Address: 489 Mossy Hill Rd, Catskill
Description: This modern wonder in Greene County sits on more than five acres of gorgeous property in the Catskills. Its exterior evokes rustic charm while maintaining a chic, artistic look, one wholly unique due to its designer.
The Vancouver-based Backcountry Hut Company produced this Hudson Valley beauty. Its team of forward-thinking creatives are passionate about the outdoors, sustainability, and approachable, enduring architecture. As surfers, hikers, and adventurers, the team chases the elements and follows the seasons along the coastal U.S. The brand develops minimalist shelters built to withstand anything mother nature can throw at them. They are stunning and simplistic, not to mention constructed with minimal impact to the surrounding environment.
Bask in the awe of this home’s front exterior, which features a 25-foot-high cedar entranceway and tall sliding glass doors. A wall of windows invites any guest of the house immediately inside and grants incredible golden hourviews of the surrounding countryside.
Once inside, visitors are greeted by a vast contemporary living space. Skylights and raised ceilings bathe the room in natural light and display the changing of the seasons in all of its majesty. Tongue and grove cedar beamed ceilings run above, while slate floors ground the entire room. The open space expands just under 1,000 square feet. Equal parts gallery and ski lodge, it boasts a number of architectural elements to evoke the hybrid feeling. This home is a paradise for unique individuals looking to pair two equally tempting aesthetics. A custom-made built-in herringbone cedar shelving unit only adds to the room’s charm.
Move into the kitchen for a dazzling display of state-of-the-art efficiency. This cooking lab is equipped with a solid milled cherry wood-topped island, a five-burner gas Samsung stove, Vigo faucet, Sub Zero, and more luxurious amenities.
Head up the wooden stairs with metal railings to check out one of the two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom is glamorous in every way, with a high vaulted ceiling and a magnificent skylight. A wall of windows looks out at one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful assets, its treetops. Triangles and squares permeate the room’s design. Did we mention that every skylight is Velux, with solar-powered “smart shades” that close automatically when storms approach?
The ensuite bathroom has a high-end Moen showerhead with a built-in steamer, turning the home into a spa. Plus, guests can always enjoy a soak in the other bathroom’s deep, freestanding tub while gazing out at the surrounding forest.
Want to take a break from main house? There’s always the matching studio across the property. Complete with electricity and running water, this space would make for the perfect work-from-home office, free from distractions, or a home-gym/yoga studio where residents can get in the zone. For creatives, the space has art studio potential. The site is surrounded by natural inspiration.
In the summer months, take advantage of the fresh air and beautiful woodland with an outdoor kitchen. Grill masters will rejoice at the setup, which also includes a sink, mini-fridge, and Kegerator. As the sun goes down and the stars begin to sparkle, residents can enjoy a large fire pit and outdoor shower. There is something for everyone at this property, making it a possible spot for a Hudson Valley Airbnb.
Asking price: $699,000
Selling points: This property sits in a convenient location, just minutes away from jaunts throughout Greene County. There are endless hikes to explore, with the world-famous Kaaterskill Falls just 15 minutes away. Delicious pizza and fresh brews await at Rip Van Winkle brewing, just a short ride toward Palenville. Nestled inside the Catskill Central School District, this home is a perfect permanent refuge for families as well as young couples. The music scene thrives in Saugerties, and artisans flock to nearby Woodstock. Catskill itself has plenty to do, with a low-key downtown area perfect for lazy Saturdays.