by INHABIT EDITORS
Get inspired by these living spaces of grand proportions across the New York area.
While living rooms are often formal, and family rooms more relaxed, the great room is a space that understands every possible assignment. Whether it’s about the hearty fireplace, the soaring ceilings, generous square footage, or all of the above, the great room is the hero of indoor recreation, making them the most popular room of the house through those cold Northeast winters.
From the hills along the Hudson to the urban canyons of Manhattan to the coastal solace of the Hamptons, these half-dozen great rooms prove that sometimes it really is all in a name.
The great room dominates this prewar triplex penthouse’s second level, spanning well over 1,000 square feet. Two tiers of immense wraparound windows flood this area with warmth up to its near-15-foot ceilings alongside a wood-burning fireplace. Further rays await in the attached solarium. It’s a seamless flow to the dining area and the kitchen, their powers combined to fashion an extraordinary entertainment expanse. You’ll find similar flair throughout, like the first level’s original wood-paneled library, the third-floor-encompassing primary suite, and the serene roof deck — providing city-spanning panoramas from sunrise to sunset.
This gut-renovated Greenwich Village two-bed sprawls indoors and out for over 5,000 feet, including a mezzanine loft for work and a private roof terrace for play. However, the home is anchored by its skylit great room. Ceilings ascend to 16 feet over resplendent oak floors, additionally awash in natural light via a quartet of oversized windows. A wood-burning fireplace — wholly rebuilt with a vintage brass surround, custom marble detailing, and an automatic exhaust system — levels up the ambiance, suitable for curling up with a book or toasting at the dining table. Adjacent is a stylish open-concept kitchen adorned with the same custom rosewood paneling you’ll spy in the also skylit entrance hall.
Shoreside of this Sagaponack estate’s tranquil address namesake, convene beneath 20-foot beamed ceilings, the fireplace’s warmth radiating in abundance. The room is the proverbial heart of the home, a first-floor centerpiece directly off the foyer. Head one direction into further communal space, like a dining room, a massive kitchen, or a living room with indoor-outdoor flow to the pool area. Go the other way into a luxe primary suite boasting a separate sitting room, dual walk-in closets, and heated bathroom floors. Other of this home’s many jaw-dropping amenities — on the second level, a finished lower level, and outside — must be seen to be believed.
A architectural stunner on Nyack‘s famed Tweed Boulevard, this great room has sweeping, panoramic views of the Hudson River through its floor-to-ceiling windows, creating the sensation of living in a floating house perched high within the Clausland Mountain Park. The property covers 1.17 acres and the house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread over 4,000 square feet. There’s a real indoor-outdoor living flow to the property, with multiple terraces, decks, and patios, as well as a vast lawn, secret gardens, and a stone-lined in-ground heated pool. Multiple skylights and dramatic windows ensure natural light and fabulous views.
This is a great room of the spectacular mountain lodge variety, with a living space that features a vaulted, 32-foot ceiling and an enormous fireplace. Built with colossal logs that measure up to 41 inches in diameter and stone from Pennsylvania, the home spans 11,500 square feet and sports five bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and three powder rooms. It’s all perched on a hill, allowing a view of the lush, surrounding 75+ acres that comprises the rest of this Millbrook property. The kitchen is next to a full-size pub, and there’s a separate dining room that can accommodate 30 people. There’s also an outdoor fireplace and hot tub, plus a music studio.
In this newly constructed duplex, the dramatic great room stretches for nearly 50 feet, complete with a curved wall of south-facing windows that let in a wealth of natural light, as well as a fireplace for cozy winter snuggles. This condo is one of only two units in Magnolia House, which is conveniently located to the PATH train, as well as the best of Hoboken‘s dining and shopping. The rest of the apartment is equally theatrical, boasting a gourmet kitchen, space for four or five bedrooms, and a private backyard with an outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, and a weatherproof television. There’s also an oversized elevator that opens directly into the unit.