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You Could Be Living In Paradise
"I can't believe this exists less than an hour from the city", I thought of my first visit to historic 227 Old Mill Road. This compound is located in Valley Cottage just minutes away from Nyack. I remember that day looking around at the house, the barn, the cottage, and Lake DeForest. An eagle flew overhead, one of many birds and water fowl that frequent the property.
I was first introduced to the side of the property, which was originally the front of the old 1700's sandstone Dutch Colonial. This home once served as a farm house for the first Dutch settlers. It is one of the last remaining Sandstone houses from this period still standing. Adorned with a green entry door, shingled roof and wooden shutters; pale yellow wooden siding and two brick chimneys on either side of the house that sit like bookends.
On the left side of the house is a bay sandstone window. The light contrasting mortar of the stone make the material pop visually. On the right side is a sweet pale yellow wooden deck, which is used as the main entry of the house. There is an outdoor shower off to the side, which is perfect for those hot summer days.
Back to the front of the house, towards the edge of the slate patio is a cylindrical stone covered well, topped with a decorative terra cotta pitcher. Built approximately 260 years ago by the Dutch pioneers, the well is a stunning sculpture within itself and is used to bring fresh natural water into the house for drinking and bathing. It is surrounded by the most beautiful scents of lilac emitting from the bushes that surround it.
From there your eyes are drawn to the expansive front lawn carpeted with lush green grass and covered with many fruit bearing trees, flowering shrubs and perennial gardens. This must be paradise.
The property served as a Buddhist retreat some 20+ years ago. A footprint of that time can be found in the form of an authentic Tibetan Buddhist Stupa that stands off to the side and down a little hill on the right of a 2nd patio area. It was erected as a shrine in honor of the Goddess Tara, the female embodiment of Buddha. "Arya Tara is known as the 'mother of liberation' and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements" (according to Buddhist Deities: Bodhisattvas of Compassion). It was used as a place for meditation. A few yards behind the Stupa is a footpath that leads down to the lake. So beautiful and tranquil. This property is owned by Suez and is not permitted for building.
To the right is a cozy one room pale yellow wooden cottage. Its entry door is outlined in the green from the main house and its roof is covered in a contrasting faded burgundy shingle. It is outfitted with a full bathroom with standing shower and has a glass sliding door to a cozy deck with seasonal front row views of the lake. So peaceful.
The barn offers so many wonderful possibilities. When I visualize who I think the new owner of the property will be, the barn is where I get the most inspiration. The lower level, completely white-washed with it's open studio, could be a small gym or yoga studio... or maybe an artist studio for that matter. It could be the home of some sort of production company. Aside from open space, it also has two smaller rooms that can serve as offices and a half bath.
The immediate upstairs loft apartment has a nice high vaulted ceiling, skylights in the bedroom and a full kitchen and bath and is rentable. The back lower half of the barn was once an indoor/outdoor animal pen. The current owner used to have goats there. In front of it is a chicken coop. Fresh eggs anyone? The upstairs of the back half of the barn is an unfinished work space. It can be finished as a second, larger studio but I've been visualizing some sort of furniture maker creating wonderful pieces up there. It has an over-sized picture window with a high view of the lake. Endless possibilities.
Moving into the main house, from the deck you immediately come into the opened kitchen. It is contemporary in style with it's burnt orange wood cabinets, opaque industrial glass cabinet door fronts, a large, confetti like terrazzo spacious countertop and a black, flat hexagon tile. It's a knock out! Aside from its modern recessed down lighting, it offers light from two hanging pendants above the counter and a window with natural lighting above the kitchen sink. The appliances are all updated stainless steel.
Off to the side is a built in wooden bookcase with a brick-faced pillar on the end. To the far right corner of the kitchen is a Dutch door with upper glass panels. It leads into a three season room with a brick wall and an outside door with a slate walkway that may have been used as a main access point to enter the home.
The ceilings are low, which is common of homes constructed in this time period. It assisted in keeping the house warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months. The house has always been perfect in temperature every time I've visited, and that is without the assistance of air-conditioning. In front of the kitchen is an area currently used as an eat-in kitchen and sitting room. It has one of two wood-burning fire places found in the house. The 2nd is in the living room/dining room, which reminds me of a home in the Hamptons. A large open room with lots of natural sun light spewing in from the windows and hardwood floors throughout. There is also a 2nd Dutch door leading to three season room, currently used for storage.
Off to the left of the kitchen is my favorite room, the first floor master bedroom. You step down into this beautiful bright white-washed addition with high ceilings, ample living space, closets and an open bathroom. You get lots of wonderful light from the scones, hanging fixture and the bright skylight over the antique Italian porcelain claw foot tub. In front of the tub is a sliding barn door, which leads to the toilet and standing shower. The shower is adorned with whimsical Talavera Mexican Tiles.
The 2nd level of the main house is easily accessed from the front of the old sandstone section of the home. There are three brightly lit bedrooms and one over-sized bath, each with its own closet and personality. The larger bedroom has an exposed brick pillar that is centered on the far wall. This bedroom also has window seating that encases the radiator, which is a fantastic place to read... or write your next masterpiece. The mid-sized bedroom has a walkout onto a flat roof which is great for that lake view morning stretch. The upstairs bathroom is outfitted with a tub/shower combo and lined with classic white subway tile and a pedestal sink. The floor is covered with a white retro hexagon mosaic and the walls painted sea foam green with classic white crown molding. There is ample closet space for those bath towels and linens. There is also a door on this level to the walkup attic, which is unfinished but perfect for additional storage.
I could live here... or visit. This property has the makings of a great bed and breakfast if not someone's home away from home. Think it could be your oasis? Give me a call. I would love to show it to you! For more details, visit http://www.ready2mov.com/details.php?mls=1&mlsid=4719967.
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