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Waccabuc – Westchester’s “secret suburb”.

Situated just 50 miles north of central Manhattan Waccabuc could not be more different to the frenzy of the Big Apple. Often considered "New York's Secret Suburb" Upstart Business Journal was quoted as describing this hamlet of under one-thousand population as a "collection of privacy-loving C.E.O.s and bright stars in other firmaments." Such famous names include the actress Blythe Danner (mother of Gwyneth Paltrow), Stanley O'Neal, former CEO and President of Merrill Lynch and the rapper Sean Combs as well as countless political figures and stars of the arts. In 1956 Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller married at the private home of Miller’s literary agent Kay Brown.

 

Before becoming its own hamlet, Waccabuc was originally a vacation retreat established by the Mead family, who are considered one of the First Families of Westchester. A couple of the hamlet's handful of roads, such as "Tarry-a-Bit," are named after the vacation house they originally served. Waccabuc Country Club's main clubhouse sits at the site of one of the original vacation houses. This exclusive club includes an 18-hole golf course, tennis and paddle courts, and a boathouse and docks with extensive frontage on Lake Waccabuc. The lake itself is a popular fishing, boating, and ice-skating destination.

 

Waccabuc Landowners Council strives to keep this select area looking much as it did in 1781 when the Comte de Rochambeau marched south on Mead Street when he led the French Army troops under his command to join General Washington. Homes in Waccabuc come on the market pretty rarely so now may be the time to consider snapping up a home in this exclusive enclave – 128 Mead Street, a country estate currently listed with Catherine Workman at Houlihan Lawrence is asking $6.95m (14/12/21). Sequestered on 55-acres, this exceptional country estate is located on one of the most sought-after roads in Northern Westchester. The exquisite Georgian-style residence flawlessly integrates sophisticated country elegance with modern amenities and timeless design. Classically appointed formal rooms, lavish spaces for entertaining and luxurious areas for everyday living includes main level office, stunning glass-enclosed conservatory, billiards room, custom chef's kitchen and airy garden room. Four en suite bedrooms include the master suite with sitting room, oversized terrace and spa-like master bath. Roof-top cupola with breathtaking 360 views. Beautiful grounds highlighted by sensational in-ground pool and spa with pool house complex, outdoor fireplace, and professional-grade tennis court

 

Anyone seeking further persuasion maybe relieved to know that the Mead family promoted their vacation retreat as having no "tramps, bars, or malaria.” – so that’s OK then!