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Will This House Be Razed?

5SherbrookePhotosAnother historic home, named in the Cultural Resources Survey Report by Li/Saltzman Architects and Professor Andrew M. Dolkart, is on the market. 5 Sherebrooke Road, a 6,300 square foot home on 5.31 acres has been listed at $6.850,000.

According to the report, the original owner of the 1902 home was probably W.C. White. The architectural historians find the house notable due to the following features:

This large, 2.5-story wood Colonial Revival house has two impressive elevations. The entrance front, facing away from Sherbrooke Road has a doorway set beneath a modest pedimented portico. The façade is articulated with multi-pane windows and has shallow projecting side pavilions. To the right of the entrance is a large window, probably lighting the stair. The garden front, facing the road, has a trio of arched French doors on the first story. The house is crowned by a sloping roof with large pedimented dormers on each slope.

The current listing is brief and fails to mention any interior features of the home: Here is the description from the Julia B. Fee/Sothebys website:

One of the most glorious properties in Scarsdale. Classic Residence, situated on 5.31 acres in the Heathcote Estate area. Expansive fields of green, mature trees, total privacy, tennis court. Ample room for expansion and swimming pool. Property is non-divisable. Estimated real estate taxes are $79,463.

Will this home meet the same fate as its neighbors at 3 Sherbrooke Road and 1 Duck Pond Road ... razed and replaced with a new McMansions? While the Village ponders possible preservation laws, developers are busy demolishing some of Scarsdale's oldest homes.

HLChristieSmallFeatured Listing: 21 Berkeley Lane, Scarsdale21Berkeley
Move right in to this sparkling colonial on a quiet street in Edgemont. This quality built home has gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings & has been meticulously maintained by current owner. Versatile layout includes 1st floor master bedroom w/built in bookshelves and renovated bath, 3 additional bedrooms & bath on the second floor, plus a room and bath in the finished lower level. Fabulous enclosed/screened porch with treetop views. Learn more here:

List Price: $845,000

HLChristieSmallFeatured Listing: 103 Sprague Road, Scarsdale103Sprague
Beautifully maintained and updated. Wonderful kitchen with Corian counters, new appliances and new windows to let in the sunlight. Many amenities throughout including California closets, hardwood floors and extensive recessed lighting. Great location. Learn more here:

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0 #6 WC_guy 2013-03-02 04:35
I was skeptical about the article's preservation obsession, but then I read that the property is unique, with notable features like "a doorway set beneath a modest pedimented portico", "multi-pane windows" and "a sloping roof" (the "crown"). Who will stand athwart this destruction of such a gem? I agree with the prior posters: (1) I'm sure what we consider historic today was considered gaudy by some at the time, (2) why assume today's property owner can't be trusted to build something appropriate for today that works for them?, and (3) how about we worry more that whatever is there pays property tax in proportion to true value? As a scarsdale resident who pays 30k a year in property taxes, I'm happy to let people live in whatever manner they choose so long as they pay tax by the same rules. Go Revaluation!
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0 #5 Proper T 2013-03-01 08:54
Today's "historic" home is just a McMansion from an earlier time. Let them raze it. The replacement is likely to be large, but that is appropriate to the property size. It is also likely, though not guaranteed, to be tastefully designed. And it will add more to our tax base than the current property contributes.
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0 #4 The Rabbi 2013-03-01 03:16
I agree with the foregoing comments re: McMansions.

A 4,000 sf, $400,000 home in Atlanta with cabinets, flooring, etc. from Home Depot is a McMansion. A $9,000,000 is not, notwithstanding the fact that it was recently constructed.
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0 #3 Property Wrongs 2013-03-01 02:32
Although from the description, this particular house doesn't seem particularly significant architecturally or historically, the sad fact is that the Committee on Historic Preservation never winds up saving anything. And the proposed Historic Preservation Law contains an outrageous loophole that will ensure destruction -- owner consent. At the current rate, virtually all historic homes in Scarsdale will be bulldozed into oblivion to be replaced by gaudy mansions. Also, note what a ridiculous tax break 5 Sherbrooke has -- While being offered for $6.85 million, property taxes are "only" $79,000. The taxes on a property of this value should be in excess of $160,000. This is another egregious example of why the ongoing revaluation process is so long overdue.
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0 #2 Tony 2013-02-28 23:33
Not sure 1 Duck Pond is a "McMansion". Looks like a mansion to me.
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0 #1 Property Rights 2013-02-28 01:13
The use of the term "McMansion" for 5 Sherbrooke above is totally inappropriate. If someone can't reuse the house for today's needs, they should be able to tear it down and build a new home. A new home on 5+ acres would hardly be a "McMansion"! It would be built according to the town's stringent rules regarding Floor Area Ratios, Setbacks and Lot Coverage. Such a home would certainly add more to the tax base of the village than the existing home, even after the revaluation is completed.
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