Summer in the Hudson Valley provides a unique beauty that can only be seen to be fully appreciated. For those looking to draw inspiration from nature, here are just a few of our listings that offer a veritable oasis from which to enjoy the splendor of the Hudson Valley:
“Riverside” in Esopus
Riverside is set high on a bluff on the west bank of the river surrounded by 20 acres of water front land. Designed by distinguished architect Norman Jaffe in 1993, the strong design refers to classic Greek architecture balanced by attention to natural light and shadow. Interior and outdoor spaces are both generous and intimate, taking full advantage of the breathtaking views in all seasons of the iconic Hudson River landscape. A balcony surrounds the building, offering the outside in.
“Bryndelbrook” in Rhinebeck
Bryndelbrook is an 1815 pristine Federal House that was originally part of the Ferncliff Farm of Captain Vincent Astor. Located in the Historic District of Rhinebeck and along one of the most scenic byways in America, it has a main house, swimming pool with poolhouse, garden equipment barn, large workshop barn with apartment, tractor barn and gazebo.
“Jenny Brook” in Wawarsing
“I lost my heart to Jenny Brook, I think she took it with a hook,” wrote John Burroughs about a historically significant camp and trout hatchery in the foothills of the Catskills. Conceived in 1911 by a prominent naturalist and explorer, the Jenny Brook trout hatchery became the most successful in the country. The camp was the weekend destination by many notables including those with outstanding artistic, scientific and industrial accomplishments. Arguably the finest private holding of crystal clear drinking water in the Northeast, one of many springs on the land produces 1400 gallons per minute all year round. This oasis also boasts dramatic cliffs, hemlock forests and fern valleys. The current owner has reincarnated Jenny Brook with his team of expert craftsmen and masterful masons. An extraordinary cabin on its original footprint has been totally rebuilt as depicted in photographs of earlier times. Raceways and hatchery beds have also been reclaimed as well as ponds for potential hydroponics.
East Ridge Drive in Kingston
This custom log home is set in a serene mountaintop setting with sweeping easterly views across the Hudson Valley to the Berkshire Mountains. With casual elegance and a warm rustic aesthetic, the open and flowing spaces and eminently livable layout suit the modern lifestyle. The dining room and kitchen open to the spacious living room, with vaulted cathedral ceilings, soaring stone fireplace and prow-like floor to ceiling windows that capture the breath-taking views from sunrise to sunset. The expansive wraparound deck has views that stretch for miles.