Location: Armonk, N.Y.
The Skinny: When Theodore and Marsha Nierenberg, founders of the Scandinavian tabletop firm Dansk International Designs, needed to build a house atop their scenic, 22-acre slice of land in Armonk, N.Y., they knew just who to turn to: Jens Quistgaard, Dansk’s chief designer, who was game for the task of putting his signature kitchenware aside for a moment to, well, design a house. The 7,100-square-foot structure was completed in 1961 and first put on the market for $7.5M in June 2010, the year after Ted’s (as he was known) death. His widow has been trying to sell the place ever since, listing, de-listing, and re-listing the seven-bedroom creation again and again; most recently, for a much-reduced $5.5M.
Given the current obsession with this era of architecture, it’s unclear why, exactly, the Dansk Lake House hasn’t had any takers yet. Sure, the roofline is a bit eccentric—it “bears a resemblance to scales on a dragon’s back,” as Realtor.com puts it—but the interiors are lovely, with gleaming wood floors, a massive brick hearth, vaulted ceilings, a stunning spiral staircase, and glass walls indulging the Nierenbergs’ original aim to have “a house with a view, especially here since we have a beautiful piece of land,” as Marsha told the Journal in ’10. That land, with a waterfall and gardens, overlooks a 10-acre lake.