Escape pick of the week

Escape city living in an updated Chappaqua log cabin with presidential ties

By Lucy Cohen Blatter | January 13, 2017 - 8:59AM 

If a cabin in the woods that's less than an hour from New York City is your idea of heaven, feast your eyes on this historic vintage log cabin, which is nestled in the forest on nearly one-and-a-half acres. The house was built in the early 1900s, on land that was part of the Camp Fire Club, of which Theodore Roosevelt was an influential member. It has since been updated and built-up.

The two-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath house also happens to be in Chappaqua, home to Bill and Hillary Clinton. As the $1.15 million price tag may suggest, this is not a rustic cabin in the woods.

The house is equipped withcentral A/C, sprinklers, upgraded electric, expanded septic, new Pella windows, a new roof; it also has extensive landscaping.

The first floor has two entertaining spaces—the main room, part of the original cabin, has antique logs in a deep patina finish, and is now used as a dining room. The fireplace with half-log mantle is its focal point. The newer living room has three exposures all looking out into the woods.

The kitchen features stone counters, chef's appliances and access to the adjacent mudroom, which includes a full pantry.

There's also a two-story lofted studio, with en-suite bath, that is currently being used as a teenagers' den/bedroom, but could also be an exercise room, den, or play room. Would-be owners will also get a home office and powder room on the first floor.

Upstairs are two bedroom suites, each with en-suite bathroom. The master bedroom has two exposures, and the master bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a separate shower. The windowed dressing room is big enough for two to share. There is a full-sized washer and dryer, hall closets, and pull-down attic stairs. The original cellar, carved into the rock of the property has wine storage, a sump pump and storage space.

The current owners have added a patio, brick-enclosed gas grill, perennial flowers beds with stone retaining walls, a fountain and waterfall, retractable awning with heat lamp, flowering arbor, fire pit, and other outdoor "extras." An irrigation system and outdoor lighting have been incorporated into the garden design.


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