Year Built: 2003
Est. Taxes: $43,855
Square ft.: 3962
School District: Pine Plains Central
MLS Number: 372897
When a house is a glorious Dutch barn, transformed by a visionary architect, and situated on 99 acres in New York’s Hudson Valley, there is bound to be magic afoot. This historic structure, dating to the early 1800s, became Light Fall—a retreat, a pristine architectural experience, and most importantly, a home. The broad, central axis, with aisles on either side where bedroom loft, offices, and other rooms are tucked away, creates a soaring space, supported by massive beams and pillars infused with brawny beauty. Despite the massive footprint, the house beckons you into its airy, unexpectedly intimate interior, where natural light floods the space through countless windows. Architect Preston Scott Cohen created something unique, intentional, and inspiring. Light Fall is mentioned often in publications featuring Dutch barns for its combination of authentic history and groundbreaking innovation. A freestanding poured concrete fireplace, and a professional-grade kitchen share the massive central “nave” that extends to the original barn’s height of 40 feet. Beyond this area, elements that complete a home are seamlessly woven into the design, including laundry facilities, workspaces, and ingenious storage. A loft extends down one entire side of the building, overlooking the great room. A massive breezeway draws visitors and air through it from east to west. At each end of the breezeway, giant garage-style doors made of glass can be raised and lowered. Beyond the breezeway and extending along the entire western side of the house, a wide white cedar deck looks out over the property and across the Hudson to the Catskills, offering spectacular sunset views. (A second deck runs along the eastern side of the house.) Additionally: outdoor shower, dry basement, three bay garage/barn, two-bedroom guest house, and tree house for summer play. Down the hill, a spring fed pond with sandy beach and pond house barn.