How this Pittsford NY home was turned into a million-dollar listing

Other parts of New York State, such as Westchester County, have hundreds of million-dollar homes to choose from.

In Rochester last year there were only 15 homes that sold and recorded over $1 million in the multiple listing network (MLS) system.

But compared to other metro areas, million-dollar homes here tend to be far grander.

Ed and Molly Shill’s Pittsford home now on the market takes grand to the next level with customization, detailed finishes and luxury features that, says RE/Max Realtor Amy Petrone, “would be three times the cost in a larger city.” 

The home is listed for $1.1 million.

Built in 1997 by Longwell Builders, the Shills’ home had good builder bones, but the Shills and designer Tom Johnson (along with Hamilton | Stern Construction) turned those basics into a spectacular 6,875-square foot home with a striking presence. 

Get Out in Front

A grand two-story foyer in the front entrance.

The Shills loved the house because of its location, at the end of a cul de sac on 1.7 acres not far from Powder Mill Park.

“Yet it didn’t feel private, with its open front yard,” Molly says.

Johnson did several things that changed the way the home addressed the street and ultimately informed the interior: he created a portico with Georgian-style columns and bluestone pavers; bumped out the dining room, which is to the left of the front entry, and added a bluestone patio and gas firepit to the right of the entry.