A home like this rarely comes on the market. Keeping true to history and character, with so many modern amenities, this 5 bedroom / 4.5 bath 5540 sq/ft stately home is perfectly situated in an idyllic country setting close to city conveniences, and in one of the top-rated school districts in the Capital Region. Minutes to highways and the train station, this historic beauty is the original home of the Van Rensselaer Estate and features endless high-end upgrades while maintaining the integrity of cherished old world charm. Gathering inside or out is an entertainer’s dream with an inviting open flow from the family room to the gourmet kitchen featuring Brazilian cherry hardwoods, a large island, granite countertops, designer appliances (Viking/Kenmore PRO), a separate wet bar, and a large butler’s pantry. Lead your family and friends outside to the massive patio overlooking 6 acres of land on all sides and boasting a full outdoor kitchen, a covered deck, a large flat screen TV, a stone fireplace, and a relaxing waterfall feature. Escape to your small pond and gaze at the new fountain, while sipping a cocktail on the dock and listening to the bullfrogs sing. Float all your worries away in the small rowboat and watch the fireflies light up the sky. From the pond, the patios (front/back/side), or the spectacular 4 season south facing sunroom you might catch a glimpse of deer, moorhens, ducks and cardinals in their most natural setting. The interior of this spacious home is as magical as the vast exterior with wide plank hardwoods and charming historic detail blending the formal living room and the formal dining room. Grab a book and cozy up around the wood burning fireplace in the living room, or around the gas fireplace in the family room. The large finished basement adds further entertaining options as a home theatre room, a game room, or a playroom. Head upstairs to 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths (2 master suites!) with the primary master offering stunning picturesque views of the mountains, and a dreamy spa like bathroom with loads of natural light. The 5th bedroom plus full bath is located above the garage, recently used as a sound-proofed music studio, yoga studio, and perfect for a home office with separate entrance through the garage. With slight modifications, this space could easily be a private in-law apartment, or possibly even a rental, or Airbnb. This enchanting home has two new furnaces (2017/2020); a whole house Generac generator; a whole house integrated Sonos sound system filling the air with your favorite sounds; a remote access security system for peace of mind wherever you go; a huge mudroom (or indoor patio area); a paved basketball court; and a subdividable lot. All this in an elevated position, surrounded by amazing views, and less than 10 minutes to downtown Albany, 6 minutes to the train station, 2 minutes from a golf club driving range; and less than a mile from the Hudson River and the Empire State rail trail. A masterpiece that even the aristocratic Schuyler sisters from “Hamilton” stayed in!
Updated on May 6, 2022 at 3:39 pm