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Pleasantville Home Offers Mid-Century Charm With Plenty Of Updates

The home at 750 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville offers a great room with plenty of natural light.
The home at 750 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville offers a great room with plenty of natural light. Photo Credit: Courtesy of North Country Sotheby's International Realty
The kitchen at the home has been updated.
The kitchen at the home has been updated. Photo Credit: Courtesy of North Country Sotheby's International Realty
Natural light flows in through many of the rooms at the home in Pleasantville.
Natural light flows in through many of the rooms at the home in Pleasantville. Photo Credit: Courtesy of North Country Sotheby's International Realty

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A mid-century home built in Pleasantville’s Usonia community is drawing wide interest from motivated buyers. Updates to the 56-year-old residence make it appear far younger.

The four-bedroom, three-bath home at 750 Bear Ridge Road was built by architect Aaron Resnick, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. The home offers 3,120 square feet on 1.24 acres and is being listed for $1,149,000 by North Country Sotheby’s International Realty and agent Anneke Leffel. Click here for the full listing.

The center piece to the home is the great room, which features a cedar-clad domed ceiling. The spacious room offers floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant natural light.

“It takes your breath away,’’ Leffel said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. There’s also a big fireplace in the middle that makes the room feel so warm and inviting.”

The home has been updated throughout, including a new roof that offers a 20-year transferable warranty. All of the rooms have been modernized, giving the feel of a 1950s home with 21st century features.

“It shows absolutely beautiful,’’ Leffel said. “People have taken very good care of it. It’s in great shape.”

Resnick was one of the developers for Usonia, a 47-home enclave on a 100-acre tract. The tract was purchased by a cooperative of young couples from New York City, who enlisted Frank Lloyd Wright to build three of the homes. Resnick was also one of the architects for the other homes in the development. The community was named "Usonia" to honor Wright, whose ideas on the way Americans should live together guided their plan, according to Wikipedia .

“''I think there was a great surge of idealism after the war, which gave us a freedom to do what we wanted to do,'' Resnick said in a New York Times story in 1981. ''We were united on several concepts: we wanted natural or organic houses, we wanted a sense of community spirit and we needed homes that could be built inexpensively. And, of course, we were all admirers of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.''

The abundant natural light also provides natural warmth and reduces energy costs. “Frank Lloyd Wright used what they called passive solar and saved energy costs,’’ Leffel said. “He was thinking of energy efficiency long before anyone else.”

The home includes three fireplaces, access to communal tennis courts and swimming pool, appliances and central air conditioning.

For more information on the home, contact Leffel at 914-238-2471 or at Anneke.Leffel@northcountrysir.com

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