Known as the floating farmhouse, a picture-perfect spread in the Catskills is now on the market for $2,875,000.
The structure dates to the 1820s, yet it’s a modernist marvel with key vintage elements.
“This house is so unique because you could not build this today,” says listing agent Annabel Taylor, with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. “When I first saw it, I was blown away. I see a lot of great properties, but this one is exceptional and it’s also something that you’ll never see again.”
Featuring a porch that seems to float above the nearby pond, the house on the 8.69-acre property in Highland, NY, is simply sublime.
“The cantilevered porch is built over a dam that was in existence for centuries,” Taylor explains. The current owner rebuilt the dam and added a cutout in the center to create a lovely waterfall.
“Having the waterfall creates a really beautiful sound, and you hear it throughout the home,” she adds.
Architect Tom Givone bought the property in 2002 and spent the next decade restoring it. The spectacular property has been featured in Dwell magazine and the Architectural Digest.
“It’s really amazing how he juxtaposed so many antique elements that preexisted with these really modern touches. The two forces complement each other,” Taylor says.
One of those antique elements is a part of the original cedar shake roof that now highlights a wall in the main bedroom.
“Most people would just tear that out because you don’t need it anymore. It’s interior space, so why do you need a roof? But he saw the beauty in it, and instead of tearing out that roof, he made it a design element and a focal point.”
Most of the wide-plank flooring and large windows are also original to the house.
The house now measures 3,400 square feet, but it was much smaller when Givone bought it. The main bedroom and the great room were previously exterior porches that were converted into interior rooms.
Givone also created a fantastic kitchen.
“The kitchen is what blows everybody away when they come to see this. [There is a] curtain wall of glass in one of the walls of the kitchen, so it really feels like you’re standing outside when you’re standing in front of them, and it feels like you’re in the lawn,” Taylor says.
Near the main house is a partly refurbished 800-square-foot barn from the 1800s. It features a retractable door made of the same anodized aluminum used to make the laptops many of us use, which earned it the nickname of Mac Barn.
“It has a septic system but no bathroom,” Taylor says. “The next owner could turn it into a guesthouse or studio space if they wanted to.”
Located a couple of hours outside of New York City, the floating farmhouse is also a popular vacation rental. It’s available on Vrbo for upward of $1,500 a night.
The perfect buyer “is someone who wants to find a peaceful place outside of the city, where they can come and enjoy the property and one another’s company in what is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen,” says Taylor.