• 2 Bedrooms / 1 bathroom
• Large studio space and sleeping loft
• Seasonal but winterized (heated by wood stove)
• Square feet: 1,112 house, 350 garage
• Acres: .38
• Built: 1930
• Renovated: 2011-2014
• Large wood deck
• Heat: Jotul wood stove
• Hot water: Electric
• Siding: Wood
• Drilled well (new pump 2018)
• PN Security System
• Cell: Yes
• Internet/TV: Cable & Satellite
• Town: Bethel
• County: Sullivan
• Tax Map: 41.-25-21 and 43.-7-1
• Taxes: Town/Co. $1,611; School $2,538
• Listing price: $215,000
The private hamlet of Smallwood is a treasure trove of vintage log cabins, some in their original form, some - like this very special one - tastefully renovated and expanded into a chic, modern cabin. Situated at the end of a private road, and perched over one of the larger green spaces in this well-loved lake community, this two-parcel lot has an unobstructed view of lovely and long-ranging, color-soaked woods. Outdoor amenities include an expansive green lawn, a fire pit and two very nice sheds. There is also a fully renovated 350 square foot studio space in a separate building - with two distinct rooms in case you want to set up dual studios.
The current owners purchased the cabin and garage in 2011, and oversaw a stylish gut renovation and many other improvements since then. Although a relatively small footprint, the organic layout inside makes it feel spacious and airy. The front door is flanked on the left by the bathroom and a small closet with a stacked washer and dryer, and to the right is a medium-sized bedroom. Along that same line of the back wall of the house is the second bedroom. The living/dining space is anchored by a wood stove, and the ceiling is opened up to full gabled height, with skylights added for maximum light. Above the middle bedroom, the owners have carved a sweet sleep loft, accessed by a library ladder.
The kitchen is minimalist - white, wood and glass - with a side door that leads out to the grill. Behind the kitchen is a bonus room added in 2011 - a large work studio that could easily convert into another living room or a master bedroom. There’s enough room in this space to add another bath.
Outdoors is literally within reach from everywhere, as there are multiple doors leading to the deck and big yard, and ample skylights and big picture windows to capture the serene view. The interior walls are bright and cheerful, and it’s remarkable how much light there is, even on an overcast day.
In 2014, the house was re-clad in a cedar-stained rough-sawn pine, and at the same time, its oversized deck was refinished and outfitted with a new railing. The cedar color gives the house a nice pop, but still blends naturally into the wood’s seasonal palette. The garage studio is painted a neutral gray.
All systems have been upgraded since 2011, some as early as last year, and include new plumbing, upgraded electrical, new roof, new water heater, spray foam insulation top and bottom, plus added site drainage all around the house and a fully vapor-lined crawlspace. Note this is a Seasonal cabin as it doesn’t have a heating system, the owners lived there year-round but used only the Jotul wood stove for heat in winter. It would be easy to add a heat pump system as there is a crawl space.
Smallwood itself has two optional memberships available: The Lake (non-motor) allows boat parking and beach access for $150 year, and the house comes with a vintage canoe docked the lake. The Club at Smallwood offers a heated pool and clubhouse membership for $325 per adult (kids under 12 are free). Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center is 5 minutes away. The river towns of Narrowsburg and Callicoon are each a 25 minute drive.