There are so many things to love about this home, but we’ll start with just a few: Honed slate and reclaimed oak floors; the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; soothing, gray-green granite kitchen counters surrounding a Bertazzoni 5-burner dual-fuel range in the custom chef’s kitchen; the walls of tall windows that bring in natural light and command your attention to the view beyond… Attention to detail and thoughtful design is apparent in every inch of this chic farmhouse in the Black Forest at Glen Spey.
Only 2 hours from New York City, a few minutes from Barryville (river hamlet) and 25 minutes from Port Jervis (train and bus service), Black Forest was established in 1937. It remains a magical woodland peppered with leisurely hiking trails and year-round waterfalls, in all 1,100 acres of undeveloped woods for Black Forest Club homeowners’ exclusive use. Its central location means that signature Sullivan County towns, as well as Delaware River Valley amenities in Milford, PA and surrounds, are easily accessible for those who make their home – or second home – here.
This 3 bed + study / 2.5 bath modern rendition of a Victorian Farmhouse was built in 2002. The current owner spent the past 2 years artfully renovating every inch of it, and is leaving it like new for the next owner.
The front porch entry is a fully covered and cozy portal to park your cross-country skis come wintertime, or to pull up a rocking chair in the summer and see what birds or butterflies might visit the pollinator garden across the drive. Out back is a 200 sf entertaining deck, so you’ll have no shortage of space to host friends and family. Just inside the front door, honed slate floors laid in a modern herringbone pattern lead you into the foyer, where you’ll find a custom storage island topped with eye-catching black walnut. A window bench against the far wall provides a place to kick off your shoes, and a large gear closet will house everything you need to appreciate the Catskills lifestyle. Across the way is a stylish powder room. Continuing on, custom sliding barn doors open into a study/office or children’s playroom, complete with built-in bookshelves.
An oversize living room is centered by an impressive rough-cut slate fireplace and sunlit through full walls of windows on both sides by day and illuminated with recessed overhead lighting by night. The first floor continues to flow to an open-plan dining room and then around to the custom kitchen – impeccably designed with polished nickel hardware, soft-close drawers, ogee-edged granite countertops, rustic exposed brick walls, stainless steel appliances, and a deep farmhouse sink. It’s complete with modern conveniences such as an instant hot water dispenser and integrated recycling center. A walk-in pantry provides plenty of additional storage.
At the rear of the house, between the living and dining rooms, French doors lead out to a huge outdoor deck that spills down into the yard, leading off into the woods. A few minute’s walk leads you down a shady glen to the Mill Brook stream. If you’re not tempted to rest in the backyard hammock after hiking the full five and a half acre property, one of the Black Forest trails just down the road will lead you to a hilltop picnic table for a meal to remember. The rear deck wraps around the side of the house, and offers a second entry for a more direct route to the kitchen. Central air conditioning keeps the house cool and comfortable when you head back inside.
Inside and just across from the French doors, carpeted stairs lead up to a large second floor foyer. To the left is a master bedroom suite with an enviable dressing and bath array that features a walk-in clothes closet, office niche / dressing area, concealed laundry closet with built-in ironing board, double sink vanity with granite counters, and an exquisite white-tiled dual shower offset by a geometric-patterned slate floor. If you look carefully behind the door in this hallway, you'll find the stairs that lead up to a studio in the third floor turret, and also the entry to the walk-in attic. Two large additional bedrooms with generous closets and a second elegant full bath occupy the front half of the second floor. All baths feature thermostatically-controlled polished nickel fixtures and radiant heat to ensure warm toes on cool mountain mornings.
Beyond the first floor study, second floor office niche, and third floor studio, those working from home or who are looking for meditative, yoga, or studio space have yet another choice: Heading back outside, you’ll find an additional heated flex space above the 2-car garage, with a view of the woods beyond. As with the full walk-out basement, the garage includes shelving and ample storage space.
When you're not out exploring the private Black Forest hiking trails and swimming holes or enjoying all that the Delaware River Valley and Sullivan County have to offer, come home to this relaxing retreat, prepare a meal in the chef's kitchen with produce from one of several local farmers' markets, and cozy up in front of the woodburning fireplace with family and friends. All this, wrapped up in a right-sized house in the Black Forest at Glen Spey, a setting that feels like living in your own state park.
To note: Homestead School and Mackenzie School families, this home is just 7 minutes to school!