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Architecture, Connecticut, Cool Listings, Top Stories

51 Pecksland Road, cool listings, fallingwater, connecticut, modern house, midcentury modern, knockoffs

Designed by local architect Dimitri Bulazel, this 4,675-square-foot four-bedroom home at 51 Pecksland Road in Greenwich, CT was clearly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Fallingwater house in rural Pennsylvania (h/t Curbed). While the listing calls it “reminiscent” of the 1935 architectural icon, we’ll just say it’s very, very reminiscent. Which is a good thing, because Fallingwater isn’t for sale, but this remarkable custom-built, privately commissioned modern house with its cantilevered design, walls of windows, hand-cut Tennessee limestone walls, rock gardens and rooftop terraces can actually be yours, right now, for $3.5 million.
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Architecture, Cool Listings, Getting Away, Top Stories

543 Scarborough Road, cool listings, briarcliff, westchester, ossining, midcentury modern, modern house, frank lloyd wright, outdoor spaces, waterfall

Nestled in a wooded enclave in the tranquil town of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, NY, this striking midcentury modern house was built by noted architect of the day Roy Sigvard Johnson, who may have been an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, according to Curbed–and it’s evident that he admired Wright’s work. The house, one of several east coast modern gems, is unique inside and out, embracing the beauty of the land surrounding it. Most amazing are features–like a stone waterfall that ends in a heated Jacuzzi and a folded glass wall that wraps the home’s stone paths and gardens–where nature and house meet. The 2,574 square-foot four-bedroom house at 543 Scarborough Road is asking $1.1 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upstate

This historic brick colonial is known as the Guilford Bower House, named after the Guilford Bower Farm established here in 1854 (h/t CIRCA). The former farm occupies 54 acres at 707 Albany Post Road, in the upstate town of Gardiner. The property has been restored “true to its beginnings,” as the listing says, with stained glass details, pocket doors and tin ceilings. (The reno was so accurate, in fact, the property is now on the National Register of Historic Places.) For this grand, sprawling estate, it will cost you $1.85 million.

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Architecture, Getting Away, Interiors, Upstate

LM Guest House, Desai Chia Architecture, duchess 

While many vacation homes are the result of an elaborate design process and lengthy construction, this house located in rural New York was designed and then built using prefabricated elements in just a couple of days. The U.S. firm Desai Chia Architecture is responsible for the single-story rectilinear space, also known as LM Guest House. The 2,000-square-foot prefab oasis is located in Dutchess County (about two hours north of Manhattan) and situated on a rocky outcrop of land that overlooks a trout pond and farm.
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Architecture, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

130 Grotke Road, Eichler, Jones & Emmons, upstate, Chestnut Ridge, cool listings, Modern homes, modernism, historic homes, architecture

The single-floor house at 130 Grotke Road in Chestnut Ridge, NY really is, as the listing boasts, a “unique home straight out of the pages of CA Modern Magazine.” 6sqft previously covered the home–one of a trio of East Coast Eichlers; the four-plus-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot 1962 slate gray beauty is on the market for $489,900. Joseph L. Eichler, whose modernist tract homes can be found throughout Northern California as well as the Greater Los Angeles area, was one of the most prolific residential homebuilders of the mid-20th century. Today, his homes are “collected” by modern design buffs for their ahead-of-their-time design and anti-McMansion cachet.

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Getting Away, Hotels, Interiors, Upstate

scribner catskill lodge, studio tack, hotel renovation

This 1960s guesthouse in upstate New York was recently transformed into a charming boutique hotel by the Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack. The Scribner’s Catskill Lodge boasts a modern yet rustic aesthetic, highlighting both good design and the property’s expansive mountain views. The hotel is located close to Hunter Mountain’s popular ski slopes, which are all visible from inside the cozy hotel.

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Architecture, Features, Getting Away, Historic Homes, History

Yes, there are Eichler homes in New York! They are sometimes called “lost Eichlers,” as most of noted mid-20th-century developer Joseph Eichler’s homes exist in Northern and, to a lesser degree, Southern California. Three custom-built Eichler houses were constructed (and still stand) in the Rockland County, New York community of Chestnut Ridge, just north of Eichler’s hometown of New York City.

Joseph L. Eichler, whose modernist tract homes can be found throughout the Bay Area in Northern California as well as the Greater Los Angeles area, was one of the most celebrated residential homebuilders of the mid-20th century. His homes are enthusiastically “collected” by modern design buffs, and their renovations appear on the covers of design and home decor magazines like Dwell and Metropolitan Home.

Find out how a tiny East Coast enclave continues to enjoy the Eichler lifestyle

Celebrities, Hamptons, Recent Sales

As far as we know, family-man Neil Patrick Harris doesn’t partake in the swinger lifestyle, so he’ll likely have to do a bit of updating (and perhaps, cleaning) at his new East Hampton home–the notorious “orgy estate” where an elite sex club hosted an over-the-top event this past summer. The Post reports that Harris and hubby David Burtka dropped $5.5 million on the sprawling estate, which sits on 13.5 acres of open meadows and gardens and boasts a tennis court, pool and pool house, renovated barn, and beachy 5,500-square-foot main home.

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Architecture, Upstate

Steven Holl, T Space, art gallery, Dutchess County, wooden shelter

Though it looks like this cedar cabin is floating above the terrain, the structure actually sits atop nine steel stilts. Architect Steven Holl employed the building technique to minimize the home’s impact on the forested environment and likewise wrapped the construction in a cedar skin so it would meld with the trees. Known as “T Space,” the minimalist art gallery is located on a privately-owned, four-acre woodland property in Dutchess County.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes, Hotels, Upstate

Now here’s an opportunity to own something really unique, if you’re willing to decamp New York City to run a historic hotel upstate. The Pleasant Beach Hotel, at 14477 Fancher Avenue in Fairhaven, has hit the market for $975,000. Less than $1 million will get you a nine-room hotel, as well as a bar, restaurant, private pier, and an attached owner’s apartment. With incredible views out toward Lake Ontario, this hotel has been in business since 1910… and is looking for its tenth owner to carry on the traditions of the charming waterfront getaway.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes, Upstate

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

A standout even among the region’s Great Camps, the secluded Camp Uncas was built in 1895 by Brooklynite William West Durant, who is credited with perfecting the iconic Adirondack Great Camp style. The compound’s biggest claim to fame, however, is that it once belonged to financier J.P. Morgan, who purchased the 1,500 acre property from Durant in 1897; for the fifty years that followed, it served as a vacation home for Morgan and his family. Though the property has traded hands several times since, the appeal of its iconic architecture remains as compelling as its history. Designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2010, this historically significant piece of the Adirondacks is for sale for $2.7 million, reduced from its original 2015 ask of $3.25M.

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Connecticut, Historic Homes

Old Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, Frank Sciame, Katharine Hepburn estate, Connecticut lighthouse

In 2004, New York-based developer and builder Frank Sciame paid $6 million for the 3.4-acre waterfront Connecticut estate of the late Katharine Hepburn. In late 2015, he also dropped $290,000 at auction for the Old Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, which is within walking distance to the estate. The 131-year-old lighthouse was built in 1886 to mark a sand bar on the west side of the Connecticut River, but it will soon see a new life as a giant children’s playroom. The Post reports that Sciame asked yacht-design architects Persak & Wurmfeld to redesign the structure as a clubhouse for his grandkids, complete with the original cast-iron windows and portholes, watch room and lantern room, and upper wrap-around deck.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upstate

Looks like spring cleaning came a little early for MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. Just a day after she and “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough publicly banned Kellyanne Conway from their show over the fact that she’s “not credible anymore” and is representing a “fake presidency,” Brzezinski has listed her Tudor-style home in Bronxville for $2,095,000. The Observer tells us that she and ex-husband James Hoffer bought the Westchester home for $1.9 million in 2012, but since finalizing their divorce last year, they’ve decided to put the seven-bedroom spread on the market.

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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, Getting Away, Upstate

Win this Catskills cabin with a 200-word essay

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, February 3, 2017

In a non-traditional run around the local real estate market, one enterprising couple is attempting to sell their Bethel, N.Y. vacation house by inviting buyers to submit a 200-word essay on, ““How would owning the lakefront dream home change your life?” along with $149. Andrew Bares and Kelly Lavorgna had attempted to sell the two-bedroom cabin on five-and-a-half acres at 391 Woodstone Trail twice in the last four years without success, which prompted them to undertake this slightly different angle on the prospective buyer’s “sweetheart letter.” If the contest attracts 5,500 applicants, it will bring the sellers $819,500 for the house (h/t New York Times).

So what’s the catch?

City Living, Cool Listings, Hamptons

A (pricey) piece of pop culture memorabilia is up for grabs, reports the NY Post. The Hamptons mansion featured in Seinfeld’s unforgettable “ugly baby” episode—also known as “The Hamptons!”—has just hit the market for $8.75 million. While the estate situated at 45 Whalers Lane in Amagansett has a lot to tout—including 4,000 square feet of space and sweeping oceanfront views—what really makes the house special is the fact it is where the term “shrinkage” was introduced into modern day vernacular.

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Design, Interiors, Upstate

Nestled in the woods of the Hudson Valley is this stunning home designed around a unique focal point: the generously sized garage. Architect Marcia McKeel, of Studio MM Architect, explained in ArchDaily that the garage “is the locus of the design, generating space for car storage and maintenance as well as a spacious wine cellar and a furniture workshop.” The rectangular home, partially embedded in the hilly landscape of the Hudson Valley, juts out from the lower-level garage. Inside, a striking open plan living space was designed for everything from entertaining to relaxing by the fire.

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Architecture, Getting Away, Upstate

Space T2 is a minimal artist studio located in Rhinebeck, NY. Steven Holl Architects built the off-grid cabin using what remained of a 1959 hunting shack, dressing the exterior in a sleek black wood skin while keeping the interior core a cool and contrasting white. The tiny abode rests on a handful of stilts that have been embedded in the sloping earth below.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upstate

It’s hard not to crush on this Upstate Victorian, perfectly preserved since its construction in 1879 (h/t CIRCA). Located at 21 Curry Lane in New Hyde, both the architecture and location impress: the white house, with its original slate roof and wraparound porch, sits on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. It’s a 15- minute drive to the Metro North station in Poughkeepsie for city dwellers, and it’s $785,000 price tag is quite impressive.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upstate

Helen Hayes’ former Nyack home asks $719K

By Dana Schulz, Mon, January 16, 2017

Helen Hayes Nyack, Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage, 29 Shadyside Avenue, Nyack real estate

Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions such as being one of only 12 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony and earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. When her storied life came to an end in 1993, she was living in Nyack, New York, where she first took up residency when she married playwright and screenwriter Charles MacArthur in 1928. At that time, the couple moved into a home at 29 Shadyside Avenue that Charles’ father had built in 1908. Now dubbed the “Helen Hayes Honeymoon Cottage,” the lovely Arts and Crafts-style home is on the market for $719,000 (h/t CIRCA).

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Architecture, Upstate

TBD Architecture + Design Studio took on the challenge of designing two conjoined artist studios for a couple on the same property as their home in Watermill, New York. The creative housing is nestled amongst a cluster of trees at the edge of the site, and the double-studio structure is made up of two intersecting volumes each designed to accommodate the specifics needs of their respective artists– a collage designer and a ceramist.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Frank Lloyd Wright, Tirranna, 432 Frogtown Road, Ted Stanley, New Canaan real estate, Frank Lloyd Wright for sale

For the first time in 20 years, Frank Lloyd Wright‘s “Tirranna” home in New Canaan, Connecticut is on the market. The Wall Street Journal reports that the home, which Wright built just before his death in 1959 on a 15-acre wooded estate, has been listed for $8 million by the estate of its long-time owner, the late memorabilia mogul and philanthropist Ted Stanley and his wife Vada. Though the couple renovated the horse-shaped home, they maintained its original architectural integrity, preserving classic Wright details like built-in bookshelves, cabinets and furniture, as well as other unique features such as a rooftop observatory with telescope, gold leaf chimneys, and sculpture paths that wind through the woods.

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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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City Living, Getting Away

Joggers, walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers and just about anyone who can move their feet will in the very near future be able to follow a single trail direct from the bottom of Manhattan all the way to the border of Canada.

This morning Governor Cuomo announced that the state would invest in building a $200 million Empire State Trail that would span 750 miles and become the largest, state multi-use trail in the nation. The project would build upon two existing but incomplete trailways—the Hudson River Valley Greenway (now 50 percent complete) and the Erie Canalway (now 80 percent complete)—and essentially run from Battery Park City all the way up to the Canadian border in the North Country, and from Albany to Buffalo.

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Celebrities, Hamptons, Recent Sales

His dreams of winning a third Super Bowl may have been squashed yesterday, but at least Eli Manning‘s got a nice new beachfront mansion in the Hamptons to go home to. The Post reports that the Giants Quarterback dropped $8.5 million on a three-story house in Quogue, a secluded village that isn’t a surprising choice for the rather low-key NFL player. The modern home was built in 2004 and has five bedrooms, a fireplace, pool, massive backyard deck, and private beach access.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Interiors, Upstate

This rustic cabin was built in the early 1900s on land that was part of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1897 Campfire Club. And that’s not the only presidential connection the property comes with: it’s also located upstate in Chappaqua, hometown of the Clintons. Asking $1.15 million, the cabin was renovated and doubled in size by the current owners in 2005, who managed to preserve the feeling of the original, retro cabin. And although you’re living out in the woods, it’s only a 50 minute trip into Manhattan.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

45 Marshall Road, cool listings, dutchess county, upstate

If you owned this Dutchess County home, you’d never need to stay in a cute country inn; the historic Hyde Park/Pleasant Valley four-bedroom house resembles a quaint B&B from its outbuildings and pond to its cozy interiors (h/t CIRCA). Currently on the market for $525,000, 45 Marshall Road is about the most textbook example of an uncomplicated country home that we’ve seen in a while. And it might be just the thing for next year’s Christmas card photo.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Hamptons

Back in July 6sqft reported that “Today Show” host Matt Lauer had put his Southampton beach cottage at 67 Scotts Landing Road on the market for $4 million; the listing was one of several real estate moves the seasoned TV journo has recently made, including the purchase of Richard Gere’s Hamptons estate for $36 million at around the same time. Now Variety reports that the diminutive seaside home has sold for $3.5 million–less than the ask but a nice bump from the home’s $2.19 million 2009 purchase price. In addition to the aforementioned 6.3 acre gated North Haven estate, Lauer and his wife Annette also currently own Brightside Farms, a 40-acre tract of land in Water Mill on which they have built a world-class equestrian facility and a 25-acre estate in the Water Mill area that includes an 8,000-square-foot 6-bedroom mansion decorated by Muriel Brandolini; the latter is also currently on the market for $17 million.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upstate

This 18th century farmstead, known as Spy Hill, is historic on the outside but has been renovated with modern, luxurious finishes inside. Located upstate in Brewster, New York, it’s on the market for $1.95 million, CIRCA tell us. There’s the main house, decked out with fireplaces, a large outdoor terrace with a covered veranda, as well as a guest house, three-level dairy barn, workshop, yoga studio, green house and heated in-ground pool and spa, all over four acres. Talk about an impressive property.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

148 Lewis Hollow, Milton Glaser house, Woodstock NY

Graphic design legend Milton Glaser‘s most famous works are arguably the I ♥ NY logo and the psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, both of which were created at his upstate home in Woodstock. He and wife Shirley have owned this incredible, early 20th century stone-and-glass home for more than 50 years, adding a contemporary aesthetic to its historic Arts and Crafts style and maintaining the 76+ acres of gardens and forest. It’s now hit the market for $1.8 million since, according to Gothamist, the couple has reached a point “where downsizing has become the obvious choice.”

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