If you are looking for a quiet country escape with exceptional appointment to detail, just 2 hours north of NYC you just found it and believe me, properties like this don't come around often. As soon as you turn down Crystal Point Rd you feel the stress start to leave. Turn in the winding forest lined driveway and the deep breaths come. The enchantment continues when you pull up to your custom cottage/post and beam home set on over 5 acres with over 260 ft. of creek frontage on the Catskill Creek but more about that later. The original "cottage" was imported from Finland and is entirely finished with Hemlock. It's where you'll find the compact yet efficient kitchen 2 original bedrooms, the laundry room and the bath. The upstairs bedroom has a loft with a covered porch overlooking the peaceful forest which would make for quiet office space or a zen meditation room. The "addition" is post and beam construction and was designed and constructed by the renowned North Woods Joinery in Vermont and truly brings the outdoors inside. Between the extra high ceilings, the sunroom, the oversized windows, and the sliders that lead out to multi-level decking it's hard to tell where the house ends and the outdoors begin. The living room, dining room and sunroom are all open concept and perfect for large or intimate gatherings in any season to enjoy the quiet and beauty of the forest and the creek. The living room is where you'll find the large stone wood burning fireplace great place to cozy up when the weather starts to chill. It's also where you'll find the circular staircase leading to another loft with a walk-in cedar closet and built-ins and could be used as a bedroom a study or meditation space. Finally you have the first floor master ensuite with sliders that lead to a quiet deck where you can enjoy morning coffee and start the day in nature. The master bath has a soaking tub with air jets and shower, a double sink, and Italianate tile floor, counter, and tub surround to complete the comfortable space. Now step outside and meander down the footpath and arrive at my favorite spot, your personal swimming / fishing hole complete with flat rocks for sunbathing, bonfire, and picnics. The current owners tell me one of their favorite things to do here besides cooling off on a hot summer day is to watch the eagles fish and the deer get their afternoon drink. Nature at your fingertips. This ultra efficient house is sided with Hardie board siding, has a steel roof, Loewen windows, central air and is generator ready. All this just 2 hours north of NYC. Near skiing, golf, hiking, mountain biking, music festivals, art galleries, fine dining, Catskill, Hudson, Woodstock, The Lumber Yard, HITs Showground, and all that the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains have to offer.
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