324 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY

$1,995,000

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5

Beds

Baths

3,673

Square feet

4.00

Acres

About 324 Upper Byrdcliffe Road

On four beautiful acres in the hills above Woodstock Village, this lovely 5-bedroom home incorporates the ideals of the British and American Arts and Crafts movements and is one of only a handful of private historic homes in the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, which brought the first artists to Woodstock in the early 1900s -- decades before the famous concert. The original colony, founded by the wealthy British painter and Utopian philosopher Ralph Whitehead and his American wife, Jane Byrd McCall, was designed with the goal of creating a community of craftsmen (who built furniture and made textiles, pottery, and jewelry). Many of the original buildings, cottages, and studios still stand and have at times been home to such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Chevy Chase, Eva Hesse, Milton Avery and Lee Marvin who used to live in this home. Why did the Whiteheads and subsequent generations of creatives fall in love with the area? Reportedly, they searched the nation and chose the hills above Woodstock for it’s ideal mountain air. Perhaps it is the light filtering through the trees. The hush of snow in winter. Birdsong in summer. The streams, including one on this property, that flow down the mountain toward town. And, of course, the proximity to New York City, which is about two hours away by car and easily accessible by train or bus. The home itself is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Homes, and has been restored to the Byrdcliffe Colony’s Arts and Crafts ideals. Fully renovated, with a host of recent updates. The huge living room, with a massive original, wood-burning fireplace and restored beams, is ideal for relaxing and entertaining. The expansive kitchen -- big enough to include a sofa -- features the work of local craftsmen who built the hand-hewn beams, custom-crafted wood cabinets with local marble, and complemented by the Miele dishwasher, and a La Cornue stove. The kitchen's 13-inch floorboards were locally sourced and painstakingly sanded to restore their natural color; much of the paint, oils, and waxes were created only with natural ingredients and the fixtures are unlaquered brass handmade made by artisans in Brooklyn. A walk-in pantry has its own sink. On the same level are a large private office with custom-made bookcases and a sizable entertainment/recreation room. Some of the rooms are papered with fanciful William Morris patterns -- a nod to Ralph Whitehead, Byrcliffe's founder, and his friendship with Morris. Upstairs, a total of five bedrooms includes a master with a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom featuring custom tile and cabinetry plus a clawfoot tub that overlooks the woods. The other two bathrooms are tadelakt -- a rare kind of plaster that is 100% waterproof and used to make saunas in Morocco. A fourth bathroom can be found on the main level. Outdoors, there's a handsome hot tub and a hand-built Argentinian grill. Bluestone walls, patios, and paths balance harmoniously with nature. The land encourages exploring and perhaps finding a special spot to set down a cast-iron bench or a comfortable chair by the stream for reading. Walkable from the house is a trail that heads up Guardian Mountain. Today, the once-historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony is under the stewardship of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, a regional arts center that continues to attract makers of all kinds by offering exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, and artists' residencies. Imagine living in a spectacular historic home on four acres with your own stream, surrounded by natural beauty and the unique creative energy of Woodstock.

Features of 324 Upper Byrdcliffe Road

MLS® # 20221789
Price $1,995,000
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3.50
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Square Footage 3,673
Acres 4.00
Year Built 1905
Type Residential
Sub-Type Single Family
Style ARTS AND CRAFTS, TWO STORY
Status ACTIVE

Community Information

Address 324 Upper Byrdcliffe Road
Area WOODSTOCK
City Woodstock
County Ulster County
State NY
Zip Code 12498-0000

Additional Information

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Amenities

Amenities GARDEN AREA
Features CEILING-BEAMED, CEILING-CATHEDRAL
Parking OFF STREET
# of Garages 2
Garages Garage Detached
Is Waterfront No

Interior

Interior Features INSULATED DOORS, STORM WINDOWS, INSULATED WINDOWS, LOW E WINDOWS, MASTER BATH, FRENCH DOORS
Appliances DRYER, DISHWASHER, RANGE, RANGE HOOD, WASHER, ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES, TANKLESS HOT WATER HEATER, WHOLE HOUSE FILTER SYSTEM, EXHAUST FAN
Heating RADIATORS, STAND BY GENERATOR, ABV GROUND FUEL TANK, STEAM
Cooling DUCTLESS SPLIT AC UNITS
Fireplace Yes
Fireplaces WOOD, BRICK

Exterior

Exterior Features STAND BY GENERATOR
Lot Description PRIVATE, ADDITIONAL LAND AVAILABLE, ROCK OUTCROP, SECLUDED, SLOPE-MODERATE, WOODED
Roof ASPH SHINGLE
Construction FRAME/STICK

School Information

District ONTEORA CENTRAL

Additional Information

Zoning R
Taxes (total) $17,839
General Tax $7,679
School Tax $10,160

Listing Details

AgentGary Heckelman
OfficeHalter Associates Realty

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