November 22, 2010

Family memories linger in 'dream house'

48 Glen Ridge Road

When Shelly Smith was growing up, her aunt owned a summer home in Lake Lincolndale. When Smith started a family of her own, she knew that Mahopac would be the perfect place to live.

"I loved the area, and knew that the homes were selling well and the schools were good," she explained regarding her and her husband's decision to build their dream house in Mahopac. The location of her aunt's summer home ended up being a blessing again as the house was being completed. In order for Smith's children to go to school for the whole year, she lived with them there until the house was complete.

"It was a summer home, so it didn't have any heating," she remembered. "There were a lot of cold mornings while the house was being built."

Her new house was built to their specifications in 1969, on a 1.2 acre lot that Smith has loved since she first saw it.

"One of the first things that attracted me to the land was seeing the beautiful sun rising and setting through the trees," she said. Smith has been watching that same sunrise and sunset for over four decades, and says she never tires of it. "It's so special to me to be able to see."

Living in and caring for the home has been a labor of love.

"When we first moved in, the yard was all rock and slab," Smith recalled. "We put in all the gardens ourselves. You can sit outside and just enjoy the birds and nature all around." A retired assistant bookkeeper, Smith is also a Master Gardener with the Putnam County Cooperative Extension, so outdoor space has always been important to her. She cites the deck her husband built, with its lattice-work awning and contrasting railing and floorboards, as the best memory she has of the home. "It's wonderful, because you are outside, but still sheltered with easy access to be inside. There was always laughter and friends there. They thought they were coming up to the country. Family would come for the day, and end up staying for the weekend."

The inside of the house is similarly filled with happy memories.

"My favorite room is the kitchen. It's where the conversation always is, all the foods and smells," Smith said. "It's where everyone congregates." Decorated with dark blue wallpaper, and featuring an island counter with seating, the kitchen opens out to the deck. The house also features a separate dining room, perfect for entertaining. A formal living room lets in plenty of light with large bay windows, and, like the rest of the house, features wall-to-wall carpeting over hardwood floors. Two of the home's bedrooms, including the master bedroom, are also on this first level, along with a full bathroom.

The completely finished basement has a separate entranceway for more privacy and quick entrance into the house. It contains a third bedroom/office that was built by Smith's husband, and a second full bathroom. Also downstairs is the wood-paneled family room, which prominently features the home's brick fireplace, creating a very cozy space for relaxing in the winter. Close to the Croton Falls Train Station, the house is convenient for commuters and busy families, but still gives all the privacy of a home in the country. Though Smith knows that many young families today are looking for larger homes, she is quick to point out how child-friendly the house, built on a cul-de-sac, is, and returns to the same image of enjoying a sunset on the deck.

Now that she lives there alone, 48 Glen Ridge Road is too large for Shelly Smith, and she plans to relocate to a smaller residence in Putnam or Westchester County. She has many things to do in the neighborhood, including her daily gym visits, where she swims, and her gardening. And, she said, "it's just too beautiful to leave."


• List Price: $365,000

• Year Built: 1969

• Raised Ranch

• School District: Mahopac

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Square Footage: 1,796

• Lot Size: 1.2 acres

• Separate entry to basement

• Brick fireplace

• Close to train station/park/shops

• Alarm system

About the Realtor

Justine Cummings – Yorktown Brokerage

914-963-4900, ext 133 | 914-393-3901 (cell)


703 East Main St. Jefferson Valley

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