From the first glimpse driving across the private bridge over the picturesque brook, you’ll be taken by the stunning property that was impeccably built and lovingly maintained by one meticulous owner since 2005. That sense of awe will return as you enter the home, see the yard and pond beyond it, and again as you discover the views from the home to the North to Moxham Mountain. A true delight to tour, this home will easily become the year-round or seasonal dream-come-true for someone seeking their own Adirondack experience.
The Bridge: This 44-foot private bridge is as strong as it is striking as it crosses the beautiful Balm of Gilead Brook that flows year-round down to the Hudson River. Swimming and fishing are welcomed here along the almost 1,000 ft of frontage on the brook. With steel I-beams, this bridge was engineered to support a full fire truck for safety, and it’s been trimmed with Adirondack log railings and lighting to match the aesthetics of the home. From this first impression of the property, you’ll see wise investments were made everywhere for both the best purpose and style.
The Setting: The nearly ten-acre site offers acres of woods with well-traveled ATV trails and backs up to ample NY State Land. It’s an outdoor person’s dream for hiking, riding, hunting or snowshoeing. The wildlife is plenty with frequent deer and turkeys. A pond to the rear is fed by water coming off the mountains and overflows into a stream that runs along the side of the property to the Brook. There are fish in it, and it’s large enough for a paddle boat or swim in the summer and ice skating in Winter. Lawn games, picnics and campouts are welcomed in the level, backyard ready with horseshoe pits, basketball hoop, volleyball net and campfire pit. A 10'x12' shed with workshop and large woodshed make easy storage of your outdoor equipment. You can hear the sounds of the Brook and the pond overflow in the backyard: Perfect background music for your retreat. The highlight, for certain, is the view from the home as you look North to Moxham Mountain.
First Floor: A covered side porch gives you the first glimpse of the mountain views and welcomes you into the home. The wide open floorplan and the beauty of the genuine log interior lies before you. At right, is the spacious kitchen with Kraftmaid maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a large pantry cabinet, and the most incredible view from the bay window above the sink. A butcher block island looks into the cathedral great room with soaring log beams above and a central stone wood burning fireplace with log mantle and stone hearth. The soaring ceiling and sky light bring in extra natural light from above. An open dining area holds a table for 6-8 that’s anything but formal with a lodge feel and Adirondack light fixtures to unite the entire living space. Perhaps the most striking detail is the bona fide custom log staircase with split log steps.
A short hall leads you to the side sitting porch with the best view on the property. There’s space to relax or dine looking over the front property and North to Moxie Mountain. It’s impossible to capture fully in photos, but jaw-dropping in person.
The first-floor full bathroom on left is designed perfectly to fit the style of the home and features a Kohler cast iron, brass clawfoot tub with shower attachment, Kohler toilet, vanity with solid surface countertop, linen closet, and terra cotta tile flooring. A bedroom with multi-dimensional light and a large closet is privately set at the rear of the home with views of the property on all three sides. This could comfortably be used as the master suite if desired.
Second Floor: Climbing the log stairs takes you to the large open loft with even greater views, a full closet, and log railings looking over the lower level. A temporary or full wall could be added to close in a true bedroom but works well open as a studio/office currently, and could hold bunks or a guest bed. Another full bathroom separates the loft from the second bedroom with windows on each wall again, and a skylight. The view is certainly the highlight again, and promises to be an incredible sight to take in each morning.
Lower Level: Designed to be part of the living space, the open staircase takes you into the lower level which is at grade and walks out to the front of the home. Knotty pine walls give it a cozy ambiance. A bay window brings in great natural light to the spacious family room and game room, which could easily be additional sleeping space when needed. A warm laundry room and an impressive mechanicals room rounds out the level.
The Garage: This coordinating log-built, oversized two-car garage features two steel overhead doors with remotes, lighting, electric, refrigerator, and service door. The walls were lined with pine, and the concrete floor was built with four-foot frost walls to prevent cracking in the cold of Winter.
Mechanicals: This authentic log home was built by New England Log homes and no expense was spared in the construction process. The foundation was built with ICF panels for superior structure and insulation efficiency, and was wrapped with a water barrier. The logs were just refinished on the exterior in 2019 and are in pristine condition. The heating system is impressive with a Buderus boiler and water heater and six zones that run radiant heat under the first floor of the home, and hot water baseboards in the lower level and second story. The boiler is serviced annually and there are two oil tanks. Additional electric baseboards were added in a few rooms for desired extra warmth. An automatic backup Bryant generator in employed that runs off of a 500-gallon buried propane tank, which also supplies the stove and dryer. There is a septic system in the rear of the home, and a drilled, artesian well just above the garage with abundant water. The roof is architectural shingled and throughout there are Andersen wood casement and double-hung windows.
The Area: Barton Mines Road meets the Hudson River in the Town of Johnsburg, with a North River mailing address. It’s just 5 miles from Gore Ski Mountain and 6 miles from Thirteenth Lake. Charming North Creek is just 5.5 miles down the road, and 25 min. to Warrensburg, 30 min. to Lake George Village.
Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Park, you’ll find world-renowned outdoor activities in each direction – if you can tear yourself away from this gorgeous retreat.
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