THEIR HOME: Sencer and her husband, Mark, have a sprawling home with a four-stall barn and direct link to the riding trails.
WHAT THEY PAID: $582,000
WHEN THEY MOVED IN: 2001
CURRENT VALUE: (from Zillow.com): $1.7 million. (Note: Zillow estimates do not always reflect true market value.)
WHY THEY LOVE IT: Mary Ellen Sencer’s home in this equestrian neighborhood is payback. Kind of.
She and her husband, Mark, had lived in Florida for a while, then moved back to Westchester County, N.Y. When Mark decided he was ready to return to the Sunshine State, she said OK. But she wanted a horse farm, with land and stables. And that’s what she got.
A Realtor who founded the company Saddle Trails Realty, Sencer has one horse of her own, and boards two others in her four-stable barn. A dressage rider, she’s close enough to the renowned Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival grounds to ride Mr. Lucky there without all the bother of a trailer and parking.
“That’s what this community is all about,” says Sencer, who has a dressage ring on her land, complete with a mirrored wall for practice-makes-perfect riding sessions.
“People get on their horses on their property and ride straight over to the horse show,” she said.
Saddle Trail, Sencer says, does not offer “your usual amenities.” All the homes are custom-built — some of them huge — and she says “all the emphasis is put on the barn.” But the homes are something to write home about, as well.
Sencer loves that she sells real estate in her neighborhood. She appreciates the neighbor lady with the miniature pony, the shell rock roads that are perfect for riding and the barn with the pretty wood finishes. But she also loves the ladylike conveniences of her western neighborhood.
“You can be at the Wellington mall in seven or eight minutes,” she said. “Shopping at Nordstroms.”