Imagine waking up to the sound of the nearby stream…
Tucked away at the top of Red Horse Hill and accessed by a private treelined road, this custom-designed energy-efficient Timberpeg® post-and-beam home built in 2010 is beautifully sited on 9.5± acres that deliver pure privacy in a restful rural setting.
The 4,300±- square-foot home was designed for low maintenance and built to optimize live-work-play purposes with two separate home offices and an array of modern features to accommodate those who prefer combining work and leisure activities … and enjoy blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior. Throughout the house are high beamed ceilings, dramatic oversized Anderson windows, custom fixtures, and radiant heated wide plank oak flooring (sourced locally from Hull Forestry, awarded for sustainability and conservation practices). An additional 2,300± of unfinished space offers the flexibility to expand to 6 bedrooms.
The 2,320-square-foot main floor features a lightswept great room, a living area that opens to the dining room and kitchen, with a 20-foot cathedral ceiling, built-in custom shelving, and cabinetry. The large raised fireplace features fieldstone from the property and an internal 14-foot copper chimney. Hidden trough up-lighting channels warm light in the living. The repeated eyebrow transom window design draws in the hillside views and sunlight. The expansive room with Douglas fir ceiling, walls and beams create a grand, cinematic feeling upon arrival, and the open layout affords an easy flow for large-scale entertaining.
The dining area is set along a triptych of windows that allows ample natural lighting and one of the best views of the property. The adjacent glass French doors provide direct access to the sky-lit screened porch with Mahogany flooring and dual ceiling fans, as well as an outside bluestone overlook terrace with 180° views—additional spots best suited for al fresco dining, entertaining, lounging, or morning coffee with surrounding birdsong. The area off the patio ledge offers an ideal site for an infinity pool. Off the terrace is a fiercely effective fire pit that is perfect for ‘campfire-style gatherings to toast marshmallows or to make more elaborate homemade s’mores around the fire for those storytelling evenings.
The sizable and well-appointed gourmet kitchen features custom Kountry Kraft Kitchen cabinets for ample storage and utility, a matte-finished granite center island, Sub-Zero refrigeration, 6-burner Wolfe gas range with griddle, and a Miele dishwasher. The alcove area beyond that features a separate coffee station, sideboard with Sub-Zero wine fridge and Sub-Zero refrigerated and freezer drawers, and a breakfast nook with banquet seating—a perfect spot for casual dining or to catch-up on e-mails or a good book.
Quietly located apart from the common spaces is a first-floor master suite — one of two — that echoes the sense of scale with high ceilings, big windows, and exposed beams. The ensuite bath features twin vanity sinks, a walk-in glass steam shower, and a massaging air bubble tub. There is also a walk-in closet.
Completing the main floor is a separate laundry room with a utility sink, a powder room off the kitchen, and another off the great room. The main level features radiant in-floor heating, custom VT based Hubbardton Forge lighting fixtures throughout.
Winding up from the great room is a staircase graced with copper balusters and leads to an upstairs loft that serves as an office and has a view of the great room. The upper floor provides room to work, to talk, and to think. The space is for everyone—the painter, the writer, the craftsman, and the family.
The well-lit upper-level master suite has the feeling of being outside with two glass doors that open out to a private balcony overlooking the property. The bedroom also has a walk-in closet and full bath with marble tiling, double vanity, walk-in glass shower, and free-standing soaking tub. Opposite the owner’s suite are two guest bedrooms that share a full bath fitted with river rock tiling, double vanity, walk-in glass shower, and combo shower and tub. A separate in-law living space/studio is above the garage—accessed via the kitchen or garage entry—that serves perfectly as a combined live/workspace with separate living and sleeping areas and a full bath. The second level is 1,107 sqft, excluding the separate in-law space, which is 668 sqft. The 2,316 sqft unfinished full lower level with full-size windows and full height ceilings is framed and plumbed out for an additional 2 bedrooms and bath, living and bar area ready for quick completion. Sturdy shelving lines the storage area for easy organization.
The pristine estate is set back at the end of a winding private road and private drive and surrounded by an enchanting landscape that links stonewalls, lawns, native plantings, and mature trees to create a cohesive look for the 10±-acre property. The land gently slopes and levels out to about 3 acres of level lawn with road frontage and driveway cutout, and a potential build site for a guest house with a separate address. The view can be further opened up with tree clearing.
Other highlights include a full-house Generac generator; high-speed internet access; a 2-tiered raised vegetable/flower rock-walled garden with an outdoor irrigation system; and a generous courtyard of custom-cut stone graded to drain rainwater away from the property.
The property is ideally located about 10 minutes from a Metro-North train station. There are abundant opportunities to explore the vast local trails without getting in your car. Within a mile, you can hike or bike the Appalachian Trail and visit the Sharon Audobon Center. The Harlem Valley Rails to Trail is 10 minutes away, and in walkable distance is Sharon Land Trust. The highly popular Mohawk Ski Mountain/Resort is a 10-minute drive. Local lakes, ponds and Housatonic River offer fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing.
Sharon is a lovely rural community located in Litchfield County’s northwest corner. The town, which typifies an 18th-century New England village, was incorporated in October of 1739 and has a current population of about 3,000 residents. Its inviting, shaded village green – one of the largest in the state – is surrounded by beautifully maintained historic homes and serves as the focal point of the town. Here, residents gather for special events including the Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, the annual Sharon Classic Road Race to benefit the town’s daycare programs, and a popular craft sale that takes place each August.
Sharon is home to many respected attractions and entities including the Sharon Audubon Center, the Tri-Arts Playhouse, the Sharon Historical Society, Sharon Hospital, and the Hotchkiss Library. The terrain within its 59 square miles is wide and varied, from the Housatonic River Valley on the town’s eastern flank to the highlands in its center to the rolling farms in the west. There are multiple conservation areas, forests, and recreation spaces including the Appalachian Trail. Sharon is ideally located about 10 minutes from a Metro-North train station. Many notable artists, writers, actors, and entrepreneurs seeking small-town charm in a rural, private setting have purchased weekend homes in Sharon over the years.
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