Home Living in a Glass House: Must-See Hudson Valley Modernist Retreat
May 22, 2019
If you love modern design and crave the quiet countryside, you’re in luck. We’ve found utopia in the Hudson Valley!
Listed for $5.45 million, an 11,000-square-foot glass-and-steel house set on 120 acres in Taghkanic, NY, is a mod paradise, ideal for a city dweller in need of an escape. The town of Taghkanic is only a 2.5-hour drive from New York City and only 15 minutes to Hudson, NY.
The cool compound consists of a main house, guesthouse, outdoor pool, tennis courts, reflecting pool, and bocce court. Inside the eight-bedroom, 11-bath home are a movie theater, library, and indoor lap pool. Walls of glass are intentionally positioned throughout to enjoy views of the Catskill Mountains. Blond woods everywhere are a nod to Scandinavian design.
The house was built in 2001 and designed by architect Thomas Phifer, and the Rockefeller family once owned the estate. The exquisite landscaping by the celebrated landscape designer Dan Kiley takes full advantage of the property’s sloping hillsides. As further proof of its designer pedigree, the mansion has been featured in magazines including Architectural Record and Elle Decor.
Foodies who love to entertain and appreciate a minimalist space—stocked with gourmet accoutrements—will fall in love with the chef-grade kitchen. It’s outfitted almost entirely in stainless steel, and its enormous island could easily serve as a primo gathering spot for a party or event. Guests can congregate on bar-height stools, also in stainless steel.
Stairwell between two levels
Six of the home’s eight bedrooms are on the lower level, near the kitchen. The kitchen also offers easy access to the movie theater and indoor lap pool. In a reversal of tradition, the home’s dining room, as well as the expansive living room—which has 15-foot ceilings and a fireplace—are both on the upper level.
Whether this retreat is scooped up by an NYC denizen in need of a weekend pad or a design aficionado looking to add to a collection of notable homes, the next chapter in its history will surely hone in on the art of relaxation.