I Want This

Dreaming of a vacation home.

Maybe it’s because I spent the entire 3-day weekend repairing a 125-year-old window in my kitchen, but lately I’ve been fantasizing about having a second house. A vacation home! Now, if I were to have a second home, it would have to be the opposite of the one I already have—in other words, the architecture would be contemporary and it would be in a rural setting.

What about this one?

It’s a couple of hours north of here, with views of the Catskill mountains. The main house is 900 SF, and the studio/converted barn is an additional 1000 SF. It sits on 15 acres of land (surrounded by 10,000 acres of protected state land!), with its own spring-fed pond. Really, it’s perfect. It’s cheap, too, but unless it suddenly drops in price by about 75% (which I suppose could happen in the current real estate market!) it will remain a fantasty.

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  • Reply Adam July 7, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Wow that is really beautiful! It looks a lot like areas up around me! You guys should vacation with me in the summer in my big Colonial monster- I have plenty of room!

    I want to see pics of that kitchen window!

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  • Reply katie July 8, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Holy Cow!!! Oh I would so kill for that studio space!

  • Reply lesley July 8, 2008 at 10:03 am

    buy my house, you nut! 😉

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Lesley, if you’re willing to come down on your asking price by about 85%, I am ALL OVER IT, believe me!!!

  • Reply jenn ski July 8, 2008 at 10:41 am

    You will have so much fun decorating it!

  • Reply lesley July 8, 2008 at 11:17 am

    *giggles* dang!

  • Reply Vicki July 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Any idea what the large rubik’s cube-barbell is?

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I think it’s a sculpture, Vicki. There are other photos of the house that show pieces done in the same style.

  • Reply cassandra July 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    i love that, even though it’s completely modern, it still blends in with the environment perfectly. beautiful!! i think i need a second home too… *sigh*…

  • Reply ashley July 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Anna! I’m one of Nicole’s close buddies down here in Asheville. I ADORE your blog and have been reading it since, oh, um, like January…..Just getting around to commenting. This house is fantastic! Love the corrugated metal siding. My husband and I live on 12 acres outside of Asheville in a similar wooded setting. We need to re-side and this presents an interesting take….

  • Reply Vicki July 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    If you REALLY love the place, would you consider purchasing the house along with a few friends? I don’t know how complicated that would be. Since it’d be a vacation home, you could probably split up the time you’re there pretty evenly. I don’t know, just an idea…

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 8, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Vicki, we’ve definitely thought about that (buying the house with another couple), but I don’t know if there’s anyone we know in the right position to do something like that right now.

    I should email my brother, though, hmmm…

  • Reply Joanne July 15, 2008 at 10:12 am

    That house wouldn’t happen to be near Greenville NY, would it?

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 15, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Joanne, it’s about 30 miles west of Greenville.

  • Reply adam July 16, 2008 at 9:11 am

    What a beautiful home! Where is it? I can’t seem to find a listing for it and I am very interested.

  • Reply Heather July 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    ooooh I love that house! so 30 miles west of Greenville – that would be, what? Middleburgh? Broome?

    btw, Hi! I just found your blog via a link from Chez Larson. the fact that you live in Newburgh caught my eye – I live about 30 minutes north of you. 🙂 i’m loving the blog.

  • Reply Kathryn July 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I just found your blog via a link in the Seattle Times (in an article about bathroom remodeling!) I started wandering and found the photos of this property. My brother-in-law lives near Monticello and is property-hunting for a place to buy. He’s an artist and was hoping to find a place with an existing studio, so this sounds perfect. Is this piece of property actually on the market, or is owned by someone you know who is considering selling? If you are actually thinking of buying it I understand your reluctance to divulge it’s actual info. In that case, I’d be curious what they’re asking for it, just for a range of reference for that area.

    Thanks for any info you’re willing to share,

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 27, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Kathryn, no problem, here’s the listing.

  • Reply Kathryn July 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Thanks. I really appreciate it.

  • Reply Annie February 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    HI!!!!!I am really enjoying your blog. My boyfriend just bought a place in midtown and we need to renovate…..found your place inspirational. I am also an artist and saw this place in your blog. Do you know if it is still available? What is the link to it?

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 3, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Annie, I have no idea if this house ever sold, but it’s been off the market for several months now. This is the realtor who originally had the listing, though, if you’d like to check up on it. 🙂

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