Sky high living at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester II

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” Tennyson wrote in “Locksley Hall.”

Others’ fancy might turn to home ownership – buying and/or selling. And if you have $1 million – or $4 million or more – to spare, why not consider The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester II in White Plains?

Recently, WAG had a chance to tour one of the model residences at a cocktail reception for the top 250 brokers in Westchester County and, we must admit, the thought of living there was more than a bit tempting.

Begin with a panorama from the sleek, 43-floor glass tower that affords you not only the stunning backdrop of a resurgent White Plains and Westchester County as it fans out to embrace the Long Island Sound to the east and the Hudson River to the west but a shimmering view of Manhattan glimpsed like Emerald City in the southerly distance. On a clear day and night you can indeed see forever.

“Costas Kondylis set the bar very high for the shaping of White Plains,” Laurie Messman said of The Residences’ principal architect.

Messman, owner and chief designer of Two Blu Ducks in New Rochelle, matched him with staged interiors in striking black-and-white patterns and a monochromatic palette – accented by mirrors and pops of pastel and jewel tones – that complemented the full height, wall-to-wall windows; 9- to 11-foot ceilings; pre-engineered walnut hardwood floors with satin finish; stainless steel Viking appliances; Andrea beige or statuary white marble baths; and spacious closets.

“You try to imagine what the client might want,” Messman said of staging a place.

You, of course, are free to reimagine your apartment or penthouse there as you wish, with few restrictions. But you might want to hurry it up so you can avail yourself of some of The Residences’ many amenities. Take a dip in the glass-enclosed pool in any season. Relax in the spa or salon. Tune up in the fitness center while the kiddies enjoy the Playroom. Dine in one of two outdoor terraces or in your pad and leave the cooking to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton, Westchester hotel. Or, if you must, take a meeting in the board room.

Heading to the big city? Stroll to the nearby Metro-North Railroad station – or take the jitney service.

Entertaining guests? Put them up in style, at a discount, at The Ritz-Carlton.

That’s what Houlihan Lawrence’s Nancy and Paul Kennedy do. They’re not only the exclusive sales agents for The Residences, they live there. When the kids arrive, Nancy Kennedy said, the couple keep their adored baby grandson with them at their apartment and pack the baby’s parents off to the hotel for a little R and R.

Sounds like a plan.

The units range from $960,000 for 1,555 square feet with two bedrooms and two and a half baths on the 25th floor to $4.5 million for a 5,378- or 5,383-square-foot penthouse on the 39th floor with three bedrooms and three and a half baths.

For more on The Residences, call 914-946-9200 or visit For more on Two Blu Ducks, call 914-576-4705. And for more on homes, check out WAG’s March “Celebrating Design” issue as well as WAG Way in any given issue.

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