With magnificent views of New York's Taconic range to the west, Vermont's Green Mountains to the north and Mount Greylock and its glorious foothills to the east, this stunning South Williamstown property, with its residence superbly situated at the crest of its nearly 14 acre parcel, has as its neighbors both long established working farms and extensive tracts of land in conservation. A gently winding driveway rises through a former hillside apple orchard and farmland to reveal the striking design. The house is laid out in an asymmetrical U-shape, with a great room at the center of a series of connected ''sheds'', with slanted roofs, and ''barns'' with peaked roofs. Spare and elegant, a minimalist Japanese-influenced courtyard, with stone walls, a stone path, a linear planting of crabapple trees and a sculptural vessel known as a Luna form pot serves as the entranceway. Light-filled and airy, with three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows framing ever-changing landscapes and skyscapes, the great room features a massive granite fireplace at one end, and a dining area with French doors to a Goshen stone terrace at the other. Flanking the central window are 16' high bookshelves and display cases accessed by a traditional library ladder on wheels. On a balcony above, and sharing the spectacular views, is a comfortable den and office with a handsome iron and walnut railing. The richly appointed eat-in kitchen is warm and inviting with painted custom cabinetry and understated honed granite countertops, and has a long central island that serves both as workspace and breakfast bar. Adjacent utility areas include a lengthy pantry with office, a spacious laundry room and a mudroom with convenient half bath. The southwest wing houses the expansive and luxurious master suite with western views. The second floor of the southeast wing offers separate quarters for guests, with three bedroom, two full baths and a sitting area. A significant portion of the basement is fully finished and has a half bath, and the remainder provides ample storage and is home to the sophisticated, humidity controlled multi-zoned heating and cooling systems which supply radiant heat for the first floor and auxiliary forced air throughout the house.
The graceful topography of the old apple orchard and farmland is enhanced not only by the siting and design of the house, but by the minimalist landscaping intended to accentuate the natural surroundings and the incomparable vista. In addition to the entry courtyard, there are two Goshen stone terraces with seating walls: one off the dining area of the great room, ideal for grilling and outdoor dining; and the other to the west, perfect for warm afternoons and evening sunsets and fitted with barn-style wooden doors that can be closed to ward off west winds. Adjacent to this terrace is a unique, partially walled "sun-catcher" relaxation room. To the north in front of the house sits a lone large "picnic rock" excavated from the site, beautiful in its simplicity.