August 3, 2023 | By Linda Laban | New York Post
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Inside Westchester’s luxe Daymark condo where sales just launched
It’s best known as the home of the Headless Horseman.
Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County was the setting for American author Washington Irving’s ghostly tale, which played on an old Dutch tradition of creating ghouls to keep newcomers from moving into their villages. However, the folks behind the Daymark, a brand new condominium enviably located in Sleepy Hollow by the Hudson River, hope to do the opposite.
Highly amenitized and with luxury urban-style interiors, sales just launched for the 100 new-construction residences, which range from 1,048-square-foot one-bedroom condos priced from $995,000 — to 2,318-square-foot three-bedroom condos priced from $4 million. There are also two-bedroom townhouses running from $1.39 million for around 2,118 square feet.
“We expect The Daymark to appeal to the tried and true Westchester residents who want to trade from single-family living; and we also want to attract the young families, couples, and anyone else coming from Manhattan,” Peter Chavkin, managing member of co-developers Biddle Real Estate Ventures, told The Post.
Part of the larger Edge-on-Hudson development, co-developed with PCD Development with Hines as development manager, the Daymark is the first building within the Edge-on-Hudson to be located directly along the water, further boosting its appeal.
The once aptly named Sleepy Hollow — with its historic attractions like the Old Dutch Church, Philipsburg Manor, and Washington Irving’s house nearby — will eventually expand considerably as the gigantic Edge-on-Hudson, built on a former GM plant site, adds 1,177 townhomes, condos and apartments; a 140-room hotel; 135,000 square feet of retail; 35,000 square feet of office space; and around 16 acres of new parkland to the area within the decade.
Located at 4 Lighthouse Landing, the Daymark itself introduces 9,000 square feet of “premium retail space,” including Edge-on-Hudson’s first waterfront restaurant. As for the homes, with a prime location just 25 miles north of Manhattan, and with two Metro-North train stations, Tarrytown and Philipse Manor, providing easy access to Grand Central, Daymark’s sales are expected to be brisk.
“We’re creating quasi-urban living here,” said Chavkin. “You can walk to the train and be in Manhattan in 35 minutes. The commute from Edge-on-Hudson to Grand Central is similar to a commute from many parts of Brooklyn.”
With architecture and interior spaces designed by COOKFOX, the Daymark includes extensive on-site private amenities, such as a pool deck, a roof deck lounge, and a fitness center — all of which are oriented towards the Hudson River to take advantage of the stunning views of the river, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse and the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
The condominium’s name comes from daylight markers sailors used for navigating. “A daymark is to daylight what a lighthouse is to nighttime,” said Chavkin. “We hope the building will be a beacon in the neighborhood.”
While townhouses each have a private street-level entry, condo homes are accessed through the double-height, stone-floored lobby — where a curving staircase leads to the shared screening room, a library with a fireplace, a co-working lounge with a private meeting room and a study, and an events room with private kitchen and dining, among other perks. There’s an additional residents’ lounge with a billiards table, an extra-large television, a card table and outdoor access.
Meanwhile, the Daymark’s two waterfront courtyards include one with a pool and a sundeck, a hot tub, a fire pit and a pergola. The other courtyard has grills and al-fresco dining spaces. There’s also a shaded rooftop dining terrace and an outdoor lounge with riverfront views.
Interior finishes are uniform, with a choice of light or dark wood cabinetry. Large insulated picture windows and 9-foot ceilings give living areas an airy, bright feel. The white oak engineered wide plank flooring’s herringbone accent is echoed in the kitchen’s herringbone mosaic marble backsplashes. Each home has Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen appliances, plus LG washers and fully vented dryers.
There is a bi-level garage and bike storage, exclusively for Daymark residents.
“We want to encourage cyclists and other forms of transportation,” said Chavkin. “It’s a seven-minute walk to the station, but we also have a shuttle running to and from the station during weekday rush hour.”
Initial occupancy is slated for spring 2025.
Chavkin and his colleagues first saw the vacant property in 2011 and were amazed such prime real estate wasn’t already snapped up.
“We couldn’t believe a riverfront property like this so close to Manhattan existed,” he said. “Once we got deeper into it, we realized what a special opportunity we had here.”
Chavkin is quick to point out that besides the commercial opportunity, the developers saw a chance to return riverfront access to the wider Sleepy Hollow community.
“The waterfront had been gated off when it was the GM property,” Chavkin said. “We created a waterfront park, which is being given in phases to the village of Sleepy Hollow. We didn’t want Daymark to feel like a gated community. “We wanted it to exist within the village,” he added.
Apart from Irving’s Headless Horseman and his victim, the hapless Ichabod Crane, the area was home to other prominent, though real-life, residents.
“You know, in their heyday the Rockefellers had all the money in the world and they could live anywhere they wanted, but they chose to create their ancestral estate here,” he added. The New York Rockefeller’s magnificent Kykuit estate is less than 2 miles from Edge-on-Hudson. “They chose to build here because they had access to the city, but also the beauty of the countryside and the Hudson River.”
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