This serene and peaceful handcrafted shingle-style farmhouse is centered on 60 acres of wooded, riverfront land with western views bordered on three sides by 2,600 acres of state forest. Two streams, a koi-filled spring-fed pond, and trails throughout the property, as well as the state forest, make this a dream home for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants privacy. The 3,680 square foot, four-bedroom, three-full-bath home boasts two raised hearths, native fieldstone fireplaces and a wrap-around ground-floor deck facing sunset views. Features include a second-floor bathroom with a double shower as well as a large claw-foot soaking tub, sweeping high tray ceilings with ceiling fans, an outdoor shower and immaculately handcrafted woodwork by the owner. Outside are mature fruit trees, beautiful perennial gardens, native stone pathways and a gravity-irrigated vegetable garden. A two-car, two-story heated garage is ready for an accessory apartment or, if you’d like, a guesthouse can be built in the lower field. It could also be a perfect horse property.
What’s the most compelling thing about this property?
This house was built for entertaining. The open floor plan allows for cooking while engaging with guests the entire time. The kitchen spills into the living/dining room that spills onto the wraparound porch for a sunset view. The mature perennial gardens add even more spark with something blooming in all three seasons.
For whom is this house perfect?
This is the perfect property for a complete lifestyle change. The sixty acres have two miles of tended trails with a platform in the woods for yoga or a picnic or a nap. The pond supplies hours of frog and tadpole catching while the stream is filled with secret magical places for wandering and wondering in nature. The house layout allows for a home office with its own separate entrance for the perfect work-from-home experience or an extra room for a nanny. The new garage/workshop is ready to be easily renovated into a guesthouse or office or in-law apartment.
What’s the fun thing to do within five miles of this house?
The access to endless trails from the back door of 340 River Road allows infinite hiking, walking, birding or horseback riding possibilities. The sixty acres have two miles of maintained trails that feed into the Mohawk Trail that feed into the Adirondack Trail. Every day can be filled with the wonders of yet another new place to explore.
If this house could talk, what secret would it tell about its history?
340 River Road was originally built in the 1950’s by a gregarious actor named Larry Gates. Larry was famous for his booming voice and raucous parties. He also helped people in times of need by giving them a job working the land felling trees or installing the pond. The complete renovation in 2011 by a master carpenter has created the perfect place for a private, quiet, serene getaway where family and friends can gather to make memories of a lifetime.