• Main House: 1+ bedroom, 2 bathrooms
• Guest House: 1+ bedroom, 1 bath
• 7.68 acres
• Year built: Main 1969, Guest 1975
• Square footage: Main 1,104, Guest 480
• 1 Car garage
• 2 Fireplaces
• Siding: Wood
• Drilled well
• 2 septic systems, both recent
• Heat: Propane-fired forced hot air
• On-demand hot water in the Main House, electric in Guest Quarters
• County: Ulster
• Township: Denning
• School District: Tri-Valley
• Taxes: Town/Co. $2,335; School $4,581
• SBL: 58.2-2-18
• Listing Price: $369,000
Over the last 3-4 years the owners have upgraded the property as follows:
• Spray foam insulation throughout entire 2 houses (including garage), except for living room of main house.
• Spray foam insulation and sealing of crawl space adding dehumidifier under main house.
• Replace entire roof above kitchen in main house, including spray foam insulation under roof
• Replaced water heater
• Checked and updated most electrical
• Updated kitchen with new appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher)
• Updated bathroom next to kitchen in main house and bathroom in guesthouse.
• Replaced rafter in guest house
• Replaced structural beam under deck off guest house
• Added/Installed new windows in guesthouse and upstairs main house bedroom
• Replaced exterior siding on back of main house
• The owners did remove the kitchen in the guesthouse, though gas and plumbing lines remain (obviously closed off) in case there is a desire to convert back.
This striking barn-style home, and its adjacent guest quarters over the garage, have undergone a few incarnations over the years, embodying the creative personalities of its owners. The current owners have made it all about the textures and light: Stone from the old fireplace that pre-dates the house, and woods, both rough barn siding and smooth oak and cherry, are paired with large windows to create exciting spaces. Outside, a large deck provides substantial additional living space in summer, and a great vantage point from which to gaze out at the lush acreage.
One enters the house to find themselves in a long living room punctuated by old wooden beams (apparently one of which is from 1770, sourced from the grounds of the old Grossinger property), and alternating ceiling heights, creating a cozy nook, and a dramatic spot where built-ins can be filled with books up to the ten foot ceiling. An archway by the wood stove leads into the kitchen and dining areas, which features the gorgeous stone fireplace, and at least one large antique cupboard that will remain with the house. Little built-in nooks abound, perfect for displaying spices and small bottles. Off the kitchen is a room that has alternately be used as another bedroom or as a lounge area. Currently there are no doors on that space, but they are easily added. There is an adjacent full bathroom with blue tiled walk-in shower and vintage sink.
Narrow stairs near the entry lead up to a master suite tucked upstairs in a kind of romantic crow's nest, featuring a claw foot tub with a view of the grounds from the many large windows. The owners love the coziness of tucking the mattress in the nook, but it could just as easily sit in the main space.
The garage with 480 square foot guest apartment above, was built several years after the Main House, and is accessed via a pretty stone-clad walled staircase, which leads to the largely open space. The peaked ceiling makes the room feel even larger, while clerestory windows provide additional natural light. Once again, a wonderful stone fireplace is a focal point of the room. An alcove off to the side had been fitted out with a full kitchen, but now serves as another guest sleeping area. There is a large tub / shower in the wood-paneled bathroom.
There are wonderful nooks and crannies outside as well, with pleasing grassy paths winding through the acres of woodland, and many plantings and flower beds and wild grasses that burst with color in the spring though autumn. A sturdy set of stairs leads partially down the hill, and then provides an overlook toward the idyllic pond area. That is one of a number of favored spots for gathering and lounging under the high tree canopy during summer.
A wide path through the woods leads to pond, but you’re greeted by the sound of tumbling waters in the creek before you get there. The little waterfalls and eddies are blissfully mesmerizing. The pond itself presents a pleasant seating area, and then a short boardwalk leading to a tiny man-made island. Other than the creek, the only sound is birdsong.
Between the Main House and Guest Quarters, a sunny stone patio rivals the large deck for the attentions of sunbathers and al fresco diners, while the old-fashioned wooden double swing, swathed in wisteria, creates interest along the edge of a grassy clearing.
Sundown is a picturesque, rugged and sparsely populated area near the border of Sullivan and Ulster Counties, by Peekamoose Mountain, attracting visitors from all over to the local State hiking trails, numerous and sometimes jaw-dropping waterfalls. Nearby Blue Hole, a famous swimming site since the 19th century, written about by the naturalist John Burroughs, is deep, crystal clear (to the point of being blue) and wonderfully chilly!