Getting Away

Cool Listings, Hamptons

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Ricky Paull Goldin, host of HGTV’s Spontaneous Construction, scooped up this 3,000-square-foot Sag Harbor home earlier this year for $685,000. In the months since, Goldin and his partner, style expert Gretta Monahan (known for her regular appearances on the Rachel Ray Show, Good Morning America, and The View), have completely reimagined the property in a stylish gut renovation. Sited on one acre in the private Northside Hills community and near Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, five-bath home now comes with a pool, hot tub, and more for the asking price of $1.525 million.

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Green Design, Upstate

This Catskills community was designed by a real-life cowboy

By Michelle Sinclair Colman, Fri, October 4, 2019

All photos courtesy of The Chapin Estate

The Chapin Estate is a 2,500-acre gated residential preserve in the Catskills, a 90-minute drive from midtown Manhattan. And if its rustic-yet-elegant style seems striking to you, that’s likely because its founder, a real-life former rodeo star, was inspired by historic Adirondack Great Camps. Rather than “amenitizing” nature, Steve Dubrovsky designed around freshwater lakes and forests and left the site “wild.” There is a lake club for fishing and swimming, a gym, two pickleball courts, a tennis court, and a half basketball court. There is also Crestwood Mountain Farms, a working horse and cattle facility for all its residents to enjoy. Plus, the homes themselves were constructed using lumber from the site. Ahead, take a tour of the Chapin Estate and hear from Dubrovsky about his background and vision.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

All listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Two hours north of the city in the Dutchess County town of Wassaic, you can own an entire 125-acre farm for the price of a three-bedroom Manhattan condo. Known as Avalon Farm, the $2,950,000 property has a nearly 3,000-square-foot contemporary main house, along with a fully functional barn, an in-ground pool and adjacent log cabin pool house, tennis court, and its own stream. It’s definitely secluded, but the farm is a quick drive to downtown Amenia, which is full of restaurants, antique shops, and even a drive-in movie theater.

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Featured Story

Features, NYC Guides, Upstate

The 7 best places to see fall foliage outside NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Tue, October 1, 2019

A downside to living in a thriving city is that air pollution makes for poor fall foliage, though some spots in town—Wave Hill, Pelham Bay Park—still boast colorful leaves at the end of October. But if you take a short trip outside the city limits, you can see some beautiful autumn colors, all within a day’s drive. Sadly, the best fall foliage sightseeing trip is no more—Amtrak retired its glass-domed Adirondack train in 2018. But there are other spots to take in the season; here are our seven favorites.

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Cool Listings, Getting Away, Hamptons, Interiors

Mod Montauk retreat with surf-inspired interiors asks $1.95M

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, September 27, 2019

48 South Federal Street, montauk, hamptons, cool listings, beach houses, vacation homes, robert mckinley, interiors

Photo credit: Nicole Franzen.

A mere five minutes from Ditch Plains beach, this surf-inspired Montauk house at 48 South Federal Street was designed by Studio Robert McKinley, known for interiors with laid-back style, including the venerable Surf Lodge. This fetching four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot getaway on a half-acre hilltop lot has a heated pool outside and lots of light and space indoors. It’s the kind of move-in ready summer spot that seems well worth its $1.95 million ask.

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Celebrities, Hamptons, Recent Sales

They just listed a fully decorated Village pad they’d bought in 2013 along with their former penthouse at 2 East 12th Street earlier this month, and the famed interior designer duo have made another real estate move, purchasing an appropriately stylish house at 53 Kettle Hole Road in Montauk that was most recently listed at $1.599 million. The seller is renowned contemporary artist and photographer Raphael Mazzucco, who has eight Vogue covers and three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues under his belt in addition to numerous campaigns for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Ralph Lauren.

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Green Design, Places to Stay, Upstate

All renderings via AI SpaceFactory, © Plomp

If you’re intrigued by all the talk of living on Mars but don’t actually want to depart planet Earth, you can have a shot at semi-extraterrestrial living this spring. AI SpaceFactory, the architects behind NASA’s Mars habitat MARSHA, are bringing a “Mars habitat designed for off-grid living on Earth” to a site an hour-and-a-half north of NYC along the Hudson River (h/t Curbed). For a donation as low as $175, you’ll be able to spend the night in the TERA cabin and get “a glimpse into the future of sustainable life on and beyond our planet,” according to a press release.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Situated on 66 pastoral acres in the heart of Millbrook hunt country, this farm compound at 921 Duell Road in Stanfordville has everything you’d look for in an upstate retreat: a rustic party barn, a 12-stall barn, and a good old-fashioned swimming hole. The Colonial-era farmhouse dates back to 1790 and boasts many original details, including wide-plank floors, handcrafted cabinetry, and artisanal stonework. Lovely in its own right, it would also be the perfect candidate for a more modern renovation. Located just under two hours from NYC, the property is now seeking $1.95 million.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s disciple Edgar Tafel—who earned his chops working on some of Wright’s most famous properties, including Fallingwater—this nearly 4,000-square-foot residence in Garrison is beautifully sited on six acres and comes with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Mid-century modern details prevail inside while the “zen-like” landscape design includes a free-form pool and whirlpool hot tub nestled among sculpted rock outcroppings. The Putnam County property is now on the market for a cool $3.55 million.

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Design, Places to Stay

Photos courtesy of Collective Retreats – The Outlook Shelter, Collective Governors Island

A well-rounded urban camping experience is a new summer option on Governors Island. Campers can choose an activity-packed agenda complete with private boats, dining, kids’ activities and wellness programs, and a chance to sleep under the stars surrounded by New York skyline views and 1,500 thread count sheets, private en-suite bathrooms and decks, electricity, and WiFi within. For modern design lovers, the island’s cozy Summit and Journey tents from Collective Retreats will be joined by new Outlook shelters. These modular hotel rooms resemble tiny modern cabins with 225 square feet–plus 75 square feet of deck space–of  indoor architecture that “seamlessly compliments outdoor grandeur with fully sheltered structures.” And for this unique experience, prices will start at $595/night.

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