Some properties are so chock-a-block with amenities and other goodies that it's difficult to know where to begin. Tranquil Shore is one of those, but beyond the list of features these owners incorporated when they built the house in 2003 is the overall positive vibe that permeates both the lush grounds and the interior. It didn't hurt that I visited during the Golden Hour, when the sun streamed through virtually every room in the house. And it can do that because in addition to the windows, each of the four bedrooms, the living room, kitchen and downstairs lounge have glass doors that open to decks or patios, and provide incredible natural light throughout.
There is a pleasing flow between spaces so upon entering the foyer, with its towering ceiling, your are impelled forward into the spacious living room, where the space feels airy but more intimate. There is a fireplace (gas), room enough for a baby grand piano, and a view that leads all the way down to the water.
The large island/breakfast bar in the chef's kitchen is just beyond, because cooking and entertaining are so intertwined for these owners. Their love of good food is expressed by essentially incorporating the kitchen into the living space, and adding all the bells and whistles (pot-filler; large and well-lit pantry; a surfeit of cherry cabinetry made in Vermont; 6-burner Viking stove with warming drawer; SubZero refrigerator and Thermador double wall ovens). And to that end, once the meal is ready, the formal dining room, with barrel-vaulted ceiling, can host a good-sized crew. There is also a lovely dining space in the kitchen, for more casual meals, flanked by wonderful windows.
Down the hall, past the quite wonderful powder room, is the master suite (no stairs is a big plus for some). There is a luxurious bathroom worthy of the top hotels (but they don't all have the lake view). There are two sinks/vanities, a deep Jacuzzi tub, and a glass-enclosed shower/steam shower. (All fixtures in the house are either Kohler high-end Artist Edition or Limited Edition.) A short corridor within the suite leads past one of two walk-in closets, and into the bedroom, which easily accommodates a king bed. Once again, French doors open onto the wraparound deck, which overlooks an impossibly green lawn, with tastefully landscaped details, and which stretches to a tall stand of trees by the water's edge. Nip down the steps from the deck and enjoy the outdoor shower, if you like!
There is also a well-appointed laundry room conveniently located near the mud room by the door into the two-car garage (and a second washer/dryer set on the lower level).
Follow those gorgeous cherry wood floors (toasty from radiant heat) downstairs, and find yourself in a bright and beautifully-appointed "wing" where any guests or family members would be thrilled to stay. The two bedrooms include their own seating areas, and are en suite with tiled bathrooms that feature high-end fixtures, including steeping tub and glass-enclosed shower. Between the two bedrooms is a large lounge, with all three rooms enjoying exterior access. A set of double doors in the lounge opens to a space that the current owner uses as an exercise room: throw the doors open and watch TV while you do your reps. And off to the side, a kitchenette provides guests with flexibility, which is especially handy if there are small children.
The utility room is a tour-de-force of organization, easy access and top systematic design, which some will appreciate, and any owner would benefit from. And there is a wine seller, which we think most will appreciate.
Now to the lake. Pleasure Lake is a crystal clear, 200 acre reservoir that offers fishing, swimming and boating (including motor boating). The lake itself is owned by the members of the Fallsburg Fishing & Boating Club, and the shoreline, which is also largely owned by the club, provides the only access to the water. This shoreline has been divided into lots that have a separate value, and which "sell" (in fact it's technically a lease) to club members. The value of this property's shorefront lot has been rolled into the price for the entire purchase. Further details available upon request.
From the grassy shore extends a wonderful dock that provides easy entry to boats and kayaks, or to the water in general. From this part of the lake the nearby houses are largely screened from the water, and the idyllic views preserved.