OMG, I Want This House: Middleburgh, NY

By Allison McNearney
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The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world.

Do you hear that? The faint echo of “Catskills” calling you from up the Hudson and through the woods. It’s the siren song that beckons all New Yorkers to a land where green exists in more than just the imagination, where traffic isn’t an around-the-clock affair, and where relaxation is a way of life. But don’t follow the herd and settle for the joys of this utopia only once a year. For $1.6 million, or the price of a modest Chelsea one bedroom, you can purchase the vibrant Y House and spend some quality time in the Catskills whenever you want.

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The Y House was built by architect Steven Holl, who is particularly famous for designing museums all over the world. As with those large-scale, art-focused projects, this home is all about the spacious interiors filled with natural light. It’s also the best place to pay our new favorite game: how many y-shaped decor elements can you spy?

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Starchitects are always trying to blaze a new path. On this remote mountaintop in Middleburgh, NY, Holl flipped the customary floor plan normally seen in private homes around the world. Here, the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living spaces take advantage of the views from above.

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Welcome to your thoroughly modern house with blank walls just begging for a thoroughly modern art collection. If you’re lacking the latter, you better get an art adviser on speed dial ASAP.

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We know, we know. You don’t want to talk about that dirtiest of words—work—when you’re lounging around the Catskills. But just in case it creeps into your vacation, there’s an office with a view in which to make things happen.

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Three bedrooms offer just enough space for a luxurious getaway with your very favorite family or friends without having so much that all the B-listers come pouring in. (And, yes, we encourage ranking your nearest and dearest like celebrities.)

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It may be all modern art and architecture in the living room, but in the powder rooms, the classic pairing of black and white reigns supreme.

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We believe this bed size is officially known as a king’s king. Most of the bedrooms feature the great outdoors by way of large glass windows and private balconies or, as we like to call them, the porch bedrooms of any partner who snores.

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Like all grand homes, the Y House has a bathroom for each of the bedrooms, plus an extra one to boot.

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You didn’t think we’d suggest you move all the way out to the Catskills without making sure your new property also had a home for your favorite boat, did you? Welcome to the nautical quarters.

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With pond ownership comes great responsibility…to sail and sun and swim to your heart’s content before the cold, cozy days of winter set in.

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We take our dedication to fine art very seriously. This structure may be reserved primarily for your seaworthy equipment but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the wall decor. Colorful murals from floor to ceiling will ensure that you have something to feast your eyes on at the end of all pond excursions.

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If you are like us, you have grown to expect nothing less than 33 acres to call home. Welcome to your not-so-little hillside empire with a view.

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Living in this country paradise, you will be forgiven for wanting to forget that anything outside of your not-so-little plot of land exists. But just in case you feel like dipping a toe back into the real world, New York City is only a three hour drive away, while Hudson is a much shorter skip over the river.

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Follow the lead of this gorgeous architectural masterpiece and start each day with a warrior pose to stretch those limbs and give thanks to the wonders of the sun and the natural landscape of the Catskills. We hear you, siren call, and we are on the way…with a check for $1.6 million.

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