Looking for a unique modern house about 2 hours outside of New York? This beautiful, exceptionally designed 8,800 square foot home was designed by architect Thomas Phifer, a previous design partner of Richard Meier’s, and is available with or without a renovated farmhouse and 150 additional acres.
Thomas Phifer Taghkanic House
Built in 2001, the home has 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 3 half baths, two swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor), a state-of-the-art kitchen, a screening room, a tennis court, a bocce ball court, a three bedroom guest house and most noticeably, an 1,800 square foot glass and steel pavilion.
The swimming pools and tennis court:
Despite looking like a glass structure into which anyone can peer, the majority of the home’s living space consists of hidden subterranean chambers. A 7,000 sq.ft. substructure contains the 6 bedrooms, study, media room, kitchen, breakfast room, wine cellar, refrigerated cheese room, indoor pool and service area.
Kitchen, livingroom, a bedroom and the media room:
The grounds were designed by the modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley, whose projects include New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
The property rests unobtrusively on a hill, is sited to view the landscape from all directions and positioned to receive both east and west sunlight. The house celebrates the contrast between classic contemporary interior spaces and the Arcadian landscape.
The guest house:
The land itself is protected by conservation easements and is in an area of permanently open land with inviting trails for riding and walking through the countryside. The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful and exceptionally designed 8,800 sq.ft house which was featured in Architectural Record, April, 2003.
The farm buildings and farmhouse are separated from the area of the main house by cattle grazing pastures which stretch out from the house and grounds.
Riding, fishing and winter skiing are also close by, as are nearby Hudson and Rhinebeck which offer fine shopping and dining.
The house was originally listed in 2010 with an asking price of $9.75 million. Now it is being offered as two options: $6,750,000 or at $8,250,000 with an additional 150 acres and the renovated farmhouse.