barbara Trivlis of Billingsley Realty attributes to the Clancys themselves.

"You can see that the house was very lovingly kept. It sounds silly, but I can honestly say that the personality of the residents is reflected in a house," Trivlis said. "This is a very happy house. You can tell that they're a warm, happy couple and family."

The couple has decorated the house in a cozy traditional style with a contemporary twist, which includes bold colors, simple lines and hardwood furniture. "We didn't want it to be too contemporary because the house is built in the Colonial style," Sue said. The new owners, though, may want something more open and modern. It's up to them."

The Clancys have made good use of the separate rooms, and John notes that despite a current trend toward more open floor-plans, only one prospective buyer has mentioned wanting to take down any of the house's distinctive walls.

Upstairs, the house has four bedrooms, all with hardwood floors and elfa closet systems. The master bedroom has a private bathroom along with a walk-in closet. The other bedrooms share a second full bath, along with two additional closets in the hall.

Though there is no basement, the house has two attics, one above the house and a second above the two-car garage. Additionally, the garage has a storage room/workshop in the back.

The half-acre yard is also an asset to the house. There's space in the front for the Clancys to play with their dog, and the backyard features both a patio and a deck.

"I love sitting out there. It's quiet and comfortable," Sue said. "Peaceful," John added.

Now the Clancys are the self-proclaimed "old couple" on the street, and look forward to spending their retirement at the house they've owned in Rhode Island for the past 20 years. The couple recently sold their textile business, and though John continues to consult for them, he now works from home and can perform his duties anywhere.

It isn't without sadness that they leave, however.

"It's been a wonderful home," Sue said. "We'll be very sad to leave this place."

John agrees. "We've watched our family grow here. When we first started talking about selling, Sue was upset. But when we started to sign the papers in July, then it was me who started feeling melancholy."

Still, they've long planned to retire to Rhode Island, and both are excited to, as John puts it, "relax and watch the waves."

To find out more about this house, call Barbara Trivlis of Billingsley Realty at 845-628-6700 or visit billingsleyrealty.com

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