Escape pick of the week

Take 'glamping' to a whole new level with an all-glass house that'll get you back in touch with nature

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | March 11, 2016 - 8:59AM 

It's like camping, only much, much better.


We'll admit we're on a bit of a Modernist kick here on Brick, but can you blame us? Just look at this all-glass architectural gem, located in Ghent, New York, in Columbia County (a little over two hours from the city, so just about perfect for a country house).

The three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,400-square-foot house is inspired by Philip Johnson's famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Known as the Gefter-Press house, it's on 12.7 acres of woodlands in the hills near Hudson, New York. Like Johnson's masterpiece, the walls of glass let the outside in, offering framed views of nature in every season. (In case you're wondering about keeping the house warm amid all those windows in the winter, there's a boiler in the basement and radiant floor heating.)

To reach it, you get off the main road, head down a gravel and dirt road, and you're there. It's totally private so you don't have to wonder about anyone seeing inside those glass walls. (You could conceivably install curtains or shades, but perhaps do so in a way that doesn't mar the original architectural vision.) The house also has top-of-the-line appliances, with brands like Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, Miele and Bosch.

Upon purchase, the new owner will inherit serious architecture cred: The house is published in American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Centuries, by Kenneth Frampton and David Larkin. The sale is being handled by Halstead, with an asking price of $1.95 million.


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