High-quality new-build contemporaries are bucking the trend by selling within days.
By Bill Cary
I keep hearing that high interest rates and low inventory are killing the real estate market up here north of New York City. Not so if you’re the developer or seller of a stylish new-build contemporary with lots of glass and wood and metal. These high-end modern homes with high-quality construction and materials are still selling fast—as in a day or three.
Developer/designer Erika Brown of Bone Hollow Studio had an accepted offer within three days for a really sweet four-bedroom home at 159 Bone Hollow Road in the Ulster County hamlet of Accord. The 3,282-square-foot new house on 5.2 acres was listed for $2.145 million with Laurel Sweeney, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty in High Falls. With superb construction by local builder Hudson Valley Homes & Renovations, the contemporary offers a big-volume great room with 20-foot ceilings, a home office with pond views, stylish, black-framed Marvin windows, a two-car garage and indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
In the Litchfield Hills, at 31 Robin Hill Lane in Lakeville, CT, Elyse Harney Morris and Jusztina Paksai, of Elyse Harney Real Estate, had a deal on the complete rebuild and expansion of a midcentury modern charmer on 4.3 acres a few days after listing it for $1.985 million.
In the Columbia County town of Ghent, Dan Kessler of Compass had a sale on a three-bedroom rebuild at 160 Quinn Lane just a few days after the $5.5 million contemporary hit the market. Lots to like here: 10 miles from Hudson, 7.2 acres, a guesthouse, killer sunsets, custom casement windows, a heated gunite pool and a fire pit.
Don’t Miss: One of the finest estates in the Berkshires, at 7 Prospect Hill Road in Stockbridge, is listed for $12.5 million with Patrice Melluzzo, of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. It boasts nine fireplaces, tiered wraparound terraces, a pool and a three-bedroom guesthouse.
Cool Reno: Dan Ragone, a magazine publishing executive who has worked at Interview, Maxim and Elle Decor, did a fab two-year restoration of a stately but cozy Victorian at 870 Columbia Street in Hudson. It’s listed for $1.275 million with Anthony D’Argenzio and Rachel Haley of Houlihan Lawrence.
Country Splendor: A 203-acre spread at 126 Shadow Mountain Road in the Greene County hamlet of East Jewett offers an updated 1950s farmhouse, an old-fashioned swimming pond and two big barns—one for the cows and horses and another that’s an event space with a stage and bar. Listed for $2.999 million with Rich Vizzini and Mark McAlpine of Corcoran Country Living.