The current owners of the small home renovated the stone cottage paying special attention to the design and creativity of both inside and out. Not wanting to expand the home’s small and sustainable footprint, they kept the structure the same size and focused on maximizing the small space. The cottage has one bedroom and two full baths, but a loft area could easily be made into a second bedroom. The ground floor is an open area, with a full kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher!) and a large peninsula counter. A spiral staircase cuts through the home, saving space and creating a unique design that visually connects the main floor with the loft and basement. The whole cottage is wired for Sonos wireless sound, perfect for playing music while entertaining.
Natural daylight fills the home through large windows and a skylight on the main floor, and another skylight illuminates a small loft space above the main floor. The small room can be used as a bedroom or it would make a cozy work space. The home’s thick stone walls help insulate the structure during the winter, and help keep it cool during the summer, minimizing the need for air conditioning. Plus, the roof is ideal for a solar panel installation, as it has great southern exposure.
If the home itself isn’t enough to make you want to pack your bags, the backyard garden will certainly sway you. Transformed from an empty lot into a lush, wooded oasis, the garden currently grows vegetables, herbs and flowers and is enough to keep you well fed during the summer months. It even comes with its own attendant gardener, should a buyer want to employ one. A pathway from the back patio leads through a charming pergola entrance to a quiet area shaded by tall trees. At the end of the path is a small stone structure, which the owners have used as an artist studio. Surrounded by greenery and natural inspiration, the private studio is any artist’s dream work space. The structure has heat and electricity, so it could easily be used as a guest bedroom.
Beside the studio, there is a fertile vegetable garden, a must-have for any green home. Plus, if the personal garden isn’t enough to satiate your hunger for the outdoors, the home is just a 10 minute drive from Harriman State Park, a great location for hiking, swimming, and mountain biking, and just 15 minutes from Nyack-Piermont and parks along the west side of the Hudson River. Plus, Suffern is only an hour away from the Hudson Valley and has very easy access to the Catskills. For dining and shopping, the village of Suffern, a part of Rockland County, offers quaint shops and unique restaurants, all just steps from the cottage’s front door. And given that the village was an important location during the Revolutionary War, Suffern is ripe with history.
With calming natural light and an abundance of green space, the home and studio are like a secret garden escape from everyday hustle and bustle. The home is a true gem, perfect for the eco-minded city dweller who wants a bit more room to breathe. You can find the full real estate listing on Weichert’s website.