Not too long after “Girls5eva” star Busy Philipps and veteran rom-com writer-director Marc Silverstein packed up their kids and moved from Los Angeles to New York City, where they initially rented a stunning townhouse on a tree-lined block in Chelsea, they shelled out a bit more than $1.6 million for a secluded hideaway about 100 miles north, in the famously scenic Hudson Valley.
Now, not even 1.5 years later, the couple, who recently revealed they’d secretly split up more than a year earlier, have put the 43-plus-acre sylvan spread back on the market at $1.75 million. Hidden deep in the woods down a winding driveway, about five miles outside the historic and charming hamlet of Rhinecliff, the two-story home sits in a sunny clearing atop a stone rampart. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in close to 4,200 square feet, according to listings held by Rachel Hyman-Rouse, Licensed Principal Broker of Rouse + Co Real Estate, LLC.
Built in the late 1970s by a local artist, the home’s funky, loft-like interior spaces include a hardwood-floored living room plenty large enough to accommodate several seating areas and a spacious if not particularly high-end eat-in kitchen with a huge built-in breakfront for food and dishware. Oversized windows provide an abundance of natural light and sliding glass doors open to patios and decks. There are two full bathrooms on the main floor, one of them part of the over-sized primary bedroom.
A multi-color wood-block mural adds an eye-catching flourish to the rear porch, where there’s a washer/dryer tucked up under a floating staircase. With a nicely renovated bathroom and a kitchenette straight out of 1979, there are innumerable options to use and/or divvy up the second floor, currently a vast and meandering open space that orbits around a massive concrete fireplace beneath a beamed and vaulted wood ceiling. In addition to all the picture windows that frame leafy abstract vistas, skylights bring even more light to the treehouse-like space.
Unfussy landscaping and rolling swathes of lawn give way to dense woodlands, where there’s plenty of room to roam and commune with nature in complete privacy. A couple of outbuildings — a cute-as-a-button storage shed and an antique barn — add to the rustic charm.
Though it’s unclear if it happened before or after they decided to end their 14-year marriage, property records show that the no longer coupled pair spent more than $6.6 million on a handsome four-story red-brick townhouse in the West Village. Back on the West Coast, the low-key showbiz couple long made their home in a fashionably appointed 1920s Mediterranean villa in Hollywood’s historic Whitley Heights neighborhood but sold the house in late 2020 for $3.95 million in an off-market deal to filmmaker Spike Jonze’s DJ/record producer brother Sam Spiegel.