Red Hill View has possibly the most dramatic and expansive panoramic views I know in the area. The way the hills fold into one another, further and further into the distance, with wide open meadow and the occasional apple tree in the foreground, is a feast for the eyes and the soul. Each day and season brings its own spectacular show. And with no neighboring house immediately nearby, and no sign of human intervention in the largely "forever wild" Catskill Park preserved lands facing this property, this is a truly exceptional locale. There are 136 acres spanning both sides of this sleepy one-house road (it is a town maintained road, however), incorporating several meadows, many with stonewalls, and abundant blueberry and raspberry bushes. There are a couple of springs that bubble up on the property, one of which flows downhill into an area suitable for a pond. In addition to the incomparable views from the house (most photos have been shot by the photographer-owner, near the house), there is also a hilltop site with jaw-dropping vistas east to the Shawangunk Mountains, with the potential for a matchless, even wider view with the clearing of some trees.
Adding to the picturesque setting, the old barn, which qualified for a state preservation program in 2009, stands sentry over the lands it has served for over 140 years. It is a blank canvas with all sorts of possibilities given its unobstructed access to these priceless views. The current owners used it for an annual event they called the "Outloud Festival", to which authors would come for readings that frequently took place with barn swallows flying overhead. In addition, there are three outbuildings near the house: One was the original woodshed, which now houses the above ground oil tank (and provides a cozy spot for the dog). An adjacent workshop is ideal for exploring creative pursuits. And a former spring house on the other side of the house, built in the 1880s, was rebuilt in 2013 and is used as a toolshed. Although not recently planted, a large, fenced vegetable garden in one of the meadows has been cultivated and naturally fertilized over the years, and is ready for reinvigoration.
Built in the 1860s with subsequent additions, including three rooms added from 2000-2005, the farmhouse has seven rooms plus mudroom and computer alcove. The full bathroom with clawfoot tub is on the ground floor, with a lavatory upstairs off the master bedroom. The country kitchen has both an electric and a gas stove, and the dining room, with its barn wood ceiling and walls, has picture windows that drop you right into that extraordinary setting. While sitting at your dining room table, you might watch deer grazing on fallen apples, hawks circling lazily overhead, or wild turkeys pecking their way through the field.
Red Hill View is in Claryville, New York (although it is served by the Grahamsville post office, so is often listed in online maps with Grahamsville as town). Over 70% of the area is owned by New York State or New York City (as part of its Watershed for NYC drinking water), and is preserved, creating a natural oasis, largely unspoiled, that is also the source of the Neversink River, which flows through the town. It is known for its hiking trails, the Red Hill Fire Tower, and the popular Frost Valley YMCA, which attracts visitors to its several thousand acre campuses. Otherwise, the town virtually dead ends, and is simply a best-kept secret by those who value its stunning beauty and exceptional tranquility.