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Mid-Century Home Nestled Among 2k+ Acres of State Forest Minutes to Tanglewood

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The living room with vaulted ceiling and open floor plan connecting to kitchen.

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

4 Bedroom Mid-century Classic Hidden in the Enchanted Forest of the Berkshires

Mid-century home nestled among 2k+ acres of state forest minutes to Tanglewood

If you are looking for a quiet woodland retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you. Located equal distance from New York City and Boston (2.5 hours from each), this mid-century home is set among more than 2,000 acres of state forest. Secluded on a dead end dirt road with only two other houses, this home makes for a perfect family getaway.

The house is approximately 2,500 square feet and features 4 bedrooms and an additional sleeping loft with its own second mini kitchen. There are 3 bathrooms (1 full and 2 3/4). It's an upside down house, which means the master bedroom and one other bedroom are on the lower level, and the living room and kitchen are on the upper level. This design maximizes the views from the living and dining areas which place you right up in the trees. The house is on a hill, so you enter the house over a land bridge on the upper level, but also have a door leading from the master bedroom to the back yard on the lower level.

The house was remodeled in 2014/early 2015 and features hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling in the living room, 2 fireplaces, a baby grand piano, a sun-filled solarium, family room with 55" LED SmartTV, gardens with outdoor pergola seating area, 2 outdoor decks, a master bedroom with a glass door opening to the outdoors, a children's room with 1 full size bed and 1 crib, guest room #1 with Queen bed, and guest room #2 with full sized bed and twin bunk beds. The house has a wi-fi + Airpplay enabled stereo system with built-in speakers throughout the house. High speed wi-fi internet is included. Washer and Dryer. There is a seasonal stream on the property, and lots of hiking trails within a few minutes drive. There is a Weber 3-burner gas grill on the deck that overlooks the gardens, and an outdoor eating table for summer BBQs.

The house is located on Fog Hill about 8 miles outside the hamlet of Austerlitz, NY in Columbia County. It's in the Berkshire foothills (sometimes referred to as the Taconic Hills in NY), and lies at an altitude over 1,500ft., which makes it naturally air conditioned in the summer.

The kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, utensils, small and large appliances, and pretty much anything you will need to make your meals. There's an excellent supermarket in neighboring Chatham, called The Price Chopper, which has an enormous selection of local and organic produce and meat, as well as all the other staples. There are also dozens of local farm stands in the area where you can buy seasonal produce directly from area farmers.

To the east, our neighboring town is West Stockbridge, MA -- the site of Alice's Restaurant and the Arlo Guthrie Foundation church (3 miles away). Go a little further and you'll be in Lenox, MA -- home to Tanglewood, the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It's a short drive to all major Berkshires attraction, including Jacob's Pillow, Mt. Greylock and Great Barrington. To our west is the Hudson Valley, a vibrant and thriving community of organic farmers, artists, antiques dealers and winemakers. The town of Hudson (25 minutes away) has been called the "new Williamsburg" because so many artisans have fled the overpriced burg in Brooklyn and set up workshops and stores on the historic Warren Street in Hudson. If you like antique stores, French cafes and gourmet dining, there's a lot to explore. There are dozens of state parks within a 45 minute radius that offer hiking, swimming, boating, mountaineering, fishing and more.

We have some items at the house which may be useful if you are traveling with an infant or toddler:

+ Crib
+ Pack n' Play
+ High chair with removable tray table
+ Baby monitors (1 base, 2 remote monitors)
+ White noise machine
+ Diaper pail
+ bottle brush
+ toddler forks, knives, plates, bowls and cups
bath toys
+ ergobaby  (infant insert available)
+ umbrella stroller 
+ baby shampoo + soap 
+ children's toilet seat
+ bathroom step stool
+ childrens books 
+ toys

Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome:

    The house is not "baby-proof," but it is kid friendly. There are some toys and books available for use, as well as a variety of musical instruments, puzzles and games....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking allowed inside. If smoking is detected indoors, it will result in a 100% forfeiture of your deposit. If you smoke outdoors, all cigarette butts must be placed in the "butt can" located on the deck. The butt can must be emptied when you leave and all cigarette butts must be taken with you from the property. Thank you for your understanding....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books:

    We have a variety of books in English and Japanese available for reading....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a Sony DVD player that plays discs from all regions, as well as VCDs, CDs, MP3 discs, etc......moreless

  • Games:

    We have lots of board games, cards and puzzles....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Stereo:

    There are two stereo systems -- one on each floor. Both are connected to the internet and can be used with AirTunes and play from iTunes playlists. There's also a turntable and CD player. ...moreless

  • Television:

    There's a 55" LED Samsung SmartTV that is connected to the internet. If you have an account with Netflix, AmazonPrime, Hulu, etc, then you're all set. If not, there's a DVD player with lots of DVDs....moreless

  • Toys:

    There are some indoor and outdoor toys of you and your kids to enjoy. Mostly geared toward toddlers. We also have bocce balls, frisbees, and other outdoor games....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have several 3-ring binders full of nearly 500 DVDs. ...moreless

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of the Berkshires in the winter. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    This house is located deep in the woods and surrounded by hiking trails through state forest, hidden ponds and mountains. Great for hiking in summer &cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in winter....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining table seats 6 comfortably and 8 if you squeeze. There is an additional table on the deck that can be used for larger groups. There is also a children's table with seating for 4 small kids...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There is a real fireplace in the living room. Lots of firewood out back in the shed....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The house has radiant heat installed throughout, controllable from zoned thermostats....moreless

  • Internet:

    High Speed Internet DSL with Wifi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room features a sectional sofa that seats 6-8 people. Other chairs are available. There is also a real fireplace, baby grand piano and stereo system for entertaining....moreless

  • Parking:

    The driveway can accommodate up to 6 cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line with local service. No long distance. Cellphone reception is good at the house (for AT&T and Verizon -- other carriers not tested)....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    There's a wood stove in the family room. Lots of firewood out back in the shed....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    The house has three kinds of coffee makers: french press, 12-cup drip and K-cup....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    the house comes with a full set of 8 place settings, utensils, glasses and mugs. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen comes with pots, pans, appliances and pantry items like salt, sugar and spices. You will need to procure your own food and drinks. The tap water is safe for drinking, and delicious!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    The house will be stocked with salt, pepper, sugar and cooking herbs and spices....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    There's a brand new Weber 3-burner propane grill on the deck. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    We have miles and miles of cross country ski trails that start right from the end of the driveway. There's also a family friendly downhill ski resort (Jiminy Peak) only 20 minutes away. ...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$450
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2017
3 night min stay

$1,200
flat fee
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 - Nov 25, 2017
4 night min stay
$450
$2,200

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Christmas
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
$500
$2,000 $5,500
MLK Weekend
Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2018
3 night min stay
$400
$2,200 $5,500
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$250 $300
Fri, Sat
$1,750 $5,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Notes:

We are a "no shoes" house.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany, NY
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Hudson, NY
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Jiminy Peak

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: Welcome! We are Kurt, Mio and Kailash, and we're happy that you found our home in the enchanted woods of Fog Hill. We divide our time between New York City and the Berkshires, but we're originally from New England and Tokyo, respectively. Kurt grew up in Lexington, MA, did his undergrad at Brown University, and is a documentary filmmaker. Mio grew up in Kawasaki, Japan, did her undergrad at Los Angeles School of Art, and is a fine artist & graphic designer. Kailash is still growing up. We love to travel, and collect folk art from the places we visit. We also love mid-century design, music, art and walking in the woods.

Why the Owner Chose Austerlitz, NY, USA:
We fell in love with this house the moment we walked into the solarium and saw the view. The house is surrounded by trees, but light was pouring through the large picture windows and it felt like we were way up in a treehouse. It's only gotten better from there. We wanted a home that would be a great place to raise a family, and one that would always give us more to explore. We're incredibly grateful that we found just the place, and we're happy we can share it with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Each season brings a completely different form of natural beauty. In winter, we see the first sunlight over the Berkshires glimmering off the snow-crested trees; In spring, there are more shades of green than you'll ever see in one place; In summer, the wild blueberries and blackberries take over the forest floor and gardens come to life; And in fall, the maples, oaks, elms and birches dazzle us with foliage. If you love nature, and wilderness in particular, you'll love being here.


Contact us

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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Photos

  • The living room with vaulted ceiling and open floor plan connecting to kitchen.

    The living room with vaulted ceiling and open floor plan connecting to kitchen.

  • The solarium faces south and east and is the perfect place to watch the sunrise.

    The solarium faces south and east and is the perfect place to watch the sunrise.

  • The baby grand piano

    The baby grand piano

  • The bed room #1 (master bedroom with windows facing to the gardens.)

    The bed room #1 (master bedroom with windows facing to the gardens.)

  • The bedroom #2 ( guest room)

    The bedroom #2 ( guest room)

  • The bedroom #4 ( kids room with crib & a toddler bed)

    The bedroom #4 ( kids room with crib & a toddler bed)

  • The family room with wood burning stove and LED SmartTV.

    The family room with wood burning stove and LED SmartTV.

  • The primary guest bathroom.

    The primary guest bathroom.

  • The secondary guest bathroom

    The secondary guest bathroom

  • South side of the house with the gardens in the foreground.

    South side of the house with the gardens in the foreground.

  • The fireplace.

    The fireplace.

  • The kitchen. There's a sky light above the island.

    The kitchen. There's a sky light above the island.

  • The dining area.  There are additional matching chairs for a total of 12.

    The dining area. There are additional matching chairs for a total of 12.

  • Alternate view of master bedroom

    Alternate view of master bedroom

  • The bedroom #3 ( guest room) . Can sleep up to 4 people.

    The bedroom #3 ( guest room) . Can sleep up to 4 people.

  • The sleeping loft with mini kitchen and breakfast nook.

    The sleeping loft with mini kitchen and breakfast nook.

  • The family Room 55" LED SmartTV.

    The family Room 55" LED SmartTV.

  • The full bathroom with separate tub and oversized shower stall.

    The full bathroom with separate tub and oversized shower stall.

  • The washer and dryer.

    The washer and dryer.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, April 10, 2017

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