Behold Birchwood: The $1.8M Hudson Valley Home Is in Harmony With Nature

A 1970 home known as Birchwood is a modern marvel that sits between a 500-acre park and the Hudson River in New York.

The asymmetrical, 3,600-square-foot house is wedged into a wooded mountainside. It has had no fewer than three architects working on it over the years. It’s fully restored and available for $1,850.000. The home last changed hands in 2015 for $1,350,000.

“Each put their stamp on the house,” says listing agent Richard Ellis. “In particular, the first and last architect really made it what it is today.”



Architectural elements

The original architect was Charles Winter, known for building geometric homes in natural settings. The Nyack, NY, home’s open-concept layout and the way the design flows across the dwelling’s many levels are staples of Winter’s style.

In the 1980s, the second architect added more natural elements to house, including hard surfaces in a variety of wood finishes such as bamboo, teak, white oak, and tree bark. Industrial elements of stone, concrete, steel, and stainless steel are found in the kitchen and luxe baths.

The third and final architect, Dominick Pillar, worked with the owners to renovate and prepare the three-bedroom, two-bath house for sale.

Living room


Lofted sitting area


Dining room








One of the first things you notice when walking through the front doors is the view—mountain and river vistas from each window.

The third-acre lot also offers a private garden with custom stonework and four spacious, sunny decks.

The layout has a great room with a wood-burning fireplace, multiple sitting areas, a formal dining space, a casual dining area, and an outdoor dining deck.

Other features include a two-car garage, gym, and an office.

The owners recently updated the exterior to include an enlarged driveway and parking area; a bluestone knee wall; and a snow-activated, heated driveway.

“The riverfront villages of Nyack and Piermont, with gourmet restaurants and plenty of shops, are within a five-minute drive of the property,” notes Ellis.

The home’s Lower Hudson Valley locale is just 35 minutes from New York City.


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