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Jean Kerr’s Home in Larchmont, NY (Listed for $5.495 Million)

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Jean Kerr is the world-renowned best-selling author of the 1957 book Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. This book was written in their Larchmont, New York home which is the setting of the book and the place where Jean Kerr and her husband raised their six children. This is now on the market priced at $5.495 million.

The house measures 8,596 square feet with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a white sandy beach, and views of Long Island Sound and Horseshoe Harbor. The home has carillon bells from France, a wood-coffered ceiling in the formal living room, large arched windows, wood panels in the library, a master suite with a fireplace, large windows with views over the cove, and a reading nook with water-view windows on three sides.

It also boasts of a family room, a chef’s kitchen, and a kitchen that opens onto the large terrace. The grounds include an outdoor entertaining area, lush gardens, and the home’s Mediterranean-style courtyard with a fountain.

The listing agents for Jean Kerr’s former family home are Stacey Pinkas from the Armonk Douglas Elliman office and Alex Lundqvist with the Douglas Elliman Eklund-Gomes Team in Manhattan.

  • This is the front exterior of the house showcasing a concrete walkway flanked by gardens and flowering shrubs along with trees, a couple of concrete posts and grass lawns to complement the brick exteriors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the main entrance of the house with a pathway flanked by flowering shrubs, red brick exterior walls, hand-crafted wooden main door and panels that have intricate carvings and wrought-iron. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • Upon entry into the house, you are welcomed by this foyer that has a dark wooden intricate main door that matches the tone of the dark flooring tiles contrasted by the bright walls with a small alcove for a bench. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is another view of the foyer showcasing more of its dark flooring tiles, wrought-iron lighting and a view of the hallway on the side through a walkway leading to a sitting room with hardwood flooring. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the hallway just beyond the foyer with cushioned arm chairs, a built-in cushioned bench nook, hardwood flooring adorned with an area rug and exposed wooden beams at the ceiling. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The exposed wooden beams of the ceiling matches well with the hardwood flooring, the steps of the staircase and the wood paneling of the walls brightened by the window with a view of the courtyard. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The formal living room has a tall ceiling with a hand-crafted intricate coffered wooden design that has detailed carvings to match the wall panels brightened by the large glass wall on the side. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is another view of the living room that showcases more of the cushioned sofa, glass-top coffee table and large white structure of the fireplace with intricate details. On the far side is a piano and a view of the library. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The dining room has a large wooden rectangular dining table surrounded by cushioned beige chairs that match the tone of the curtains for the glass doors that allow access to the outdoor areas. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the family room that has multiple cushions sofas surrounding a cushioned coffee table across from the large screen above a low built-in entertainment cabinet with shelves and drawers. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the eat-in kitchen with a large kitchen island topped with marble matching the white cabinetry and the white dining table. These are then complemented by gray walls, gray backsplash and lighting. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The primary bedroom has a large bed on one side adorned by the sconces, bench and area rug across from the large fireplace with a white mantel. These are all complemented by the hardwood flooring and gray walls. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the side of the bedroom that showcases a small kitchenette with a small bar, a door leading to the closet and a door leading to the bathroom on the far corner with a view of the bathtub. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This other bedroom has a large white wooden sleigh bed that stands out against the hardwood flooring across from the fireplace surrounded by white bricks topped with a floating shelf and has a study area by the window. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This other bedroom has a bed with a wooden gray frame that matches the bedside dressers and the wooden wainscoting. On the far side by the wide window is the study area with a wooden gray desk. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a view of the bathroom that showcases a white porcelain freestanding bathtub that has intricate silver legs that matches the fixtures and the handles of the cabinets of the vanity with beige counter. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the walk-in closet with a carpeted floor, dark brown wooden built-in cabinets on the walls that has drawers, cabinets, shelves and even a built-in bench nook with cushion on the far corner window. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the wooden dark spiral staircase by the side entrance of the house with a small glass door that leads to the courtyard outside. This area has dark flooring tiles contrasted by the light gray walls. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the upper-level landing of the house at the top of the dark wooden staircase with wooden banisters. The tall ceiling of the staircase has a decorative chandelier and exposed beams. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a view of the playroom with a couple of large gray sofas against the walls, a TV on an entertainment cabinet, a colorful area rug and foosball table on the far side near the crafts table. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The home office has a large white desk and a black swivel office chair on a blue area rug over the dark hardwood flooring brightened by the windows with view of the Long Island Sound. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a full view of the home office showcasing more of the blue area rug, the white desk and the white built-in cabinets and shelves behind the chair for office supplies and books. These are then topped with a tall arched ceiling. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the library that has a hardwood flooring to match the wooden built-in bookshelves and hand-carved wall panels. This area also has a large sofa and a couple of leather arm chairs surrounding a glass-top coffee table. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an exercise area with a wide space that has marble tiles and mats laid out for the yoga area and exercise equipment across from a large stone fireplace with a wooden mantel bearing sports memorabilia. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a reading nook with a comfortable beige chair and foot stool surrounded by glass windows on three sides above low gray walls and hardwood flooring with a furry area rug under the chair. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the side of the courtyard just outside the glass doors of the foyer with a couple of planters flanking the concrete walkway. You can also see here the red brick exterior walls of the house. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a view of the courtyard from the vantage of the foyer glass doors showcasing a concrete walkway leading to the stone fountain in the middle with a view of the patio on the left side. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the stone mosaic fountain in the middle of the courtyard with views of the red brick exterior walls of the house matched by the red brick flooring of the courtyard. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This view of the courtyard showcases the stone mosaic fountain in the middle and the outdoor fireplace on the far side with a stone structure to it surrounded by red brick walls and arched windows. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the outdoor fireplace showcasing more of its rustic mosaic stone structure adorned by the red bricks and arched windows on the sides. This is paired with a woven wicker outdoor sofa. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This other side of the courtyard is the patio area with an outdoor dining area on the side with a round dining table surrounded by outdoor chairs along with a lounge area on the other side of the low wall. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The house also has a large grass lawn on the side adorned with landscaping of shrubs, tall trees, flowers and a set of red brick steps that lead back to the house through glass doors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an artist-rendered virtual swimming pool to showcase the potential of the space with a large pool surrounded by multiple lounges and planters bearing flowers and shrubs. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the house showcasing a close look at its red brick exterior walls, large glass windows and walls along with sets of bells on the side. This view also shows the outdoor fireplace. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the house showcasing the road, the beach, the surrounding thick tall trees and the large courtyard of the house surrounded on three sides by the exterior walls of the house. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a top view of the house that showcases its U-shape surrounding a large courtyard in the middle with a visible fountain in the middle. This view of the house also showcases its proximity to the beach. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the house showcasing the surrounding neighborhood and structures along with a full view of the water scenery of the Long Island Sound. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.

All photos are used with permission from TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

The New York home where best-selling author Jean Kerr wrote Please Don’t Eat the Daisies is for sale at $5.495 million. Kerr and her husband, Walter Kerr, theater critic for The New York Times, raised their six children in the home that was the setting for Jean’s 1957 book, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. The book was later made into a movie starring Doris Day and David Niven.

The Please Don’t Eat the Daisies storyline runs very close to author Jean’s actual home life. Kerr, with six children instead of the movie version of four, was married to Walter, who also, as in the movie, changed his profession from professor to theater critic. When the family outgrew their New York City apartment, in 1955 they moved to the suburbs in Larchmont, NY – about 20 miles from Manhattan.

According to one of the couple’s sons, when they went to look for their new house, the one they wanted wasn’t possible to view, so they bought a house down the street. Their family life in the home paralleled that of the characters in the book, including one of the children eating the daisies.

One of Larchmont’s most interesting and historic homes, the former Kerr house was built in 1901 as a stable and carriage house for the 45,000-square-foot Crocker family mansion whose patriarch, Judge E.B. Crocker, founded the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the 1920s, a new owner of the carriage house, Charles B. King, a Detroit auto pioneer, cleverly acquired 35 truckloads of decor from the Vanderbilt mansion in Midtown Manhattan when it was being demolished. Some of these finds included a two-story fireplace, marble handrails, and a spiral staircase that King included in the home’s transformation.

At 8,596 square feet, the Kerr house has big water views of Long Island Sound and Horseshoe Harbor, six bedrooms, and seven baths, which was a perfect amount of space for the Kerr family of eight. Only a 35-minute train ride into Manhattan with easy access for guests, its size and layout create many venues for entertaining and a quick commute. Though the swimming pool is currently an artist’s rendering, the white sandy beach is only steps away from the front door.

Some outstanding features of the home include carillon bells from France, a hand-carved, wood-coffered ceiling in the formal living room with large arched windows, and hand-carved wood panels in the library. The master suite is spacious with a fireplace, large windows with views over the cove, and a reading nook with water-view windows on three sides. The family room adjoins a chef’s kitchen, and the kitchen opens onto the large terrace, conveniently accessed for outdoor entertaining, lush gardens, and the home’s Mediterranean-style courtyard with a fountain.

Jean Kerr was a prolific writer, including magazine articles, books, Broadway plays, and film scripts, with the ability to describe life’s most mundane activities with an original sense of humor. Kerr outlived her husband by seven years and died at the age of 80 in 2003.

Larchmont is the third wealthiest neighborhood in New York and the 15th wealthiest in the country. Celebrities who live there, such as film director Ang Lee, keep a low profile – with the exception of Joan Rivers, who grew up in Larchmont and often mentioned the area in her stand-up routine.

The listing agents for the home are Stacey Pinkas from the Armonk Douglas Elliman office and Alex Lundqvist with the Douglas Elliman Eklund-Gomes Team in Manhattan.

Photo credit: Douglas Elliman

Source: www.elliman.com

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