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New Yorkers who'd like to escape the city but want to spend their nights in a monument to modern architecture can indeed have it all. It's possible to revel in Chelsea's sleek minimalism and the green, rolling hills of the Hudson Valley.
Its all-white color palette feels ethereal. The feeling is enhanced by the home's setting atop a hill, where you can watch the clouds roll in from the valley. It's like "living in a cloud," according to listing agent Gary DiMauro, who's also a broker. Because of the home's high-tech building materials, the walls glow subtly with daylight. At night, the effect is reversed, with the outside taking on a soft gleam.
"You have a tremendous amount of natural light," DiMauro says.
The home was designed by its original owners, David Leven and Stella Betts, the married partners behind New York's Leven Betts. According to Elle Decor, the home was designed for country living. The kitchen features a 20-foot Corian island, enough space to prep a week's worth of home-grown vegetables. Throughout the home, sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the nearby fields bring color into the monochromatic interiors.
Certainly, the home is unique among its neighbors -- Leven and Betts drew inspiration from the nearby farmland of southern Columbia County. Even so, it's a stylistic departure from the whitewashed farmhouses nearby.
"When you have such a striking work of art, it always elicits strong emotions," says DiMauro. "The response is always overwhelmingly possible, but you do have some people say it's the most hideous thing they've ever seen. Others just think it's fantastic."
You'll find no shortage of stimulation nearby. The home is located just 18 miles southeast of Hudson, the valley's cultural capital and home to a number of NYC expats, many of whom are investing in their own unique architectural creations.
And while it's built to be the perfect weekend home, "it certainly could be a full-time residence for anyone so inclined," DiMauro says. "A lot of people transition from making the Hudson Valley their second home to their primary residence."
With a home this stunning, we're not sure you'd be able to resist the urge to move here forever.