Rental of the Week: Waccabuc Colonial, $3600/month

  |  February 21, 2012

We found this Waccabuc colonial, which is just a short distance west of the Connecticut border, in our new Real Estate Listings section. Normally we don’t cover Westchester, but this place seemed country enough to qualify.

The halmet of Waccabuc, located in the town of Lewisboro, is posh, to be sure; a bucolic escape for the monied. Further, it seems that it’s the only town in Westchester County that requires most properties to be located on at least two acres of land, and in some places, four acres, in order to preserve open space.

Although the location of this property lies outside of that acreage requirement, it’s still over an acre, right on the outskirts of the Waccabuc Country Club. And it’s a perfectly lovely white-picket-fence number, with manicured lawns and a trellised terrace.

Inside is nice, too, with high ceilings and beautiful board floors. We particularly like the library/study. It’s bright, thanks to the skylights, and the built-in shelves and cabinetry are gorgeous. We would definitely spend a lot of quality time in this room.


A note on the hamlet’s namesake, Lake Waccabuc: You have to own lakefront property in order to have access to swimming, boating, fishing and generally recreating on its waters. Or, you can access it via membership to the Waccabuc Country Club.  There is no public access, which seems like kind of a bummer. But not far away lies Mountain Lakes Park where you can rent a row boat on what of its five lakes, hike or go camping (sadly, there is no swimming).

Waccabuc is a stunning and secluded locale, and the residents are determined to keep it that way. They eschew rampant development, and they like to keep their streets unpaved in order to deter passers-through. The small country post office is the social hub of Waccabuc, just as it has been for centuries since its transformation from the Meade family private camp and vacation property to the hamlet it is now. If you like wide, open spaces, relative seclusion and gentile upstate living, this rental might be just right for you.

12 Post Office Road, Waccabuc (Vincent and Whittemore Real Estate) GMAP


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