549 & 545 Route 208, Gardiner
Spectacular "Gunk" mountain views, charm, and your very own paradise – this unique home is a must see! Meticulously rebuilt, stone by stone, by this century’s only owner, Charley, who with great love, worked tirelessly with his family to rebuild the then neglected French Huguenot stone house. It's now time for owners to begin their next adventure, and for them to put their personal stamp and aesthetic on the house. Walk into the living room from the nearby driveway and find yourself in awe of the craftsmanship. Deep-silled windows, wide plank hardwood floors and... the focal point of the room, the massive fireplace. Throughout this home, attention to detail is very evident; from the Dutch doors with stunning hardware, to the custom millwork, floor to ceiling. There are massive, exposed hewn beams and 2 additional impressive fireplaces in the dining room/country kitchen, and in the den. Walk through the room comfy kitchen and head downstairs to the den, a cozy space home to the most massive of the three brick-lined fireplaces. A sense of history surrounds you, with the safety of a clay lined chimney. Once you are at the lower level, there’s the very unique and exciting part; from the den you walk through a very cool 17’ long masonary tunnel (made with stone walls and a brick archway) out into a bonus room with a sliding door out to the lower level of the back yard. (There's a massive cut stone retaining wall.) This room would make a great home office given its view out to nature and super quiet spot. This space also leads to the under-house 2-car garage. There's also a detached garage near to the front entry, so the next owner might choose to finish the under house garage into living, or work space accessible to the entire house without going out of doors. Maybe its a living unit with need of two home offices. Off the living room, on the main level, is a magical screened porch, great for dining or just sitting and reading. From the screened porch you walk out onto the 18x12 bluestone patio or sit out on Adirondack chairs near the stone wall and watch the sun go down over Sky Top Tower on the mountain ridge in the distance to the northeast. One can also look out over the gently sloped meadows to the amazing, privately sited pond. The waters of the pond are truly so crystal clear you can see the bottom. It's excellent for swimming. There’s a boardwalk around one side of the pond and an old-fashioned rope swing for aquatic fun and leisure. This property offering is comprised of 2 parcels. If one has interest, or desires, each has commercial opportunities. (With Gardiner Hamlet Commercial zoning, the property has endless possibilities.) There’s a 20x24 Timber Peg frame barn built in 2002 with wood flooring, electricity, and a standing seam metal roof. There’s also a 2 ½ story 18x12 Timber Peg barn built in 2004, with concrete and wood floors, electric service and a cedar roof. (the garage near the front entry) New Paltz, shops, restaurants, Minnewaska State park, The "Gunks" for world class rock climbing are all just minutes away! The farm stands in the area are iconic. If you are about to make a move from a metro area...this home would make an excellent and easy transition for certain. It's access to NYC is among the best in all the County.
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