The love of water — and luxe waterfront property — dominates Greenhaven, a coastal community of some 200 homes in Rye Neck whose residents have the highest net-worth in Westchester County. (It is, according to Business Insider, the 10th richest community in America.)
“This hidden jewel of southern Westchester is the best-kept secret for international and Manhattan residents alike looking for an upscale and private waterfront weekend retreat or convenient year-round waterfront residence,” says broker Louis Katsoris of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.
He represents three distinctly styled properties as well as a neighboring contemporary on Shadow Island, just across the Long Island Sound. The close proximity, diverse styles and simultaneous availability of these properties has raised the possibility of several related parties making a move together — four waterfront homes serving as a private yet connected compound for close friends or family to enjoy.
“This unique opportunity has certainly made a few buyers sincerely consider a joint move as it isn’t an opportunity often available on the waterfront,” Katsoris says. “Many of our clients come to this area based upon the recommendations of friends that recently bought properties. The prospect of being able to now buy distinct, private waterfront homes together on the same street is raising significant attention from related buyers wanting to own properties close together and maintain their social ties.”
While each boasts its own unique style and character, all of these homes have the common appeal of panoramic water views and waterfront amenities:
On Shore Road , you’ll find a landmark waterfront estate that was constructed in 1925 and previously owned by Greenhaven founder and developer Vivian Green. It lies on 2.3 elevated acres with views of the sound from every vantage point. A gated entry at the end of a private lane leads to the 10,000-square-foot residence, whose luxurious amenities include a heated, shore-line pool, a tennis court, a beach with a cascading waterfall, a greenhouse, large level lawns and impressive space both inside and out to capture the home’s nautical backdrop. The property is offered at $9,600,000.
Just down the street is a beach-house retreat . Boasting a Tudor style, this 5,800-square-foot residence, which is offered at $5,999,000, sits on a 1.23-acre protected lot with waterside lawns, elevated dining patios and a private dock along the Long Island Sound. An expansive private beach envelops the spacious, completely renovated home with an inviting front courtyard, unusual architectural details, sleek finishes and an open floor plan to capture Long Island Sound views from every room.
Across the street on Brevoort Lane  you’ll find an English country home flanked by the Long Island Sound and Van Amringe Pond. The property offers panoramic and diverse water views plus a beautiful pool and spa just steps from the beach and a community dock. A well-appointed, open floor plan interior displays Old World details paired with a distinct contemporary flair. The residence is offered at $4,395,000.
Across the water on Taylors Lane  lies an estate accessed by a private causeway leading to 4.02 acres known as “Shadow Island,” with approximately 1,000 linear feet of direct waterfront, a private beach, a waterside, heated pool and pier. This contemporary residence, which was constructed by mid-century architect Ulrich Franzen, has since been completely renovated with the highest level of finishes and style. Walls of glass, numerous balconies and expansive decks capture surrounding water views that stretch to Manhattan. The property is offered at $6,975,000.
“It’s extremely rare to find so many significant new listings in such a small section of Westchester County at the same time that are all so unique,” Katsoris says. “From magnificent estate-style to contemporary and traditional, each listing is very different, but all offer the same unparalleled waterfront amenities, privacy and (Rye Neck) school system, as well as a convenient location barely 35 minutes from New York City.”