A welcome to interested buyers from the builders and sole owners of 179 Pine Hill Road, Chester, NY
As you consider purchasing our home, you should know that it was designed, and constructed with attention and focus to every detail, along with a lot of passion and love in every aspect. To understand that, let me take you back to explain.
I grew up in New York City, moving to Orange County when I was 14 years old. My parents had bought a foreclosed home because that was all we could afford. At the age of 15, I spent many months helping my parents getting the house ready to be the home that was ours for many years.
While in college, I worked for carpentry contractors and got to practice what I learned in my engineering and architecture classrooms. While working for a major corporation as a civil/architectural engineer for many years, I did freelance work ranging from preparing working drawings, to helping friends in the construction of high-end speculative homes.
At some point, my wife and I knew it was time for us embark on building our own single-family home. With a home design from a high-end home catalog, I proceeded to redesign the home, making significant changes to the layout to create an open plan flow, southern exposure for maximum solar gain, and features in the home, not common at the time, all while strategically situating the house to the site. Every elevation was strategically designed for either view, natural lighting, outside awareness, or privacy. A well-thought out lighting plan accents the many key features of the home. Finishes from materials, to textures, to colors, are well thought out throughout the home. Stained birch veneer doors with brushed nickel hardware, and clear pine trim, accent every door and window. Western red cedar tongue and groove siding, installed vertically compliments each elevation and the roof lines.
I drew the working drawings for construction and we filed for a building permit. We spent the next 18 months building the home of our dreams. We used trade professionals for the foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Almost all the rest of construction was self-performed. That included installation of windows, roofing, siding, custom framing, cabinetry and all finishes. We spent every weekend and many nights making our vision a reality. On Thanksgiving Day 1989, we spent the 1st day in our home celebrating with our family.
After that winter, we proceeded to work over many years to develop the landscape and site features you see today. This house has been a labor of love and companionship for my wife and I, as we did every aspect together. We have taken great pride in our home.
From the moment you come onto the property, through the horse farm fence on either side of the double-wide driveway, you see a beautiful contemporary home with over-sized 3-car garage. On a side note, the benefit of a double width driveway is the added parking it offers. You can park 4 cars in front of the garage and another 5-6 cars, depending on their size, along one side of the driveway, which allows any one car to come or go as they please.
With western red cedar siding, stone veneer and architectural roof shingles, in warm tones make for a beautiful exterior. The size of the home is very deceiving until you come inside and/or walk around the home. You have an inviting deck at the entry that draws you to the solid decorative front door, but prohibits you from seeing what is on the inside. When you are at the main entry, there is a large window alongside the entry, where you are able to get a quick glimpse of what you are about to see.
The entry is warm and inviting. You immediately see a pair of 180-degree open-riser oak spiral stairs that lead to the lower level, or the upstairs and open area above. These are not common elements today, and were even rarer when the house was constructed. You can welcome your guests here, as a convenient closet and half bath complete the entry. Looking straight ahead, you are drawn through a short narrow hall by the view and outside awareness beyond. You come into the main living area, which is an open plan kitchen, dinette, and family room. You have almost floor-to-ceiling glass, with southern exposure. This gives you the feeling as if you were outside. I remember many times watching the weather and seeing snow blowing horizontally, while I am inside enjoying the warmth that the house offers.
If you like to entertain, we once had a surprise birthday party for my father in the fall, and comfortably entertained over 60 people on the first floor without a problem. The area behind the house is perfect for large gatherings. With a couple of tents, we held a wedding reception for our oldest son and daughter-in-law.
You overlook a patio and the vast openness of the remainder of the property, while looking at a large private pond, and the former horse track that abuts the property, and rolling hills beyond. The kitchen includes an island for cooking, a wet bar sink and seating for casual dining. From the cook top, you can oversee family and kids, interact with guests, enjoy a warming fire in the stone veneered fireplace, enjoy the view, or watch television and your favorite movies or shows. A formal dining room just off the kitchen can comfortably seat 10 people. You have the same beautiful southern views, and convenient access to the kitchen for serving. A shared deck with the kitchen/dinette extends your access to outside and the patio below. From the other side of the open plan, you have another deck, with access to/from the Garage, and gives you access to the patio below from the other side. Completing the first floor, you have another living area that can have a variety of uses. Another fireplace compliments the space; north facing windows give you a beautiful awareness of the outside and a perfect space for casual socializing and conversation, reading and just enjoying the beauty of the day.
Upstairs is a beautiful private master suite on your left, with the remaining three bedrooms, full bath, and laundry area. All of the bedrooms face the rear of the home, and take advantage of the southern exposure and beautiful views. Here is where the deception in the size of the home comes in. By facing the rear of the home and property, all of the bedrooms are quiet and have privacy, with beautiful views. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and recently renovated master bath, each with easy access to each other. A freestanding tub allows you to soak, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in those same spectacular southern views. A private deck off the master bedroom makes it your own private retreat to have a cup of coffee, read a book, catch some sun or enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Each of the bedrooms offer ample space for kids or guests, with a recently renovated bathroom shared by these rooms. An upstairs laundry area makes doing laundry convenient and a pleasure. No lugging of laundry up and down stairs.
The garage boasts ample area for three cars and storage for much of what a typical homeowner may need. The garage has extensive lighting, fan coil heating units for heating, treated hot/cold water and central vacuum for car maintenance, along with plenty of storage for pantry items, seasonal clothing and other miscellany.
Going down the oak spiral stairs to the lower level brings you to double French doors, that give you access to a large daylight room that is waiting to be finished, only limited by your imagination! Perfect as a media room, a playroom for small kids, a hangout for teenagers, a female/male cave, or whatever your heart desires. There is also a lower level access from outside to bring large items in and out of this lower level. The remainder of the area provides for much of the mechanical, electrical and water systems for the home, while giving additional area for storage and/or workshop.
The location in Chester and Sugarloaf is convenient to highways for commuting and shopping. Warwick is a highly ranked school district, and you will be naturally drawn into the Warwick community, and everything it has to offer. Sugarloaf has quaint shops and restaurants, which you can browse on your way to enjoy a great meal, all the while taking in the quietness and beauty of the surrounding area.
We have raised three wonderful kids in this house and community. The kids excelled in the Warwick Valley School District, and have, or are currently attending SUNY Orange in Middletown. Our oldest transferred to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated with Honors as a Mechanical Engineer.
Moreover, as those kids have grown and started to move on, it is now time for my wife and I to start a new chapter of our lives. That is allowing us to offer this home to a new family. This home can be yours, to start your own new memories, as you begin a new chapter in your lives.
Roy and Margret Dieterle