Upstate

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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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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Cool Listings, Upstate

Listing images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

This 11,570-square-foot estate is set on two acres within the grounds of the Westchester Country Club, overlooking the Club’s South Golf Course. Built in 1929 in the Cotswold Tudor Revival style, the stately residence has a long list of features to match its $7.995 million asking price, including a stunning pool and pool house, a wine cellar and tasting room, a golf simulator (to perfect your chops before you hit the course), and more.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Green Design, Upstate

Hudson Woods, Lang Architecture, Catskills, Upstate, cool listings

Image credit: Deborah De Graffenreid for Hudson Woods.

The last house in the Hudson Woods modern development is for sale. The $1.18 million home was, like its neighbors in the 131-acre Hudson Valley community, designed by Lang Architecture with a modern aesthetic, quality craftsmanship and premium finishes. The 26-family community was constructed in a scenic corner of the Catskills characterized by wooded rolling hills and a large river; it’s a two-hour drive from New York City.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

1 willow island, cool listing, private islands, upstate

Images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Though we’ve all probably dreamed at some point of owning a private island–and they’re more common than you may think–the serene and very private Willow Island on Putnam Lake in Patterson, N.Y., on the market for $850,000, is less out of reach than some others. On the one hand, it’s accessible only by boat. On the other, it’s less than 60 miles north of New York City in Putnam County. There’s a private driveway and garage on the mainland and multiple docks on the property. The lake is “non-motorized,” but the island comes with a solar-powered boat.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Upstate

6 usonia road, frank lloyd wright, usonia, cool listings, modern homes, mid century modern, westchester

The Usonia community in Pleasantville, NY, was created as a tribute to legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright to celebrate his “Usonian” home ideal–design that would integrate with a home’s natural surroundings and live and grow with its inhabitants. The site plan, road system, and a handful of homes in the community were designed by Wright himself, but most of its houses were created by his associates and admirers, David Henken and Aaron Resnick. Henken designed the three-bedroom home at 6 Usonia Road in 1950. In true Wright style, this mid-century modern property, known as the Anderson House, is surrounded by greenery, with floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound deck. The house is now on the market for $810,000.

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