This 88 acre Catskill Mountaintop Contemporary at the end of a town maintained, dead end road, checks all the boxes: privacy, quiet, a pool, mountain views, a guest house, water features, cathedral ceilings and charm.

Hardenburgh House, also lovingly referred to as Awonawilona (the non-gendered god of all life), stakes it’s claim atop the back side of Belleayre mountain and boasts 88 acres of wild serenity…. and if 88 acres aren’t enough, the property abuts over 2,000 acres of state land.


Five bedroom, 1.5 bathroom main home | Streamside guest house with two additional bedrooms (plus sleeping loft) and one bathroom | Heated in-ground pool with mountain views | Living room with wood burning stove, exposed beams and panoramic picture windows | 3,100 square foot home on 88 acre property bordering 2,000 acres of state land |

Asking $1,397,000. Listed by Dara Barr at Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties. Open house August 26, 1-4 p.m. at 81 Old Baker Road, Hardenburg, NY. For showings or inquiries, email darabarr@gmail.com, call/text (917) 523-1782 or DM @theupstatehousehunter on Instagram.


Photos: Lawrence Braun

The main house boasts 5 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, one including a jetted soaking tub overlooking the mountains. (We’d strongly suggest the new owner also put in an outdoor shower: easy enough.) Enter the sliding doors from the front deck to the impressive great room with a wood burning stove and be awe-struck by soaring ceilings, exposed beams, panoramic picture windows and hardwood floors. Beyond this living space, the large kitchen opens into a formal dining room just off the den with it’s woodburning fireplace.

All of the bedrooms are on the second floor ranging in size from spacious to ski-lodge to make the most of the home as a getaway, rental or majestic work-from-home full time estate. Outside is a gorgeous blue stone patio overlooking the lower pond and a deck for dining or taking in the view. A trap door leads you from the living room to the laundry room (also accessed via the attached one car garage).

A short jaunt up the hill is your own heated in-ground pool surrounded by lounge chairs, potted plants and an impressive overlook of the mountains. This used to be an indoor facility that was liberated by the confines of walls by the current owner. The pool secures a cool place to soak on hot summer days and also allows for a premium on short term rental fees during summer.

The guest house sits perched above the stream where the sound of flowing water and it’s cooling effect enters through the bedroom windows. This rustic cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath plus a sleeping loft which brings the total square footage to over 3100 sq ft. The deck oversees the floating ducks and the garage below offers sufficient storage for a car and the caretaking tools for your wild terrain.

Further up the hill from the built environment is an old logging road that takes you from the main grounds to the wild yonder, with a pond that will likely inspire consideration for another build. All the while, the deer, turkey and resident furries will have you second guess whose environment is worth preserving vs developing.

Situated within 15 minutes of Belleayre for skiing, plus the cute town of Margaretville for all its good food, pharmacy, hospital, and grocer. This home is perfect as a year-round vacation rental (it’s currently an Airbnb) or permanent residence for a family.

The property consists of two parcels: The 64 acre parcel located in Hardenburgh where both dwellings are situated and 23+ acre adjacent vacant parcel #3.-1-20 A unique opportunity to be the next steward of this special and inspiring property.