For the last decade or so, New York’s upstate Hudson Valley has been undergoing a renaissance. As remote work allows more and more nature-craving city dwellers to escape the gritty urban landscape and enjoy a more bucolic way of life, old farms and industrial buildings are being converted into chic homes.
In Esopus, one such conversion is known as the Long House at Sturgeon Pool. Sturgeon Pool is a 200-acre body of water, a picturesque reservoir connecting Rondout Creek with the Wallkill River. The falls of the Wallkill, a tributary of the Hudson, once powered more than 16 mills and factories. Long House, a stone building erected around 1901, originally housed eight families working at the local carpet mill.
A complete renovation has transformed the former apartment house into a spectacular and inviting home. On 7.5 acres, Long House’s rooms are large with high ceilings. Big windows span the lengthy façade that gives the house its name, and a long, slender deck makes the most of the spectacular west-facing water view.
Fetching green double doors open into a bright, expansive foyer with high ceilings. Anchored by an enormous fieldstone fireplace and hearth, the living room walls also showcase exposed stonework that provides a rugged contrast with the airy rooms and modern furnishings. At the opposite end of the long house, the bi-level, open-plan kitchen/living/dining area looks out at the serene river. Also on the ground floor are a guest room, a den, an office, a laundry room and two full bathrooms.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms and two more baths, including the primary suite, which boasts a tranquil river view and an ensuite bath with a freestanding soaking tub. In all, there are 3,976 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
There’s swimming, boating, and fishing from the private dock and, for relaxing, a hot tub to enjoy the sights. Mossy trails meander down to the river, where a solar-powered, three-season cabin, perfect for guests or a home office, includes a screened-in porch hung with three blue-and-white-striped hammocks. There’s also an old barn that could be converted into an art studio, office or even a separate residence.
Within easy proximity of Kingston, New Paltz, Woodstock, and just 90 minutes from Manhattan, Long House is available at $1.995 million via Annabel Taylor or Angelica Ferguson at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.