• Main House: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
• Guest House: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
• 7.68 acres
• Year built: Main 1969, Guest 1975
• Square footage: Main 1,104, Guest 480
• 2 fireplaces
• Siding: Wood
• Drilled well
• 2 septic systems, both recent
• Heat: Propane-fired forced hot air and supplemental baseboard
• County: Ulster
• Township: Denning
• School District: Tri-Valley
• Taxes: School - $4,031; Town/Co. - $2,478
• SBL: 58.2-2-18
• Listing Price: $289,000 SOLD
This striking home, and its adjacent guest apartment over the garage, have undergone a few incarnations over the years, embodying the creative personalities of its owners. For the last nearly twenty-five years, the folks who have called this property home have filled the buildings with their collections of books, antique shop finds and other objets of sentimental value.
The house is all about 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 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 eclectic kitchen, which features an original 1930s Magic Chef stove, 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.
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 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 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 site is fitted out with a full kitchen, and there is a tub 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 down the hill toward the idyllic pond area - a favored spot for gathering and lounging under the high tree canopy during summer. Between the Main House and Guest Apartment, the sunny stone patio rivals the 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 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, and 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!