MAHOPAC, N.Y. - If you have $1.2 million to spare, you, too, can live like a New York Yankee Hall of Famer.
The house on Lake Mahopac (318 West Lake Blvd.), owned by former Yankee and Met manager Joe Torre, has been on the market since last summer and real estate agent Claire Hoch of the Yorktown brokerage office of Houlihan Lawrence is confident that the ranch-style home will find a new owner sooner rather than later.
“People love the open floor plan; you can see right out to the lake [from the kitchen],” Hoch said of the home, which was built in 1936. “It is unusual to have such a panoramic view of the lake.”
The kitchen opens into a large living room with vaulted beamed ceiling, wide-plank three-peg flooring, a wood-burning fireplace and a dining alcove with a window seat. The finished 320-square-foot walkout basement has a family room and laundry and the storage underneath holds boating equipment.
The 2,038-square-foot home is in an idyllic setting with flowering gardens and mature trees. There is an expansive wrap-around deck, and lakeside dining patio just off the kitchen.
“There aren’t any houses that I’ve been in that have this type of view,” Hoch said. “The master bedroom suite also has a view of the lake with lots of lots of closet space, which is unusual for these old homes.”
She said the Torres are reluctantly selling the house because they just don’t have time to use it anymore.
“They have a [charitable] foundation and do a tremendous amount of traveling and just don’t get a chance to come to the house as much as they used to,” Hoch said. “Their youngest daughter is grown up and in college. They bought the house because they really enjoyed the lake; they enjoyed biking and hiking and all the amenities that Mahopac has to offer.
“The kitchen is a galley kitchen, a work kitchen, and has quite a bit of counter space,” Hoch continued. “And it has the original leaded windows in the great room. The rest of the windows are new.”
Hock said the house is just what you want a weekend retreat to be.
“It’s comfortable, not overwhelming. There’s a skylight in the kitchen for natural light—the whole house is light and bright,” she said.
Just below the main house, situated right on the lake, is a cottage-style guest house that has a small kitchen area, full bath, and an open space for a couch and bed. It only has water in the summertime, so you can’t stay there in the winter.
“It’s a perfect cottage if you’re a writer or want to do some work and get away from it all,” Hoch said. “But it’s also great for guests.”
The Torres have owned the house since 2006. They bought it as a weekend home because it was a convenient commute to Yankee Stadium and to get into Manhattan, Hoch says.
“In this price range, we don’t have many homes like this,” Hoch said. “We had one couple who absolutely loved it but were looking for a year-round house. But all the comments I’ve gotten have been positive. You just have to have the right person. You have to match it up. The house has to work for the people.”
Hoch said the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is probably most conducive as a summer house, “but you could certainly live here year-round.”
Hoch noted that city folks looking for a rural home are slowly becoming aware of what Putnam County has to offer, though it’s taken a while.
“People from the city don’t know seem to know about Mahopac,” she said. “They know northern Westchester and north of here, Dutchess County. Dutchess has museum and historical homes and that type of thing. But Putnam has a lot to offer, too.”
If you want to know more about the Torre home, give Hoch a call at 914-962-4900, ext. 137, or visit www.clairehoch.houlihanlawrence.com/agents_offices.