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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Upstate

The Sioux definitely knew what they were doing when it came to creating year-round homes tucked away in awe-inspiring nature. The Bellfire Teepee in the Meeker Hollow in Roxbury, NY, available via Airbnb for $145 a night, is a magical way to appreciate those micro-living skills from long ago while stargazing on a 10-acre property bordering miles of forest. The owners of this cozy escape, a pair of Brooklyn expat artists, chose the location “with privacy and tranquility in mind.” Their farmhouse is 500 feet away, so there’s no need to feel lost in the woods, but you’re nestled between a creek, maple trees and a wildflower field, just in case you actually want to feel lost in the woods.

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Architecture, Getting Away, Places to Stay, Upstate

Off-the-grid, A-frame huts are all the rage in the Catskills. Last week, we wrote about Bjarke Ingels’  triangular prefab “inspired by the Catskills.” Now, another appearance makes the news as the Eastwind Hotel reopens June 1st. Just two hours north of New York City, Eastwind was originally built in the 1920s as a bunkhouse for hunters, fly fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel reopens in a few weeks with 19 rooms and three A-frame, glamping huts nestled in the woods.

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Photo via Contanium listing on Airbnb

Just think if it as a Vipp Shelter for the rest of us. This woodsy take on the tiny dwelling, “Contanium,” available through Airbnb and situated in Saugerties, NY, is actually a shipping container, so you get to experience the trifecta of tiny house, off-the-grid living and inhabiting a shipping container, all at once. Offerings at this particular shipping container cabin sound almost like the amenities menu at a trendy Downtown condo: There’s a wood stove, sofa bed, kitchenette, writing desk, record player, patio, fire ring, yoga platform, hot tub and hammock. The off-the-grid part means the power is solar, there’s a composting toilet and gravity-feed water.

What you’ll find within

Architecture, Green Design, Starchitecture, Upstate

Bjarke Ingels is everywhere. Literally. Three weeks ago, we wrote about his new design for 2 Penn Plaza. Two weeks ago, we wrote about his amazing XI sales gallery experience with the stage designer Es Devlin. Last week, it was his new role as Chief Architect at WeWork. And now, BIG has just announced Bjarke built an off-the-grid triangular tiny house in the Catskills with designer and interior architect Soren Rose. (Does this rockstarchitect ever sleep?) Bjarke Ingels Group shared with 6sqft this exclusive set of photos of the mini modern abode, which blends the A-frame architecture of the upstate area with a Nordic aesthetic.

Lots more details and renderings ahead

Getting Away, Interiors, Upstate

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If you’re looking for an escape, it doesn’t get much better than this modern treehouse, nestled among the natural surroundings of the Catskills. This is the work of the UK-based designer Antony Gibbons, who believes the angular lines and pronounced geometry of the structure enhance the organic nature of this forested locale, just outside of Woodstock, New York. Despite the modern aesthetic, the facade is made of cedar from the surrounding Catskills Valley and the interior is lined in a reclaimed pine, in so that the modest home “still blends into the surroundings with its timber materials,” Gibbons has said. If you’re swooning over the space–and wondering what it’s like to live among the trees–it’s now available as a vacation home through Airbnb, asking $325 per night.

Imagine your upstate vacation

Getting Away, Hamptons, real estate trends, Upstate

Image: Hudson Woods by Drew Lang

The megawatt real estate of the Hamptons may be suffering from shrinkage as a new generation of glitterati increasingly chooses the rustic charm of upstate New York instead. Business Insider reports a surge in the popularity of second homes and tourist activity in Hudson Valley and Catskills towns—and a corresponding dip in Hamptons home prices—in 2016.

Is Upstate the new East End?

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upstate

It doesn’t get any more rustic than this log cabin in upstate New York. Located at 1260 Spriceton Road, in West Kill, the home sits on a whopping 18.4 acres of land, which connects to 19,250 acres of a forest preserve. The custom cabin was made in the Scandinavian full scribe style with white pine logs. Inside, you could easily mistake this home for a hunting lodge. And it’s priced less than some one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan, asking $775,000.

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Getting Away, Places to Stay, Upstate

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Just in case a tiny cabin with an outdoor kitchen, a geodesic dome, or a 1950s trailer aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy an unconventional country getaway at a Woodbridge, NY farmhouse where a suite of colorful upstairs rooms awaits.

Part of a fascinating property 90 miles from New York City known as the Outlier Inn, the farmhouse, available on Airbnb, includes three bedrooms (available by room for $125 per night, or you can rent the entire apartment) and a yoga room. You’ll also find sheep, goats, alpaca, bunnies and other sweater-bearing critters whose furry coats (with no harm done besides a haircut) get spun into winter accessories in an on-site fiber-arts workshop space, a full-service recording studio, a greenhouse with seasonal produce for sale and a pond on the 12-acre property, plus a nearby lake, hiking trails and park.

Check out the rooms in this just-right farmhouse

Cool Listings, Getting Away, Places to Stay, Upstate

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Looking for an upstate weekend getaway, but don’t want to deal with the mosquitoes and unpredictable weather that often go with traditional camping? This geodesic dome in the Catskills promises to be an “incredible glamping space,” and its funky design and foodie-focused community only sweeten the deal.

Available on Airbnb for $350/night, the dome is located on a farm in Sullivan County. It has wooden floors and screened-in windows, but you’ll need to BYObed if you have more than two guests. There’s also outdoor double hot showers, a sink, and a clawfoot tub, as well as a full outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, sink, and fire pit.

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Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

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AW Architects‘ Blue Rock House is an ensemble of buildings suggesting a minimalist dairy barn. Sitting atop a rural hill in the small town of Austerlitz, a three hours drive north from New York City, the project groups a main house, guesthouse and garage, interconnected by a string of beautiful bluestone walls that give the project its name. Its privileged location affords wide-open views out into the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains, and the choice of minimal materials evokes rusticity, elegance and attention to detail.

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