Unlike any other, this architect’s own home is a unique, inspiring & tranquil respite from the everyday.
Approaching the residence you are immediately aware that this is a very special place. The unique exterior design, paired with traditional cedar siding and roof shingles, gives the home an almost Pagoda-like feel with a contemporary sensibility. Tucked away in sought-after West Mountain Estates, the top-to-bottom renovation and expansion of this home has been a labor of love by the architect/owner and his family.
The symmetrical entry opens to a radiant heated floor with double entry closets and a central grand staircase showcasing interior balconies, rubbed bronze chandeliers, and incredible custom molding, built-ins and ship lap detailing. Charm is apparent everywhere you look, as is the quality and attention to detail.
The open concept living space consists of a great room with a cathedral ceiling, impressive floor to ceiling, tapered, brick fireplace flanked by custom shelving, a dining area, and a spacious kitchen. The kitchen itself includes a gently coffered shiplap ceiling along with a farm sink, granite counters, and a large breakfast bar, as well as a huge pantry wall and wine refrigerator. Elevated amongst the trees, French doors walk out from this main level space to a wrap around deck, creating nostalgia for the treehouses of youth.
The main floor also contains a private wing featuring an in-law or guest suite with a bedroom and den, as well as two additional spacious bedrooms with large closets, and a full hall bath. Again, the charm and character are apparent throughout – from the door casings to the color palette; the carpet, tile and hardwood choices; and the unique design elements.
Continuing up the floating central staircase you arrive at the upper level balcony and loft space, perfectly situated to enjoy the rest of the home from above! The master suite-accessed through double doors- is an oasis in the trees offering a large bedroom with multiple storage closets and windows, a vaulted shiplap ceiling and trim, a huge walk-in closet with attic access, and a fabulous master bath with a glass shower, double soapstone vanity with plenty of custom built-in cabinetry and a make-up/dressing room. Truly a place to relax and get away from it all. An additional office includes an arched entry, providing whimsy to this functional space.
Located down a few stairs just off the main entry foyer, the above grade lower level includes a mudroom, half bath, spacious laundry, and access to the two-car garage. A family room with a fireplace and custom shelving is also found and walks out to a bluestone patio. A separate bonus room, which could be used as a yoga room, solarium, or additional place to sit and have your morning coffee can be accessed from the patio.
Unusual for West Mountain Estates, this home also includes a sparkling private pool! The gently sloping yard – perfect for winter sledding – features mature trees, granite outcroppings, and simple beds of perennial plantings and grasses. Privately tucked away near the end of the cul-de-sac, it is truly a haven for relaxation.
Offering a complete vision for a stylish, easy-living lifestyle, the home delivers on its promise. Minutes to town and close to the NY border for an easy commute to Manhattan, this totally unique residence offers a warmth and charm rarely seen.