Upstater is in Mamakating, a town on the southern edge of Sullivan County. Today’s house has spectacular Shawangunk Mountains views, and a setting that’s secluded but still convenient to local highways.
The three-bedroom, two-bath contemporary was built in 1992. The cedar siding glows with a redwood stain, and the architecture is a merry jumble of angles and roof peaks. The horseshoe-shaped driveway bends at the front entrance.
The living room has a high ceiling that reaches the second story. A wood stove supplements the heat, and you can see a ductless mini-split unit that provides air-conditioning. Cedar-and-glass railings line the staircase and the upper-floor catwalk. Given that the house was built in the ’90s, recessed lighting is to be expected. The hardwood floor in the living room is nice, and the neutral wall colors make this move-in ready.
The living room is long and lean; the vaulted ceiling is peppered with skylights. Two sets of sliders lead out to the rear deck.
White-grouted brown tile lines the kitchen floor, which is in itself a time capsule of ’90s decor. The custom cabinets are white, with a light-colored Formica countertop. An oval center island holds a gas range, and has lots of storage.
A wall oven is in a bank of cabinets near the side-by-side fridge, with a built-in wine rack in between.
The breakfast room is lined with floor-to-ceiling casement windows, with skylights in the angled ceiling above them.
The main-floor bath has a tile floor, marble-topped walnut vanity, and a tub/shower unit that’s straight out of the ’90s.
A good-sized bedroom is on the main floor, too; it has the same hardwood floor (or is that laminate?) as the living room.
It has its own set of sliders out the deck and a mountain view.
Head upstairs to a loft area overlooking the living room before going to the bedrooms.
This room is basic but nice, with the same flooring as the living room and hall and neutral walls. Recessed lighting here means no added expense for table or floor lamps.
The primary bedroom is big and has sliders to a Juliet balcony. Mirrored closet doors are topped with a scalloped treatment.
Well, the bathroom is certainly…big. A Jacuzzi whirlpool tub sits in a platform of pink and white marble. The same tile covers the floor and climbs up one wall. A single sink is in a wide gray vanity, and the stall shower is a traditional, chrome-and-glass corner unit. If the new owner doesn’t consider this decor vomitous and resembling bloodstains, they may want to keep it this way.
There’s an attached, two-car garage.
The basement is partially finished, and has double doors to walk out to the backyard.
The graveled firepit overlooks the beautiful view.
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this? Although it feels like the middle of nowhere, you’re under 10 minutes from Route 17/I-86 (stop at Quickway Twin Cone for a refreshing twist in the warmer months). Shopping in Middletown, just over the Orange/Sullivan County border, is a 20-minute drive. And beautiful hiking and kayaking at the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area is just 15 minutes away. The street name, Shawanga Lodge Road, harks back to the area’s heyday as a resort getaway for New York City folk from the 1920s to the 1960s.
If this contemporary with a view knocks your socks off, find out more about 157 Shawanga Lodge Road, Mamakating, from Lynelle Alessi with Keller Williams Hudson Valley United.