Built from huge logs, this giant house in the Catskills stands out from the normal housing stock and inspired the listing agent to reach for a literary reference.
The listing refers to the 7,100-square-foot house in West Shokan, NY, as an “Elf Lord’s Forest Castle at the World’s Beginning.”
“I tried to find a feeling for what it would be like. I’ve seen ‘The Hobbit,’ and it just occurred to me that this would be appealing to an elfin lord to live in a place like this out in the middle of the forest,” says listing agent Sherret Chase, with Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.
In J.R.R. Tolkien‘s classic books, elves lived in wild and natural places, which could describe this idyllic 8.87-acre property surrounded by mountain peaks and two streams.
“They come together just below the house where the stone bridge is,” Chase explains of the dual waterways. Besides the bridge, the entry to the picturesque home is also made of stone.
“It’s just so pretty. It’s not just another rectangular box,” adds Chase. “It’s very well laid out, and it kind of fits the topography.”
State forest land surrounds the property, and the home is nestled in an extremely private setting at the very end of a mountain road.
“It’s not often visited because of the dead-end road, and there are no trailheads for the public in the vicinity,” says Chase. But there are private trails on the property that lead to several mountains.
“It’s in a basin surrounded by a half-dozen high Catskill peaks,” he adds.
Built in 2009, the eight-bedroom home is equipped with all the necessities required for year-round use. The current owners, though, used it mostly as a vacation getaway.
The nature theme continues inside the home with stones and logs used throughout. Highlights include a huge two-sided stone fireplace in the living area and a unique staircase built with the same logs used for the home.
“It’s handcarved treads that come up at each end,” Chase explains. “It’s open so you can see all sides of the stairway. It starts at the basement and goes all the way up to the third floor.”
Six bedrooms are spread between the second and third floors, while the remaining bedrooms can be found in a finished basement, which also boasts exercise and media rooms.
The property includes a smaller separate log structure that’s a bit more rustic than the main house.
“It’s about 800 square feet. There’s a single room and a loft with wooden logs exposed on the inside. It doesn’t have any systems other than electricity,” Chase says.
Whether potential buyers sense Hobbit vibes or not, the main home is far from rustic. It’s an enchanting getaway in a picture-perfect setting.
“It’s very special, elegant, and luxurious,” Chase says. “It even has good cell and internet service.”
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