Ashokan House

Woodstock, NY

Luxury Auction® Date

Saturday June 1, 2019 at 4:00PM ET

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Property Specs

7 BD / 7 BA / 2 Half BA (total)

5 BD / 6 BA / 2 Half BA (main residence);
2 BD /1BA (carriage house)

11,032 sq. ft. (main residence);
+/- 2,500 sq. ft. (carriage house)

Built: 1950 / Renovated: 2004-2008

Lot Size: +/-7.4 acres

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The Property

PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR $4.5 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE! Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountain range, this impressive estate sits on 7.4 acres of lush, green land in Ulster County, New York. Overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir (which gives the house its name and New York City its drinking water), the Property is handsomely built, with a stone exterior, copper roof and many terraces and balconies from with to enjoy the idyllic view of water, mountains and sky. Although private and serene, the Property is only 2.5 miles from the center of Woodstock, and only 90 miles north of New York City.

Offering 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths in its 11,000 sf, Ashokan House is built for entertaining, but nonetheless retains the charm of a family home. A long drive winds through the mature pine trees to the main residence, set alongside an elegant carriage house. With 6 garage bays and an upper-level, 2 bedroom apartment complete with 1 full bath, kitchen, great room, office, the carriage house is ideal for long-term guests or multi-generational family living. A wrought-iron spiral staircase leads from the main living areas of the carriage house to an observation tower with magical views of the surrounding landscape.

Adjacent to the carriage house and motor court, the graceful main residence is set against a backdrop of trees. A lovely covered porch leads to the main entry, which opens into an exquisite great room with soaring 14-ft ceilings, beautiful fireplaces, and elegant woodworking. This space houses living, dining, and recreation areas, and is warmed by the rich woods of the floor and brightened by a multitude of picture windows and French doors that bring the outdoors in. There are two kitchens, one for family use and another with professional-grade, stainless-steel appliances perfect for catering galas or charity events; indeed, the Property has even hosted weddings on-site. A cozy breakfast room adjoins the family kitchen, and is ideal for casual meals. Bedrooms in the west wing of the home include a garden room with private entry and porch and a guest wing with many lavish amenities, including a sitting area, office, spa-like bath, and sauna, as well as access to a spacious terrace with breathtaking views. There is also a classic, mahogany-paneled library with its own impressive vistas.


A beautiful wooden staircase connects the main and upper living levels, and leads into the east wing through a sun-drenched atrium. Adjacent to the atrium (which is currently used as a sitting room) are three additional bedroom suites – including a truly opulent master bedroom with a cherry-paneled sitting room, two fireplaces, large closets, and a private terrace. An impressive, all white master bath offers many places to relax, from the sunken jetted tub to the sauna.

Outdoors, the lush landscaping and lovely views can be enjoyed from paths that cross the property, a charming gazebo, or the many Vermont slate terraces. The 50-mile vistas overlook the Shawangunk Mountains and the highest peaks of the Catskills, including Mohonk and Slide Mountains.

Additional information on the enticing luxury auction® opportunity can be found in the online Document Portal.

The Community

WOODSTOCK, NY. A small hamlet in south central New York State, the name Woodstock immediately conjures images of the eponymous music festival of 1969 that changed the course of popular music and acted as a defining moment for the “counterculture” movement born in the wake of the Vietnam War. The festival, however, was not held in Woodstock, nor was it planned to be; a 600-acre dairy farm in a town called Bethel was the site of the “Aquarian Exposition” that changed the world.

Music and art, however, have long been a part of Woodstock’s identity, beginning in 1903 with the formation of the Byrdcliffe art colony. Byrdcliffe is one of the nation’s oldest Arts & Crafts colonies, and brought fine artisans in to teach and produce items including furniture, metal works, ceramics and woven crafts. In 1916, a utopian philosopher and poet named Hervey White built a “music chapel” in the woods, which is still the site of the Maverick Music Festival – the longest-running chamber music festival in the country. The space was built by hand and boasts perfect acoustics, benefitting world-class musicians and young artists alike.

Ever since the 1900s, Woodstock has been known as an active artist’s colony, and musicians from all over the world have come to Woodstock to record. Beginning in the 1960s, a series of concerts were staged just outside the town line at Pan Copeland’s Farm in Saugerties, New York. Called the “Woodstock Sound Outs,” these concerts featured folk and rock performers from Richie Havens to Van Morrison, and their success is said to have been the inspiration behind the original Woodstock Festival.

Today, music and art are still in the forefront of daily life in Woodstock, as evidenced by the many art galleries in town and within a short drive. The live music scene is also notable, with venues such as Colony Woodstock, Station Bar & Curio, and The Lodge providing nearly nightly entertainment. Additionally, shopping, dining, and numerous outdoor activities (including excellent hiking and rock climbing) are available in the area, the neighboring towns of Phoenicia and Rhinebeck, and in nearby Kingston.

The Location

HUDSON VALLEY, NY. If New York City is the pride of southern New York, then the Hudson Valley is its central jewel. Much transformed from the famed landscapes of the Hudson River School of painting (which juxtaposed pastoral farmland with the rugged wilderness remaining on its edges), the Hudson Valley is now a balance of natural and high-tech wonder.

Called “Tech Valley” in the campaigns promoting the region as a Silicon Valley alternative, the stretch of New York State between Westchester and the Canadian border has experienced explosive growth in the technology and biotechnology sectors. Driven by focused academic institutions including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute as well as generous state subsidies, the region has made headway in the fields of nanotechnology, digital electronics design, and integrated microchip manufacturing. Companies from IBM to GlobalFoundries are investing in the region, and job growth promises to increase as we move to an ever-more digital world.

The other part of the Hudson Valley’s appeal is entirely opposite from its technological advancements: the fertile soil of the valley supports small farms that produce everything from pork to dairy to heirloom fruits, vegetables and grains. Many of New York City’s 24,000 restaurants rely on and revere the bounty of the Hudson Valley, and farms gain followings for excellence in their specialties: Sprout Creek Farm for their award-winning cheeses, Flying Pigs Farm for heritage pork, Klaas Martens’ Lakeview Organic farm for ancient grains.

The farm-to-table movement and subsequent interest in who grows the food we eat has benefitted both the economy of the region and the plates of diners; indeed, restaurants such as Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown take the phenomenon a step further, working with local farmers to refine the produce itself, not just their recipes. The famed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park trains many of the nation’s future Top Chefs, and graduates can parlay their degrees into stages in the best restaurants in New York City and the world. Similar pride is taken in local beer, wine and liquor production: many Hudson Valley products are distributed nation-wide, and are a model not just for delicious libations, but for sustainability as well.

Property listed and offered for sale by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties (Lic 10391202254). Listing agents Harris Safier (Lic 1031216410) and Jeff Serouya (Lic 30SE0960132). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a licensed NYS Real Estate Brokerage (Rep. by Trayor R. Lesnock, Lic 10491207962) and Registered Foreign LLC with the state of NY (ID 10991227239) performing auction-marketing and auction services as part of this transaction. Real estate brokerage services not performed where prohibited. © 2019 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.


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