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The Property: 212 Osborn Road, Harrison, New York
The Broker: Houlihan Lawrence
The Agent: Lisa Murphy
Nick Churton of the Houlihan Lawrence London office feels right at home in this distinctive Harrison house only one hour’s drive from New York City.
They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle. But of course everyone’s home is his or her castle. It’s just that some homes look more like castles than others.
212 Osborn Road, Harrison, New York looks pretty castle-like to me. In the US this style is called Tudor. Various European nationals may look at it differently. The part-timbering to the elevations certainly does suggest the timber framed buildings of 14th and 15th centuries in England, but so too do they resemble the French rural vernacular. Not only that but the dramatic roundel with distinctive slated, conical roof has echoes of both eastern and western European domestic design. If anything it is the real elevation that owes more more to English architecture with its hipped and catslide roof and very handsome high Tudor style chimney.
But let’s not get too picky. There is no need, because through whatever national lens you look at it, this is an incredibly pretty house that wraps its strong arms around its family within – providing a safe, secure and highly livable space packed with the sorts of lifestyle features that you won’t find in any old English castle or French chateaux.
There are lots of things to think about when choosing a style of home. Choosing castle-like strength is always a safe way to go – ask an Englishman!