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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

13 Heritage Hill Road, Tarrytown, Westchester

Listing images by James Patrick Cooper; courtesy of Compass

You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at this unassuming Tarrytown home that it’s actually a mash-up of historical structures, though the remaining steeple provides a little clue about its past. The current kitchen and dining area was once a carriage house, the living room once served as the town’s general store and post office, and the parlor room was a one-room schoolhouse in the 1700s. The three structures were fused together in 1900 to create what is now 13 Heritage Hill Road. Spanning nearly 2,500 square feet, the three-bedroom residence is on the market for $950,000.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Starchitecture, Upstate

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

Photo credit: Alon Koppel courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s International Realty.

Known for the “romantic modernist” residential architecture of so many iconic angular beach houses in the Hamptons, Norman Jaffe was a prolific architect who designed more than 600 projects during his 35-year career. Jaffe, who died in 1993, used passive solar design and lots of glass and wood in his striking waterfront homes. Built in 1993, the 12,980-square-foot residence at 1981 Broadway, asking $5.9 million, diverges a bit from his usual style. Set high on a bluff over the Hudson River surrounded by 20 acres of waterfront land in Ulster County, New York, the home’s design refers to classic Greek architecture along with Jaffe’s usual attention to natural light and shadow.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

50 Cricket Lane, cool listings, dobbs ferry, westchester, gardens, pools

Images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence.

Even in the Westchester County village of Dobbs Ferry, NY, the 4.2 acre Cricket Hill estate seems a world removed from modern life 20 miles away in New York City. The 6,000-square-foot stone and shingle country house is both characterful and updated for modern living, but the enchanted grounds, including a terraced walled garden, free-form pool and grape arbor, appear unaltered by time.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

Catskills, 340 Route 9H, Miletus Farms, Apple Orchard, Upstate, Claverack, Columbia County

Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The deed for this 30+ acre Greek Revival farmhouse and apple orchard at 340 Route 9H in Claverack (a hamlet with views of the Catskills located about five miles from Hudson) has only changed hands three times since it was built in 1842. If you’re looking for a place to grow some roots—and apples—this retreat has plenty to offer. Also known as Miletus Farm, the sprawling property includes a 2,200 square foot home, several outbuildings, a tennis court, and a garage, in addition to the idyllic orchards, which also grow peaches and apricots. The property was on the market last fall for $999,000 and is now listed for a reduced $699,000 with the option of including a three-bedroom caretaker’s house into the sale for a total of $899,000.

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Features, Getting Away, Places to Stay, Upstate

9 tiny upstate houses you can rent this fall

By Michelle Sinclair Colman, Fri, October 18, 2019

All photos courtesy of Glamping Hub

As the leaves turn and the cool weather creeps back, it’s not hard to start daydreaming about a quiet weekend escape in a cozy vacation rental. And what better way to experience nature than in a tiny house? From a wood cabin in the Adirondacks to a modern retreat on a Catskills farm, we’ve rounded up nine tiny glamping spots that inspire big, lofty plans of how best to lay low and enjoy all the autumn glory upstate.

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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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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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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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