• Acreage: 14.04
4 Bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
• Built: 1895
• Square feet: 4,891
• Swimming pool
• Heat: Forced hot air
• Fuel: Oil
• Hot water:
• Siding: Clapboard
• Numerous fruit trees
• Dug well
• Cell: Yes
• Town: Highland
• County: Sullivan
• Tax Map (2 lots): 6.-1-34.1; 6.-1-12.10*
• Taxes: Town/Co. $8,167; School $8,714*
• Listing price: $599,000
*It's possible taxes could be reduced if these lots were combined.
Built between 1890-1895 by an affluent family whose expansive holdings included a similar, but larger house nearby, this Victorian home is rich in fine features, including detailed woodwork throughout, four bay window and ten foot ceilings. While the walk-up third floor attic is not finished, the large space has two wood stove hook-ups in the chimneys, indicating that it might have been once considered for future housing of the household staff.
The unassuming driveway runs through a hemlock wood and then opens to a bright setting, with about a dozen apple trees dotting the landscape around the dramatic, gabled, clapboard house. A porte cochére provides coverage over the entrance, useful during inclement weather. But if direct access to the kitchen is more practical, the side entrance is the way to go.
There is a romance to this whole building, which was enhanced by the current owner’s flair for design, and was featured in Domino Magazine. The heavy, tall carved-wood front doors open onto a foyer with French doors at the opposite end, which open onto the back deck. An ornate newel post at the foot of the staircase reads like an over-sized chess piece and adds drama to the space. At left, the living room runs the full depth of the house, with a bay window on one side. A propane fire has been set up in the fireplace which once served as a coal burners that were more like foot warmers, according to a history of the property.
To the right of the entrance a large dining room with French doors would be a dream for holiday entertaining, with ample room for large crew. The dining room then leads to the side wing, which features a generous-sized sunny office with bay window, a full bathroom with shower, and an eat-in kitchen. A small laundry is just off the kitchen and also opens to the rear deck. The "back stairs", which would have been used by the servants back in the day, is also in this part of the house.
Up the main stairway by the entrance, the master bedroom mirrors the full-depth dimensions of the living room below, and also has two large doors at either end of the hall, to the room. There is a deep alcove, used as a closet / wardrobe space.
Down the hall, which is paneled to chair rail height, one passes the door to the aforementioned attic, and a brief offshoot to the right that is the somewhat unfinished room and anteroom over the porte cochére, and then past two generously-proportioned bedrooms. The side wing portion (over the kitchen) includes a full bathroom with clawfoot tub/shower and the fourth bedroom.
The long back deck with pergola and built-in flower boxes is a more modern addition, and has a view of the delightful one room studio that is tucked-in at the edge of the woods, and of the swimming pool. Of course the pool is a focal point in summer, providing another aspect to life on the property.