Stone Hill’s tapestry of light


There’s a certain poetry in light, and Stone Hill, a beautifully constructed home in the meadows of Narrowsburg, NY, captures it perfectly.

Set on 26 rolling acres, Stone Hill is tucked off the road behind a grove of evergreens. The winding driveway leads you right behind those trees, where the front of the house opens up to you. Sheathed in warm pine siding, the house is topped with a black, standing-seam metal, shed-style roof. Black trim accents the windows here, too—adding to the sophistication of the structure. A bluestone path leads to the 2,008-square-foot house.

The front glass door opens into a bright foyer. A sidelight window, accompanied by windows on either side of the foyer vestibule, lets sunlight pour in. The floor is easy-to-maintain slate, and the ceiling is made from planks of that lustrous pine. White walls contrast nicely with the dark slate and black trim for an easy-on-the-eyes minimalism.

You won’t linger long in the foyer, beyond shedding your shoes, because a spectacular view beckons. The house opens up into a great room encompassing the kitchen, dining and living areas, but the main attraction is the far wall: A concrete-faced, woodburning fireplace climbs to the ceiling, flanked by two big pairs of sliding glass doors that open to an expansive deck. Those doors are topped with Pella Architect Series clerestory windows that are several feet tall. All that glass allows a picture-perfect, bucolic view of woods, rolling hills and vast meadows. When the sun sets, recessed lighting in the ceiling combines with a stark, black chandelier in the living room and big, black dome pendants in the kitchen.

The roofline of the house rises from about 12 feet in the foyer to a maximum of 15 feet at the fireplace end of the room. The ceiling is pine planking, crossed by white ceiling beams; the wood theme is continued on the solid white oak floors. The walls are painted in an uncomplicated white—because why would you want to distract from that view? Although the room is high-ceilinged and expansive, it doesn’t veer toward the obnoxiously large great rooms of the 1990s. There’s room here for a comfortable sectional sofa, and the oak dining table shares space with the kitchen’s center island (the listing says the table, which seats four, can expand to fit eight).

The kitchen is simply gorgeous. Marbled quartzite countertops sit on deep black cabinetry that has gold-tone hardware. The center island, too, shares that scheme and has cupboards on two sides for lots of storage. A gleaming subway-tile backsplash rises from the countertop to the first of two levels of open oak shelving (which matches the fireplace mantel, in a clever use of design). Chefs will feel right at home here: The kitchen sports a Bertazzoni six-burner gas range, and a French-door refrigerator and dishwasher from Bosch.

A half-bath is unobtrusively snuggled into a space between the foyer and the kitchen. Although it’s a petite space, this powder room hasn’t been ignored by the designers. A marble backsplash in dramatic shades of gray, black, and brown rises behind the vessel sink, with a wall-mounted tap adding to the minimalist air.

Back in the great room, a door near the sliders opens to the primary suite. Big enough for a king bed, this room, too, is soaked in the light offered by a wall of glass, compliments of a set of deck-access sliders flanked by static glass walls and topped with clerestory windows. . Like the rest of the house, the primary bedroom has an oak floor, pine ceiling and white walls. A walk-in closet is on one side of the bed wall, and the ensuite bath is on the other.

The bath has a black slate floor and a gray, double-sink vanity with a marble countertop. A column of open shelving allows room for linen storage next to the vanity. Large, barn-sliding glass doors shield a huge, marble, walk-in shower. It’s got a black rain shower overhead, and a hand shower on the wall. Clever recesses in the wall give space for toiletries, and a bench is built into one side.

On the opposite side of the house from the primary suite, a hall leads to the bedroom wing. Two bedrooms share the same decor of pine floors and white walls, with double sliding windows topped by clerestory windows.

The back bedroom is currently used as an entertainment/TV room. It’s painted a moody blue/black that’s highlighted by a wide clerestory window and the same slider/clerestory combo as elsewhere in the house. Like the other bedrooms, this has a modern chandelier for after-dark illumination. The sliders open to a bluestone patio and, of course, that view.

The hall bath has a wide, single-sink vanity that’s nearly identical to the primary ensuite’s vanity. But the floor/wall scheme is a yin/yang to its counterpart: Here, a large soaking tub/shower combo is lined with dark slate subway tile, and the floors are white, hex-shaped ceramic tile. This bathroom is big and airy, easy for more than one family member to share.

A laundry room finishes out this end of the house. It’s got a washer and dryer from LG, topped with an oak clothes-folding table. A work sink in here takes the messy jobs out of the kitchen and baths.

Out back, the deck has more than enough room for a crowd. Uncluttered by railings, the ground-level deck slides its way across the back length of the house, jutting into a dining deck off the living room before ending at the bluestone patio and a dedicated firepit. Wherever you sit, you get an eyeful of that magnificent view. If looking isn’t enough, head to the treeline, where you’ll find a mile of trails and a burbling brook. A hot tub and outdoor shower are two bonuses here.

A detached, two-car garage measures 440 square feet for storage and weather protection. Although the home is on a huge plot of land, it’s still just a 13-minute drive to Narrowsburg and a delicious coffee at Tusten Cup, or 15 minutes to arts and culture at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Built in 2020, the house has settled into its environs, and the lucky new owner will find a turnkey paradise.

Stone Hill, home


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